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1 Woden s Day, April 3: Count No Man Happy EQ1: What are hubris and hamartia? EQ2: How did Greek Drama operate, and what is dramatic irony? Welcome! Get paper, wits, pen/pencil, yesterday s work, brown textbook! Yucky Chickens Opening Freewrite: hubris and hamartia Brief Lecture: Greek Drama Reading: Sophocles, Oedipus The King o Students read to find Dramatic Irony ELABLRL2: Student identifies, analyzes, an applies knowledge of theme ELABLRL3: Student relates literature to historical and modern contexts ELABLRL5: Student acquires new vocabulary; uses correctly reading/writing ELABLRC2: Student has discussion related to learning in all subject areas ELABLRC4: Student establishes context for information acquired by reading ELA12W4: Student uses timed and process writing to develop, revise, evaluate ELA12LSV1: Student has student-teacher, student-student, group discussions

2 Closing Freewrite (100 words): EEEEWW!!! Most people feel revulsion at reading the story of Oedipus; that s why it s a tragedy. Write about one part of the story that you found creepy, gross, awful, or otherwise yucky and explain what makes it so. What I expected: What surprised me:

3 Freewrites: hubris, hamartia and Tragedy Remember from yesterday s notes: o hubris think you have it all figured out, know the Truth. Remember Socrates: only Gods know Truth. If you are hubristic, you think you can outsmart the gods. o hamartia holding logically inconsistent notions in the mind; i.e., simultaneously believing and disbelieving something. Yesterday a woman told you you d be killed by chicken, and you responded. Now look back at what you wrote, and evaluate it by those standards. Freewrite (100 wds): Did your answer show o hubris? Or o hamartia? Or o Both? Or o Neither? Your answer must demonstrate that you understand the term(s).

4 Greek Drama: The Basics o Drama o Greek actors wore masks onstage. o Violence never occurs onstage! Killings happen offstage; literally obscene ( off-stage, not fit for the stage) o Protagonist = first actor NOT good guy! o Main character can be a jerk! o Comedy and Tragedy o Don t think funny/sad ; think happy ending/sad ending o Tragic Flaw character trait that causes a good man to fall o Often it s the same character trait that makes him goo o Dramatic Irony we know something a character onstage does not know; this causes tension, interest, pathos o Greek audiences (like Shakespeare s) already know the plot. The fun is seeing how the characters will react to what we already know.

5 CLOZE: Write questions and answers on back of last page of today s Reading Guide packet 1. What did Greek actors wear onstage? 2. How were violent acts in Greek plays staged? 3. What does the word obscene literally mean? 4. What is a protagonist? 5. What is the most important difference between comedy and tragedy? 6. Define: Tragic Flaw 7. Define: Dramatic Irony

6 TURN IN TODAY: o Opening Freewrite: hamartia, hubris, and chicken death o CLOZE: Introduction to Greek Drama o Reading Guide: Dramatic Irony in Oedipus Reading Guide: Sophocles, Oedipus The King Sophocles, Oedipus the King, tr. Robert Fagles (pp ) Reading The Legend of Oedipus in your textbook told you almost all you need to know about the story; I would add only that, at the end, when they realize the full truth of their existence, Jocasta kills herself, and Oedipus gouges out his eyes and leaves town. Remember: the audience knew all of this before they sat down to watch the play, but characters onstage did not. This situation is known as dramatic irony: actions on stage are

7 dramatic precisely because we know something that a character does not know. Oedipus is entirely about dramatic irony; and that s what you ll look for as you read. As you read, look very closely at everything Oedipus says in those pages, and find at least five examples of dramatic irony in HIS words. For each, write down the exact words that show dramatic irony, write the line numbers, and explain what makes the passage ironic. (And guess what? You can use these five quotations as part of your Reading Journal!) Passage showing Dramatic Irony (include line numbers) Explain what makes it Dramatic Irony (at least 100 words use more paper if needed) 1 Passage showing Dramatic Irony (include line numbers) Explain what makes it Dramatic Irony (at least 100 words use more paper if needed) 2

8 3 Passage showing Dramatic Irony (include line numbers) Explain what makes it Dramatic Irony (at least 100 words use more paper if needed) 4

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