iesSo I haven't done a reflection blog for the past 2 weeks. For this reason, I decided to just combine three weeks worth of reflections into one whole wonderful blog!
Two weeks ago we had a Poem of the week that we had to analyze and do another essay on. The title was: "35/10" by Sharon Olds. The poem basically dealt with the theme of being replaced by the newer generation and how the older generation often feels about it. In the essay that I had to write for it, I wrote about how the tone of the poem changes from the beginning with the kind of condescending way of speaking to how at the end, it turns into a tone of acceptance for the fact. Along with this, we also started the Tragedy Blogs. These were the reason to why we haven't really done a reflective blog in 2 weeks. Alain de Botton's TED talk was the subject of the second Tragedy blog that we had to do, and his talk was all about how tragic it was that our society's view on success and failure has changed so much since the old days. His point of view on this topic has led me to believe even more that human beings are flawed creatures.
Last week we started the week off with another one of our Tragedy blogs. This time it dealt with the piece by Arthur Miller that we read and analyzed in class. It was "Tragedy and the Common Man." The whole piece was just all about how the common man, meaning the audience, identifies a piece of literature as tragedy, and the author also puts out some ideas that could potentially be the reason to why the common man would think this way. Arthur Miller's piece basically made me think of how I actually perceive what tragedy really is. Then, we transitioned into "Oedipus Rex" for our next tragedy blog post. Yeah I know, so many tragedies so little time. the story of Oedipus was really interesting and I thought that it was a really good example of how fate is often the reason to why tragedy exists. This is because Oedipus basically did everything in his power to not be the 'cause of his own destruction, but fate had another plan and got him on that path anyway. This story made me realize that a lot of the fate driven story lines that I know and love, for example Harry Potter with him and Voldemort being destined to fight each other at the end, is another form of tragedy that I've never really thought of.
This week, we didn't really do anything that major aside from the 5th Tragedy blog post that we had to do. This time it was based on Dan Ariely's TED Talk where he challenges the idea that we are in control of our own decisions. During the making of this blog post, I have still yet to finish that specific Tragedy blog post, so that's what I'm gonna do next. Oh, and we also worked more on our PoW revisions to hopefully get closer to a final product by next week. Overall these past 3 weeks have been really interesting in the fact that it challenged me in what thought of what tragedy really was, and it opened my eyes to other possibilities to what Tragedy can be in literature in general.