Friday, March 14, 2014

Honors 9 Notes 3/14/14

How do you feel after reading Siddhartha?
-we are connected to Siddhartha, feel confused when he is confused, feel satisfied when he is satisfied
            - but can we continue to relate to him after his enlightenment? We aren’t enlightened, so we can’t really follow him anymore
-Siddhartha could not experience enlightenment in a purely spiritual world or in a purely physical world, must find middle ground between the two (hence the symbolism of the river)
-the ending of the book isn’t suppose to be satisfying, because the point of the book is to figure out for yourself what the book meant to you (I mean, that’s the theme of the book, isn’t it? You can’t learn through teachers?)
-Siddhartha does go through pain to reach the enlightenment, but he understands and feels alright at the end
pg106- “although he had reached a high state..”
-the setting is symbolic, everything is symbolic, Siddhartha is a didactic allegory
-Siddhartha left his village because he was restless and thirsty for knowledge, that knowledge is nirvana
-Siddhartha sees that the Brahman priests have not discovered nirvana, so he goes to the samanas to try to find himself subjectively, doesn’t work, then he goes to the village and is overwhelmed by the objective, finally he goes in between the two to the river
-the Buddha has found the way out of suffering by seeing everything is a temporary illusion, he offers escape from suffering
-Siddhartha decides he needs to discover that himself
-the landscape in the novel and the river and 2 sides are symbolizing the inner landscape of Siddhartha’s soul
            -Siddhartha is not just an object, not just a subject, but is both (river symbolizes that)
-pg 80- “as a child..”
-pg81 “that was why he had to go into the world..” he had to experience the world for himself
-Heracleitus, Greek philosopher, thought that everything changes and is in flux, said “you cannot step in the same river twice” 
-river is a universal symbol – everything is always changing
-pg87 “have you also learned that secret from the river? That there is no such thing as time”
pg88 “the voices of all living creatures..” river is the voice of all living creatures
-*5 when S was in the town, he couldn’t love, but now he loves his son so it shows the growth of character
            -*5 Young Siddhartha teaches Siddhartha love
-When S’s son leaves him, just like he had left his own father, showing the repetition in life
-he loves his son but his son does not feel the same, because of this, Siddhartha feels suffering [just like Manloin saying “how much did you suffer”]
            -Siddhartha had never really suffered before because he had never really loved before, needed to experience this as well (it was necessary, it was in his own nature)
            -the Buddha only teaches us how to avoid suffering, Hesse disagrees, says we need to suffer, the question is how do you deal with it?
-Siddhartha resolves that by listening to the river and hearing all voices striving for a goal and suffering
            -will never reach the goal
            -pg 111 “he heard them all, the whole, the unity…”
            -Siddhartha finally stops fighting his destiny, accepts that he is a human being, who suffers, and he *5 LOVES his suffering
-pg99- “you cannot love […] through sorrow, through suffering, through loving”
-pg100 “at the same time he felt that it was not worthless, that it was necessary…”
-why does Siddhartha experience all of this suffering?
            -so that he can understand himself, or human nature
            -life is suffering, so he has to experience suffering to understand what life is****aka he has to suffer
-while the Buddha teaches that you need to escape suffering, Siddhartha is saying that you NEED to experience suffering, that you need to EMBRACE suffering as part of who you are
-external conflict resolution paragraph- self immersion into unity 
-S is an separate individual, but also, one with everything else in the world
-every one is a separate individual but also work together as one
-The last chapter entitled ‘Om’ is the dénouement
-Govinda eventually finds enlightenment, but is different, enlightenment is an individual process, but the result is one with everyone else’s
            -Govinda is symbolic of the average person, of us
            -what does Siddhartha have that we don’t? illumination, enlightenment
            -how Govinda becomes enlightened
-use the ‘A comes back to A but is not longer A’ evaluation questions to discover theme
            -what changes? How does it change? Why does the author make it change that way?
-Siddhartha changes, becomes enlightened, learns to love suffering
-Govinda changes, becomes enlightened in a different way
-the theme? “love everything

HW 3/14/14

Euro Lit: Nothing! The real nothing this time...we're done for the year!

Honors 9: Re-read Siddhartha and complete the Writer's Workshop packet

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Honors 9 Notes 3/13/14

-Tone and atmosphere – the feeling/mood you get when you’re reading. In this case, the reader of Siddhartha feels the same emotions Siddhartha is feeling, confusion.
-most of the people Siddhartha meets are showing clear human traits/nature
-as the messages of the book change, you change with it
-Govinda is present every time S changes
-Govinda isn’t changing/progressing. Remember, Govinda is a foil, as a follower.
-Eastern idea of true self is the atman is part of everything else, the western idea of true self is ego which separates yourself from everything else
-it’s actually a blend of both, subjective and objective
-the songbird symbolizes his voice
-S goes back to the river, which is in the middle of the Samanas, and the village. (SETTING IS SYMBOLIC) The landscape in the story is equivalent to the landscape in S’s inner soul
-(pg80) “it is a good thing to experience..” There are some things that you cannot learn by being taught, you have to experience them yourself. EX: being drunk, being in love.
-No matter how far a teacher has gone and how much they have experienced, that is not relevant in teaching an innocent, naïve soul
-the inner voice is one’s self consciousness 

HW 3/13/14

Euro Lit: Review and organize Existentialism notes for the essay (meet in room 4 on Friday)

Honors 9: Finish reading Siddhartha

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

HW 3/11/14

Euro Lit:
Heidegger: Study Guide due Wednesday

English 9 Honors:
Read Siddhartha: Pgs. 1-34

Monday, March 10, 2014

HW 3/10/14

Euro Lit: Read "The Myth of Sisyphus" and answer the study guide questions

Honors 9: Complete the rest of the "Writer's Workshop" packet and bring student ID card