Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Scribe 9-6

Today in Class:
-Received papers on our independent study project
- Each of us got a packet of books to choose from, we have until friday to choose which book
want to read, and then we will annotating and reading them in small groups (of whoever
else is reading your book)
-We also got the rubric on how our final college essay would be graded
-ate donuts
-Got into our circle and read Oedipus for the rest of class

Homework:
-Set up a conference time with Mrs. Smith, the final college essay is due Friday
-Choose your top three independent study books

Oedipus Notes:
Today we read pages 35-46

-Oedipus is essentially freaking out at the beginning of the reading because all the accusations he's gotten about him being the murderer; He is threatening to either banish or kill Creon because he believes Creon has plotted Oedipus' downfall and is a traitor to Thebes.
-The Chorus (who, as we know represents Thebes) is finally showing some resistance to Oedipus' decisions; They are not backing Oedipus up on his feelings towards Creon, they think he is being way to rash and hasty and should put more trust in Creon:
-"Think over your decision, take her advice, I beg you...Creon was no fool before and now
his oath increases his stature. Respect him" (pg. 37)
--could be foreshadowing of Oedipus' downfall, he is beginning to feel rejected
from the community, the city of Thebes is no longer on his side.
-When Oedipus clues Jocasta in on everything that's going on, she reveals her feelings about the gods and about prophets; They are negative feelings, she tells Oedipus that she doesn't believe anyone who believes the gods speak through him. She says that she stopped believing the prophecies years ago when a certain prophet told her about the curse of Laius, and about her son marrying his mother and killing his father- not realizing that prophecy actually did come true.
-"There is no human being born that is endowed with prophetic power...Don't pay any
attention to prophecies. If God seeks or needs anything, he will easily make it clear to
us himself"(pg. 41).
--Calling prophets and gods bogus could lead to bad karma in Jocasta's future;
We see again her placing herself and her family above the gods, believing they
are more important
-Jocasta tells the story of where Laius died and how he was killed and Oedipus FINALLY realizes that he might actually be the one who killed Laius without knowing it. Jocasta tells him that Laius along with a band of servants and bodyguards were killed, and only one survived. The survivor is now a shepherd in a different village- he retreated Thebes after witnessing the murder and then seeing Oedipus, the murderer come to power. Oedipus orders that the Shepherd be found and brought to the palace, that way the really story can be confirmed and Oedipus will know if Creon and Tiresius were telling the truth.
-At the end of the reading, we noticed that Oedipus suddenly humbles himself once he realizes he may not be so high and mighty afterall; after all his talk about being better than the gods, as soon as he realizes that he is in big trouble, he calls on the gods for help
-"I beg you, holy majesty of God!"(pg. 46).

**Tragic Hero Qualities**
- Oedipus realizes his flaws and mistakes he has made that could now lead to his downfall (realizes that he might be the murderer)
-"And the man who called down these curses on me was myself, no one else" (pg. 46).
-Oedipus is isolated from the community, the chorus is starting to side with Creon rather than their King; Oedipus feels alone and rejected
-Oedipus feels a strong sense of commitment to fix the mess, even though he may have been the one who created it. He wants to solve the mystery as soon as possible; he feels obligated to do so as the King

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