Wednesday, February 5, 2014

HW 2/5/14

Euro Lit:
Read: Goethe & answer study guide Friday

English 9 Honors:
Know drama vocab!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

HW 2/4/14

Euro Lit: Read Goethe and answer study guide questions (for Friday)

Honors 9: Bring your student ID tomorrow

Honors 9 Notes 2/4/14

- catharsis: at the end of the play, the audience feels a purge of emotions (pity and fear)
*again, it's how you deal with what you're dealt*
- meden agan: nothing to excess, stick to the middle
- darkness can be "evil" or just the "unknown"
- the man feels sorry for Oedipus because of his future nemesis
- the hero's journey is the journey of a hero finding himself
- you are your own worst enemy
- pride comes before the fall

All Things Faust

Monday, February 3, 2014

HW 2/3/14

Euro Lit: No HW

English 9: Read Oedipus at Colonus (optional, but you should do it)

Honors 9 Notes 2/3/14

- Ostracism is worse than simple death, which is why Oedipus chooses this punishment
- humans are social beings

What is the theme?
- pride? ate:
- irony?
- ignorance?

- Oedipus is tragic hero: arete, hubris, ate, anagnorisis, nemesis
- arete: strive for excellence
- hubris: excessive pride
- ate: exceeding the bounds meant for you
- anagnorisis: moment of recognition of your wrongs
- nemesis: downfall, consequence for ate

Edict -> order

*Hamartia: what makes 'em breaks 'em
- what is the symbolism of the crossroads? his choices/decisions in life
- This play is really about happiness. Gnoti Seatan: know thyself. Know yourself so you can make the right decisions to make yourself happy.
- Dionysus: the suffering god
- Oedipus was doomed before he was even born, symbolizing pre-determination
- although most things are outside our control, we are still most responsible for what happens to us because we have freewill
*Pre-determination vs Freewill* (the theme of this play)
- it's not about what you're dealt, it's about how you deal with what you're dealt
- tragedy is a negative example of this

Quest: the hero's journey
Oedipus is about the journey to self-knowledge

Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something that one or more characters on stage do not.

Eurolit J.E. 2/3/2014

Jane Eyre

In the end, Jane almost submits to go to India
            If she did, she would accept death (too much reason)
She hears Rochester’s voice —> she returns
            Thornfield burned down, only Bertha escaped
            Rochester is blind, lost an arm (biblical) 
                        He reforms: he had to reform for Jane to become complete — more reasonable, less
passionate (in the Christian sense)
                        They get married, have a kid, live happily ever after
            Jane and Rochester hear each other: is that even possible?
                        Logic says no
But logic isn’t necessarily the answer to all things; the Romantic period wasn’t very logical
*Can our subjectivity affect our reality?

*Reason v. Passion: you need a balance of the two
This is the main them of Jane Eyre
            Minor themes: gender equality, religion, forgiveness
                        Bertha= example of sublimation
Bronte would have been Bertha if she wasn’t a character

POV: Jane allows her younger self to choose the scenes we witness
Both Jane and Rochester change
            Jane comes of age, complete with new philosophy
            Rochester just wants to take care of her
                        Jane wants independenceà he changes to allow that
Experiences change the characters
            Jane meets good and bad role models
***Happiness comes from balancing passion and reason, from loving and being loved

*****p 277: "As I love, loved am I [...]"