ENG 2002 World Literature
Question: In The Analects, Confucius suggests that studying tradition is essential. Moreover, Confucius declares that people fulfill their potential for the “good” by ordering their lives and society according to a hierarchy of duties. He teaches that just as individuals have a duty to respect and maintain the family hierarchy, they must honor and uphold the government hierarchy. Imagine that Creon is put on trial for causing Antigone’s suicide. Confucius is the judge who must decide the king’s fate. You are the prosecution. Present Confucius with two reasons that Creon is guilty. Write one paragraph about each reason. Now, imagine that you are Creon’s defense lawyer. Present Confucius with two reasons that Creon is not guilty. Write one paragraph about each reason. Finally, in one paragraph tell Confucius’ verdict, giving one reason justifying his decision.