Friday, January 27, 2017

European Literature Notes 1/27/17

Finish Jane Eyre!

Juniors: Smarter Balance Testing will be next month

Opting out is an option

Why does Bronte include St. John Rivers?
Christian stoicism killed Helen Burns
How so?

Honors 9 Assignment 1/27/17

Read Hamilton Handout and Oedipus the King

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Honors 9 Notes 1/26/17

            Read/Study: The parts of speech
            Complete: Worksheet for Parts of speech

King Arthur:
Call to Adventure:
-       The sword stuck in the stone and when he pulls it out is the call to adventure
-       Merlin would be the one who heralds the call because it is his prophecy
o   Sir Kay and Sir Hector were the ones who forgot the sword so they are the ones that heralded the call
§  They didn’t tell him to go and fetch the sword, they just forgot it, but they didn’t tell him to go back and get it
-       Other believe that Uther Pendragon, is the one who heralded the call, because he put the sword into the stone
Luke Skywalker:
Call to Adventure:
-       When he receives the message from R2-D2 to save princess leia
o   Help Obi-Wan
-       R2-D2 heralds the call
o   Obi-Wan also heralds the call

-       The threshold for Theseus is when he pulls the sword from the stone
o   The threshold is the long road to Athens
o   City limits of Troezen is the threshold
-       Threshold guardian is his mother

-       The threshold is when he embarks for the ten labors
-       The unknown of the ten labors is why it’s a threshold
o   Stewart says that the threshold is when he strangles the two snakes
-       When he crosses into the room full of all the treasure because it is unknown to him
-       As soon as he goes into the woods and sees the

European Literature Notes 1/26/17

Read Chapters 33-36

St. John Rivers is a foil to Brockelhurst, like Helen Burns
In the abyss, the hero(ine) faces his(her) worst self
Wit and Its Connection to the Unconscious by Sigmund Freud 
The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt 
According to Bronte, you need family to be happy
Mr. Rochester is a foil to Jane, overly passionate yet appealing to reason
Jane is the Ego, Bertha is the Id (excess of passion), Mama is the Super Ego (excess of reason)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

European Literature Notes 1/25/17

Important information in red
Student commentary in blue
Notes in black
Vocabulary in green 
Mr. Stewart's opinions

Read Chapters 29-32 if you so choose

What the students of first period Euro Lit think of last night's stunning revelation:
  • We are not sympathetic with Mr. Rochester because he lied to Jane (Not a good way to start off a marriage). He could have filed for a divorce or put Bertha in a mental institution.
  • We are sympathetic with Mr. Rochester because there wasn't that much else he could have done.
Mr. Rochester is:
  • reciprocating manipulation to Jane because he was manipulated by his family.
  • mentally abusive in the same way that Aunt Reed was. 
  • treating Jane as an object, not as a person 
Historicity is the study of ethics in a historic perspective.
Europeans did not really know how to deal with insanity. The richest could put them in insane asylums while the poor could only shut them in the back room.
Hydrotherapy is when therapists would use a hose to spray the subject.
Marquis de Sade was a psychologist that observed sadism (deriving pleasure from inflicting pain) and was shut up in an insane asylum.
According to Bronte, nature is monogamous.
Sublimation is when one takes a trait that society considers a vice and then makes it acceptable.
Bertha ripped the veil to warn Jane.
Bertha only attacks men.
Bertha is the id, the alter ego of Bronte

Honors 9 Assignment 1/25/17

Prepare for "the Hero's Journey" Discussion

Complete quotation mark worksheets              

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Honors 9 Assignment 1/24/17

Prepare for discussion about "The Hero's Journey"

Bring your Student ID Card

Complete the Semicolon and the Colon and the Hyphen worksheets

European Literature Notes 1/24/17

Important information in red
Student commentary in blue
Notes in black
Vocabulary in green

Read Chapters 26-28!

After tonight's reading, the reading is optional. 
Bronte is saying that in order to be happy, we have to have familial love and romantic love.
Does Jane love Helen Burns?
Does Jane love Miss Temple?
Does Jane love Bessie?
Does Jane love Aunt Reed?
How does her reason influence her love?
What does it mean to love a friend?
What is love?
Does Jane love herself?
According to the students of first period Euro Lit, love is:
  • It's different from person to person
  • An explainable feeling for someone else
  • When you are willing to sacrifice for someone else, that is love 
  • You can love other people without loving yourself
    • Or can you?
    • Loving yourself makes it easier to love other people
  • There's a distinction between loving someone and being in love with someone
  • Something rare
  • An umbrella term that really doesn't mean anything
  • A two way street. "I love my cat because it loves me"
    • Is there such a thing as unconditional love?
  • What makes us human
    • Other animals do the same thing too. They love.
The chestnut tree groans after Mr. Rochester confesses his love for her because Jane considers it a crime against nature to be polygamous.
The contrast between past and present tense is meant to sharpen the reader's perception of the scene.
Jane thinks that partners have to be equals econimically.
The poem is extremely important for the essay, especially the last line.
Also, the conversation we had is extremely important for the essay.
Someone ripped the veil. Who?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Honors 9 Assignment 1/23/17

Read and Reread the Hero's Journey

If you want to read the source material, the school library has a copy of The Hero with 1,000 Faces by Joseph Campbell. A challenging but interesting read.

European Literature 1/23/17

Important information in red
Student commentary in blue
Notes in black
Vocabulary in green
Mr. Stewart Recommends titles in purple

Read Chapters 22-25 & Study for Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow

The settings are symbolic. Look for the significance of the names.
Mr. Rochester calls reason a "she."
Bronte has mentioned the "still, small voice" twice.
Bronte's theme is that we must find a balance between emotion and reason
Mr. Rochester is trying to make Jane jealous of Blanche Ingram.
Mr. Rochester leaned on Jane when he found out about Richard Mason
Jungian psychology posits the moon as feminine and the sun as masculine
Mason has been bit on his shoulder
Jane is not afraid with Mr. Mason where she was afraid in the red room
Restless is a word strongly associated with Romanticism
Bronte believes in synchronicity.
Aunt Reed wants to apologize for mistreating her and keeping the knowledge of her relations.
Aunt Reed can't bring herself to apologize. She's a foil because Jane can forgive her. No one shed a tear over her death. 
Bronte's recipe for happiness:
Some money
Balance between reason and emotion
Equality between lovers.
Around the time of the Romantic Period, the idea of companionate marriage started to become more of a thing. It was the idea of marriage out of love rather than for political/economic reasons.
Forgiveness (If you do not forgive, you will never have lasting love.)
The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal contains a myriad of views about the role of forgiveness in our lives and society. Some of them are in favor of forgiveness, some of them are not.
p 240 has a good quote to prove that Eliza and Georgianna are foils.