Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What I've done and plan on doing

If I am being honest I have only read half of the first chapter

I still need to accomplish the task of actually finishing the book before the year is over
My work will benefit myself in the same way that any reading helps you improve your reading capability  and your vocabulary expansion. It will benefit others by helping them see a different way to look at and dissect a book.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Plan

The goal is to read the book Crime and Punishment and do a literary analysis on it.
The material needed would obviously be the book
The book is planned to be finished before the school year is over, as one last hurrah.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Study Journal

Today we talked about the literary terms, and studied a little for the test on Wednesday. I feel like the literary terms is an area, in which I can improve on. We also talked about books that would be good for essay prompts questions that are on the blog. Discussing why which books would be good, due to the themes, etc.

Intro Essay

A scene that reveals the values of the characters and the society that they live in is in Macbeth, where Macbeth is at a party and he sees Banquo’s ghost. Macbeth had killed his best friend, Banquo, and was now being haunted by him. Only Macbeth could see him, and talk to him, making everybody around him think that he was going mad. This scene shows what Macbeth is, a morally corrupt human being, and what society is, dark and hopeless.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Reflection on Unstructured Learning

The first theme of the passage can be patience is a virtue. The character that is creating the costume first has to come up with the appropriate name for it. He doesn’t want to rush into anything without first getting the name. Even though it takes him a little more than two weeks to finally settle with a name. He knows that it is the perfect one.
Another theme could be that good things come in time. Not everything is going to happen to you at once. Some things take time to happen, which you have no control over. You just have to wait for that moment until it all comes together.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Three Essay Questions

1.       Choose a distinguished novel or play in which some of the most significant events are mental or physiological: for example, awakenings, discoveries, changes in consciousness. In a well-organized essay, describe how the author manages to give these internal events the sense of excitement, suspense, and climax usually associated with external action. Do not merely summarize the plot
2.        The conflict created when the will of an individual opposes the will of the majority is the recurring theme of many novels, plays, and essays. Select the work of an essayist who is in opposition to his or her society; or, from a work of recognized literary merit, select a fictional character who is in opposition to his or her society.  In a critical essay analyze the conflict and discuss the moral and ethical implications for both the individual and the society.  Do not summarize the plot or action of the work you choose.
3.       No prose selection (instead, had the following prompt:  A character’s attempt to recapture or reject the past is important in many plays, novels, and poems.  Choose a work in which a character views the past with such feelings as reverence, bitterness, or longing.  Show with clear evidence how the character’s view of the past is used to develop a theme in the work.)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Macbeth Notes

About the rise and fall of a great man. Macbeth isn’t theatrical; he doesn’t establish a relationship with the audience. Macbeth starts with a nice wife, castle, etc. He ends by being despised and alone. Macbeth is the only one doing something because he wants to, he makes the choice. He isn’t manipulated or coerced into something that he doesn’t want to do. It’s his own entire fault, he destroyed himself. Macbeth was always changing his mind, when it came to the murder of Duncan.  On one hand he knows the immorality of his choices and the consequences, on the other he has the choice of being king. Macbeth as always tempted by the witches and took what they said for truth. While Banquo was always skeptical and resisted what the witches said.
The function of Lady Macbeth in the beginning was to keep Macbeth on the thought of becoming king, telling him to act on his desires. She did convince him to kill Duncan, however Macbeth still chose himself to do that. Lady Macbeth never threatened him. Lady Macbeth eventually feels the guilt and anguish of knowing about the murders, and goes mad. Macbeth could really care less. In the beginning he felt the guilt and dread of knowing he killed Duncan, but he eventually gets over it and becomes ruthless.                                                                            
When Macbeth becomes king he embraces it. He is also overwhelmed with fear that he couldn’t deal with himself. He becomes ruthless and plans many other murders in order to, in his mind, protect the throne.