English 190V

Unit 1: Domestic Realism

Unit 2: Tragedy

Unit 3: Comedy

Unit 4: Director's Choice




Unit 2: Tragedy

Goals and Objectives


  • Know what is meant by the following terms: Tragic Hero, Paradox of Fate vs. Free Will, Tragic Flaw, Moment of Recognition and subsequent Enlightenment, Public/Private tragic Domains.
  • Know the difference between Classical and Modern tragedy.
  • Know the content and structure of Hamlet, Death of a Salesman and Streetcar Named Desire.
  • Know in what ways these three plays are Non- Realistic.
  • Write several focused responses, ask questions, search the Web.
  • Write Paper #2.




Streetcar Named Desire

Death of a Salesman

Response due Feb. 27 - Mar.3 by Group

Response due Mar. 6 - 10 by Group

Response due Mar. 13 - 4 by Group

Web Search:

There's a wealth of info about these great plays and their authors. As you respond to each play, search the web for biographical data, themes, production history or how the play has been transformed into opera, symphony, previous movie adaptations, etc. etc. etc.

My favorite search engines are

In these search engins type in either the title of the play, the playwright's name, or the names of one of the actors, director, etc., click search and you're on your way.

What ae you searching for?

Look for something that might have been included in a class lecture /discussion -- or just something that especially interested you.

Do not just download a page from a site.

Summarize what you learned about one of the plays in the unit in your own words and post a 1 page report in Discussions -- Topic: "Web Search - Gr. 1,2,3," etc.

DUE: March 19

Include the Web Address (URL).

Group Activities: You were assigned to one of 5 groups on the first class meeting. Your group determines when your response and questions are due for each play. For example, for Hamlet a response to the play (with one question) from group 1 is due Wed. Feb. . 27, Group 2 Thurs. Feb.28, Group 3 Fri. Feb. 29, etc. Always check the CALENDAR to see when your response is due for any given week

For each play:

1) Read Video Preview

2) See Video.

3) Post a Response to one of the Questions on the NOTES for each play on the Billetin Board. Post in the proper FORUM. (The two Forums for this unit are Raisin and Woolf?) First come first serve. Once a questions has been selected by a classmate, you must choose another.

4) Attach at least one of your own questions at the end of your response -- one that occurred to you as you watched the video. Include this question in your Response on the Bulletin Board. Respond to your classsmates' responses and questions. Read every response. Participation is 25% of your grade.

5) Post your Response by due date for your group.

6) Search the Web for each play. Submit a report.









NOTES for Hamlet


NOTES for Streetcar


NOTES for Salesman





Paper #2




As with Unit 1, you've all participated in the on-line discussion of three great tragedies, so you have lots of ideas for a paper. Click back to the NOTES for each of the plays and select one topic from any of the three plays and write a 2 - 3 page paper. As before, give your classmates credit if you use their ideas and footnote all information obtained from the Web. Remember: focus on the analysis of your topic, not plot re-narration. Review Instructions for Paper # 1 in Unit 1.


Paper #2 due March 21 for all Groups.

Grades for papers will be posted in WebCt. From the home page click the GRADEBOOK icon.



See Assessment in Unit 1.






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Jan 7, 2002