Mosaic Quotation Collection Project
Throughout the semester we will be creating a compilation of quotations from Mosaic texts that we deem to be significant or exceptional to our understanding. On our Blackboard discussion board you will post a notable quotation, complete with citation, and then a 250-300 word explanation of why you think this quotation is significant to your understanding of the text or a theme, character, or idea within the text. Conclude your post with one or two sentences that connect your quotation to another Mosaic text.
You are required to post one quotation for each course unit by the deadlines listed below and you may not use a quotation, or any part of a quotation, which has already been posted! That means you need to read the other posts before contributing your own so that you are genuinely helping to build our Mosaic Quote Collection. References to ideas that are not your own should be properly cited.
Each entry and explanation is worth 30 points for a semester total of 150 possible points; collectively your contributions are worth 15% of your final grade.
Unit I: Post by 11:15 pm on 2/13
Unit II: Post by 11:59 pm on 3/23
Unit III: Post by 11:59 pm on 4/13
Unit IV: Post by 11:59 pm on 5/2
Final Quotation: Post by 11:59 pm on 5/5
Here is an example of a quotation and analysis a student might post on the Discussion Board:
The Trial of Socrates
“But again, if I say it’s the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day, and the other things you’ve heard me discussing and examining myself and others about, on the grounds that the unexamined life isn’t worth living for a human being, you’ll believe me even less when I say that.” (The Trial of Socrates, 38a)
The significance of this quote is reflected throughout the text as Socrates engages in dialogues that examine not only ideas but also the personal implications of his response to these ideas. While others may be conversing about politics and wealth in an effort to achieve societal position or status, Socrates focuses on topics of morality, virtue and responsible citizenship, reflecting his deep desire not to improve himself in the eyes of society, but to be a more complete and developed human being. While some may hear an arrogant tone to Socrates’ words, this quote sets his repeated inquiry into a context of genuine desire to know more about himself in order to move closer and closer to the “greatest good.” Socrates does not seek enhanced self-awareness for personal gain, but because he understands it as his obedient response to the gods (The Trial of Socrates, 37e5). Aware that this value of self-knowing is outside the experience of his fellow citizens, Socrates accepts their disbelief but is not influenced by it to change his own course. This insistence on self-examination is also apparent in The Complete Persepolis as Marjane reflects on her own life and the choices she’s made in response to those around her. While Marjane does not claim divine direction in seeking her own truth, she does struggle with the morality of the choices she’s made which motivates her to a level of honesty others may be reluctant to reveal. Socrates’ insistence that self-examination contributes to a “life worth living” is an invitation not only to his contemporaries but to us as well.
***Thanks to Dr. Marcia Bailey for collaboration on this assignment.