Great Books V  Spring 2015
Universal Struggle for Power


January 29

Read the Introduction & pp. 1-71

Bring two interpretive questions for discussion.

February 2

Read pp. 71-141

What is the root cause of the tension between the Pandavas and the Kauravas?

 February 5

Read pp. 141-end

Prepare a character profile for each of the following:

Bhisma, Dhrtarastra, Gandhari Duryodhana, Kunti, Karna, Yudhisthira, Arjuna, Draupadi, & Krsna.

Focus on their archetypal qualities and character development.

  1. How would you systematically describe the cosmology of this culture?

  2. What is the relationship between humans and deity?

  3. Who is the hero of the poem?