1.What is each character worried about? What does each character value? What might these goals, worries, and values tell you about life among Menander’s audience in Athens? Cite specific passages from the text to support your views.
2.Answer either A or B or C in about 400 words (more is ok)
A. Read and consider Pericles’ account of Athenian values in the Funeral Oration. What similarities and differences do you see between the Menander’s Dyskolos and Thucydides’ account of Pericles’ Funeral Oration? If time permits, think about what similarities and differences you see with Euripides’ Ion too.
B. In The Politics, Aristotle writes, “and the man who is isolated, who is unable to share in the benefits of political association, or has no need to share because he is already self-sufficient, is no part of the city, and must therefore be either a beast or a god.” How does the action of Menander’s Dyskolos (The Grumpy Old Man) explore this idea? Do you think Menander agrees with Aristotle?
C. What is the role of water in this play?