How is the transition from innocence to experience most often represented in literature?

Coming of Age

Hamartia and the “tragic flaw”

Society’s impact

Curiosity “killing the cat”


Why do characters in drama and literature sometimes regret gaining experience?

They feel the weight of responsibilities that often come with wisdom

They regret their loss of innocence and the hopes they had in their youth

They regret their previous foolishness when they were younger

All of these

They may become cynical or disillusioned by the evils of others

None of these


In literature and drama, which of the following is NOT something that characters learn (or is enhanced) by gaining wisdom?

Knowing everything there is to know

How to cause effects of their own

What’s going on around them

Aware of what you do not know

Underlying principles and patterns affecting them


Which idea involves analyzing the dangers or pitfalls that can arise from retaining a state of innocence?

Potential for transformation

Innocence as a vulnerability

Accepting ignorance is bliss

Analyzing symbolism

Ignoring moral ambiguity


True or False: As described in the explanatory videos, every story offers one moral, which is what is always meant by “the meaning of the story.”


True or False: Once you’ve figured out the moral of a story, it’s best to focus on that interpretation so that other perspectives do not confuse things.


What did you think about the choice of readings in the course?

Did choosing your personal readings from the lists help or hinder your progress in the course?

Were there other readings you wish you had been able to choose from in the course?


Please describe how time and ignorance might bring problems into characters’ lives (and to people in real life)?