EQ: What is a Dystopia? What does it look like?
Today in class:
The painter Thomas Cole did a series of works called "The Course of the Empire. " It was based on a few lines from a poem by the poet Byron about the rise and fall of humanity. Byron wrote:
There is the moral of all human tales;
This but the same rehearsal of the past
First Freedom, and then Glory: when that fails
Wealth, vice, corruption
Look through the paintings in the series, noticing how the sun rises and moves through the sky like a day beginning with the sun rise and ending with the sunset. The mountain in the background is a constant, but the foreground changes drastically. As you look through the paintings, think about the parallels between them and the rise and fall of civilizations.