PR: Oedipus the King

I have read some mythology and I found it a bit boring and hard to follow, so my exceptions for this play were not high as I did not think I would enjoy this book. Though after reading the story, I found it pretty interesting. I was surprised by how much I liked this play and how excided I was to read the next one. The story of Oedipus the king is one of the only mythology books I’ve ever really enjoyed. I find reading pieces like this difficult because of how things are written with the chorus and the language used in the characters dialog. Oedipus the king was an interesting but tragic story.

After reading the summery, I was actually interested in reading the story and finding out all the details. It was nice to have conversions in class, because a lot of the questions I had were answered. Learning about Oedipus was cool, his life was pretty messy but also very interesting. I do feel that killing himself would have been a better option then gouging his own eyes out but that’s just me. I also think that he is too prideful for his own good. He is convinced that he can run and escape his own fate. Oedipus seems to think that he has so much power that he has managed to get away the life that he was told he would inevitably have. It is almost as if he believes in his own self more than he does in the gods and fates, exercising his own freedom by defying the people he is meant to follow a pray too. I feel like Oedipus is a very prideful, which in away made him a good king and exceptional leader to the people of Theabs. Even so his morals were blurred when he had no problem killing a man on a path. In my personal opinion Oedipus was not a good man, although he tried to be a good king and a fairly good father, his motives were questionable, and his actions are not ones to be proud of. He very clearly understands that what he’s done is messed up as he has no problem gouging out his own eyes and punishing himself. All in all, I do not like Oedipus, but I do respect how he did not go back on his word when he realized he had killed the past king

This story has helped me to enjoy mythology. I like the tragedy and emotions displayed in the play. It’s very interesting to see how people used to think, and how old plays and stories were written. I did like that we read a short summery of the story before reading the book. It helped me follow along with the story since I already had an idea of what was going on in the book. Oedipus was a man

Class blog Intro

My name is Aimé Berenice Padilla Camarena, but I prefer to be called Aimé. I was born in León Guanajuato, Mexico, and I have lived there for my whole life. León isn’t a very big place and you cant’t really find a lot of things to do, except going to the shopping mall. This is my first time being in a whole different place than my home town and I am really happy about it.
I enjoy spending time with my family and my friends, taking a walk with my dog, playing tennis and reading.

For this class I expect to read very interesting books and stories, improve my english skills in writing, speaking and reading. I also expect to be better at organizing myself and being more responsable.

Pastiches on Charles Dickens, “Great expectations”

Passage 1:
At such a time I knew for certain, that this laughter filled boat was a moment I wanted to remember; and that Alyssa Powell, happily taking film photos, and Brooke Gardner being captured in the photos were all smiling and joyous; and that Reina, Alex, Coen, Cameron, and Brandon, were intertwined in the moment conversing contently with one another; and that the sound of the swaying water beyond the boat, intersected with docks and sails, with the bright moon shining down at us, was Lake Cowichan; and that the bright scatter of glitter in the dark sky, were stars; and that even with the cool dusk air, the feeling of warmth, was happiness.

Passage 2:
A joyful girl, all in baby pink, with pigtails in her hair. A girl with butterfly clips, and with fuzzy slippers, and with a lollipop in her hand. A girl who was amazed by fairytales, and frightened by monsters, and confused with multiplication, and excited for Santa to come, and saddened when dropped off on her first day of school, and delighted by snacks; who sang, and played, and cried, and smiled; and whose world was lit up whenever she’d receive a hug from her mother.

Antigone (or Creon’s Rotten, No-Good, All Around Crappy Day)

In Antigone, a tragic play written by Sophocles around 441 BCE, the titular character is not actually the protagonist. Although the actions of Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, do serve as a semi-inciting incident, I interpreted the real main character to be Creon, who I originally expected to fill the role of antagonist. Creon, entirely through his own decisions and actions, loses his son, his wife, and his niece, all over the course of the day.

Despite this, and despite being the play’s protagonist, Creon is definitely not a sympathetic character, meaning he doesn’t fit the generally accepted definition of a tragic hero. This play is a tragedy, not because of Creon’s suffering, but because of the suffering his selfish actions cause the innocent people around him. At the end of the day, almost all of Creon’s family is dead, not through their actions but his own, and the play’s depiction of his grief and regret is extremely powerful.

Initially, I found the narrative of this play extremely underwhelming. The differences between the Creon portrayed in Oedipus Rex and the Creon portrayed in Antigone annoyed me personally, since I couldn’t understand how such a drastic change in attitude could have come about. However, with my new perspective of Creon being the protagonist rather than the antagonist, combined with the punch packed by the dramatic conclusion, this play left an impression on me much greater than the one left by Oedipus Rex.