week 9 writting


Greetings! Here are the instructions for completing the Week 9 Writing Assignment.
Instructions
After you have a) completed the reading from Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and b) watched the Week 9 Video lecture, please complete the following two tasks (= do both). Because the video lecture is structured around the theories of Freud and then Lévi-Strauss, the tasks are divided accordingly.
(250 words minimum; write in complete sentences)
Freud task
1) Sophocles’ Oedipus the King dramatizes the process of learning (= coming to know) the truth of something that has already happened, for indeed most of the action has already occurred when the play begins, and what action occurs in the play itself is mostly cognitive (= people wrapping their minds around unpalatable truths). Starting perhaps with the video lecture’s discussion of Jocasta, find three characters in Oedipus the King who express a desire (on their part or on someone else’s) to not know. One of these characters can be Jocasta/Iocaste. For each character, include three things: a summary of who the character is; a quote illustrating how they bring up the desire to not know; and a summary of how they are involved in the truth that emerges in the course this play (e.g., for Oedipus, the truth that emerges is the the story of his fate becoming realized, or something like that).
Lévi-Strauss task
2) The anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss elaborated a (not entirely accepted) theory of how myth works through contradictions in life that can be expressed in terms of binary oppositions. Following the example of the story of Squid, Carrot, and the snake monster in the video lecture, write your own short myth that has as its structure two sets of binary oppositions. Start by identifying your two sets of binary oppositions (e.g., life/death; love/indifference). Then, merge your two sets of binary oppositions to get four story elements (e.g., love of life/love of death; indifference to life/indifference to death). Finally, generate a story of your creation (get creative, sky is the limit, etc.) with four episodes: each episode should be an example of one of your four story elements.
reading- file:///Users/alexia/Downloads/Sophocles, Oedipus the King.pdf
video- https://csun.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Embe…