WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?
Plato: For the greater good.
Karl Marx: It was a historical inevitability.
Machiavelli: So that its subjects will view it with admiration, as a chicken, which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road, but also with fear, for whom among them has the strength to contend with such a paragon of avian virtue? In such a manner is the princely chicken's dominion maintained.
I don’t even know if this is a joke… but it made me laugh and it’s a good philosophy lesson- Luzia
Read: Romeo and Juliet Act I
Complete: Study Guide and vocab sheet- 1 or 2 will be collected for full points. They will be checked for 25 points.
College Bowl Oedipus Notes-
Pre determination vs. Free will: He avoids his fate and he ends up making his situation worse
- He is a tragic hero because he doesn’t know himself and ends up in his fate because he doesn’t bring the dark parts to light
What is the symbol for “How you deal with that you’re dealt”
- The cross roads, represent the decision he makes
- He couldn’t control the fact that he was in the place and time with Laius but he could control how he reacted to being there
- The cross roads represent the decisions you make that could change your life and we cant change those decisions if we aren’t aware how monumental they are GNOTHI SEATON
- Part of the cross roads is you’re presented with the decision and you can chose to act on your emotions and do the more rational act
What are the five parts of a tragic hero?
Arête, hubris, anagnorisis, ate, nemesis
What is Oedipus noted for, what is the proof of his being a tragic hero?
His intelligence- his arête is being the best king of Thebes he can be. His hubris is “Solving the sphinx’s riddle, I didn’t need prophecy to tell me how- I did it with man’s intelligence!” Mankind can’t have so much hubris that they think that they can control everything.
- We are all born losers. Tragedy is about suffering, Dionysus is the suffering god- We relate to Dionysus because we are beings who suffer. Suffering leads to enlightenment. Humankind suffers- what makes us noble is how we take the loss.
When does Oedipus commit ate?
When he tries to change his fate.
- “Man’s reach should exceed his grasp, else why is there a heaven?”- Robert Browning
- The bounds of the gods are symbolic of the bounds we set upon ourselves- the fates are symbolic for things we cannot control, except how we deal with what we are dealt.
What is the moment of anagnorisis?
When he discovers that he is the murderer of Laius. He already knows he is the murderer, but he puts himself to light to help Thebes.
What is his nemesis?
He blinds himself
- Because ignorance is bliss, freedom vs. happiness
- We have the freedom, but we don’t want it, we don’t want to know the truth about ourselves because that comes with responsibility and alienation.
- His nemesis is blinding himself so he cannot see what he loves- his daughter, his city, etc. He doesn’t want to see his shame (children, parents, city)
- That is a symbol of repression- driving what is in the conscious mind into the subconscious. This is dangerous for yourself- you must GNOTHI SEATON.
What is the main symbol of the play?
He has eyes but he is blind to the truth about himself. The play is symbolic of the hero’s journey, the journey of knowing yourself.