Friday, May 2, 2014

HW 5/2/14

Euro Lit: Finish Jane Eyre

Honors 9: Nothing!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

HW 5/1/14

Euro Lit: Read chapters 24-26 of Jane Eyre

Honors 9: Re-read "A Man Who Had No Eyes" and pre-write the essay

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Honors 9 Notes 4/30/14

Honors 9 Ojas Notas

When life gives you lemons, make orange juice. Life will be all like, “what?”

POV: 3rd person omniscient (reliable—tells us M is a beggar, P is successful; forces us to pity M and feel the theme)
What changes? Our perspective of the characters, because of the POV of the story.

Parsons=positive example of theme
Marquardt=negative example of theme

Moosh lit d’s together for a more kickass essay. (Character+POV?)

Pros=P and M
Ext conflict q=Can they move on and be successful after the accident?
Ext conflict antagonist=their blindness
Int conflict q=Can they overcome their self-pity?
Int conflict antagonist=self-pity
Setting=street (so we can see M has not moved on and is appealing to people’s pity),  14 years after the accident to show us the consequences of self-pity/overcoming self-pity.
Exposition=M is a beggar (street), P is successful (hotel)
M’s Int Conflict Resolution=unsuccessful, “you wouldn’t mind helping a poor guy out” shows M has self-pity
P’s Int Conflict Resolution=successful, “Don’t make such a row about it (…) So am I”
Ext Conflict Resolution=”So am I”
Denouement=either no denouement, or the change in POV is the denouement

Blindness=Literally, P is blind. Figuratively, P is not blind.
Insurance=despite not having insurance after the explosion, P is helping others, P has moved on.
Cigarette Lighters=the explosion itself could have been caused by a cigarette lighter. M is living in the past!
M’s battered cane=self-pity, makes noise to attract attention, living in the past
P’s walking stick=overcoming the past, could be used by a sighted person

“I ain’t no beggar, guv’nuh”, “I would have been well took care of”
P, on the other hand, speaks perfect English.

M=greasy, shaggy
P=spring,  yellow, blue

Key to successful essay=EVERYTHING CONTRASTS, and everything relates to self-pity. Everrthang.

The protagonists have the same conflict questions with one resolving successfully, one unsuccessfully based on whether or not they have self-pity.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

HW 4/29/14

Euro Lit: Read Jane Eyre chapters 21-23

Honors 9: Re-read "A Man Who Had No Eyes" and start prewriting the essay

Honors 9 Notes 4/29/14

·      “…a sudden and foolish sort of pity for all blind creatures.” – The word foolish is important, as it shows that Mr. Parsons does not even see himself as blind/weak/does not pity himself. Parsons recognizes that pity is a foolish thing.
o   Perhaps we could take that line figuratively, like ignorant people being “blind”  to the world rather than denotatively blind.
o   Take note of the word “sudden”  and how he doesn’t always pity others (especially himself)
o   Perhaps when Parsons uses that line he also pities himself (“all blind creatures”) but quickly gets over it, and realizes that it’s “foolish”. After all, getting over self-pity is what enabled Parsons to be successful.
·      Title: A Man Who Had No Eyes. The title of the story is singular, but there are two blind men in the story. From the title we can extrapolate that  “blindness” may not be referring to the denotative meaning, but take on a connotative meaning. Markwardt does not see how lucky he is that he simply survived the accident, he doesn’t see how great his life can continue to be. In this sense, Parsons is not blind, because he realizes how lucky he is and has made the best of his circumstances.
o   The title refers to Parsons, because of the word “had”. Parsons moved on!!! He now has eyes, he can see the world and his situation!!!
·      Until the last line of the story, we’re blind too.  This is done so that we will pity Markwardt until the end, when we feel the theme.
·      Markwardt is living off of the pity of others, doesn’t work at the end because the people see that Parsons is blind too.
·      Theme:  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Move on from the past, and don’t have self-pity about it.
·      Point of view:  3rd person omniscient. Has to be reliable to show that Parsons is successful and that Markwardt is not.  Markwardt denies being a beggar, despite the omniscient narrator telling the reader that he is, in fact, a beggar.
·      What changes? – Our impressions of the characters!  We no longer feel pity for Markwardt, but our impressions of Parsons changes as well.
·      Markwardt is a beggar – If we are not able to overcome our own self pity, we won’t be able to further ourselves.
·      Protagonist(s) - Parsons and Markwardt
·      Antagonistic forces – Internal: Self pity  External:  The accident
·      External Conflict Q – Can they overcome the accident?
·      Internal Conflict Q – Can they overcome their self pity?
·      Setting – Set in a street, so that other people are both present and feel pity for Markwardt.  Set fourteen years after the accident to show the consequences of self pity. It contrasts their lives.
·      What changes? Our view of Parsons and Markwardt.
o   Felt pity for Markwardt for in the beginning, disgusted with him in the end.

o   Thought Parsons could see, then we realize he’s blind (last line “so am I”)

Monday, April 28, 2014

HW 4/28/14

Euro Lit: Read chapters 18-20 of Jane Eyre

Honors 9: Re-read "A Man Who Had No Eyes"

Honors 9 Notes 4/28/14

Eyes Notes
Honorsh English

How did it make you feel? And how?
Surprised that Parsons was blind
Angry that Marquardt lied and that he was using blindness as an excuse
Satisfied/Justice (justice is an emotion, shut up) because M pulled P down, both have the same handicap, but P got past it

Parsons had moved on: “Westbury? Ah, yes…” has to think back and actually remember what happened

Marquardt, on the other hand, has let the accident take over his entire life. He is bitter about the past, where as Parsons has moved on and is glad he is alive.

Symbolism with Parsons selling insurance?

Henceforth Marquardt shall be “M” and Parsons shall be “P”. Typing is hard.

Ya gotta deal with what you’re dealt. P dealt with it, moved on, became successful. M didn’t deal, just wallowed in self-pity.
M is described as “shaggy” and gross, they use a lot of auditory words to describe him. P is described with colors “gray”, etc. M is held back by his blindness—he is his blindness. P has moved on, he doesn’t even remember the explosion until reminded, “Westbury (…) Ah yes. The chemical explosion…”

Don’t victimize yourself by living in the past like M. M profits minimally off retelling the story of his past. He is proud of his past: “an insane sort of pride”.