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by: Chanah Fallin

oedipus engl 2200

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Lecture, week 2 covering Oedipus
World Literature before 1600
Lindsay Doukopoulos
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world lit, before 1600, Oedipus
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Chanah Fallin on Saturday January 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to engl 2200 at Auburn University taught by Lindsay Doukopoulos in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 20 views. For similar materials see World Literature before 1600 in ENGLISH (ENG) at Auburn University.


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Date Created: 01/30/16
World lit. 1/20/2016 Aristotle “Poetics”- laid groundwork for dramatic structure pg. 1149: “Tragedy is an imitations of an action that in serious, complete, and possessing magnitude; in embellished language, each kind of which is used separately in the different parts; in the mode of action and not narrated; and effecting through pity and fear the catharsis of emotions.” * action: set of events that are complex * must be serious, comedies don't earn awards * language: poetry * narration: chorus vs. being acted out * catharsis: tragedy takes emotions away. we are relieved from built up emotions * causes pity and fear (multiple emotions) pity and fear are opposites. one is in response to being the one in power, the other is in response to being powerless Action: What the character wants motivation: stated reason for wanting subtext: unstated reason for wanting * physical action: always stems from internal desire Conflict: what is in the way? external conflict: man v. nature/man v. man internal conflict: man v. himself Event: the want is/isn’t finally obtained (a decision is made) selfish v. selfless? reflects the character *stakes: what is to be gained or lost Oedipus action: restore the city, find laios, who killed the king? remain in power, stay the hero? end the plague conflict: prophecy, blind seer? Oedipus doesn't want to be the one to kill his father. unaware that he was adopted event:realization that the prophecy is coming true (pg. 753, line 1159)


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