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Oedipus Wrecks

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Transcript of Oedipus Wrecks

Oedipus Wrecks
Objectives
Students will:
Posit definitions of "tragedy," "tragic hero," and "tragic flaw;"
Determine why Oedipus is considered a tragic hero upon reiewing the plot of
Oedipus the King
;
Determine specific qualities of a presentation of
Oedipus the King
that support the sense of tragedy in the play by reading and discussing the article
Private Horror Made Public
;
Explore how literary and historical figures meet the definition of "tragic hero;"
Synthesize the concept of "tragic hero" as examined in class in writing a play script based on a present-day tragic hero.
Perform their play at the Festival Dionysius.
The Driving Question
Will the structure of Aristotle's Greek tragedy work in a modern day tragic play?
Overview of Lesson
Activities and Procedures
In their journals, students respond to the following questions: What does "tragic" mean? What is your definition of "tragedy?" Share respones.
Storytelling - tell the
Legend of Oedipus.
Read the play
Oedipus the King
.
Analyze the play using Aristotle's plot structure and six characteristics of a tragedy from his book
Poetics
.
View select portions of the film
Oedipus Rex
. View a moder tragedy such as
A Streetcar Named Desire
or
The Death of a Salesman
.
Read the article
Private Horror Made Public
. Discuss focus questions.
In groups, students generate two lists: tragic heroes from literature and tragic heroes from history. Discuss
In groups, students search online newspapers from around the world for a story that will serve as a stimulus for a tragic hero.
Devise a performance inspired by their stimulus.
Write a script to perform.
Resources/Materials
Text of
Oedipus the King
translated by Paul Roche
MacBooks
Oedipus the King
:
Curriculum Unit
by The Center for Learning
Films
Oedipus Rex
(1957 Abraham Polonsky, Director and
A Streetcar Named Desire
New York Times article
Private Horror Made Public
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/featured_articles/20001006friday.html
Online newspapers
http://www.onlinenewspapers.com
http://www.world-newspapers.com
Alabama Course of Study
Theatre Levels I and II
Outcome
In this lesson, students explore the concept of the "tragic hero" and how such characters are relevant in theatre, literature, and history. Students confirm how various literary and historic characters meet the criteria necessary to be classified as "tragic heros" and write a play script inspired by a modern day "tragic hero" they discover from an online search of newspapers from around the world.

Students perform their own devised modern tragic scenes before an audience at the Festival Dionysus.
I.4 Explain emotional responses to a dramatic performance.
I.5 Use appripriate theatre vocabulary.
I.6 Explain artistic choices made collaboratively by a group.
I.8 Compare various theatre styles from different time periods and cultures.
II.2 Analyze scripts.
II.3 Use the components of playwriting to create short scenes.
III.1 Create characters, situations, and events based on research to introduce a theatrical production.
Lesson adapted from the New York Times Oedipus Wrecks
Exploring the Tragic Hero in Literature and in History Lesson Plan Archive 2000
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