Monday, September 23, 2013

Classical Tradition: Oedipus the King

I quite enjoyed watching Westminster's production of Oedipus the King. It was definitely something I never thought I would enjoy, but it was interesting. 

In response to this question: How does this production maintain the elements of an orginal Greek tragedy? Well it maintains many aspects of the original aspects that you would see way back when, on a Greek stage.

For one, they had a chorus that sung different parts of the story line and had some light dances moves that went along with the numbers. I knew that there was music in Greek theater but I was surprised when they actually started to sing and there was a clarinet (I believe it was a clarinet) accompanying the performers. I was impressed.

The costumes were up to par as well. The chorus had many actors that would suddenly turn their costumes inside-out, change their head wear and become a different character. However, there were females casted in the play. There were not only males, so masks with wigs were not necessarily needed. Also, every actor except for Oedipus wore not boots, but nude colored shoes that could help them interchange to a peasant of the chorus or their other character. 

It was quite interesting to see how close they were to the orginal aspects of a true Greek theater in the modern age.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Classical Tradition: Oedipus' Hamartia

Hamartia: Greek; a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine. (Google)

After reading Oedipus, it was hard to pin point one hamartia because it seemed like many things accumulated to make his ultimate downfall. The biggest two would have to be his fate and his pride.

He may have not had an say in the matter, but Oedipus's fate contributed much to why he was unable to be a successful ruler of his city. Fate is something that normally goes unavoidable; you may try to run, but eventually it catches up with you one way or another.

It was prophesied that he would kill his father, take the thrown then marry his mother. Many individuals tried to keep this prophecy from being fulfilled. They tried to kill him, and even sent him to a far off land to live out his life away from the city of his mother and father's throne. Unfortunately fate, as inevitable as it is, had it's way and Oedipus was doomed to a tragic life. The prophecy was fulfilled without the knowledge of the parents, him or the citizens of the city. Only when a darkness fell onto the city was there an suspicion as to what had happened to the murderer of Old King Laius.

His fate, a chain of events that led to Oedipus blinding himself and asking to be banished, aided his downfall.

Oedipus' pride did add to his downfall because he refused to believe Teiresias. Though blind, Teiresias only speaks the truth. And blinded by his pride, Oedipus' could not come to believe Teiresias' sayings and ultimately came to find himself blind at his own hand, dejected by the ill-date that he tried to evade. He only rudely accused and taunted Teiresias of being a liar and Creon of trying to off him to take the thrown.
Because of his pride, he was unable to see the truth and later fell into tragedy, realizing that Teiresias was indeed correct.

Poor Oedipus, King Laius and Queen Jocasta. Trying so hard to avoid a fate and prophecy that would destroy them. Is it weird that this is one of my favorite Greek tragedies?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Classical Tradition: My Own Epithets

An Epithet is any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality.(Dictionary.come) So the assignment given to me was to make four of my own epithets describing myself. This is what I came up with.

Champion of Accidents
  By this I mean, I am highly accident prone. The day before writing this I did a number of silly things just by chance; I am a clutz. These accidents including: dropping my laptop on my toes, slamming my knuckles on the edge of a table, and tripping on the sidewalk multiple times while walking. Other instances from my past include falling into a hole and nearly breaking my ankle, falling behind a Christmas tree while decorating it, and burning myself constantly on hot pans at work. I don't know what it is about me but I am definitely a winner, the absolute best when it comes to injuring myself unintentionally. Sad, isn't it??

Maker of Music
  Like many individuals here at BYU, I play some sort of instrument and sing. Though, I play the Ukulele. It's a little out of the ordinary. Mostly just for fun and I learn on my own, but I love to play. It's a stress relief, a topic of conversation and a source of entertainment. And singing has always been a hobby. The shower seems to be my most common venue.

World Traveler
I may not have travelled the whole world but I definitely hope I will able to. I've been to some cool places in my life time, and yes, I count some U.S. States because they are cool. The Dominican Republic, Panama, Nashville, Saint George are some neat places on my travel log. I hope to add to that record over the course of my life because I love exploring the different places and being immersed in the culture. Culture meaning the people and the delicious food.

Creative-minded (or Lover of Glitter)
   I am a crafty person. I can come up with a solution to a problem easily but I also like to make things. I'm a believer in creating things before going out in buying them. Pinterest has instructions on how to do just about everything, right? As for Lover of Glitter, that may not be entirely true so that's why it is in parenthesis. Glitter is forever. That makes it hard to love it. However, Glitter is an essential part of crafting and being creative. That's why both epithets are there.

What do you guys think? Are these pretty accurate? I think they are. I spent quite a bit of time trying to come up with good ones that really describe the real me. Not just what I love or think I am good at. This is just one of my many assignments that I will be posting for my Classical Tradition class! More to come. (:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Round 2

I'm all moved into my new apartment! Let me just say, it is freaking adorable. Really. I mean, it is so cute. And it's really close to campus, newly remodeled, decently sized and decorated freaking cute. My roommates are great. My new ward seems really wonderful. I just love it.

I had not only my mom moving me in but also Jordan. Who did most of the heavy lifting, and then his best friend, Adam, helped a bit too. We all mostly did things this weekend. Shopping. Eating. Playing Catch Phrase. You know. The usual move-in-weekend sorta stuff.

But I'm here! It feels good to be here even though I've been sorta sick lately. Whatever this cold thing I had was, that my mom and brother had as well, kicked my butt. And my nose's butt. (If my nose had a butt, it would be kicked) Goodness. But I'm feeling a lot better now. Except for the fact that it's humid, hot and sorta sticky here. Oh well. Beats dry, awful heat.

I've already got a job lined up. Working at The Wall. (It is like club, with yummy food, concerts, karoke nights and huge tvs) The job I wanted! I'm so happy. Everyone seems great. I've got all my books for: Statistics, Intro to Special Education, Classic Tradition 1, New Testament, and Second Language Acquisition. It's going to be a crazy semester! I am excited though. Nervous. But excited to see what happens.

It's all going to be a lot of reading. Which, I don't mind. BUT it's all very simliar reading. Two subjects are about History related (New Testament & Class Tradition) and two are education related (Second Language & Special Ed) and the other is math. I'm actually sorta excited for my stats class. Weird, right?

It's going to be interesting.

But here's the deal. I'll keep you all up to date on my life here on this blog. Then I'll have another or the same, (I haven't decided or been instructed on whether or not that is okay) that I will be posting on for one of my classes. Classical Tradition is going to require us from time to time to do different assignments online relating to the readings that we are doing. The readings include The Illiad, Greek Tragedies (Oedipus), Aneid, The Odyssey, Dante, etc. That kind of stuff. Should be interesting! (:

But yeah, after a few nervous stomach aches and figuring out work and school schedules, it seems like things are going to go very well. And I can't wait (:

Family: Prepare yourself for a mass email with my new address.
Friends: If you want my new address, just message me! (:

Hugs to all from my home away from home (: