This class immerses students in the epic world of Homer in The Iliad and The Odyssey. One of the tenth grade themes cultivated at all Waldorf schools is the idea of comparison. The heroes of The Iliad and The Odyssey exemplify opposing forces. Students may read Hesse’s Siddhartha and Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, which also illustrate contrasts. Sophomores also take an extended look at the world's major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They read samples of sacred texts from these traditions, study the artwork surrounding each tradition, and grapple with the questions raised through lively class discussion.
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