Friday, February 3, 2017

Class Notes: 2/3/17
I was gonna tell a joke about free will, but I decided not to tell it.
Sorry guys I realize that my jokes are getting bad but its mid terms week and I’m tired
Dear mr. stewart, if you read this note, my name is Lootziah not luizah

Red= important Blue= my thoughts Black= Notes Highlight= Star Five Info

The general good come before the individual good?

We are our own worst enemy because
Wait if we have a boundary that we can change, then why when Oedipus tries to change his fate does all this terrible stuff happen? Isn’t this contradictory to the freedom vs. happiness paradox?

How are we our own worst enemy?
Is Sophocles saying try and change your fate or don’t try and change your fate?
Gods have the same emotions and conscious as us because they are projections of ourselves, we create them so we can better control ourselves?
Our reach should exceed our grasp?
Why else would there be a heaven?
We think with our freedom that we control everything?
- We are our own worst enemies because we think we can control everything, so what the gods represent is that which is outside our control…
The biggest think about drama, even more meta cognitive, bring to light and
What darkness represents is the unknown, we self surpass by bringing the darkness to light?
Carpe Diem….

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Class Notes 2/2/17: Honors English

Class Notes: 2/2/17
            Re-Read: Oedipus as need to know nuts and bolts for final test
Red= important Blue= My thoughts Black= Notes Highlight= Star Five Info

Mid terms this week! Remember guys it could be worse… you could have killed your dad and are sleeping with your mom!
A fun fact for everyone during this week of stress and frustration:
Banging your head against the wall burns 150 calories per hour!!

Oedipus- is vicariously symbolic of humanity
-       Does not think clearly while he thinks rashly
-       He is a hero because soon he will have his moment of anagnosis
Page 16: “Certainly but show me a man who can force the hand of heaven”
o   This represents the paradox of pre determination vs. happiness
-       We can’t control everything, but we control is our emotions, with our reasoning “gnothi Seaton”
o   Should we remain stoic to outside emotions? Is this good in all situations? We control when we can reason- is this the ultimate control we have over our lives?
o   Some believe Sophocles believe is an existentialist- what fate is, is the sum total of our actions, which is the sum total of our decisions.

Reading: 16-
Oedipus wants to find a man who can control fate; the chorus thinks the next best thing is Tiresias of Apollo (Creon advised Oedipus to send for Tiresias)
-       Interesting that he hasn’t come twice
-       Interesting that Creon suggested it
Oedipus sees that Oedipus is going to kill his father, and he and the woman he loves most are wrapped in sin
In this play we have a blind seer, but while Oedipus has his eyes he is blind to the truth, and when he sees the truth he blinds himself
-       Because of his Anger Oedipus believes that Creon is trying to take the throne (he is thinking rashly)
o   We are our own worst enemy- This fits together with freedom vs. happiness, we hold ourselves because of our herd mentality, we want to dumb ourselves down, we are our own worst threshold guardians
o   Does Sophocles understand that gods are anthropomorphic projections of ourselves? Are we our own worst enemies?
§  The gods represent our boundaries, (ie. Predetermination)- all in all, we control them because they are the limits we set upon ourselves
-       Reasoning between Creon wanting to be king, and Tiresias helping him
o    “what ambushed envy dogs your trail” - envy
o   “Oh life so pinnacled on fame” –fame ie. Immortality
o   “Oh wealth on sovereignty” – wealth and power
-       Every culture has a scape goat, every culture has this in order to renew itself, we love to successful people fall
-       Seers would take birds and dissect them to see what the gods want from them in their entrails.
-       Who are you???????
-       This is our unconscious, we are Oedipus, there are dark bad things in us that we don’t want to know, you cannot repress these bad things. What Freud shows is that is we repress things we still bring them to light in mainly worse ways
-       If we face the truth about things, we can become self-surpassing and fix them!
-       Oedipus will become a hero because he will discover who he is, and he will see who he is,  he will not be able to react well to this because he will act rashly – out of shame
If you have gotten this far in my messy notes I commend you and hope you are having a great day!

European Literature Notes 2/2/17

Letter to Senator Merkley Due tomorrow at the end of class

Or Monday

You are writing a letter
Open with "Dear Senator Merkley"
A little preamble about context for the debate
Pose your opinion and reasons (optionally)
Could separate paragraphs according to reasons or sources (former is better)
Be sure to refute the opposition at some point, whether in your body paragraphs or conclusion.
Best reason last
Make it only so long as it is good
Need to use at least three sources.
Use thematically appropriate vocabulary

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Class Notes: 1/31/17
            Re read Oedipus As needed to know
            Nuts & Bolts for FINAL TEST 

Luzia’s Joke of the day:
Why is Oedipus so against swearing?
Because he kisses his mother with that mouth!

Paradox: Freedom vs. Happiness- we don’t want to be responsible for our decisions because of the consequences that may follow
Gods are our perception of who is responsible for our fates
Pavlov- would ring a bell and feed a dog, and monitored the pattern of food and association
  Ignorance is bliss, herd mentality, if we break out of the herd we face alienation, this is the crab bucket mentality, we pull ourselves down because we do not want to be alienated
Ostracized- worse than death, because it is death while being aware, every day we live with being outside the community, walking, living, death
Because we are animals we have the herd mentality- stick to the middle and you’ll survive Meden Agan? Is away to conform, to excel within our society, but not necessarily excelling on a personal scale

Notes from the Reading Oedipus:

Prologue- Oedipus and Priest, city is not fertile, the crops are dying, Oedipus needs to find the cure, Oedipus sends Jocastas brother to the temple of Apollo to find out the cause and Oedipus swears to follow whatever he is told

Monday, January 30, 2017

1/30/17: Class Notes
            Prepare for 50 pt Drama quiz
Luzia’s philosophy joke of the day:
Why do Marxists only drink horrible tea?
Because all proper-tea is theft
 Vocab in Red
My Thoughts in blue
Stewart’s thoughts in green
Paradox: a seeming contradiction that is nonetheless true (fate/destiny/gods/nature/murphy’s law)
Pre- determined: 99% of our life is determined for us but we are still most in control of who we are, 1% free will
Tragedy is how we deal with what were dealt: what were dealt is the pre determination and free will is what we deal, this is what tragedy teaches us
-       Protagonist characters are always positive or negative examples of the theme, in tragedy they are always negative example
-       In Greek mythology the predetermination are our gods but the gods are anthropomorphic projections of ourselves therefore pre determination is our self imposed boundaries
Freedom vs. Happiness: with freedom comes responsibility and as humans we don’t like responsibility- pre determination is the easiest way for us to be happy
-       Ignorance is Bliss: we don’t want the freedom, if we are relieved of the decision, we are relieved of the responsibility
-       This begins at about 600 bce  
-       Existentialism- jean paul satre named it that because we are the only human in the humans whose essence precedes our existence  
o   Satre Paradox: You are condemned to be free, for every decision has a consequence, we are a sum of our decisions

Came from religions rites to Dionysus: the god of the grape, the god of wine, the god of darkness, the god of having a good time, and the god of madness, the god of suffering- Syncretic god

In elusius, there were festivals held for Demeter, they have not been handed down, no one know what they consisted of.  Demeter and Dionysus, we can relate to them because they both suffered. Dionysus had a group of devotees; they loved him to death, before the society was controlled by the patriarchy, the society was a matriarchy. When the society was controlled by the matriarchy, there was a ritual, they would get drunk, they would then hunt a man and tear him limb from limb. So when the male military patriarchy took over. (Remember that men wrote all these stories down and took keep a feminist perspective on these stories). The fates are female. Now during the female festival they substitute a goat. This is where scape goats come from.