Friday, May 9, 2014

Honors 9 Notes 5/9/14

Roses are so so Evil so Evil Notes

Intro paragraph:
Title, hook, mention the author, title, genre, plant your big picture conclusion seed,  then your thesis statement with 3 main reasons.
Title+hook+big picture seed=ties to your conclusion idea and your ta-da sentence

Genre=didactic allegory, moral allegory, short story, or satire

Hook ideas=question, quotation, neutral statement/statistic

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Honours 9 Notes 8 May 2014

Strangeworth isn’t satisfied with life unless she is being the judge of evil.
Perhaps blatant insults aren’t the best way to help people.  She doesn’t give advice or offer help, just insults the child.  One cannot choose whether or not they’re an idiot or not.

Strangeworth cries for the wickedness of the world, doesn’t use “our” or “us”.  Almost like separating herself from everybody else.
Strangeworth has a lot of pride, thinks she owns the town, doesn’t sell her roses (not even to the damn minister!)  Strangeworth does NOT change at the end!  She is unshaken, at the end, in her belief that she needs to deal with the evil in the town, and, the world.

“When I did it, it wasn’t against the law” – Richard Nixon

You have to scour, a clean heart is a scoured heart. Hitler thought he was doing the right thing. Machiavelli: the end justifies the means. Well-employed cruelty.

Perapeteia- The reversal of fortunes. By trying to avoid something, one makes it come true.

The self-righteous have to make themselves believe that what they’re doing is right.

Does Strangeworth write the letters to try to eliminate evil, or does she do it just because she likes creating evil?

Why does Strangeworth write the letters?
She like her letters!  To carry on a tradition.
It is her responsibility to ‘keep the town clean’ because she feels she owns the town.
This was her town, these were her people. (202)
She enjoys having power over the townsfolk. As an old woman, she wants to feel like she still is someone, that she has some level of control in her life over others.
However she does not know the names of the kiddies, because she doesn’t see the town people as individuals.
She stops calling Mr. Lewis “Tommy”. She is separated from him, by also he from her, as he started calling her Ms. Strangeworth, rather than “Addie”.

Does Strangeworth think/know that she’s evil?
Strangeworth thinks that her name doesn’t belong on “such trash” (200).
She also goes out of her way to mail the letters very secretly. (201)
She is pleased with her letters. (199)
“Besides, Miss Strangeworth liked writing her letters.” (200)
If Strangeworth messes up a letter, she burns it.
She would be surprised if something really were going on between those two. She recognizes that the evil is fabricated by her. She doesn’t really care about eradicating evil from the town.
Her letters have no purpose for eradicating evil. Saying someone’s child is messed-up isn’t going to fix anything.

Plot -
Protagonist: Strangeworth, struggling to eradicate evil from town.
External Antagonist: Townsfolk
Internal Antagonist: Her evil within.
Int. Conflict Question: Can she recognize that what she is doing is evil? Can she stop sending the letters?
Ext. Conflict Question: Can she purge the town of evil?
Setting: No specific time, no specific place.  Done so that the story shows that we’ve all got the possibility of evil within.  Summertime, nicer weather.  As story begins, so nice!  At the end, the town seems a bit shit. IT’S A HELLHOLE!!!

Pleasant street, a seemingly lovely town, etc.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Honours English Notes 7th of May 2014


What changed? She had roses at the beginning, now she don’t got no roses.
The community’s perception of Strangeworth
Our POV of Strangeworth (dainty old lady vs evil nasty bitch)
The townspeople become evil by cutting the roses. They commit, really for the first time, a truly evil act.
Our view of ourselves
What made it change? Townspeople found out and destroyed roses.
We find out Strangeworth is writing the letters and that she enjoys writing the letters. That bitch.
The way we feel at the end of the story (she got what she deserved!)
Why that way?

Does she learn the wickedness of her ways? Or does the cutting of the roses only fuel her crusade against the ‘evils’ in her society?

Strangeworth is trying to prevent evil, and by the end she has caused evil. So Irony.
Destroying the roses cements Strangeworth’s belief that the townspeople are evil.

Theme: Two wrongs don’t make a right.
You can’t fight fire with fire because then so much fire! Gah! Fire! All the roses burn!
What goes around, comes around. (Real life example: by embracing the darkness and a theatrical persona to fight the mob, Batman inspires others to be vigilantes and dress up as, say, clowns to pursue their own twisted views of morality and their perceived flaws in society.)

Philosophy of #1: Strangeworth isn’t trying to help people. She’s trying to improve her town to benefit herself. She doesn’t want to stop evil in the town, and it is very possible it is her letters that cause or at least fuel the ‘evil’ that she perceives in the community.

I gotta possibility of evil. You gotta possibility of evil. Batman gotta possibility of evil. Everybody gotta evil up in here!

But we have the possibility of good too!

Dichotomy of good/evil is HUMAN NATURE.
We must know our nature to transcend our nature. Gnothi Seaton. Big surprise.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Honors 9 Notes 5/6/14

Evil Notes:
How does it make us feel?  Paranoid or scared because such a lovely sounding woman could be such an evil person in actuality, satisfied because the old bitch got what she deserved!  But, that means Shirley Jackson’s showed that we’ve the possibility of evil in us as well.  That possibility is human nature.

Strangeworth is highly opinionated of her version of evil. She’s trying to do something good, but assumes that she is the only one who knows what good is and what bad is. She feels entitled to everything: the town, the townspeople, their issues, their secrets.

Strangeworth has great pride in her status as a Strangeworth, and thinks herself better than the other members of the town.  Since her family is revered in the town, does she feel she has to live up to their legacy? Did her family do the same thing as her and write all these letters? “Her mentality”, she is trying to make everyone just like her for her own security.

Instead of mailing the letters to those who are committing the acts, she mails them to those who could possibly be affected.

Is Strangeworth the reason why the townsfolk are tired, worried, etc.? Her letters cause the evil, not “prevent” it. Everybody has the possibility of evil, but Miss Strangeworth is causing the evil to fester and grow.

Repeats the bit about her being a Strangeworth of Pleasant Street.

Whenever Strangeworth finds something wrong she edits immediately (e.g., when she makes a mistake in her letters, she burns them in the stove). She is also extremely paranoid about people finding out that she writes the letters (locks her desk, burns her letters, etc).

What kind of hero is Strangeworth?

Strangeworth is a bit like the Handicapper general, in that she decides what ‘normal’ is.

Irony: she is trying to rid the world of evil with evil. But you can’t fight fire with fire.

Strangeworth = society? 
Roses = ?
Pleasant Street = ?

HW 5/6/14

Euro Lit: No HW

Honors 9: Re-read "The Possibility of Evil" and prepare to discuss it