Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Today in Class:
- Marie and Hannah brough Lomars donuts and we all walked into Kakos' class and ate them in front of them
- We made an illustration describing who we were, just with markers and paper in class, to hang up for back to school night.
- Got our "Who Are You" college essays back
-Continued reading in Oedipus

-Pick your favorite of the three essays that we have written so far to bring to class on Friday. You should bring it on a jump drive if you have one, or through email. On Friday we will be assigned laptops and we will peer edit them in class. If your not fond of any of the essays you've written so far, you can write a 4th essay on your own topic. If you need help on choosing a new topic, see Smith in her office where she has a book full of ideas!

Oedipus Notes:

Today, we started reading on page 27 where the chorus speaks.

-Chorus: represents the feelings of the citizens of Thebes

-The Chorus is doubting the genuity of Tiresius; is it possible for one man to know more than others? Why has Tiresius been the chosen prophet?--"Zeus and Apollo, it is true, understand and know in full the events of man's life. But whether a mere man knows the truth- whether a human prophet knows more than I do- who is to be a fair judge of that?"(pg. 28).
- The Chorus is unsure on what they want done or who they really believe: "I cannot agree with him, nor speak against him. I do not know what to say. I waver in hope and fear; I cannot see forward or back"(pg. 28).
-We noticed that they raised alot of good questions which shows that these people are
well educated

When Oedipus and Creon start talking, the reader can see alot of the major differences between Oedipus and Creon and what kind of people they are.
-Creon is much more bold and more of a man; he knows that he did nothing wrong and he says that he is willing to stake his life on it: "If you find that I conspired with the prophet Tiresias, then condemn me to death, not by a single vote, but by a double, yours and mine both"(pg. 34).
-Creon tells Oedipus if he is going to talk about him and threaten to banish him and accuse him of playing a part in the murder, then to say it to his face rather than behind his back to all of Thebes: "But do not accuse me in isolation, on private, baseless fancy. It is not justice to make the mistake of taking bad men for good or good for bad" (pg. 34).
-Creon says "When I dont understand something, I keep quiet"- he is the second person along with Tiresius to tell Oedipus to stop talking and listen
-In all of this, while Creon is staking his life on the truth, all Oedipus could do is accuse Creon of playing a role in the murder, he wasn't really that interested in hearing what Creon had to say
-Creon's last sentence foreshadows what is going to happen later in the book:"...Time alone reveals the just man- the unjust you can recognize in one short day"
-Creon may be beginning to believe that Oedipus has something to do with the
murder? Creon knows that in time, people will see that he is innocent because he
knows he's done nothing wrong; Maybe he is saying that soon, all of Thebes will
recognize that Oedipus is the murderer

Tragic Hero Qualities from pgs. 27-34

1. Paranoia- When Oedipus is talking to Creon he goes on and on about this complicated plot that Creon and Tiresius must have put together to bring Oedipus down, he is absolutely convinced that the two of them are in on this together and that they are determined to overthrow Oedipus as King: "What did you take me for when you made this plot- a coward? Or a fool? Did you think I wouldn't notive this conspiracy of yours creeping up on me in the dark? That once I saw it I wouldn't defend myself?"(pg. 30). He continues to talk about this conspiracy to Creon and how he knows what they were trying to do, when there was no conspiracy!

2. Creating a scapegoat- Tragic heroes always try to find someone else to pin the blame on, to keep from thie own self destruction. In this case, Oedipus has to at least be considering that he might have murdered Laius, and he knows that Creon and Tiresius are and yet he is blaming them and trying to banish them.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Scribe 8-25

Today in class:
- College Essay and Oedipus quiz handed back
-Turned in College Essay #2
-Read Oedipus through page 15
Use sticky notes
Look for dramatic Irony
Relation to a hero?
What is a hero?
tragic hero?

College Essay # 3
-double spaced
-12 size font
Questions to think about while brainstorming...
-What seperates you from everyone else?
-What makes you, you??
- Are you unique?
Do not start writing Sunday night
Having troubles? Ask friends or family to help brainstorm with you


What is in the middle of the stage?
the Altar

The word Supplication:
Asking the gods
Humble and realize that mistakes are made

What is your first impression of Oedipus?
Words to think about:
The priest is introduced in the first scene, what is his roll?
He talks to Oedipus and tells him he understands why Oedipus is upset.
But the Priest wonders what is going on in Thebes
the answer is people are dying in Thebes
pg 7
city of Thebes
2. " We must not let it grow so far that it is beyond cure" pg 9
cure a disease. The disease is the plague that is growing in Thebes

Dramatic Irony:
-Want to banish the murderer of Laius, We know Oedipus killed Laius
- Oedipus says he has never seen Laius before, pg 10.
- We the readers know he has seen Laius before
Laius is Oedipus's father and Oedipus killed Lauis
What is a hero?
-Is it someone who takes it all on?
EX. Oedipus shows confidence to take on the plague and the city of Thebes. Does that make Oedipus a hero??


On page 11 Creon uses robbers when talking about who killed Laius and Oedipus uses robber. Interesting? I think so! hmmm....

Later on page 12 Oedipus says Creon and Apollo have done well...Oedipus acts like he can deal with everything that happens in Thebes and can take it from there. Creon and Apllo have done enough. Oedipus thinks he is better, therefore can handle everything from now on.

On pg 13-14 the Chorus talks about war. What is war?
Things to consider:
-Spiritual war?
- the people have themselves therefore they put everything into it. 100% effort. Is that good to do?

Last thing to ponder on,
Think about Oedipus without honor.
Does Oedipus even have honor?
Can he not have honor?

If you have questions please see Ms. Smith, me mbailey, or another classmate!!
Have a Great Weekend!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Scribe 8-23

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Scribe: Katie
What we did in class:
1.Smith collected our class expectations that should be signed by parents.
2.Clair and Amy passed out donuts and we ate them.
3.Then we took a quiz over the Oedipus packets that Smith gave us on Monday.
4.Then we went over and discussed Oedipus notes.
What you need to do if you missed class:
1.Turn in class expectations to Smith and make sure it is signed.
2. Come in on an off- hour to make up Oedipus quiz.
You should study the packets that we got on Monday and pay attention to vocabulary terms. Most vocabulary terms are italicized. Material on the quiz comes from all the packets.
3. Look over Oedipus notes below and write down things you were unaware of. Make sure to understand a tragedy, and a tragic hero. If these terms are still unclear after reading the notes go in and talk to Smith.

Oedipus Notes
Aristotle’s definition-an imitation of an action that is serious, complete and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artful ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play, in the form of action, not of narration; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these and similar emotions.
Imitation- representation of life
Complete- beginning, middle, and end all presented
Certain magnitude- events must happen to a person of some importance Ornamental language- verse form, form of action, not narration, sung.
Purgation- cleansing the audience experiences at the end of the play.
• The audience must see human behavior in a
decision-making situation.
• The audience becomes aware of human failure and
• The audience is moved to pity for the way the hero
cannot avoid his circumstances and fear for the fact that he brought about his own downfall.
Greek Tragedy- courageous individuals who confront powerful forces within or outside themselves with a dignity that reveals the breadth and depth of the human spirit in the face of failure, defeat, and even death.
o Prologue- opening speech which sets the stage
o Parados- chorus gives its perspective
o Episodia- characters engage in dialogue setting in
motion their conflicts
o Stasimon- chorus interprets the action and reacts to
o Exodus- resolution occurs
Tragic Hero:
• Must essentially be a good person who through some
error of judgment, or weakness in character brings doom on himself. The character most be of high standing so his fall seems for terrifying.
• Must be more admirable in defeat than he was before
• Self-understanding must evolve for the hero-
however, the choice he made was not the intended outcome (transfiguration)
• Not sure whether there is order in the universe
• Concerned about man for good or evil, or could be
indifferent to humanity
• At times he feels part of society and others feels
alone and rejected
• He feels as though he has divine revelations
(nobility)-gods appoint rulers idea
• Believes in his own freedom
• Supreme pride or arrogance
• Capacity for suffering- no fear of death
• Sense of commitment- once the forces have been set
in motion, there is no convincing him otherwise
• Vigorous protest of his fate- he doesn’t go down
without a fight (this is why the audience loves him!) Displays god-like qualities.
• Impact is made on the audience…a deeper
understanding of humanity
• Fate is beyond all control
• The fate of the community surrounding the tragic
hero is connected to him. If the tragic hero suffers so must the community.
• Tragic hero is ennobled by his newly gained
self-knowledge and wisdom. Needs to find the truth about himself. Searching for his identity.
Catharsis-spiritual cleansing in the audience at the end of the play. Allows us to see vulnerability of mankind and that everything will work out as it should.
Hamartia- an internal tragic flaw, shortcoming, wrong act. However, this can also be outside the characters control.
Hubris- character flaw of overwhelming arrogance or pride Dramatic irony- the audience is aware of the background and fate of the characters. Aware of what fate will befall the tragic hero.
Peripeteia- (reversal) the point in which the hero’s fortune s turn in an unexpected direction.
Ananorsis- (recognition) previously unknown information is revealed and results in recognition.
Verbal irony- lines that contain double meanings or ambiguity
Greek Theater:
• Began as worship to the god Dionysus, god of
festivals and fertility
• Ran by the state- paid for all expenses
• Contests for the plays that were submitted
• Drama associated with religious and community
values…their plays celebrate their civilization.
• Chorus- 12-24 people. Provided the connection
between the audience and the actors.
• Orchestra- "dancing place" where the chorus chanted
lines and danced
• Skene- stage building that also served as dressing
• Very little set change- relied mostly upon
imagination of the audience
• 14,000 could attend
• Actors-
o No females
o 2-3 on stage
o Wore large masks that conveyed basic emotions
o Mouthpieces in the masks worked to project the sound
of their voice
o No elaborate actions- violence took place off stage
and was retold by messengers. Focus was on larger speeches instead.
o 496-406 B.C.
o Statesman, general, treasurer, priest, dramatist
o Antigone, Oedipus the King, and Oedipus at Colonus
o Focus was on powerful characters full of ambition
o Reduced the role of the chorus and shifted more
emphasis on the actors
Oedipus the King:
o Prophecy
o Laius and Jocasta- Thebes
o "swollen foot"
o King and Queen of Corinth
o Prophecy comes true!
o Sphynx- solving the riddle
o Plague on Thebes
o Themes:
o Quest for identity
o Nature of innocence and guilt
o Nature of moral responsibility
o Human will versus fate
o Abuse of power

Homework: Homework assigned in class today that is due in class on Friday August 25 is responding to the following question in essay form. It should be in 12 pt. font, double spaced and one and a half pages long.
How have you been impacted by your parents, friends, or a significant individual?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

What do you think?

Read the following article...Inspite of everything that has happened at our school over the past weekend, is this your class? Is this your generation? How can we relate this to the literature we are studying?,2777,DRMN_23916_4622800,00.html