Hubris: Hubris is an overwhelming pride…an often fatal overestimation of one’s ability to navigate one’s circumstances. Hubris is often worsened by an underestimation of the circumstances themselves.
Tragedy: A tragedy is the downfall of a good or great person, usually a man, due to his own hubris and lack of self-knowledge.
BIG QUESTIONS. These are what we must answer as we read the play.
- First Big Oedipus Question: How does the character of Oedipus serve as an ideal tragic figure?
- Second Big Oedipus Question: How does Sophocles use the ideas of sight, eyes and seeing in Oedipus the King?
- Third Big Oedipus Question: What purpose does tragedy serve? In other words, why have it? Why would we want to see bad things happen?
Our Task for Oedipus is…
“A programme or program is a booklet available for patrons attending a live event such as theatre performances, concerts, sports events, etc. It is a printed booklet outlining the parts of the event scheduled to take place, principal performers and background information. In the case of theatrical performances, the term playbill is also used. It may be provided free of charge by the event organisers or a charge may be levied.”
You are an Organizer for the drama production during the Feast of Dionysus, circa 430 BC. You have been asked to create the programme/playbill for a production of Oedipus the King. Something that Greeks would like! You want to make a career in drama productions and this is your chance to make a real impression on the Dionysian priests, the citizens of Athens, and on Sophocles himself.
What’s in it:
- a front cover to arrest the attention of audience members/spectators
- a synopsis of the plot and action. This gives a summary of the story but does not reveal the plot twist/ending!.
- a “who’s who” guide to the major characters: Oedipus, Jocasta, Creon, Teiresias, Laius, and the Chorus. This provides a paragraph dealing with the traits of the character. Answers the question “Who exactly are they and what are they trying to accomplish?” Includes an essential quote from the character.
- a “spiderweb” diagram of the major character relationships/connections in the play.
- a section celebrating the author and context for the play (a drama contest in Athens during the feast of Dionysus). This proves a knowledge of the importance of the play and the context of it’s existence
- A section dealing with Oedipus as a tragic figure. This is in multiple paragraph form, discussing Oedipus a tragic figure according to our definition, with direct examples and lines from the play to support your points. Not a summary
- A section dealing with of the importance of sight/light in the play. This is another multiple paragraph discussion of the light/dark/seeing/sight symbolism, using direct examples, lines and quotes to support your points. Not a summary.
——> Oedipus Programme rubric <——
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