Greetings, and happy Advent!
Most of last week was Thanksgiving break, so I haven’t had a lot of classes to blog about, but now things are picking back up in preparation for finals and the end of the semester. We only have this week and some of next week before finals week, and then we will have finished a full semester! I’m finding it a little hard to believe that I’m almost halfway through freshman year. It has flown by, and is still flying! I’m not sure whether I’ll be relieved, sad, or a little of both when it’s over.
The Greek tragedies have been the focus in literature lately, with our last paper of the term due today. We read Sophocles’ plays Oedipus and Antigone and Aeschylus’ Oresteia, which is a trilogy consisting of Agamemnon, Orestes, and The Libation Bearers. Though the stories of these plays are, well, tragic, there are plenty of very interesting situations in them that are food for thought and for argument. The complicated and rather awkward family situations, combined with the ancient Greek mindsets about war, religion, and morality, create complicated situations and characters that are driven to do shocking things—whether good or evil. Many of these situations are perfect for essays, since there are strong arguments on two sides and heated controversy. It is also interesting to study the format and poetic style of these plays, since the use of the Chorus, etc is very different from what we are used to in modern drama.
In theology yesterday, we moved on to our final topic of the term, and another topic of controversy today—Mary! As with many of the topics this semester, the doctrines we are studying are review to some extent, but learning about the details of the beliefs and the precision that is so important to defining doctrine is very interesting. Mary’s Immaculate Conception is the subject of much difficulty between Protestants and Catholics today, and as we learned yesterday, some members of the early Church weren’t completely sure about this belief either. However, the Church studied the issue and confirmed that the doctrine of Mary’s conception without Original Sin is indeed true. They even proclaimed a feast day for it, on December 8th, which means we get Monday off of classes! (#catholiccollegeperks)
That’s all I have for now, but I’ll be posting at least once more before the semester is over. Until then, have a great week!