We haven't done one of these in a while which I've been enjoying, but we're back now so...
This week we learned more about tragedy, which is a very long ongoing project that we have been doing for the past many weeks. We also had Tuesday off, so it's been a short week which is throwing me off.
As part of our tragedy unit, we watched a TED talk on whether or not we are in charge of our choices on Thursday. This was a pretty existential TED talk that made me have a very small crisis. We all like to think that we are in charge of our lives, but this TED talk pointed out that this is not entirely true and there are a lot of things that affect our choices a lot more than we think. I enjoyed this TED talk overall. I am not enjoying writing yet another tragedy blog about it though.
We also started to revise one of our poem of the week essays which is interesting. I chose my essay on "Elegy in X Parts" because it seemed the most developed and sensical of my essays. I am struggling to make my essay actually good, though. I'm not really sure how to work with what I already have to format it in a way that is a very strong essay. I'm pretty nervous about having to turn this in for an actual grade because I'm pretty sure it might suck. I hope it doesn't, though, as I think it's not bad already.
We are supposed to be starting "Antigone" as well. I think it will be interesting because it is so interrelated with Oedipus. We haven't actually started it yet, but we have been talking about it and assigning reading parts.
Basically, this week-- and the past several weeks-- we have been learning a lot about tragedy. There is a surprisingly large amount of stuff to learn about tragedy. There are just so many interpretations and definitions and ideas going all around that are all unique and interesting.