Monday, September 25, 2017

Honors 9 9-25-17 Read: Knights of the roundtable and know the nuts and bolts for the college bowl Also be able to define the K.A. vocab words.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Honors 9 9-22-17 Homework for Friday: Read “Seigfried” and know the nuts and bolts for Monday! (college bowl on Monday)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Honors 9 9-21-17 Homework for Thursday: Re-read “Heracles” and know the nuts and bolts (all 12 of the labors in order for Friday) Impress Stewart by knowing them backwards.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Honors 9 9-20-17 Homework for Wednesday: Re-read Herecles and know the nuts and bolts, you should be able to say all 12 of the labors, impress Stewart by knowing them frontwards and backwards.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Honors 9 9-15-17 Homework for Friday: Write the intro paragraph (approx. 1 page) Read: “Theseus” and know the nuts and bolts! (College Bowl!) Words of the day- If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything Stop talking in class- learn when to talk and when to not talk. You have to listen always! Strive to be better than the other classes, Escape the crab bucket, and do not bring yourself down through “herd mentality”. Seating charts suck… So shut up when he starts talking. Homeric Pattern- -Arête: Striving for excellence. Trying to be better. Endeavoring to surpass those that came before you -Hubris: Having excessive Pride. Biting off more than you can chew. Being over prideful -Ate: The act of going too far. -Nemesis: paying the price for your hubris and ate Introductory paragraph should be in MLA format Never change the font size of your title, and have a hook for Watson so that he wants to keep reading. Title should be clever and also connect the title to your thesis opinion Thesis opinion and 3 reasons should be the last sentence of your introductory paragraph; however, the 3 reasons should be in brief phrases. You need a big picture seed in your introductory paragraph which could also be your hook, and your big picture seed should come back to your big picture seed Short works should be in quotation marks Long works could be italicized Your intro needs to introduce the author’s name, and sometimes genre. You also need to put in definitions for things that Watson might not know. You might talk about the genre when approaching the thesis statement, and explain the purpose of mythology such as to teach ethics. Every paragraph needs to be at MINIMUM 8 to 10 sentences long There are too many characters for the number of body paragraphs… so use envelope thinking to combine more than one character, and your best reason should always be your last body paragraph…. Probably Talos since he is a positive example of the theme.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

2nd Period Euro Lit 9/14 Notes

-Homework: Read Iliad Book XIV and XV

-College Bowl review

-Dionysus, last god in the Pantheon, god of theater, last created by the greeks, demigod, god of the grape, themes of resurrection that echo in the Bible


-The Greeks revered cunning and wile above all else

-Hector and Diomedes fight. Strange civility in the midst of war.  Example from WWI.

-If you have no other relatives, you don’t have to fight. So why does Hector fight? Hector says if he refused to fight he couldn’t face the Trojans.  Because of pride, reputation.  Also glory and fame.

-Ajax (the wall of the Achaeans).

-Nestor is the old man advisor for the Greek army. They draw lots. Hector and Ajax fight, it’s a draw. They exchange gifts of honor.

- Zeus has golden scales, falls on the side of the Achaeans. Hera goes to Poseidon. They get involved in the fighting.

-Ajax ties two oars together to fend off the Trojans. Teucer is the best archer.

 - Patroclus is going to die, which will bring Achilles back into the fight just when the Trojans are ready to wipe out the Greeks.

Diomedes says they should appease Achilles, Agamemnon says ok, I’ll give back Briseis, and even let him marry one of my daughter, if Achilles surrenders.

Achilles epithet (the great runner, the swift)

Achilles chases Hector around Troye four times.

Ajax, Phoenix, Odysseus visit Achilles, Odysseus starts speaking first.  

Achilles encountered Hector on the very first day of the conquest and couldn’t decide whether to kill him or not. Biggest human motivation is fear of death. Achilles will kill Hector out of wrath.

Phoenix speaks last, think about the greater good. Achilles says I have no use for the Achaeans. He questions the idea of the greater good.

Odysseus says he doesn’t care, let’s go.

Interlude, brief comic relief.

Achilles takes notice that Machaon is wounded. Agamemnon gets wounded, retires from battle. Hector says come on guys let’s go. Paris pins Diomedes’ foot to the ground. Odysseus sees this, has an inner debate, will I stay and defend him? Odysseus is injured.

Honors 9

Homework for Thursday- Write Conclusion Paragraph on “Daedalus” (aprox. 1 page). No less than 75% of a page, and no more than 1.5 pages

Words of the day J- better to fail with honor than to succeed by fraud

Tips for surviving Stewart’s class ;): Check out “Oedipus the King” and read the book before you move into the tragedy section. Also read “Oedipus at Colonus” which will not be required, but you will get bonus points for reading it.

Indent 5 spaces at the beginning of each of the paragraphs.
Paginate the top right corner if you have multiple pages (which you should have in a 5 paragraph essay)

Paragraph transition within the topic sentence, which should be a thesis restatement.

Gnothi Seaton- know thyself

Gnothi Seaton is one of the most important things that you will learn in this class.

DO NOT FORGET DAEDALUS!!!!!!!!!!!! Comes back in trimester B

Intro paragraph needs a hook, and somewhere in the paragraph you need a BIG picture seed. The hook can sometimes be the big picture seed. And bring the big picture seed back in the conclusion paragraph to give your essay cohesion.

Do NOT put any opinions in your essay… especially the conclusion!!!!!

Meden Agan- nothing to excess; KEEP TO THE MIDDLE

One way to approach a conclusion is critically- you can disagree with the theme of the story, but you have to back it up.

Robert Browning- “Man’s reach should exceed his grasp.”

He is saying that we should reach for it even if we don’t grasp it.

Rest of the quote “else why is there a heaven?”

We’re supposed to commit ate. By going to far we are able to self surpass. We surpass ourselves by screwing up.

The gods are no more perfect than those who made them, and men are not perfect.
By going to far we know where the bounds are because the gods are not real. We impose the bounds on ourselves. By telling yourself that you can’t do something you have set your own bounds.

We aspire to become better. We would still be in the caves if we did not go further than we were supposed to.

We have to reach for the stars in order to grasp them, but sometimes we fall… but we’re supposed to!!!!

Labyrinth is the most fascinating symbol- the labrynth is a prison of our own minds! Elaborate for a lot of bonus points in the essay.

Flying is another excellent symbol- mankind was not meant to fly, but we did and do, we can fly to other worlds. Elaborate for bonus points galore.

Another technique is the comparison- Lance Armstrong example from yesterday for insight on this technique. Comparison is my favorite method for a conclusion paragraph. I like to compare the stories to movies, especially Shrek and Lord of the Rings, but find something original that is strong, and if you can explain it well then you will get an unimaginable amount of bonus points… (not really), but you will get bonus points. For well written sections and cohesion within the essay. Make your essay flow.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Homework for Wednesday: Complete end marks and capitalization review

Words of the day- Everyday is a good day; however, some are better than others.

Cover your mouth when you yawn in order to prevent Satan from jumping down yo’ nasty throat.

Be a piece of cooked spaghetti

Clincher sentence connects with the thesis opinions
Main reason proved by examples proved by quotations proved by explanations which proves the thesis opinion

A comes back to A is the literary device of character 99% of the time.

Homeric Pattern-
Arête- the strive for excellence
People strive for excellence is because they fear death, which is why we created the gods. The closest thing that mortals can get to immortality is fame.

Homer noticed that usually people with pride end up doing something that causes them to fall.

Watson expects big picture thinking in the conclusion paragraph.
One way is through comparison. Compare “Daedalus” to another movie, book, etc.
Use three points within the comparison.

For example) lance Armstrong was striving to be the best bicyclist that he could be in the same way that Daedalus was trying to be the best inventor

Lance’s hubris was his overconfidence

Lance’s ate was taking performance enhancing drugs

Lance’s nemesis was that he was stripped of his previous championships, and was infamous for the rest of his life.

Anagnorisis is the recognition that you have messed up.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

EuroLit - Thursday 9/7

Homework: prepare for 50 point semi-bonus quiz on Friday & BRING STUDENT ID!

Class Notes"

Thursday September 7th 2nd period Euro Lit.
- review of terminology from handout in relation to quiz to come. Polytheistic, anthropomorphic, etc.
Review of logistics- one of each handout, preplanned absence inform early as possible
Read critically- cut the wheat from the chaff (the real stuff)

Literature started as oral history. Etymology of Europe
Humanism- what does it mean to be human?

Homo sapiens- etymology. “Knowledgeable man” We named ourselves thusly.
Philosophical concept of presupposition. In terms of totality of humanity, or also as individuals?

Basic necessities: food, clothing, shelter, plus society

Neolithic revolution- cease to be totally dependent on nature. “New Stone”. Most important event in human history. Next major event, industrial revolution in 19th Century. Neolithic revolution, advent of agriculture, development of surplus, domestication of cow. Cows/bulls ubiquitous in early cosmology. Metallurgy, tools. Egypt/Mesopotamia/Hebrew civilization. Egypt started with golden age, always tried to return to it. Meso contributes mathematics/astronomy/astrology, Hamurabi’s code. Invention of writing, cuniform, use of stylus on clay tablets. Literary legacy, epic of Gilgamesh.

Oldest story is flood myth, second is story of Marduk. Third, is Gilg.
Gilg was king of Urek. Handsome, well loved. 1st knight rights (1st dibs!) People prayed to Marduk. Gilg has too much pride. Mard creates demigod, Enkidu. Just as handsome/ buff as Gilg. They fight, it’s a draw. Best buddies. They confront mortality. Seek fame as immortality. Cedars of Lebanon, go there and challenge the god. Begin felling the trees. God tells Marduk. Gives Enkidu a fatal disease, he dies. Gilg heartbroken. Gilg goes to talk to survivors of flood. Crosses river. Upsham, what’s your longevity secret? Upsham makes Gilg fall asleep. Gilg dreams, realizes he doesn’t want to live forever. Huis Clos. Upsham’s wife, tells Gilg about plant of everlasting youth at bottom of river. Takes it to Enkidu. Falls asleep. Snake steals plant. Takes cedar of lebanon, builds fortress to protect his people, writes epic on those logs. Basis is fear of death.

In Meso. Zoroaster, not on quiz. Didn’t invent idea of afterlife. Prob. neanderthals. Z did say afterlife is what you merit from your life. Good/evil. Outcome of battle depended on man.

Hebrews gave us monotheism.

Thesus- Pericles and other myths. Good and bad, explanatory, episodic, explain natural world
With Homer, hero changes, fighting internal demons. Then changes with Socrates.
Rhapsodes- accompany themselves with lyres. Recount myths. Patriarchical tradition. Gaia comes first, but never head. Uranus instead. Gaia and Uranus have kids, titans and cyclops, sends them to Tartarus. Next comes Chronos. Chronos castrates dad (Uranus). Same thing is going to happen to you! Parapithia. Zeus castrates Chronos after getting vomited out. Titans battle Olympians and win because titan, Prometheus, gives humans fire. Zeus punishes Prometheus to have his liver pecked for eternity. Early psychology.
Currently in an interglacial period.

Discussion time- what’s the correct world view paradigm?
Feedback from students- talking to each other (students), address what the previous person said!, Occam’s razor, paradigm based on upbringing.

Societal failure- Marx, economic failure. Spangler, grow, but die. 3rd,

We “know” that “man” has walked the face of the earth for a million years.

When teacher emphasizes something, probably important for quiz!

HONORS 9 - Thursday 9/7

Homework: quiz on Gods of Olympus and class lecture on Friday

Class notes:

Need to have assignment sheet out and completed at beginning of class.
Assignment for tomorrow, know gods of Olympus, Scantron, #2 pencil, matching 15 items, 1 short answer question 10 points.

Logistics reminder. Cell phones, 1 warning, then taken to office. Handouts available on blog.
Inform Mr. Stewart of preplanned absence. Need a highlighting system.

Gods of Olympus- Pantheon is a family of gods. The Olympean Pantheon.
Polytheism- belief in many gods.
Mythology told by rhapsodes. Rhapsode is oral storyteller, no writing at time. Professional storyteller, always male. Patriarchal.
Many gods have A and H names, use mnemonics.

Listing gods- Apollo (Light), Athena (Warrior Goddess, Wisdom), Hephaestus (God of the Forge) married to Aphrodite (Goddess of love, beauty), Gaia (Mother Earth), Ares (God of War), Ares and Aphrodite have an affair which is discovered, Hera (wife of Zeus) becomes jealous of Zeus’ ability to bring forth Athena without her, so she has a child without Zeus, which is Heph, pulled him from her hip, or ass. Zeus found Heph so abhorrent that he flung him into the sea, or maybe it was Hera himself, Poseidon (Neptune) sends sea nymph to save him, sea nymph Thetis becomes mother of demigod name Achilles, Hades=Pluto, Dionysus (god of wine, play, revery, darkness, madness)
Archetype- first of its kind
In the future you will read about Icarus- wings of wax, melt, plunge to the sea
Why did he fly close to sun? Wanted to know the truth.
2000 BCE people knew Earth wasn’t flat

Greeks obsessed with being tricked. Wiliness.

Purpose of myths- Myths serve as entertainment, instill ethics/morality, explain the world
Explain the world geographically, scientifically, and historically
We wear rings

1st darkness/chaos, then love/light, from darkness come Lachesis, Clotho, Atropo, Clotho spins the thread of life, Lachesis measures it, Atropo cuts it, concept of predetermination

Paradox-seeming contradiction that is nonetheless true. Life is predetermined, yet we have free will. 3 fates represent predetermination, childs of darkness, patriarchy makes them women. Greek society was matriarchal.

Mythology is early form of psychology.

Gaia has children with her son/husband Uranus, the giants, the cyclops, Uranus sends ‘em to hell, next is the titans, Chronos castrates his dad Uranus, Uranus becomes father sky, Chronos becomes head of pantheon, Chronos reneges on deal with Gaia, same thing will happen to you Chronos, to avoid fate, Chronos marries Rhea, Chronos swallows them, Rhea complains to Gaia, 5th kid Zeus, Rhea and Gaia get him drunk, steal away Zeus, Chronos is given nasty drink, pukes up other 4 kids, Chronos becomes father time, Titans vs Olympians, Prometheus gives humans fire help Olympians, Zeus punishes Prom liver pecked for eternity because now humans can threaten the gods.

Human nature is self-surpassing.

No notes on quiz!

Zeus is archetype of politician.

Persephone ate pomegranate seed, so she’s tainted by death

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


For the test:
Know all the characters and what they exactly they do throughout the book

Ending sad because they cause all of these problems and then they were just saved, and only then did they realize that what they did was wrong.
It can relate to real life where we make bad decisions and only when its over do we realize what we did was bad.

Kinda funny how the ending as so abrupt. They went form chasing people through the woods and trying to kill Ralph, to seeing a ship and crying.

Kinda like the episode of Twilight zone where everyone was trying to kill each other because they thought they were bombed, and then realizing that it was just a satellite.
Ironic because by burning down the forest to find Ralph attracted the ship that saved them.
We only get our shit together when we are on the brink of catastrophe.

They killed Simon, but they kept lying to themselves that Simon’s body is the monster and they have finally killed it.
- Jack is the person that instills the fear of the beast, allowing him to gain control of the group through their fear. Jack maintains his leadership through giving them immediate gratification.

The naval officer that found the boy was very astonished by the boys when he saw them. He at first though that they were playing a game of war, but then realizes that they were not playing but were at war with their savage nature. 
“ He staggered to his feet...”(200)

We all allow our fear of the unknown to control us, bringing out our savage nature, leading us to the brink of catastrophe.
We all need to gnothi seaton(know ourselves) so that we are able to overcome our human nature and be able to be the self-surpassing humans that we are meant to be. But if we do not known ourselves and know our fears, we will allow our savage nature to overcome and bring us even closer to chaos and destruction.

- We are all at war with ourselves, and we need to overcome our human nature so that we can be self-surpassing and so that we can make the world around a better place


Naval Officer- He symbolizes an extraterrestrial of the island. He is there to save the boys from the island and also from their savage nature.
- In real life an extraterrestrial/god will not be coming down to save us from our human nature and our id. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lord of the flies 6/13

The beast is the animalistic side in all of the boys ID
fear/fear of unknown. They don’t know themselves
Gnothi Seaton
Strangeworth needed to know herself in order to overcome her id.
Ralph is symbolic of humanity because he is the decision maker/ego
Ralph’s int Con Question: Can he overcome the Id/beast
Symbol for id: beast
Boys represent society
human nature: Jack because he doesn’t use information id
jack wants power so they can have fun. Ralph wants to have deferred gratification and get rescued. freedom vs. happiness
Simon- herd mentality? No. Opposite. Goes off by himself. Individual.
“What are grownups going to think” Piggy sounds like a parent. he is the superego.
“came from the beach... conch... fire” If ralph blows conch and no one comes is he the leader: Not really. If he doesn’t: Only leader in name
Gets boys back together. What does he want them to do: Build a fire to get rescued
“bitten down to the quick” he’s nervous. He is a child
sea is the barrier between them and civilization
parachute drives the fear also outside world is still out there
“We couldn’t kill it...conch...coward...jack mad” Why does jack leave? They still want Ralph
Symbolism of gift for the darkness: darkness is id. darkness can also be fear
jack is the beast
Simon- has epilepsy
Fire symbolic-knowledge
Double edged stick
fancy thinking the beast was something you could kill. I’m the reason it’s no go. The pigs head is the id.

Euro lit notes 3/10

Existentialism: The philosophy based on the idea that man’s existence precedes essence
Mind body dualism is essential to understanding existentialism
bracketing is the act of designating something invaluable to oneself
The specific experience of one person is the universal experience of humanity in existentialism
The anguish of Abraham is a term referring to commitment and the anguish that comes with committing oneself to a decision
existentialism proposes that what is good for one person to do is good for all mankind
That’s very non aristotelian
Why am i ere? is the existential question
Where did I come from
What happens after I die?
The golden questions
Existentialism thinks that we need to do more than just be authentic by act on our authenticity
Existentialism rejects logic and reasoning as the only way to understand the world
Søren Kierkegaard was a christian existentialist who wrote about the “leap of faith”
Fear and Trembling by Søren keirkegaard
Existentialist think that we create value rather than there being things that value Nihilist philosophy says that there is nothing of value
man is self surpassing
If being human means suffering, what happens if/when we surpass suffering
Existentialists defies categorization
So, existentialists are also hipsters? haha!
man wants to be as solid as an object

Euro lit notes 3/9

Dying vs. Death
dying is the process of coming to approach and face death
Death is whatever comes after this life, whether noting or an afterlife
Escape form Freedom y Erich Fromm
Ivan Ilych hates that everyone is pretending that he will get better
From an existential therapy standpoint, we each have an eigenwelt and we can connect with others, creating a mitwelt, through love.
Alfred Prufrock is indecisive, so he is true to himself, but he doesn’t have integrity
So, re we supposed to be true to ourselves if we are indecisive or are we to e decisive if it is not true to ourselves?
J. Alfred Prufrock is trying to get up the guts to ask a girl out.

Euro lit notes 3/8

Ivan Ilych is a story about alienation: Ivan Ilych becomes alienated from himself and his own life by the herd mentality.
Others treat Ivan like an object rather than a human. “inauthentically”
Stream of consciousness is a writing style where the writing acts as a conduit to express one’s thoughts. It’s messy.
The varieties of religious experience by William James
the herd=the participation mystique
The children in Ivan Ilych are not steeped in the participation mystique; they are more authentic than the adults.
None of the funeral goers showed compassion for Ivan or realized that they are going to die too
Ivan didn’t marry out of love, but out of societal expectations.
Remember Candide and Cunegonde?
Ivan took the easy way, which is the way that the participation mystique chose for him
Ivan doesn’t have an authentic life. He tries to keep up with appearances. Ivan dies from trying to keep up with appearances.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Do the boys need Piggy?
Apparently not
But they might not realize that they need him

Didactic allegory
Everything is symbolic
Conch= power/ authority
Boys= society
painted faces=persona
Why boys?
Patriarchy society
microcosms of society
Why boys of this age?
Old enough to have to have conditioning
not old enough to be stripped down from more time on island
Taboo= unwritten law
behave= positive reenforcement
don’t behave= neg reinforcement
Bell= food
Bell makes dog excited
dog was conditioned
Why are they on the island?
What is the significance of a persona
People can do stuff they wouldn’t normally do
Scarier than Jack

Thursday, June 8, 2017

EuroLit Homework 6/8

Read: Existentialism packet pp 393-396
Bigelow's "A Primer of Existentialism"
"Sartre: Existentialism"

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Eurolit Homework 6/7

Read: "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
Answer: study guide questions

Bean Trees June 7

What made the ending good?
Turtle singing the vegetable song

How was it?

Why was the second to last chapter titled that?

Is it relevant to today?

What is the last chapter called that?
It works with the bean trees
symbolic of family
Stayin Alive ah ah ah
You can be strong and have support

What is the main theme?
Helping others
Everyone only get to where they need by help from others

Why is she a nail biter?
Its a big decision to adopt a kid
She has sympathy for the people that she works with

Community is stronger together

How do we feel?
Like we want to help people

What changes?
Turtle didn’t have a mom, now she does
She was living with someone now she’s living with taylor
they didn’t know each other, now they do
Esperanza and Esteban were in danger now they’re not

Who is the protagonist

External Con Q
Can she be turtle’s mother?
Can she save E &E?
Can Turtle find her mother?
Ex Con Res.
Immigration was happening

What must Taylor do overcome in herself to make Sure E&E are safe?
CAn she make the decision?
What must she do to make the decision?
Have confidence

If you don’t do something to make the world better, you’re making it worse

“That just can’t be right... killed”
Taylor talkin to Estaban

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Eurolit Homework

Read: "The Death of Ivan Ilych"
Answer: study guide questions

Important Information/Homework in red
Student Commentary in blue
Notes in black
Quotes, unless otherwise noted, are Stewart's
Vocabulary in green
Stewart Recommends in purple 
Notes on other subjects in orange
Remember the existential concepts: commitment, alienation, integrity, nothingness
Remember that we will be writing an impromptu essay about how existential thinkers compare over an existential concept. 
Dostoevsky and Tolstoy are opposites in tone
Dostoevsky was the Mark Twain of Russia
Alyosha is an Orthodox priest in training while Ivan is a college student
What is the big picture of the piece?
What happens when one confronts nothingness? It gives us freedom to be who we really are.
Hegel: "One must face death to achieve freedom"
Hegel thought that the course of history is towards the future of pure spirit. 
Dostoevsky almost never corrected his work. Independently came up with three of four of Nietzsche's tenets
Crime and Punishment
The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald
"To develop character is to make the reader understand what is the motivation for why a character says/does/feels what they do"
Suffering is one of the things that defines humanity
Dostoevsky is really good with revealing the "hidden evils" of a character
Resentment: reciprocating the bad that has happened to oneself towards others
The Absurd is an existential concept beyond this class that talks about the simultaneous difficulty and desire to find meaning in the world
Ivan is trying to understand why God allows suffering.
Remember those Crash Course videos about the problem of evil I've talked about? They're still there if you're interested. 

Bean Trees Discussion

Main theme: Freedom vs. Happiness
Ext Con. Questions: Can Taylor find a mother for Turtle? Can she get Esteban and Esperanza to a safe place?
Int. Con Question: Can Taylor
Immigration! (Build bridges not walls) (f*** Trump)

What is the story told to Esteban: You go to hell and it is the same room. Feeding. Helping each other be happy. (Mr. Stewart and the frozen french fry salesman. Big expectations-little happiness. little expectations-big happiness)
What is ironic about Esperanza’s name: Her name means hope ironic because she’s gone through so much (losing child, hiding because of immigration) Gives up hope when she tries to kill herself.
    How did she lose he child: People came to her village and took the children. They know the names of everyone in the union. Child held as ransom for the names.
    What are Esperanza’s feelings about how her child is still alive but will grow up under horrible people: Torn. Happy child is alive, but fears what her kid will turn into. Hopeless. Nothing she can do to get her back. Maybe it would be better for the kid to not be alive?
    In what sense does Turtle have to take practically everything on faith: That she won’t be hurt again. Really bad childhood and Taylor keeps on telling her that she won’t be hurt again.
    How does this idea relate to themes in the novel: Have to believe that things will be okay, otherwise there isn’t much of a point. Remain positive no matter what happens.
    How does the abuse of power relate to Virgie May, Esperanza, Esteban, etc: (motif is a message that is not the central message) Lu Anne can never look nice enough. Look like the standards set by men. Dad is still always around. Esteban and Esperanza-people in power put rules in place and don’t see how it effects people. Sees life black and white (stereotypes) Virgie May is Lu Anne and Taylor’s blind neighbor. So is mrs. Parsons. Doesn’t understand what the immigrants have been through. Sticks to her own ways. (wears red)
    What is the miracle of dog poop heart: Flowers come through dirt. Re birth. Good can come from bad situations.Flowers=hope. hope can come out of horrible situations.
    What do you think the cactus bird symbolizes: Someone dealing with what they’re deals. Flowers in tires. Turtle had survived.
    What do Turtle’s hidden scars symbolize: Her predetermined situation. Strength to push through and heal. You can’t know what someone has been through.
    “I guess it makes us feel safe” how: If you don’t deserve bad things, then you can’t get hurt. Easy to justify wrong if you have privilege.
    “Cigarette burns” “telephone”
    “Life can be hard in ways I never knew about”: Taylor. can’t believe what people in power can do. “It would be easier not to know” Ignorance is bliss. Guatemala in 80’s. (watch el Norte) El Salvador. Population rose up. Civil war against oligarchy. Nicaragua Sandinistas formed communist government. USA armed the contras. Secret wars. Ronald Reagan thought that there was a communist plot and that the people from El Salvador and Nicaragua were being aided by the Cubans. Mr. Stewart put on list to be investigated by US government. Body guard. It’s easier not to know. Better to inform yourself. “I was afraid to understand this”
    “They just held her. These children are adopted. You picked the lives of 17 people over getting your daughter back” What would you do: Can’t even think about a world where that would be possible. We live in that world.
    “my whole life had been running around on dumb luck and I hadn’t even noticed it”: Taylor. She has lived her whole life without knowing real pain. She didn’t realize how lucky and privileged she is.
    Making tough decisions. The poem about dead deer. Mr. stewart and the sheep.
    How are the bean trees a symbol: Bean trees go on faith and stick to things. Good triumphs over evil
    Explain nutter school: Where the kids have to go so that they can buy new clothes. They have the smell on their hands. Tough decision and classism. Abuse of power. Crab bucket. They will stick out either way.Empathy for people being oppressed.
    Dream angles. What was the trouble in the air: That someone was going to take them.
    What was the empty despair: Has Taylor fought back? not really.