1. Oedipus Rex 2. Heart of Darkness
3. Hamlet 4. Paradise Lost
The legendary tale of how he defeated the Sphinx, which he uses to prove his valor and worth.
His old picture of Polybus and Merope, who he believes are his biological parents.
What he carries with him:
A King's Curse: Oedipus Rex
-thinks Tiresias is lying about curse
(To Tiresias) "Thou lov'st to speak in riddles and dark words."
"But I Who rank myself as Fortune's favorite child,
The giver of good gifts, shall not be shamed."
"To wit I should defile my mother's bed
And raise up seed too loathsome to behold,
And slay the father from whose loins I sprang."
-wanting to kill one's father and wanting to sleep with one's mother
-in a girl, called Electra Complex
-usually has subtle signs before puberty but then disappears
-the entire premise behind the Prophet's curse
-what Oedipus is most afraid of
The Tragic Flaw:
-Oedipus' was hubris
-leads to hero's fall
The King's Tale: Oedipus Rex
1. The Fall-Oedipus' fulfilling the curse
2. Suffering-gauging out his eyes because he couldn't bear to see the ugly world he created
3. Reconciliation-demanding exile from Creon
Excerpt from my notes:
--Curse = fate
--Oedipus is ignorant and too stubborn on the topic of his fate
--leads to his fall
--hubris = tragic flaw
Excerpt from my annotations:
"'I felt I was becoming scientifically interesting.'"
-starting to become mentally affected by environment
-had absorbed enough darkness to notice a change
-Marlow sees the unjust effects of imperialism
-unclear whether Marlow shows any signs
-Kurtz is true representation
-question is: justified or not?
-result of environment or not?
Conrad's Novella: Heart of Darkness
Excerpt from notes:
The Accountant tells Marlow of Mr. Kurtz. He is dressed very well compared to the surrounding slaves. Marlow is confused by him. Mr. Kurtz is in charge of a trading post that trades the most ivory the Accountant has ever seen.
-plot events are not the main action in the novel
-characterization plays a large role
-written not-so-clearly to represent a not-so-clear vision of Imperialism in the Congo
-Marlow tells the central story of the novel
Theme of Time:
-Hamlet is upset by the amount of time it took his mother to remarry
-Hamlet wants to limit the amount of time his father spends in purgatory
Interview with Hunter
"A major theme is how Hamlet deals with grief. He starts by wearing black in mourning, but later starts seeking revenge after finding out that his father was murdered. And then you have Gertrude, who doesn't seem to be affected by her husband's death. This shows the characters' differing responses to grief."
Hamlet, The Shakespeare Play
Play within the play:
-Hamlet uses a play to show that Claudius murdered his father
-similar to the play with Pyramus and Thisbe during Midsummer Night's Dream