Before we jump in to class, we need to touch base on your writing! Two big things to know/remember–
- Monday is complicated. Many of you are finishing Task 1, stressed to the max, since it’s over on Friday the 9th at 4:00 p.m. whether you’ve finished it or not. But we also are booked to start Task 2 on Monday, which requires some significant direct instruction. So heads up that our writing time may be severely limited. But as I’ve said many times before (sorry, but it’s true): procrastination on your part does not equal an emergency on mine. I get a full week on first drafts, so anything that’s not in to me today doesn’t necessarily come back to you before the due date.
- So now many of you are wondering: what happens if I don’t finish the task? Well I hope you do–it’s been my experience that successfully finishing the first task really does help you get a good sense of the rhythm of a task and what needs to be done when to make it work. But just in case, here is the grading breakdown on partially completed tasks:
- Finish one proposal, no revisions 20/100
- Revise proposal at least once 25/100
- Accepted proposal 33/100
- Finish one draft, no revisions 50/100
- Revise draft at least once 60/100
- Accepted draft, no reflection 70/100
Then for the rest of today you’ll continue your work with Antigone.
FIRST We’ll have a politics presentation from Foster and a specific look at the Politics of Sophocles. The Foster nutshell is pretty simple:
- Literature tends to be written by people interested in the problems of the world, so most of it has a political element.
- We must understand the cultural and political environment of the writer to see his/her politics.
- By “political,” we don’t mean republican v democrat. Instead, we mean that literature is interested in political issues, specifically
- Individualism and self determination against the needs of society for conformity and stability
- Power structures
- Relations among classes
- Issues of rights and justice
- Interactions between diverse groups (sexes/genders, racial and ethnic constituencies, etc.)
Analysis: Clearly this Ode highlights concepts of government, man’s power over nature and the power of fate/death over man. It seems like the notion of man being able to think and govern is really meaningful—and the threat of not having government or laws is pretty scary. This seems to tie to the scene because it’s clear that Creon is really severe about the law he’s made. He is determined that it be obeyed, and he’s totally freaked out at the idea of his laws being disobeyed.
THIRD: you’ll read Scene II (pp 781-787). If you don’t finish it, you can read online. Our translation of Antigone is available here.
FOR HOMEWORK: in your lab book –>
- Stop and paraphrase Ode II in your lab book, just like the sample above.
- Then, just like I did above, please theorize what the ODE has to do with the SCENE that you’ve read. Remember the chorus is trying to emphasize themes, react as an ideal audience, and give us background information. Which of those things does this ode do? How do you know?
- THEN reflect back through the presentations you saw today. What political perspective do you see in these two odes? What possible political issues could Sophocles (through the chorus) be commenting on?