Monday, 7 February 2011
Classics Not Forgotten
The competition was held In the Summer Term 2010 when the girls were in Year 9. Students were offered a choice of questions on different topics ranging from Greek Gods to The Early Heroes of Rome and had to write between 1,500-2,500 words. Paloma chose to answer a question on Greek mythology, “Medea killed her two children when Jason abandoned her. As counsel for Medea OR Jason (but not both), present your case to the judges…”
Her work impressed the judges greatly and they wrote this glowing review of her cartoon version of the trial: "A cartoon style account of a defence of Medea on grounds of insanity. Your encyclopaedic knowledge of the details of the myth is matched by the inventiveness of the defence: Medea is the victim of a conspiracy on the part of Creon and Jason, designed to escalate her post natal depression into a full blown guilt complex. Your use of psychological details is ingenious: in particular, Medea’s response to the Rorschach test is priceless. A remarkable piece of work."