Oedipus Rex: A Study in Classical Tragedy
The word tragedy is used frequently in modern contexts; from the recent sinking of the Italian cruise liner, to the scandal that haunted football coach Joe Paterno's final days, to the loss of a relative or friend. Yet in the literary sense, tragedy is a genre of its own, with clearly defined traits and qualities. The purpose of this unit is to reveal the true essence of tragedy as Aristotle defined it in 5th century Greece and to see how an understanding of tragedy then resonates in tragedy today.
Extra Credit - Due 2/10/12
Using either construction paper or craft supplies, create a theatrical mask that does ONE of the following:
1. illustrates the personality traits and motives of one of the central characters in Oedipus Rex + paragraph of explanation of symbols OR
2. Illustrates you and your personality traits and motives + paragraph of explanation of symbols.