Monday, March 29, 2010

Today in Class: Dramatic Drama

We're studying the plays of Sophocles. They read OEDIPUS REX last week, and this week we're reading ANTIGONE.

Me: So, remember in Oedipus, when Jocasta said, "From this moment forward, I will be silent forever?"

Kids: *nod*nod*

Me: And Antigone is a sequel to Oedipus Rex. There are some things parallel to Oedipus. For example, what did it mean when Jocasta said, "From this moment forward, I will be silent forever."

Kid 1: She was going to kill herself!

Me: Exactly. And here, in Antigone, Haemon says to Creon that "You will never see my face again." What could that mean?

Kid 2: (with utmost sincerity) He's going to rip his own face off!

20 comments:

Liza said...

My daughter is in high school. I can hear her telling me this story...

Carolyn V. said...

Hee hee. So funny! Love it Beth!

Corinne said...

Ha! Love it!

I'll confess to never having read the play, but I'm still pretty sure it'd be about 130% more awesome if there was face-tearing involved. I mean, most things are.

Myrna Foster said...

Okay, my eleven-year-old daughter and I had a good laugh over this post. Thanks!

PJ Hoover said...

Loved Oedipus! It's right up there with Brave New World and Beowulf in my opinion. I even re-read it for pleasure.

Bish Denham said...

LOL! I'm simply gladden to know the classics are still be taught and that kids are reading them!

sarahjayne smythe said...

Hee! I really love high school. :)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Hehe, this makes me remember my World Classics class last year (I was a senior) and how we used to have the weirdest conversations. Our teacher (bless her heart) was the sweetest thing on the planet, but had no idea what we were talking about 90% of the time. Antigone was one of my favorites, and contains one of my favorite lines - And none has conquered but love. *sigh* How's that for putting poetry into the tragic plot? Merciless Aphrodite! Sorry, I'm getting a little carried away.

Lydia Kang said...

OMG, that is too funny.

Anna said...

HA! That's priceless. Beth, I sincerely hope you're saving up all these amazing classroom quotes so that you can compile them into the funniest YA novel ever. :-)

Christine Fonseca said...

I just love these posts...crack me up!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hey, sometimes I want to rip my face off--just saying....:D

storyqueen said...

This is classic!

Shelley

CL said...

Cool!

Theresa Milstein said...

You know, in a horror movie, that probably would happen! That student is probably watching too many of those. Thanks for the morning laugh.

Christina Farley said...

I love how literal your kids are.

Sheri Larsen said...

Got to love your kiddos!! Ah...high school English. Thanks, Beth.

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Kristin said...

Oh my goodness. That made my night!

JEM said...

Awesome!