It has been a couple weeks since writing a reflective blog but have no fear we've been writing plenty of blogs. Anyway, in the meantime we have focused a lot on Tragedy, learning what it is, how it is written, and how it relates to our own lives. We have started a tragedy blog as well, to begin writing about and discussing tragedy. We have watched a couple TED talks that were both very helpful in giving a new view on how tragedy relates to us, the first one discussed the impossibility of meritocracy and the second discussed cognitive illusions. Personally I liked the second one better because it went a little bit deeper into why we make the decisions we make and what influences those choices, it was quite interesting. The speaker really knew how to hold an audience.
In tragedy we have learned that most times there are several tragedies within one tragedy, such as Oedipus, which we read a week ago. In Oedipus, "fate" brings him to the places he had been trying to avoid his whole life. There is the tragedy of parents giving up their child in hopes that he will die rather than fulfill the prophecy, next the tragedy of him leaving his life in the city he grew up in to "avoid the prophecy", then he kills his father unbeknownst to him, beginning to start the prophecy, he saves the city and becomes the new king...marrying his mother. He has kids with his mother, and then when they figure all of this out his mother/wife hangs herself, he stabs his eyes out and his daughters are left alone when he is exiled. We spent a lot of time figuring out how tragedies work and preparing to read the next book.