Meeting 16 - Meeting 16: Hesiod, Works and Days. Justice...

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Meeting 16: Hesiod, Works and Days . Justice and Social Problems. LOTS HERE. We begin with comparisons to blues music. Horton Foote - Robert Duval “Tender Mercies” Recall James Brown’s "Like It Is, Like It Was " TRANSCRIPTION MINE APPENDED HERE. THERE MAY BE SOME MISTAKES. It is in the Works and Days of Hesiod that the voice of the simple, poor man is first raised in western literature. The figure of Hesiod, who writes the poem ostensibly to his brother Perses, contains elements we might expect from someone who has a hard life trying to eke out a living from the hard Greek soil. Before reading the poem or these notes, think of what elements might be found if a poor working man in our country were to write about the nature of life? What might his attitudes be towards life, society, the rich and powerful, the forces that control events, the nature of ‘justice’ in the world, women (as wives, children, sexual objects). To understand the frame of mind of an impoverished backwater farmer in the 8th century BCE whose family had retro-migrated back to Boeotia (Askra) from Aeolian Cyme, we recommend listening to Lightning Hopkins’ "Tom Moore’s Farm" and also Juke Boy Bonner’s songs (see Meeting 16 Supplementary Note Blues.pdf under Course Documents ). Also appended here at the end. The Works and Days captures the mindset of persons in a poor, hard life. Lightning Hopkins’ “Tom Moore Blues” (aka “Tom Moore’s Farm” George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London and realities behind Nineteen-Eighty-Four (also the film). Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes . Robert Caro, first volume of LBJ biography with description of hill country. John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath . Donald Ryman, Was . Antwone Fisher, Finding Fish . Bruce Beresford’s film “Tender Mercies” with Robert Duvall. Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip . Black River Falls, WI 1890-1910. George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London gives the conditions of being penniless in big-city London in the 20's and early 30's. See an excerpt about an overnight stay in a "Men's Lodging." I recommend Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes , which is particularly good for the social realities of an impoverished family retro-migrating back to Ireland from New York City. Infant death, near starvation, squalid living conditions, social ostracism, alcoholism and so on. Antwone Quenton Fisher's Finding Fish is good for its account of the terrors of living out on the street at night in Cleveland. Also read Robert Caro's account of the Hill Country in the late 19th- early 20th centuries. In the first volume of his biography of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
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Hesiod begins with an appeal to Zeus to enforce justice. In Hesiod, there is a strong focus on Zeus. Do you find Hesiod’s views here about the role of Zeus and his relationship with Justice and the punishment of wrongdoing unusual in light of the image of the Greek gods we have from the Iliad or the Medea? He then talks immediately about the two kinds of Strife. What are they? Why does he discuss them
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course C C 303 taught by Professor Faulkner during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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