1. Go to https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/1241706 for 23 new vocabulary words BEFORE you begin reading Oedipus at Colonus. Identify as many words on as you can find between pages 283 and 302 (where you will end your reading for the day). We learn best in context. So, be sure you check the definition of the words as you hit the places where they are used.
2. As you read, pay attention to how Oedipus is depicted. Contrast and compare this Oedipus to the one in Oedipus Rex by inserting post-it notes at relevant pages with a quick note from you contrasting/comparing this depiction of Oedipus from the one you have just concluded in Oedipus Rex.
3. Memorize the first part of Aristotle’s definition of tragedy: “Tragedy, then, is an imitation of action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude.” It may be on the quiz on Friday (yes, there will be a quiz on some of the 18 vocabulary words, anagnorisis, peripeteia, catharsis, hubris, eleos, phobos, stichomythia, and some questions about the play Oedipus Rex).
NOTE: Continue memorizing all previously assigned vocabulary words. Also, begin memorizing your own vocabulary words and know how to use them. Create a system that works for you.
1. Finish reading the play (237-251).
2. Re-read pages 159-181. This time, write down into your notebook all the LINE NUMBERS and phrases in which the following words are used: seeing, sight, blindness. Why do you think there are so many such lines? As you re-read this section, also note a few places that you now recognize as examples of dramatic irony (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dramatic+irony).
3. Continue memorizing all 18 previously assigned vocabulary words. Be prepared to show your understanding of all these words on a possible quiz on Friday (and your understanding of what is going on in the play). You should also know stichomythia, eleos, phobos, catharsis, hamartia, anagnorisis, and peripeteia).
1. Read pages 222-237. Write two double-entry journals–at least two entries again–on a passage that you think is intensely emotional and another one on a passage that makes you contemplate or think deeply about such issues as free will vs. fate, individual responsibility, or anything else.
2. Know the 10 vocabulary words assigned previously. Also review the meanings of the literary terms hamartia, anagnorisis, peripeteia, hubris, eleos, phobos, mimesis, catharsis and stichomythia.
3. Continue memorizing the following words:
1. Clairvoyant 2. Sanctimonious 3. Pious 4. Marauding 5. Fathom (v.) 6. Qualm 7. Curry (v.) 8. Hearsay. (Some of the definitions under the words on vocabulary.com are not the ones that make sense in the context of the play. So, I will post the three words here with the definitions that work for the play. Primed (v.): to prepare and to inform. Fathom (v.): to penetrate the truth of. Curry (v.) to seek to advance oneself through flattery or fawning. When you check the words for meanings, see what other meaning the word has by clicking on the word and scrolling down for additional meanings. If I provide the part of speech for the word as v. for example, you know it is used as a verb in the play and the definition of the word should be the verb form of it.
4. Here is more information on Sigmund Freud’s famous “Oedipal Complex Theory”: http://psychology.about.com/od/oindex/g/def_oedipuscomp.htm
- Read pages 202-222. Write two double-entry journal entries this time–one on a passage that you think is intensely emotional and another one on a passage that makes you contemplate or think deeply about such issues as free will vs. fate, individual responsibility, or anything else). Remember: the entry on the other side of the quotes should contain more than a mere summary of what you quote. Reflect upon, connect, question, and/or analyze something in the lines you selected.
- Continue memorizing vocabulary words assigned yesterday 1. Zeal (n.) 2. Spurn (v.) 3. Primed (v.) 4. Luxuriate (v.) 5. Revile (v.) 6. Mantic (adj.) 7. Brunt (n.) 8. Cortege (n.) 9. Rout (v.) 10. Suborn (v.)]. You will be expected to know and be able to use the terms we reviewed today in class (hamartia, anagnorisis (“the point in the plot especially of a tragedy at which the protagonist recognizes his or her or some other character’s true identity or discovers the true nature of his or her own situation,” peripeteia (a sudden or unexpected reversal of circumstances or situation), hubris, eleos (pity), phobos (fear), mimesis, and catharsis.
- Go back to https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/1220602. Begin memorizing the remaining words: 1. Clairvoyant 2. Sanctimonious 3. Pious 4. Marauding 5. Fathom (v.) 6. Qualm 7. Curry (v.) 8. Hearsay. You should know all 18 words by next Friday.
I understand that learning so many new words are a challenge. You may want to print them out and display them in your room if it helps to recall them better or find another way to begin memorizing them meaningfully–that is, not just by rote, but in a way that will allow for you to use them.
Have a great weekend.