Orpheus Descending Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Discuss how Orpheus Descending retells the legend of the demigod Orpheus. What similarities do the stories share? How do they differ?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Beulah and Carol. How are they similar? How do they differ? How do these characters feel about each other?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the character of Val and explain what characteristics he has which make him a classical Tragic Hero. Define Tragic Hero in your answer.

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the theme of Rebirth in Orpheus Descending. What symbols represent this theme? What motifs exemplify it? What imagery?

Essay Topic 5

Discuss the theme of individuality versus repression in Orpheus Descending. Which characters are considered non-conventional? Which characters represent a conventional or repressed viewpoint?

Essay Topic 6

Discuss the component of racism in Orpheus Descending. How does it play a role in the action of the play? How does the element...

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