Friday, April 8, 2016

Homework: Friday, April 8th

Euro Lit:
Finish Candide! Read Chapter 30
Chapter report Monday for Ch 30
Remember the 100 point final on Tuesday

English 9:
Rerereread "Friendship"
and consider plot

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Homework: Thursday, April 7th

Euro Lit:
Read Candide Chapters 26-29
Chapter reports for 25-29 tomorrow

Honors 9:
Read: Traven's "Friendship"
& consider how it made you feel
Re-read "Friendship" & consider what changes

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

HB Notes 4/6

Harrison Bergeron Notes 04/06

Possible Paragraphs:
IRONY: situational irony, dramatic irony, overstatement, understatement (or integrate irony in all paragraphs)
CHARACTER: A comes back to A analysis, Homeric pattern analysis, foil, what part of human nature is story satirizing
PLOT (required): use and analyze all sub-devices
SYMBOLISM: denotative vs. connotative meanings, universal/archetypal, cultural, personal symbolism
POV: 3rd person omniscient narrator
TONE: author’s attitude, ironic
MOOD/ATMOSPHERE: dystopic, hellish, blissful ignorance, ironically cheerful
DICTION: word choice
DIALOGUE: simple sentences, Hazel do grammars bad

Why does the POV have to be 3rd person omniscient?
-can’t be 1st person: Hazel and George forget everything, HB dies, Moonglampers wouldn’t be reliable
-can’t be 3rd person limited: not objective and reliable
-no denouement
Why does narrator tell us Hazel bears a strong resemblance to Moonglampers?
-Hazel tries to control HB, Moonglampers controls society
-both keeping HB from becoming what he can become (threshold guardians)
-Hazel is society’s ideal, Moonglampers is society’s control
-ironic that Hazel might have killed HB given the opportunity
When HB brings himself down, he resembles Moonglampers/Hazel
-commands people
-uses fear, force (slamming musicians)
-power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely
Why does narrator have Hazel crying at beginning/end?
p119 “tears on Hazel’s cheeks, she had forgotten what they were about”
p124 “wipe her tears...I forget, something real sad on television”
Repetition to emphasize “forgetting sad things”, possibly things like this happen often and the people just forget it each time, they could be replaying the tape
At the beginning, Hazel may have been crying about Harrison being taken away.
Showing nothing has changed in society because nobody remembers.
“Forget sad things” “I always do.” (TV is a voluntary handicap)

TV burns out in denouement. Possibly signifies the cycle of ignorance is broken. TV is a way for Moonglampers to control society (propaganda)

HW 4/6

European Literature:
Read: Candide chapters 23-25
Chapter reports: 21-25

English 9 Honors:
Pre-write: H.B. essay

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Harrison Bergeron Notes 04/05

PLOT: (must use this in your essay!):
protagonist: HB (wants to be the best he can be)
    can he overcome hubris to become all he can be
antagonist: Diana Moonglampers (wants everyone equal in ability so she has control)
setting: U.S. (whoa so ironic man), 2081 (warning that this will happen in the future if we confuse equal opportunity with equal ability), April (cruelest month, not yet summer, hopeful, rejuvenating but not fast enough. Symbolic of our competitive nature because April is when nature emerges)
exposition: everyone is equal (213 amendments), men have taken Harrison away
rising complications: handicaps, jail, HB’s parents don’t share his goals, Moonglampers and other handicappers, society doesn’t want freedom/ the crab bucket mentality
climax (when the internal conflict is resolved): when HB smashes musicians, says “I’m the greatest”
external conflict resolution: they dead
falling complications: nada (ironically)
denouement: everything after they hit the floor.

SYMBOLISM: denotative, connotative, archetypal, universal, personal
Harrison: individuality, freedom, self-surpassing
Harrison’s height: literally above society, sees over crab-bucket. Stands out. 7ft=not average, but can’t be changed by handicap, tied to Procrustes, Moonglampers can’t control his height, have to be a big individual in order to overcome the conformity of society
Harrison’s age: 14 y.o. is youth, idealism, growth spurts, surpassing previous generation, learning how far we can go, breaking free/gaining independence from parents, about the time we start thinking for ourselves
Moonglampers: society, control, power
U.S.: freedom
2081: warning of dystopia
April: human nature
213 Amendments: impossible to make people equal
Ballerina: she apologizes, pulls herself down, and makes her voice monotone/“uncompetitive”
    Uncompetitive/equality=society not progressing
Beer/TV: bringing self down, forgetting sad things. Society would rather distract ourselves rather than raising ourselves up, TV isn’t reality, self-chosen handicaps, ignorance is bliss, “It’s just a part of me now”
Handicaps: crab-bucket mentality. We are social beings, don’t want to stand out. Ironic because they cannot make people equal (beautiful people have uglier masks, Hazel jealous of George’s handicap, etc.) actually accentuating differences
Ten-gauge double-barrel shotgun:
Hazel: thinks she would be a good handicapper general, she is considered “average”, society’s ideal. But she’s NOT average. She’s super stupid! Both she and Moonglampers would kill HB. Conformity: “I always do”. Hazel trying to control HB like Moonglampers
Why is she crying at beginning and end of the story?

 Critical analysis: Is competition always a good thing? Should we balance our competitive nature?
 Feeling analysis: After Harrison is shot, analyze what happens to make us feel the theme
 Compare to Procrustes and the Theseus men
 Procrustes= 6 feet tall, Harrison is 7 feet tall
 bones are scattered
 the authority: innkeeper and Diana Moonglampers
 Compare to Icarus and Daedalus

HB Notes 4/4

Harrison Bergeron Notes 4/4

HW: Brainstorm possible symbols (people, actions, things). Pre-write symbolism paragraph.

 Satirical dystopian short story

 Irony: most important. Irony should be final paragraph OR don’t have separate paragraph for irony and examine all the lit. devices with ironic lens
 Satire: ridiculing some aspect of society/human behavior with intent to improve it
(human behavior: ridiculing conformity and to not have hubris when striving for excellence, social aspect: do not bring people down, raise them up)
uses: understatement, overstatement, irony (situational and dramatic))
        ex: have 213 amendments. So many and we’re still not equal!
 Dramatic irony (in prose): When author has character say/do something that is     opposite of author’s beliefs
        ex: p119 “perfectly average intelligence” when in fact stupid is the average         (Vonnegut dislikes conformity, lack of competition)
        ex: p121 “back to the dark ages, with everyone competing (...) you         wouldn’t like that.” (ironic because Vonnegut would like competition- we know this with     the quotation: p 121 “[the ballerina’s voice] absolutely uncompetitive”
 Situational irony: when what happens is the opposite of what one would expect
        ex: setting is U.S., land of freedom and competition, when no one is really         free. How could handicapper general get into power if we are a democracy? We         chose this/allowed it to happen to us.
        ex: have 213 amendments: you can never eradicate competition because it is         natural, it’s our human nature, it allows us to self-surpass and progress as a         society
        ex: p124 George gets beer while son is dying
        ex: Beautiful people wear hideous masks.
        ex: Announcer apologizes for beautiful voice (121), makes voice         “uncompetitive”
        ex: they forget son’s death
        ex: Hazel resembles Diana/she says she’d make a good handicapper general,         probably would have killed Harrison herself
        ex: Harrison’s hubris brought his demise
        ex: George and Hazel bring themselves down (someone had to elect Diana as the         handicap general)
            Why? They don’t want the responsibility
 Utopia: nowhere, ideal world, perfection does not exist
 Dystopia: failed utopia

Handicaps actually accentuate the beauty/intelligence/ability of people
Wife jealous of husband for hearing noises

 Character Paragraph pre-write: (can also add mood, tone, and atmosphere into this paragraph)
Vonnegut uses character to convey theme of ____ by  ironically having society kill the one person who was a positive example of this theme.
Transitional phrase (for example, firstly, for instance, etc).
Examples, quotations, explanations
What changes: Harrison dies
What makes it change: Moonglampers shoots him
In what way does it change: avoiding hubris could have saved him
    “I am a greater ruler than any man who ever lived”
    “blah blah emperor blah de blah”
    “‘Music!’ he commanded”
Why Vonnegut has it change this way (clincher sentence!): Shows us the theme and we need to avoid having hubris as we avoid having conformity

OR you could use Homeric Hero analysis (or both if you’re feeling fancy):
Vonnegut uses character to convey theme of ____ by having Harrison be a Homeric hero whose downfall comes from having excessive pride.
    ex: “watch me become what I can become” shows he wants to be a self-surpassing     individual
    ex: p123 “greatest emperor”
    ex: snatching, waving, slamming people in their chairs.
    ex: Harrison and empress defy gravity (literally defying the laws of nature).
    ex: “obvious desire to kiss the ceiling,” striving for something beyond human     abilities
    died, failed society. Hubris got in the way of achieving goal

George brings himself down to with beer and TV because it’s “part of me” (120). Entire society=foil because they don’t want to change.

protagonist: HB (wants to be the best he can be)
can he overcome hubris to become all he can be
antagonist: Diana Moonglampers (wants everyone equal in ability so she has control)
setting: U.S. (whoa so ironic man), 2081 (warning us that this will happen in the future if we confuse equal opportunity with equal ability), April (cruelest month, not yet summer, hopeful, rejuvenating but not fast enough. Symbolic of our competitive nature because April is when nature emerges)
exposition: everyone is equal

Equal opportunity is a higher form of equality that equal ability
Trying to make everyone a winner means no one’s a winner
Discontinue competition for promise of equality
Don’t let the man get you down

Homework - April 5, 2016

Euro Lit:
Read Candide CHapters 21-22
Chapter reports 19-22 are tomorrow

Honors 9:
Rerererererereread Harrison Bergeron
Look for Key Details for originality

Monday, April 4, 2016

HW 4/4

European Literature:
Read: Candide chapters 17-20
Write: Chapter reports 17-20 MAKE 2 COPIES

English 9 Honors:
Re-read: H.B. and brainstorm/pre-write symbolism paragraph