After listening to the lecture, you have 20 seconds to organize your notes and 60 seconds to speak.
Now, lets first listen a lecture:
Stay here and look at the picture. Just listen the lecture!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Main topic: ……… [ the aristocratic hero in Western Classical literature]
Shared characteristic of the aristocratic hero: ……… [ noble birth ]
Example 1: ……….. [ Odysseus from Homer’s “The Odyssey” ]
Details: …….. [ Odysseus is a king of Greek island who struggles to get more for many years; despite his trials, his noble birth is never questioned; he is favored by the gods; rarely do the gods favor anyone that is not noble.]
Example 2: ………….. [ Heroes in the plays of William Shakespeare ]
Details: ……….. [ His characters are often kings; almost all the heroes in Shakespeare’s plays are noble. Even in his comedies.]
Now read the prompt!
Using points and examples from the lecture, describe the aristocratic hero of Classicism and explain its use in classical literature.
3 important points to answer the question – answer those 3 questions first:
- What characteristic did all classical heroes share? = All Classical heroes are of noble and aristocratic birth.
- What does the speaker mention about the Greek gods in ancient Greek literature? = The Greek gods typically favored those heroes who were royal.
- What is one characteristic that is rarely seen in Shakespeare’s heroes? = The heroes of Shakespeare’s plays are rarely common
Here is a sample response
The professor says that Western Classical literature has people of noble birth as its heroes. This is called the aristocratic hero. The professor says the idea of the aristocratic hero lasted for hundreds of years. She mentions the Greek hero Odysseus as one of the first aristocratic heroes. He is a legendary king favored by the gods. The professor then says that this characteristic of the aristocratic hero lasted for thousands of years. She mentions Shakespeare, who lived much later, but still focused largely on noble people as his heroes. Even the characters of Shakespeare’s comedies were from England’s high society.