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  • 1. College Reading
  • 2. Answer the following questions about Oedipus:
    • Social position:
    • Personal Qualities:
    • Weaknesses:
    • Goal:
    • Fate:
  • 3. Answer the following questions about Hamlet:
    • Social position:
    • Personal Qualities:
    • Weaknesses:
    • Goal:
    • Fate:
  • 4. Answer the following questions about Willy Loman:
    • Social position:
    • Personal Qualities:
    • Weaknesses:
    • Goal:
    • Fate:
  • 5. Answers for Oedipus
    • Social position: King of Thebes
    • Qualities: clever, responsible, decision-maker; basically good; well-respected
    • Weaknesses: too quick to judge others; egotistical; ambitious; proud
    • Goal: to find the killer of Laius and do the right thing for the citizens of Thebes
    • Fate: blindness/banished – he lost his throne & wife/mother because of his own actions
  • 6. Answers for Hamlet
    • Social position: Prince of Denmark
    • Qualities: lover, clever, loyal to family, basically good, well-respected
    • Weaknesses: quick to use others for his own purposes; egotistical; proud
    • Goal: to avenge his father’s murder
    • Fate: murder is avenged, but he dies through the cunning of Claudius, his nemesis.
  • 7. Answer the following questions about Willy Loman:
    • Social position: lower/middle class
    • Qualities: devoted to sons, dishonest,
    • disloyal to his wife, immoral
    • 3. Weaknesses: dishonest, thought he could make big money w/o work; he does not understand how his choices affect others
    • 4. Goal: to make Biff successful regardless of the sacrifice
    • 5. Fate: death; devotion to money affects his decision making; he thinks Biff will benefit from insurance benefits which is not true