If you missed class, we completed the following:
1 Students were given schema regarding the "Oedipus" myth. This information was recorded on the back of the "Greek Drama" handout. The following images were used to guide students through offering schema. If you missed class, please communicate with a friend.
2. We then read the myth together. It is located on page in your textbook. You will need to read it as homework!
3. Students worked on Journal #5 entitled "Oedipus." They were given two moral questions, and then asked to consider their own personal view, and then how the question is relevant to "Oedipus."
1. If a person is not taught that something is wrong, and then they commit that crime, are they guilty? Explain.
2. Do you believe in fate or choice? Explain.
Justification: Again, Oedipus insists that he'll make sure Laius's murderer is punished, unknowingly cursing himself. He says that he'll search out the murderer with all his might, as he would for his own father. The declaration is an example of dramatic irony because he vows to find the murderer of his own father… he just doesn't realize Laius is his father or that he is the murderer, as we do.
#3 Quote: 'I say you know not in what worst of shame. You live together with those nearest you, And see not in what evil plight you stand.'
Tiresias is trying to tell Oedipus that he has unknowingly cursed himself multiple times, but Oedipus declares Tiresias a liar and refuses to listen. Here Tiresias is hinting that Oedipus is living in shame by being married to his own mother, and Oedipus doesn't understand that hint. The dramatic irony is that we know that Oedipus should be listening to Tiresias because he's telling the truth, but Oedipus refuses to acknowledge the claim. Also ironically, although Tiresias is physically blind, Oedipus is the one who can't see the situation he's in. By the end of the play, Oedipus will have physically blinded himself as punishment.
3. Anticipate a quiz covering "Oedipus" on Monday!