The trip to the art museum and to see King Oedipus was quite interesting. The play was quite a challenge to follow however, as I found it hard to understand the sentence structure while going through the play at a quick pace. While watching the characters’ movements and facial expressions it was hard to focus on the language and I probably would have been able to enjoy the play much more if it had not been in Shakespeare’s difficult language. I did admire the idea to use a sandbox on the set though, I thought it was extremely creative since where the story would take place would be in a sandy environment and it gave the actors the opportunity to fall on the ground and be dramatic without worrying about landing on a super hard surface. Then they were able to pick it up, sift it through their fingers and drop it in order to emphasize certain lines and I found that these actions helped to use the set to enforce the idea of decay and ruin. One thing I came to wonder about after the play, is how Oedipus’ subconscious could have played a role in fulfilling the prophecy. People talk about studies that if there is a thought in the back of your mind, it can potentially propel you to carry out the action with out realizing it. Therefore I started to wonder whether this had to do with Oedipus since he knew about the prophecy but ignored it since he assumed it wasn’t about him. Could it be possible that planting the idea of a son killing his father in Oedipus’ head could have caused him to subconsciously fulfill that fate? My other question was that I wondered why the gods would put this curse on Oedipus- had his parents betrayed the gods or done something evil to upset them? What would push the gods towards cursing a baby with the treacherous act of incest and murdering his father?
I learned several things at the art museum but I was disappointed that we didn’t have much time to wander and look at all the pieces that we had quickly walked by during the tour- passing up entire rooms at some points. I found some of the religious paintings to be interesting since I am Catholic but have never had religious art pieces fully explained to me. Our tour guide did a great job of playing “hide-and-seek” with the paintings and showing/explaining to us each object that symbolizes something deeper in the history of Catholicism. I would never have noticed the tiny details in the backgrounds of the paintings and how they are meant to relate directly to Biblical stories. Hearing the process of how the Bible has been edited several times was also interesting. I never knew that people would purchase parts of the Bible separately and then have sections bound together since the whole thing would cost $750. I was amazed. Also, the fact of the misprint saying “thou shalt commit adultery” was entertaining… although it shouldn’t have been it provided comic relief. Overall the day was quite educational.