The introduction is on the file of Final Project Possibility, please chose one of three to write. Only pick one you think is better to write. Use the study guide to help you. 1) Aristophanic Comic Scenario In the two Aristophanic plays we have read, Lysistrata and Acharnians, we see exemplified what has been called “comedy of the Great Idea,” in which a comic hero or heroine tries to solve a serious, real-life social and/or political problem by means of a creative though hilariously unrealistic plan. For this assignment, channel some of the artistic spirit of Aristophanes by identifying a social and/or political problem of relevance to us today. Then try to solve it by concocting an outrageous and unrealistic solution along the lines of what we find in Aristophanic comedy. Write a detailed plot summary of a play, movie, sitcom episode, book (or any other visual or written medium of your choice), and populate your comedy with a cast of characters, including a comic hero or heroine. 2) Prequels and Sequels In modern cinema, sequels are all the rage. As far as we know, they were unheard of in Greek and Roman comic theater: each play had its own independent storyline which did not spill over into a second play. But for this assignment, imagine that ancient comic writers did have a concept of sequels. Choose one of the plays we have read (preferably one by Menander, Plautus, or Terence), and devise a sequel to it. Write a detailed plot summary which emphasizes points of continuity with the Greek or Roman play and your sequel, list and briefly describe your cast of characters, and write a representative scene or two (with dialogue). 3) Ancient Comedy in Modern Comedy During this semester we are reading a sampling of plays by Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, and Terence. Each of the four playwrights represents a unique form of comic theater (Greek Old Comedy, Greek New Comedy, Roman Comedy), and each form had its own set of unique dramatic conventions, types of plot, characterization, and so on. For instance, Greek Old Comedy preferred fantastical plots and political satire, whereas Greek New Comedy and Roman Comedy focused instead on the comic dynamic in interpersonal relationships on the homefront. As we fastforward from ancient Greece and Rome to present-day America, we find that comedy assumes a vast number of forms—from late-night political satire (Daily Show, SNL, etc.) to family sitcoms (Modern Family, Simpsons, etc.). For your final project, choose at least one form of comedy—a film, episode (or multiple episodes) of a sitcom, or some other digital or visual medium for comedy—and analyze it closely to find the ways in which its conventions, plot(s), characterization, etc. parallel and trace their roots ultimately (even if indirectly) back to the comic theater of Greece and Rome. Be very specific, citing all relevant character names, comic conventions, scenes or episodes, and so on.