Monday, November 20, 2017

English 9 Honors: 11/20/17 Homework- Read Samsara pp 60-69 Read By the River pp 70-81 Notes: This is a good German joke: According to Sigmund Freud, what comes between fear and sex? Funf! (For those of you that don’t know, in German the number four is pronounced fear, the number six is pronounced sex and five is funf) Autobiographical and Historical Information Herman Hesse- Born in 18… (This is as far as we got before Stewart went into a lecture about how The Old Man and The Sea changed him) Okay were back: - Born in 1877 in the black forest - His Parents were missionaries in India - So had his father’s mother been - Very unusual background, he had the same amount of eastern and western religion and philosophy. He was exposed to Christian and Hindu, Buddhist philosophy; his view of the world was a synthesis of the east and west - His view of how to attain happiness is unique: o Central theme: the inner voice o The inner voice is existentialist o The eternal part of ourselves which relates to Brahmin o The inner voice is ones true self - Novel set in 350 bce in India - Our protagonist Siddhartha has the same name of The Buddha, because Sid agrees with a lot of different things. He brings the ideas together and creates his own idea - When Hesse was going through school he was almost crushed beneath the wheel of conformity Read: Beneath the Wheel for Hesse o Pavlov was a Russian scientist that believed in behaviorism Setting For Siddhartha: - Hinduism is a pantheistic religion o They believe that the divine is intertwined with the real world o Brahma is known as over soul o That the soul is permeated within all things o The eternal time that all atoms get thrown back into the cosmological stew o This is not too uncommon with out western science o Everything is (given enough time) Everything else o This concept is called Brahmin (or Over Soul) o Everything is an illusion o We have an eternal part of ourselves called our soul or Atman o We go through an endless cycle of birth and rebirth called Samsara, through this development we have developed an ego o This is existentialist because the ego is existentialist - Thematic Elements in Sid: o What is going on in the traditional belief in Hinduism? • His idea is that its interesting but he doesn’t fully devote himself to it • Not much of the true nature of the universe will bring one nirvana • Enlightenment of the self is the true nature of the universe • Does knowledge really bring peace? - Western philosophy of doubting makes it real, eastern philosophy affirms everything by bringing everything together. Western say no no no Eastern say yes yes yes - What does Om mean? Yes. - Diversity is an illusion, everything is everything o Govinda is a foil for Siddhartha o Siddhartha distrusts teaching, you can not learn anything particularly when it comes to the level of the soul stuff, You can not learn anything vicariously o Govinda is like “aw yeah man teach me” - External Conflict: o Can Sid find enlightenment? - Internal Conflict: o Can he accept and learn himself? - He hears about the Samsans, who are ascetics, they refuse pleasure because true life is internal - Didactic allegory: Didactic means to teach. Allegory is a simple story with a deeper meaning - The most important body paragraph is symbolism Page 18: He has no trust for teaching Gautama: Is what he called the Buddha Page 22: The origin of suffering, life is pain, he teaches the liberation from suffering Page 27: Salvation from suffering Page 28: “Look Buddha I’m not criticizing what you’re doing but I can’t follow it” Because I need to find my own way

Friday, November 17, 2017

Honors 9- Notes Class Notes: 3/21/17 Reread Siddhartha Read the blog and organize your notes Write: 2 symbols and explain how Hesse uses them Hey guys, Remember your mortality! Important Sid Notes: QUICK REMINDERS: - Sid leaves because he wants enlightenment - He doesn’t achieve enlightenment from the samanans - Sid doesn’t believe in following, Gov does - Any time Sid goes through a change, Gov is there - This is a didactic allegory What is the point of view of the story? - Third person single person POV Why does Hesse have the POV switch in the last chapter of the book? Hesse has been steeped in eastern philosophies; he sees a lot of truth in them Buddha serves as a foil for Sid and his theme - He comes back to the river at the end of the book, A comes back to A The ascetics are symbolic of his lack of enlightenment Sid wants to find peace and the true nature of the world: - He thinks he can find the truth in the world by understanding himself o If he understands atman then he understands the brahma o The Buddha tells him that (pg. 27) • You can not learn things vicariously, you have to experience this first hand o The connection of suffering and pain o Sid leaves again but leaves Gov behind - Truly nothing has occupied my mind as much of the self- a synthesis of the east west philosophy paradox: I am one with the world yet I am separated - Pg 31,”I am one and separated…” paradoxical - Pg 33, realized how alone he was; alienation. - Pg 39, introduced to the voice. He must teach himself and gain the experience - Voice is symbolic of authenticity, his genuine self - Pg 57 crosses the river Pg. 59 Why is Kamala in the book? Maybe I am like you, we can no love,
Euro Lit-11/17/17 Homework for Friday: Read Act 4 of "Henry the 5th" and take reading notes.
Honors 9- 11/17/17 Homework for Friday: read pages 37-59

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Honors 9- Notes: Autobiographical and Historical Information Herman Hesse- Born in 18… (This is as far as we got before Stewart went into a lecture about how The Old Man and The Sea changed him) Okay were back: - Born in 1877 in the black forest - His Parents were missionaries in India - So had his father’s mother been - Very unusual background, he had the same amount of eastern and western religion and philosophy. He was exposed to Christian and Hindu, Buddhist philosophy; his view of the world was a synthesis of the east and west - His view of how to attain happiness is unique: o Central theme: the inner voice o The inner voice is existentialist o The eternal part of ourselves which relates to Brahmin o The inner voice is ones true self - Novel set in 350 bce in India - Our protagonist Siddhartha has the same name of The Buddha, because Sid agrees with a lot of different things. He brings the ideas together and creates his own idea - When Hesse was going through school he was almost crushed beneath the wheel of conformity Read: Beneath the Wheel for Hesse o Pavlov was a Russian scientist that believed in behaviorism Setting For Siddhartha: - Hinduism is a pantheistic religion o They believe that the divine is intertwined with the real world o Brahma is known as over soul o That the soul is permeated within all things o The eternal time that all atoms get thrown back into the cosmological stew o This is not too uncommon with out western science o Everything is (given enough time) Everything else o This concept is called Brahmin (or Over Soul) o Everything is an illusion o We have an eternal part of ourselves called our soul or Atman o We go through an endless cycle of birth and rebirth called Samsara, through this development we have developed an ego o This is existentialist because the ego is existentialist
Honors 9- 11/16/17 Homework for Thursday: Bring Student ID card, and read pages 20-34
Euro Lit- 11/16/17 Homework for Thursday: Read Act 3 of Henry the 5th and take reading notes.
Honors 9- 11/16/17 Homework for Thursday: Bring Student ID card, and read pages 20-34

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Euro Lit- Notes: How to stay in power What does Shakespeare think makes a good ruler? (this is what the 2 impromptu essays will be based on) Machiavelli thinks that leaders only need to appear to be good, but Shakespeare disagrees; however, Shakespeare does believe a good king is not necessarily a good man You must think of being a good king first before being a good man They care about what makes a good ruler because Elizabeth is old and there is no successor in line; therefore, most of the plays and art are propaganda Machiavelli: Says the multitude is fickle because people do not believe something unless they see it; therefore, the end is all important The mass of men live at the beck and call of passion because people cannot control their emotions since we have been animals for so much longer, we want immediate gravitation Mass of men are vulgar People will only do something because of fear A prince needs to be both a fox and a lion (page 46) Fox: strength: cunning, weakness: sometimes you have to stand and fight as a leader Lion: strength: courage Page 51, last paragraph: “effeminate” Page 63: the comitatus relationship If the cruelties decrease, the students confidence in the teacher increases, and vice versa Page 43, 2nd paragraph: “A prince should disregard [...] hurt the whole state [...]”: in other words, he is going to make an example in order to keep your subjects obedient Page 36: What makes a nation? Page 3 (Machiavelli): A nation is people that speak the same language Page 37 (Henry V): “A prince should have no thought or care except for war [...]” Henry V is the final play of a tetralogy, they all have to do with the Lancastrian society Richard II Henry IV part 1 Henry IV part 2 Henry IV is dying at the end of the novel, he dies when becoming Henry V Henry V A good king is not necessarily a good man Henry V: Nationalistic and propaganda play, but between the lines he has a lot of questions
Honors 9- Notes Important consequences, student commentary, Stewart’s ideas Theme of Old man and the Sea: Life has peaks and valleys, but if we persevere we can get through the valleys - Never Give Up Resolution: the word Hemmingway uses to describe the theme The journey is more important than the destination – Potential for the conclusion paragraph, Happiness is not a place you arrive it, it’s a way of going about things Strive for excellence but don’t go to far Internal vs. External conflict: - Internal: if he’s strong enough to achieve his goal (mind over matter) o Mental vs. physical strength - External: If he can get the fish Stewart’s Commentary: What is Hemmingway’s writing style? - Iceberg principle: 7/8th is underwater for every part that shows o Pg. 9: 40 days: Noah’s ark they went 40 days and 40 nights o Pg. 9: The sail looked like the flag of permanent defeat o Pg. 18: His shirt was patched so many times it looked like the sail • By appearances, Santiago has been defeated o The Blotches of skin cancer that we benevolent o He looked old despite his eyes, they were the color of the sea o Pg.13 He knows he has humility, Santiago doesn’t care what the other fishermen thought about him o Pg. 12, “you bought me a beer you’re already a man” What is at stake for a character makes the character, what is at stake for Manolin is being a man o Pg. 24: “I do not like for him to wait for me it makes me feel inferior” He feels like a boy, he wants to be a man • Why can Santiago help him grow up and how o Pg. 14: “I’m going far out” This is purely denotative o Pg. 14: “are you strong enough for a truly big fish” o The crabs in the bucket are lazy, they stay close to shore, “that makes all the difference” because Santiago took the road less traveled o Pg. 14: “I’m a strange old man” • Strange because he is wise which alienates him from the herd o Pg. 18: Great DiMaggio, great fish, what makes them great? o Pg. 18: Strange shoulders: still powerful but very old o Pg. 21: Great DiMaggio, he makes the difference, he is himself again, he has overcome the bone spurs o Pg. 22: Great DiMaggio was a fishermen, so was Jesus o To understand how hard something is you have to suffer o Pg. 22: When I was your age, “Africa and Lions” this is really important o Pg. 23: “Because he came here the most times” The manager only appears to be great, he doesn’t have the stuff he just has the fluff o Pg. 23 I may not be as strong as I think but I know many tricks and I have resolution o What does the Sea symbolize: the unknown, vastness, feminine, the uncontrollable, o The old man is symbolic of us, he is old because he is frail but has a young mind o Learn the difference between the fluff and the stuff, lions have the stuff o Pg. 25: They played like young cats in the dust and he loved them like he loved they boy o 3rd Person limited, not omnipotent o Pg. 26 “: “its what a man must do o Pg. 40: Now is no time to think about baseball, now is the time for what I was born for o Pg. 107: “nail going through the wood” an allusion for Jesus being crucified
Euro Lit- 11/14/17 Homework for Tuesday: Read Act 1 of Henry the fifth and take reading notes.
Honors 9- 11/14/17 Homework for Tuesday: Write the conclusion paragraph for The Old Man and the Sea.

Monday, November 13, 2017

11/13/17 Homework: Honors 9 English • Re-Read Novel • Look for symbolism and other literary devices Hemingway uses to convey his theme

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Euro Lit- 11/9/17 Homework for Thursday: Read “The Prince” and answer the study guide that is due on Tuesday. p.s. Full Monty is required ;). Good luck.
Honors 9- 11/9/17 Homework for Thursday: Read and study the nuts and bolts of The Old Man and the Sea. Finish the book for Monday, and be prepared for a 50 point quiz.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Honors 9- Notes Road Not Taken Robert Frost - The road symbolizes life and the two paths diverged represent a cross roads - “I” Could be anyone - The connotative grows naturally out of the denotative o The repetition of the “I” makes Mr. Stewart think there is a deeper meaning - AJ believes that this poem represents Christianity - This poem is about the nature of decisions, the poem speaks to the problem of decisiveness - We face cross roads in our life - This poem is about predetermination vs. freedom o Cross roads are a universal symbol with free dome • Romeo could have walked away • Oedipus was at the cross roads when he met his dad - This poem is existentialist, we are the sum total of our actions - It isn’t what we mean its what we are - The more someone knows, the less people like that person o Crab bucket mentality, the more you know the more you ostracize yourself with your knowledge
Euro Lit- 11/8/17 Homework for Wednesday: Read “Battle of Maldon” and complete the study guide due on Thursday.
Honors 9- 11/8/17 Homework for Wednesday: Read and study the nuts and bolts of The Old Man and the Sea. Read pages 41-71 for a 50 point quiz.