Essay Topic 1
Aristotle, in his Poetics, writes that a piece of art as a tragedy is "incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to interpret its catharsis of such of such emotions.” Does Home Fire match this description? Use two to three examples to say why or why not.
Essay Topic 2
Cornielle, a famous seventeenth century French playwright, says that the very nature of tragedy is based upon the idea of free will. Do the characters in Home Fire have free will? How do they exercise their right to choose? How do ancestry, history, and a sense of duty tie into the decisions they make? Choose one of the characters and analyze if/how they have free will, what their will is influenced by, and how historical contexts play into their decisions or lack of.
Essay Topic 3
Secrets unsaid in Home Fire become the basis of many of the...
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