The Birth of Tragedy
What separates the Dionysian Greek from the Dionysian barbarian?
Why is language unable to render the cosmic symbolism of music?
What is the mythical story of Dionysus's suffering?
What is the profound illusion at the heart of the Socratic worldview?
Suggested Essay Topics
What is the distinction between the two art worlds of dreams and drunkenness?
How does Nietzsche explain Apollo's relationship to the rest of the Olympian gods?
How does Raphael's "Transfiguration" support Nietzsche's argument about appearance?
How is Doric Art representative of the Apollonian impulse?
How does Archilochus stand in contrast to Homer as an artist?
What reasons does Nietzsche give for stating that subjective art is not really art?
What are the main characteristics of lyric?
In what way does the Dionysian man resemble Hamlet?
What is the metamorphosis experienced by the dramatic chorus?
In what ways does Oedipus act as a tragic hero, by Nietzsche's definition of 'hero'?
How do Apollo and Dionysus differ in their conception of boundaries?
What do the Promethean and the Dionysian have in common?
Why does historicism destroy myth?
What are some major differences between Euripides and his predecessors?
Why did Euripides feel the need to write prologues for his plays?
How does Socrates' use of instinct differ from that of other men?
By what means, and with what results, did Socrates change his position in his last days of life (according to Nietzsche)?
How is the universality of melodies opposed to the universality of concepts?
Why is the New Attic Dithyramb a degenerate form of music?
At what point does Socratic culture begin to fail?
How does opera relate to Socratic optimism?
How does myth protect us from music? Why is this necessary in the first place?
What is the essential flaw in the approach of modern aesthetics to art?
Why is myth critical to a healthy creative culture?
What does Nietzsche conclude is the source of the delight experienced in the face of the tragic myth?
What is Nietzsche's definition of art? What art does he consider to be degenerate, and why?
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