Response to “The Odyssey” Sergio Camarillo

  1. What did you enjoy the most about The Odyssey, and why?

What I enjoyed the most about the odyssey was to see odysseus’ character development. When we first meet him he is already stranded and is almost broken. We meet him in a medium point in character development as he has already gone through stuff. Then we start to know more about him as he starts to tell more about his adventures. Yet what impressed me the most about him was in the end when he is disguised as a beggar and is dining with the suitors. They constantly taunt him and yet he never breaks as his “maturity has risen.” Later when he is killing the suitors we see that he doesn’t really enjoy the massacre, but rather does it because it needs to be done. He didn’t really want revenge, just justice.

 

  1. What did you enjoy the least about The Odyssey, and why?

What I enjoyed the least was that at time it became difficult to read and bored me at times. I didn’t really enjoy it at certain parts and it was more of reading it because I have to rather than reading it because I enjoyed it, making it more difficult for me to extract more details and be curious about it. This made me also not be able to properly remember stuff as my brain would go blank in reading some passages, making it hard for me to remember characters unless they appeared constantly. This affected how i would imagine the scenarios and couldn’t “see” them properly.

 

 

  1. What surprised you the most about The Odyssey?

What surprised me the most about the odyssey was the way the gods interacted with the mortals. I always thought that the gods never spoke to the people often like that. I knew that zeus often disguised himself in order to fool around with women but I didn’t think the gods would influence things so directly as athena did throughout the story. The moment that impressed me the most was when athena revealed her identity to odysseus, as I never thought she would do that. Also how she would have such a fascination with odysseus, admiring him and helping him. I knew that the gods did have preferences but not to the point that she would help odysseus so much, especially regarding the suitors.

 

Pastiches Sergio Camarillo

Passage 1

 

For me, this was important for learning,

That with this sick face overthrown with guilt and charge,

Hoping that the fearful whip woud vanish, and Indiana would be free of the blood and the buried.

That Rudner should be in coleview with his grandma silvia lodger, yet no cousins as they were far and filled with lead.

So there we are, staring at the eternal darkness outside our backyard, covered by fences, traps and snakes,

Half of them having a rattle and pattern that resembled volcanic ashes

The finish line was long, with zero chance of obtaining the silver,

That no salvage gold could ever fulfill from the gushing years of training, shedding not one tear.

That we weren’t able to overcome the puddle of tears that was growing inside us all, to finally let it out with the smack of a single whip.

 

Passage 2

 

A cheerful women, leaving you in dismay,

Going for more rum in the keg,

A woman who hates rats,

Who loves rhythm n’ blues,

Charging gas to her mustang,

A woman who was cloaked by her father,

Bothered by others, called a sack of bones,

Always carrying mints, sometimes tints,

Cleaning kettles, yet stuck with liars;

Who tripped and dipped,

She shared with fair

That those people who scattered In the concert were riled up by jim

 

Oedipus & Antigone Tragic hero.

Who is the tragic hero?

The tragic hero in the story is Creon. Although at first we are led to believe that its Antigone, after completing the play we come to realize that its truly Creon. Throughout the play we get many instances where we see both Antigone and Creon’s sides. We see a sad and almost broken Antigone who just wants to bury her only brother as she cannot have another sibling. Its really important to her because as she herself says on page 105 “ A husband dead, there might be another. A child by another too, if I had lost the first. But mother and father both lost in the halls of Death, no brother could ever spring to light again.” Yet for Creon we learn that he was doing what he thought the gods wanted him to. He saw a traitor in polynices as he came marching into thebes with an army and a thirst for revenge.

 

Creon’s point can be understood as polynices also took thebes’ king at the moment, and what would soon become a burden to creon who took the crown. In the play we see a roughed up creon who isn’t really happy and as we have many instances to see he has lost most of his patience since the last time we saw him in Oedipus. We can see it better when he gets mad very quickly at the prophet and lashes out the same way Oedipus lashed out to creon back in his play.

 

Finally we see everything that happens to Creon in the end: dead son and wife who committed suicide by a knife. He learns that both deaths were his fault in a moment of emotion. He starts saying how he thought he was doing the right thing and just before that he admitted and submitted to bury polynices, in the end doing the right thing. Still even though a “hero” his punishment comes and too devasted asks to be released from the pain, filling in the “role” of tragic hero.

Oedipus play response

The play has a lot of different instances where it touches philosophical themes but I want to focus on what Oedipus represents. As a puppet to the gods, Oedipus’ entire life had been written and could not change his fate as the prophecy described. He always thought that he made his own destiny and that his accomplishments were all his. This arises the question on whether our destiny is sealed or if our actions are our own. What Oedipus feels when he discovers everything is a reaction that I felt was quite real and strong. He felt destroyed and used. But what he did next was in a way understandable. He gouges his eyes out in a moment of adrenaline to show that the gods did not control every aspect of his life as he proceeded to say “I did this, me alone and my decision.” Showing his desperation on stating his point more to himself and the gods than the people. What I feel is that after the prophecy the gods were not involved on Oedipus’ life that much or even not at all, maybe making his action meaningless. Although he proved a point in that his action was not written, I feel like it was a little late and didn’t do much in proving all his point. Of course he did it for other reasons like not wanting to seeing the consequences of his actions but that could be easily fixed with exile. The point was never really concreted and when diving deeper it wasn’t that good per say.

Response to Enough is enough

This story made me see better what many women have to suffer almost everyday and what many more have suffered as a whole. The way they describe these problems is shocking to say the least, and although I don’t know these women in a way I can “see” their feelings of anger, frustration and sadness. Although I am a man and probably wont ex-perience anything that these women have just by their description I feel their anger, how could this happen. I could never understand what they go through but I can keep reading and informing myself.