Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Feats of wisdom


Monday, April 16, 2012

Macbeth Notes

  • Macbeth ponders the possibility of killing King Duncan over dinner.
  • Lady Macbeth calls him a coward when he tries to tell her it probably isn't a good idea.
  • Macbeth eventually agrees to kill King Duncan and devises a plan with lady Macbeth.  They come up with a plan in which lady Macbeth gets the guards drunk and Macbeth will kill Duncan and then they will take the kings blood and smear it on the guards to make it look like they did it.
  • Although Macbeth did kill the king he is now fearful that someone other than himself will take th throne.(Banquoe). 
  • Fleance is Banquo's son.
  • Malcom and donablain (King Duncan's sons) go to talk to their father to find he has been murdered.
  • Macbeth justifies that he killed the guards out of anger that the king is dead.
  • Malcom and donoblain feer they are next to be killed and flee the scene to England.
  • Macbeth gets another hint from the 3 witches that he should fear Macduff.
  • When Macbeth hears that Macduff has fled to England to be with Malcom he orders that his wife and children be killed.
  • Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth to stay and fight and he listens.  This leads to his death by Macduff beheading him.
  • Lady Macbeth kills herself from sleepwalking.

Monday, April 2, 2012

History of Macbeth

  • Macbeth is an unususal style for Shakespear. He normally didn't creat such plays that dealt with psyco pathic killers and murder.
  • The play begins with Macbeth and Lady Macbeth cutting open the body of a person that they have just murdered.
  • Troughout the story there is the reacuring theme of what it really means to be difined as a man. Lady Macbeth wants to be more like a man and less like a woman so she will be able to kill more cold heartedly.  When the time comes to kill Duncan Macbeth says it is unmanly to kill another man in his sleep but Lady Macbeth argues that it would make him more manly and they argue.
  • Shakespear got his story from Raphael Holinshed.  Who wrote the CHronicles.
  • The name Macbeth means sone of life and is a christian name.
  • Lady Macbeth was really refered to as the Grouch and she was the daughter of a man named biote
  • Around 1950 the play was performed for the pleasure of king JamesI.
  • The debate among many is whether the play is a message of despair or hope.
  • The play was written by Shakespear in 1605-1606.
  • Most of the time his plays took place during a time period of about 100 years befor his own but Macbeth took place 500 years befor his time.  It was durring a time in which the people of England had a very vague understanding about.
  • He had his own privat theatre in the city of London which was uncommon. It seated only a couple hundred people unlike the big outdoor dome that seated thousands.
  • The was written/attributed to King James of England who was also the king of Scotland.
  • The play is not historicaly correct. Some facts and events were tweaked to satisfy the political status of Sakespears time.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Literature Analysis: Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a story about two men, George and Lennie, who are in search of work, money, and overall better living.  George and Lennie seem to never have any luck when it comes to any of these things.  They can't keep a steady job any where or earn any money and Lennie is constantly getting into trouble because is dumb. Although Lennie is big and strong and hardworking his mental capabilities are a little below par so George is almost like the big brother who takes care of him and tries to make sure he doesn't do anything stupid. 

"The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray."  Although nothing seems to go there way, George and Lennie still have this fantasy about how there life is going to be once they earn enough money.  Lennie loved to here George talk about what it would be like for them and we here about it multiple times throughout the story.  George describes it as them having a little house with a stove where they could cook their own meals, they would have a garden where Lennie could tend to the rabbits which he loved so much.  The only thing that is in their way is the money.  Later in the story an old man named candy who also works on the ranch is talking to Lennie and he offers to pitch in his fair share of the money if they let him tag along.  he isn't much use because he lost his hand due to and accident with a machine but he is determined that he can cook and keep the house clean.  Lennie and George are hesitant at first but then agree that the deal would benefit them all. 

George and Lennie's plans to live the life they have been dreaming of is close to coming true and both men are very excited.  Even though they get very close there plans fall through do to problems with Lennie.  He got in trouble with the bosses son Curly and killed his wife which caused all kinds of problems for them.  In the end George is forced to kill Lennie in order to put him out of his suffering.  It was the only thing he could do to save them both.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Big Question Intro

Something that always amazes me is the change that occurs amongst people from when they are young and careless to when they begin to form as an adult and the little things become much more important.  As you may know kids could have a care in the world about what their hair looks like, or who is watching them or even things such as school or church, for them it’s just another place to have fun.  But as always the limitations and guidelines for one person may be completely different for the person next store.  The friends, family, and over all environment of a child can effect who they come to be as an adult. 
Adolescence is the time in which a child comes to be an adult.  The time frame for theses years is different among cultures but is probably close to the ages between ten and twenty years of age.  During this time is when we come to know our selves more than we ever have.  Things such as sexual awareness, cognitive development, the ability to think abstractly, and most of all, our own self image come to be things that ate most important to us.  They are the things that influence who we are.
Many people have already looked into this field and it seems that for the most part everything that I have looked at is consistent with the ideas I have just stated.  Margaret Mead, an American cultural anthropologist attributed the behavior of adolescents to their culture and upbringing.  This is very true because all cultures differ from others.  Other cultures probably do not hold the same values in sexuality and self appearance as we do in our western culture and you can see how we differ from someone who was raised in the Middle East, or any place foreign to us.  It’s possible that some other cultures may be similar as well but there still some differences amongst those who appear that way. 
G. Stanely Hall was a great American psychologist stated that the stages in which an adolescent goes through is a time of storm and stress.  I think that anyone who has already experienced this time in their life of is experiencing it can agree that this statement is spot on.  As an adolescent you experience so much stress form school, boyfriends/girlfriends, sports, clubs, family, friends, and more.  To many a lot of this stress is contributed what we call drama.  What is interesting is that Hall also said that, “Conflict at this developmental stage normal and not unusual.”  It happens that all this drama is important to our own learning experiences and has a huge part in shaping who we come to be.
Everyone has or will experience drama in their life at one point or another.  It is expected to happen and because our culture says so there is a place for it.  I think a great example of the effects drama could have on someone comes from the often yet unfortunate event that someone is cheated on during a relationship.  If a girl in high school finds out that her boyfriend has been   cheating on her it has a huge effect on the way she is going to approach relationships later on in life.  She might become a little jealous when it comes to hanging out with other girls, or it might take longer for a guy to gain her trust or she may never have the confidence to trust another guy.  To  an adult this situation may seem silly and maybe even pathetic do to the fact that it is some stupid high school kids going through a little drama that will not affect them at all later in life and they just need to get over it.  But it’s not that simple; because everything seems to have so much importance during this time the situation could seriously damage the mental standpoint of the girl.  In her mind her whole life is ruined do to her loss of the one she was going to love for the rest of her life as well as the humility of being cheated on.  There is nothing in the world that would change her feelings about it because it is what is most important to her at the time.
This is a very important question when people are dealing with psychology.  Doctors who study in this field often ask about the history of that person.  What they are looking for is any event that may have caused trauma to them.  What is amazing is that a lot of the time doctors retrace the beginning of these problems back to childhood and adolescent years.  There is so much stuff surrounding you as come to be an adult and if something of importance collapses or changes it could have a huge effect. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Oh Captain my Captain


Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

193. O Captain! My Captain!


O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;  
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;  
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,  
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:  
    But O heart! heart! heart!          5
      O the bleeding drops of red,  
        Where on the deck my Captain lies,  
          Fallen cold and dead.  

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;  
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;   10
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;  
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;  
    Here Captain! dear father!  
      This arm beneath your head;  
        It is some dream that on the deck,   15
          You’ve fallen cold and dead.  

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;  
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;  
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;  
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;   20
    Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!  
      But I, with mournful tread,  
        Walk the deck my Captain lies,  
          Fallen cold and dead.