Weekly Journal # 7
February 25, 2016 8:10–9:30 a.m — Today in class, the class discussed the material for the mid term review coming up next Tuesday. Dr. Sandridge told us that the best way to study is to ask ourselves what we know, what we know that we do not know and what we do not know. When we ask ourselves these questions, it will help us better prepare for the exam, so we made spider charts on the books that we have read. One of the books we made a spider chart on is the Iliad book 1. We wrote down the characters, events, themes, and major stories that happened within book one. This technique helped me realize what I know that happened in book one and what I need to go back and read concerning book one.
February 26, 2016 11 a.m-12 p.m I am making a second spider chart on the Iliad book 6 today. I do not really remeber all that happened in book 6 because I read it a while ago, but the spider chart helped navigate me on what I needed to study concerning book six and what I already knew about book six. I knew most of the characters names, but I could only remember a few events that happened in book six and that is Hector going back to Troy to tell his mom to pray to Athena, and Andromache and Hector’s conversation about him fighting in the trojan war. I could not remember the themes, nor could I remember the major stories in book six. I reread the book and suddenly remember the themes which is husband vs. wife, love vs. friendship, and honor vs. shame. Secondly, I remembered the major story that Diomedes and Glacus spoke about before they were about to fight, the stories they told caused them to not fight one another, but to settle the fight by becoming friends.
February 27, 2016 2 p.m-3 p.m I am making a third spider chart on the Iliad book 9. I really do not remember book nine because I have not reread it in a while, but the spider chart helps me realize what i need to work on concerning book nine. I did not remember any events, stories, or themes, I only remembered some of the characters that were in book nine, so I reread the book. After rereading I realized that is the book when the Greek warriors were losing to the trojan warriors because they did not have Achilles fighting with them. Nestor advised Agamemnon to send gifts to Achilles to try and persuade him to rejoin battle. The great ajax, odysseus, and phoneix went to persuade him, but he refused. He did not want to fight in battle, but go back to Pthia where he would die peacefully instead of risking his life fighting in battle. Achilles was the reason why I believed this book theme is shame vs honor. Agamemnon wanted honor but could not get it without the help of achilles, diomedes wanted honor and refused to give up on the war just because achilles was not in battle, but Achilles did not mind dying in a shamful way. He wanted to go home and could careless about the honor he would receive he were to rejoin the battle with the Greeks.
February 28, 2016 1 p.m-2 p.m- I am focusing on books 22 and 24 of the Iliad today because I feel like I remember these two books more than any other book in the Iliad, so I do not need to study as hard for these two books. I made the first spider chart for iliad book 22 and this is one of my favorite books because it mainly talks about the rage of Achilles and how his rage killed Hector. After Hector killed his friend Patrklos, Achilles wanted Hector dead for what he had done and that is what exactly happened with the help of Athena. I really do not like Athena because she is very sneaky, but clever. She knows exactly how to get what she wants through perception. The themes I got from book 22 is perception vs. reality and shame vs. honor.
I made the second spider chart for book 24 and I really liked this book as well because it shows that despite the rage that Achilles has, he is able to be calm in the midst of it. For example, when Priam supplicates himself to Achilles and talks about his father Peleus, Achilles is able to put his harsh feelings aside for Priam. He was able to connect with Priam, but did not mind killing him if he had to do it. Also, Achilles honors the gods and that is another reason why he was able to put his rage aside for Priam. Achilles did not want to give Priam his son, but out of respect for the Gods, he decided to give him his son and stop the war for a certain amount of days, so Hector could receive the proper burial.
February 29, 2016 1 p.m-5 p.m I do not like putting more time into this class than I have to, but it is necessary for all the books concerning the Odyssey. I am not too worried about the Iliad book 10, Euripides Rhesus, and Iphigenia at Aulis because those books are still fresh in my memory, but the Odyssey? NO. I do not remember not one event concerning the Odyssey. The only character I do remember is Odysseus and that is only because these books are based on his life. I made the first spider chart for the Odyssey book one and it took me a hour to read that book and get a good grasp about what was happening. Afterwards, I followed the same routine for the rest of the books and it was so time consuming, but it was worth it. Afterwards, I reviewed the Euripides Rhesus play, Iphigenia at Aulis and the the Iliad book 10.
March 1, 2016 8:10–9:30 a.m OMG my morning started off wrong! I woke up late on the day my mid term was due, but thank goodness I was only a few minutes late. The mid term was very hard for me because I could not remember where every quote came out of. I knew quotes three and four, but I could not remember where quotes 1 and 2 came from. It was challenging for me to decide which quote I wanted to talk about. I chose 3 and 4 because I knew about those quotes in very good detail, but I randomly picked between quote 1 and 2. I ended up choosing quote 1 and I pray that I scored average on that quote because I could not remember which book it came out of and what happened before and after that quote was said. However, the other two quotes was very easy for me to explain,Especially quote four . I hope that I receive a good amount of points for quotes three and four because I knew exactly what i was talking about concerning those two quotes.
March 2, 2016 12:00 pm-1:00 p.m I have not started reading Euripides trojan women at ALL! I am going to spend this hour reading the book and then discuss my views on the book. After reading this book, I must say I really enjoyed this play because I have the chance to see what happened to the Trojan women after the fall of Troy. I had sympathy for Hecuba and Andromache because both women had come from royalty, now they have been reduced to slaves and Andromache’s son Astyanax gets killed, so the Greeks will not have to wonder about his vegenance. This play gave me better insight as to what the Trojan woman encountered with the Greeks and I really adore Helen because she is a very clever woman. Menelaus was going to kill her, but decided not to because of her charm and way of explaining why she went with Paris to Troy.