The purpose of this assignment is to articulate a response to one point you found to be subject to criticism.
In his Symposium, Plato images a glittering array of Greek artists, thinkers, and leaders dedicating their time to praise the god Eros. In Greek thought, eros did not just mean sexual passion but included any of the bodily desires such as hunger and thirst. However, the men at this drinking party are largely concerned with sexual passion. They also celebrate pederasty besides homosexuality. Athenian culture had developed a social system that encouraged relations between younger and older men, with which Plato disagreed. In The Symposium, Plato will wrestle with Eros’s power, subdue it, and put it in the service of virtue.
Using a Gender Studies or Queer theoretical framework, respond critically to the following:
What can we learn from The Symposium
if we apply a Gender Studies or Queer Theoretical framework?
Responding critically means you look closely at logic, rhetoric, theory, metaphor, analogies, symbols, language, gender, ‘structures,’ opinions, beliefs, feelings, the mind, the setting (the context), the culture, and any other linguistically charged letter, word, or phrase to analyze a specific word, phrase, topic, sentence, paragraph, speech, dialogue, quote, or short passage.
If you get stuck when writing, give yourself a break. Walk away from your work for a bit, have a stretch, close your laptop, discuss out-loud what you want to write, talk to someone about your ideas and have that person ask you questions that will challenge your opinions and assumptions until you feel confident that you ‘discovered’ the words you want to use.
Writing can be an art form. Artists take their time to perfect their work. So, don’t rush your writing. Make time for it.