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Transcript of Greek Tragedy
Today we will explore themes and historical context needed to understand the play "Oedipus the King" by researching Greek Gods.
Recall some elements of a tragedy
What are some characteristics of the archetype of the tragic hero?
Today we will explore the elements of Greek Tragedy as pre-reading to "Oedipus the King"
Today we will continue to explore the background information for Oedipus the King
Describe the idea you think is best
Take a Stand Activity
We will be reading "Oedipus The King" by Sophocles
I will be reading comments directly related to the play's themes
Analyze the comment and decide where you "stand" on the issue
Where are we?
Earliest Greek civilizations lived 4,000 years ago
Their cultures still impact our lives in arts, philosophy, science, math, literature, and politics.
Democracy, theater, olympics, marathon, alphabet
Comedy and Tragedy
Romeo and Juliet
What is a SYMBOL?
In Your Group:
Come up with a list of possible symbols in Oedipus
Make note of textual evidence that proves that these are in fact symbols
Refer back to the pros and cons
Explain how it will help
Describe the next steps
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
Belonging to a
very distant past;
no longer in
This is the general area
495-406 BC SOPHOCLES
In complete sentences, discuss with your partner:
What part of the world are we currently studying about?
What time frame are we referring to?
Name two contributions that Ancient Greece had on modern society.
The Role of the Gods
Usually, gods have a huge role in Greek plays and poems
They affect the plot of Oedipus indirectly
Before we read, you will conduct a small research assignment on a Greek god that appears in the play.
HISTORICAL CONTEXT- political, social, cultural, and economic environment related to historical moments
We will be reading Oedipus The King by Sophocles
What is important about its historical context?
What role did the
What did we learn today?
Forget everything you think you know..
How would you distinguish comedy and tragedy?
Romeo and Juliet
a comedy or tragedy?
First examined and written about by
(384-322 BC) in
- The imitation in dramatic form of an action that is serious and complete, with incidents arousing pity and fear wherewith it effects a
of such emotions.
Catharsis- the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.
Characteristics of Tragedy
Chief characters are noble and perform noble actions
The plot involves change in the protagonist's fortune
usually falls from happiness to misery
Protagonist not perfect, but not a bad person
failure is not due to character flaw
misfortunes are a result of
HAMARTIA - a mistake or error in judgement;
a criminal act commited in ignorance of some fact or for the sake of a greater good
Reversal and Discovery
The best tragic plots involve a reversal, a discovery, or both.
REVERSAL-A change from one state of things within the play to its opposite
DISCOVERY- a change from ignorance to knowledge
A very typical example of character, an action, or situation that seems to represent common patterns of human life
Often, archetypes include a symbol, a theme, a setting, or a character that some critics think have a common meaning in an entire culture, or even the entire human race
These images have particular emotional resonance and power
Archetypes recur in different times and places
Archetype of the Tragic Hero
1. Man of
/not ordinary/usually prince or king
2. Good, though not perfect, his fall results of
He may have a
- some fault of character (quick to anger, jealousy, pride)
3. Hero's downfall is his own fault, the result of his own
, not the result of accident or villainy or fate.
4. The hero's misfortune is not wholly deserved;
the punishment exceeds the crime,
his fall fills us with pity and fear
5. Though the fall may result in death, the protagonist gains some
-insight, increased awareness, or knowledge about something
6. Does not leave audience in a state of depression but proves to be a
Is Romeo and Juliet a tragedy?
Why or why not
Look over your notes on tragedy and provide specific reasoning for your answer
Romeo and Juliet
Plays were preformed at religious festivals to honor Dionysus
Preformed in an outdoor theater carved out of a hillside
All male cast- 3 at a time
All men in masks
Provide background and summary material
Comment on the themes
Express things characters cannot say such as fears and secrets
Interact with characters and offer
the god of prophesy
the sea goddess;
the goddess of love;
the war god;
the goddess of the hunt;
the goddess of wisdom;
the wine god;
the goddesses of fate and revenge;
the Underworld god;
the sun god;
the nature god;
the chief god.
Read Perrine's Page
1303-1307 & 1115-1119-
Finish Greek God Project
An object, person, name, etc. that contains several layers of meaning, often concealed at first sight