The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

At first we were discussing abit from Jean Anouilh's script for the play Antigone.
It describes how tragedy is inevitable and that it can happen to anyone, and it is easily triggered. It was quite long to fit into this blog. the key quotes were

'The spring is wound up tight. it will uncoil herself'.'Anything will set it going'. 'The rest is automatic. You dont need to lift a finger'. 'Death, treason, and sorrow are on the march'. 'he who kills is as innocent as he who gets killed'. 'All you can do is shout.i did not say groan, whimper, can get at all those things said that you never dared say'.

This had a connection with Othello. quotes like 'death, treason, and sorrow are on the march' remind us that we know Othello's character isnt going to end happy. Also 'he who kills is as innocent as he who gets killed' is the same with Iago and the question, if Iago is an evil villain.

Afterwards, we read 2 scenes from the book, which were only about five minutes in total, as both were really short. The reasons for these short scenes is to keep the action going, and not delaying anything. We also see that the play is getting faster, and also comes off the usual topic of Iago. Now we see Othello puts his concentration back into the battle with the turks. Meanwhile, Desdemona speaks to Cassio and assures him that she will get his job back, and becomes a nagging machine.
We then changed their words into what they actually are thinking. I would type it up, but it would make no sense to people that werent in ;)

That was basically the highlight of the lesson... comment NOW


  1. "uncoil itself"*

    Spring - Othello's Trust in Iago
    Wound - Iagos manipulation
    Uncoil - (Yet to know)
    (my interpretations of Antigone with Othello)

  2. I thought the description of the lesson was never going to be posted, I've been waiting since 7! Nevertheless its here now :)
    This post was brilliant, very concise!
    Helped me a great deal seeing as I wasn't in. I found Jean Anouilh's perception on tragedy very interesting as it was a thought that has never occurred to me..
    Also it seems as if Iago's master-plan is going as planned as "Desdemona speaks to Cassio and assures him that she will get his job back, and becomes a nagging machine."

    Excellent post, Thank you very much Saways.


  3. I really liked the description of tragedy from Antigone because it highlighted the beauty of tragedy, which for me is the fact that once the tragedy is set off it cannot be stopped and the characters' attempts to change their fate are useless. I think that in relation to 'Othello' the 'spring' has already began to 'uncoil' itself and Iago's masterplan will will run flawlessly.

    Congrats on your second blog Saways :)


  4. I can't wait to read about the uncoil of the spring; which is mostly likely going to be Othellos death with possibly a bunch of other characters going down with him.

    Esmeralda ;)

    ouuuh yeeh... awesome blog (you ditcher :P)

  5. thanks this helped me with what happened in the lesson but it doesn`t say if we had homework or not- i wasn`t in...

  6. Is Anouihl's view a 'modern' one? Do you think it fits with 'Othello' - that the tragedy is set off by the slightest of things and that, once in motion, nothing can stop it?

    Id like to hear your thoughts.

  7. Anouihl's view of tragedy was certain interesting. She used a great metaphor to describe her thoughts on this specific topic.

    Good blog

    Chris W

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