Friday, April 25, 2014

HW 4/25/14

Euro Lit: Read Jane Eyre chapters 13-17 (vocab quiz)

Honors 9: Continue Grapes of Wrath

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Honors 9 Notes 4/24/14



“The Flash” Notes

Have a creative individual way of saying things! Do not have others do your work for you- they will not be there to help you during A.P Comp, or college! 

 Thesis statement
ex. Using character, POV, and plot Calvino tells us not to be cowed by society or ourselves into the herd mentality.


  • “I” is the symbol of individuality(US!)- 'I' chooses conformity, therefore the crab bucket mentality

  • Crowd is the symbol for society (US!)- forces conformity, and the crab bucket mentality

  • The flash is an epiphany

  • The stories title is symbolic “It is over in a flash”

  • Crossroads is symbolic for a decision  
  • Three changes (instead of one) - short stories are defined by having one change, but the story itself is resisting conformity by having three changes 
  • Almost the whole story is just climax and denouement- also resisting conformity of most stories

 Plot :
  • A Conflict: To be or to not to be an individual  
  • internal conflict question - will 'I' be able to overcome 'I's' fear of alienation from society in order to keep the flash/ 'I's' individuality 
ex. Calvino was not a conformist as a writer. Conformity is something we are accustomed to here at South Eugene High school. Here in Honors English in the 9th grade we all have to conform, to the bells, like palovian dogs. We must listen to Mr. Stewart rambling on about individuality while putting our creativity into little tiny boxes............. (etc.!!!)

Can compare to:
Oedipus, Theseus (one size fits all), Harrison Bergeron (equal opportunity/ conformity) , Siddhartha (wisdom is noncommunicable) The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost- {"I' is ageless, nameless, gender less - just like in the poem & both are about nonconformity (strongest idea, put this last!), & Another comparison- you find}

Extra Notes:
  • Real thinking: If someone has an original idea that's adopted by the crowd it becomes conformist.
  •  Individuality/ Normal  (must define!)- you can do this yourself!
  • Normal is defined by normal people 
  • There is some level of conformity that we need in order to function as part of society- where does the level of conformity become to much (Harrison Bergeron)?? 

HW 4/24/14

Euro Lit: Read chapters 10-12 of Jane Eyre

Honors 9: Pre-write "The Flash" essay, continue Grapes of Wrath

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HW 4/23/14

Euro Lit: Read chapters 10-12 of Jane Eyre

Honors 9: Pre-write plot paragraph, review notes, re-read "The Flash", continue Grapes of Wrath

Honors 9 Notes 4/23/14

Unas Notas Buenas de Patos (4/23/14) –
Didactic allegory, everything is symbolic.
First change: “It happened”, I gets the flash
I is feeling ecstatically happy about I’s flash “…I laughed…”
I loses the insight before communicating it to society, I is then “tormented”, I “regrets” the insight
Even before I is questioned by society, I feels ashamed for going against society’s norms “The laugh died…”, I feels ashamed because I pulled Iself down.
Herd mentality is like hamartia, both makes and breaks us.

Flash=enlightenment=epiphany (Siddartha?  I can’t share the wisdom, I & Sidd are the individual, Govindah gives us hope that we can have flash, I is filled with hope, so we’re filled with hope.)

I is both a positive and negative example of the theme. Negative since I drags Iself down and lets society drag I back down, gives in to the herd mentality. But in the end, I learns from the experience and hopes to have the flash again (positive).

Plot –
I is protagonist, struggling to keep the flash and share the wisdom.
Can I avoid the crab bucket and keep the flash?
Society is antagonist, symbolized by crowd.
Set at a crossroads in a crowd of people, crossroads are generally symbols of decisions, I has to decide whether or not I will keep I’s flash and be different, or conform to society and lose the flash, several crossroads seen earlier in the year.  Has to happen in crowd because of crab bucket and herd mentalities, and so that I could, or could not, share I’s wisdom.
No real rising action, no real falling action.
External conflict resolves “…amid their angry glares.”
I is both positive and negative example of the theme, hopes to have flash again after learning his lesson, but conformed to society and Iself earlier.

Why does the author use herd mentality as the change? Because we need individuals who have the flash, who make new inventions and further society and stuff. Crazy individuals can be good.

Ext conflict: Can I keep the flash and share it?
Int conflict: Can I overcome the herd mentality?

Little irony moment: the crowd is what inspires the flash in the first place, but also takes the flash away

What happens in the denouement? I learns from the experience of losing the flash – is no longer scared of alienation, wants to have the flash again.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HW 4/22/14

Euro Lit: Read chapters 4-6 of Jane Eyre (quiz tomorrow!)

Honors 9: Read over your notes, pre-write the character paragraph, re-read "The Flash", continue reading Grapes of Wrath and doing the study guide questions

Honors 9 Notes 4/22/14

Honors 9 Flash Notes
4/22/14 (Earth Day)

Do not use contractions!!
The transition is in the topic sentence.
Refer back to previous topic sentence’s reason (In addition to using character, Calvino also uses symbolism to show theme of…etc. For example, blah bloobee doobee doowop shoowop. Foopy doopy garragoochie yama doodoo callahallah? Moreover, best reason.)
The best reason in your essay should be your last paragraph, and the most important example in the essay should be the last example.

Italo Calvino=fabulist (fable-writer), wrote allegories (simple stories with deeper meaning), very unusual style
            Very experimental and unique with his writing style. Breaks all the rules.

The Flash is a didactic allegory, meaning everything is symbolic. You can dedicate a whole paragraph to symbolism, or weave it in to every paragraph.

The protagonist=”I”=Ageless, genderless, nameless individual. These notes are about to get hella weird.
            Narrator is relatable to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or name.
            Refer to “I” as “the individual”. Why? Because “I” is the only one who stands out in the crowd.

The individual is like Harrison Bergeron – individual vs. society
The difference: Harrison Bergeron did not let society drag him back down, got shot instead. The individual drags himself back down, lets society drag him down. Society wants him to conform, and he conforms on his own free will. He wants to be like everyone else.
“I” lacks the pride of Harrison. If he had more pride, he could have avoided conformity.
Other words for pride: confidence, integrity

Why do we have the herd mentality? To survive. If we stray from the herd, there’s a greater chance of being killed by a predator. Why do we have the herd mentality today? Humans are social creatures; we need others who understand us.

How does it make us feel? How does Calvino make us feel that way?
Sad—“I” can’t be “I”self, “I” is forced to conform, the people make “I” feel wrong
Frustrated—people put “I” down and don’t understand
Confused—what the flamingo just happened?
Empathetic – can relate to “I”, have experienced the same thing

2nd paragraph, “accepted”, conformism=accepting the status quo.
5th paragraph, “we can’t see anything absurd or wrong”, the people are blind

What changes? “I” has the flash, then doesn’t have it anymore
What makes “I” lose the flash? The people make “I” lose the flash (happiness>freedom).
In what way does “I” lose the flash? “I” loses the flash before the people are angered. “I” is self-conscious and conforms to avoid rejection. (Herd mentality) Ostracism is worse than death. “I” scares the flash out of “I”’sself.
But why? Whyyyy!? They make “I” conform, they fear different people (like Harrison Bergeron). “I” is an individual in a crab-bucket society. The people are “angry (6th paragraph)”. They are content to conform and angry that “I” questions life.

But wait? Could there be…more changes? Three changes, perhaps? Yes yes?

For “I” the freedom of the flash is happiness, but when “I” loses the epiphany and goes back to accepting, “I” is “tormented.”

Theme: Don’t let society bring you down and don’t bring yourself down.

Calvino uses character to convey the theme by having his character conform to society even before society scares “I” into conforming. Write a bitching paragraph.

Wow, what a surprise, the big picture theme is freedom vs. happiness. Keep this in the back of your mind: the big picture is almost always freedom vs. happiness. Even in Euro Lit. It never goes away. Ever. I think I used it in all my Euro Lit essays. Definitely all the Honors essays.

Monday, April 21, 2014

HW 4/21/14

Euro Lit: Read Jane Eyre chapters 1-3

Honors 9: Re-read "The Flash"