Nashville Great Books Discussion Group

A reader's group devoted to the discussion of meaningful books.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Milton's Paradise Lost: Book 3

Discussion questions from March 20:

1. How is Heaven different from Hell?

2. What’s the difference between predestination, foreknowledge and the Greek concept of Fate? (93-128 / esp. 183-184)

3. Why is it necessary to sacrifice an innocent victim in order for Justice to be satisfied? (209-213)

Milton's Paradise Lost: Book 2

Discussion questions from March 13

1. What type of government is there in Hell?

2. What drives the fallen angels to do what they do while they wait for Satan to return?

3. What’s the relationship between Satan, sin and death?

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Milton -- Paradise Lost: Book 1

Discussion questions from the meeting of March 6:

1. Is Satan a good leader?

2. What kind of creatures are the fallen angels?

3. Why do they hate God?

Monday, March 06, 2006

Sophocles: ANTIGONE

Discussion questions from the meeting of Feb. 27:

1. Is the future of Thebes threatened more by Antigone’s insistence on freedom of religion, or by Creon’s determination to restore law and order?

2. Does Sophocles imply that people should disobey bad laws?

3. Is Antigone any more responsible for her fate than Oedipus was responsible for his, or were they both doomed because of the curse on the whole family?