Friday, February 24, 2017

Honors 9 Notes 2/24/17


Class Notes: 2/24/17
            Study For: 5o point poetry vocab quiz
            Have finished rough draft
-       Body Paragraphs
-       Conclusion
Stewart said my joke sucked. I took it very personally and I am offended to my core.
I am also running out of jokes.  So instead I’d like to take this time to point out to Mr. Stewart that my name is pronounced Lootzia. Just like how you would say Motzart.
Shakespeare invented puns so here: I was going to tell you a joke about blunt arrows but there really is no point.
Essay Re-Write:
Put the Romeo and Juliet essay on Google docs
Have a paper with all the brainstorming ideas
Next a paper with the Thesis Statement= Thesis opinion and three reasons briefly stated
Consider discussing how Greek tragedy relates to Shakespeare tragedy
Hamartia, or tragic flaw: the characters rashness
Thop: the paradox of predetermined fate vs. freedom
Make sure you answer the essay prompt fully- the answer to the prompt is both
Next take those 3 brief reasons, and write a sentence for each one. These are your topic sentences
Body Paragraph formation: Argument Form
-       Topic Sentence and a transition that relates to your thesis
-       Small transition: For example, first, The first example
-       Quotation: Limit and embed the quote
-       Explanation of quotation
-       The explanation can also become before the quotation
-       Paragraph is at least ten sentences long
-       Clincher Sentence: restates the topic sentence
Before- he choses not to kill tybalt
During- He ends up killing tybalt
After- He recognizes the fact that he is fortunes fool

Conclusion Formation:
-       Begins with the thesis restatement, but without the three reasons
-       Compare Romeo and Juliet to Oedipus
-       Last sentence in the entire essay is the “ta-da” sentence. This sentence does the envelope thinking
-       Impress Watson with how deeply you understand the concepts.
-       Use a one word, or short phrase to sum up your ideas. This is often the tragic flaw or the hamartia Rashness, Paradox, Freedom, learn from mistakes, it’s how we deal with what we’re dealt, anger
-       Compare to something, and anything
-       How does it make you feel, not just opinion, no plot rehash and don’t just say
-       Do you feel sorry for him? Do you feel angry with him? How does he make us feel that way?
-       Be critical of what the author is saying, sometimes we need to act rashly, sometimes you have to do something even if it wrong

A character analysis: How do you get to the central theme of a story? 
What is a story? Something that begins at one point, and comes back to the point at the end but it is different.
How to get to the theme of any story:
1.     What changes?
a.     They were alive, now they’re dead
b.     The feud
2.     What makes it change?
a.     The feud
b.     Their death
3.     Why does the author have it change that way

Love overcomes hatred: The feud represents hate and R & J represent love.
Love overcomes hatred but only at a great cost
Conflict- between the protagonist and the antagonist
Internal and external conflicts: conflicts are questions
-       Can Romeo and Juliet’s marriage survive?
-       Can they avoid the rashness
You can only solve the internal conflict by solving the external conflict



European Literature Notes 2/24/17

2/24/17

Important stuff/homework in red
Student commentary in blue
Notes in black
All quotes, unless otherwise noted, are Stewart's
Vocabulary in green
Stewart Recommends in purple 
Hacks in various fields in orange

No Homework

College Bowl Notes:

What did we think about the end of the book?
  • Abrupt, but good because it didn't need to go any further
  • Is relevant to our lives and has lots of things to think about
  • "As writing as thinking on a piece of paper, top notch" -Jeremy
  • Interesting that Demian brings up Franz Kromer at the end
  • Some of the content smacks of magical realism, which is a genre from Latin America that mixes the fantastic with the mundane. Like A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Is Damien a real/objective/material person?
    •  Yes, he clapped Emil on the shoulder
  • Why is the book called "Demian?"
  • Why is Knauer in the book? 
    • Knauer said that no one helped him and told Emil that he had to help himself
Creative writing advice by Stewart: Create two things that are really good and then relate them. Come up with a third "then pray for an ending"
Emil has to integrate Demian to help himself
So why does Emil have to integrate Demian as opposed to Frau Eva or someone else?
Jane Eyre integrated Miss Temple and improved herself.
Conflate: link to or combine
Misnomer: An improper name
Nietzsche said that everything that is right wants to die because it has a seed in it for new life
"The world wants to die because we have the seed for the next world" 
There are quite a few mythologies throughout the world that include prophesies about the end of the world as the beginning of the next world. Like the Maya
Marx said that we need to destroy the individual and rise as community
Nietzsche said that we need to destroy the mass and rise as individuals
Man's nature is self-surpassment
"Individuals help society to progress"
This idea is the concept of "great man history," that history is driven by great men and/or women and not the mass of men. By the viewpoint of "great man history" World War II was the product of Mussolini, Hitler, and Hideki Tojo and not the German Nazis, the Fascist party in Italy, or the nationalistic Japanese soldiers. It assumes that had Mussolini, Hitler, and Hideki Tojo were killed, World War II would not have happened rather than someone else rising into their place. 
Mephistopheles from Faust bore the mark of Cain to keep people agitated
  • Bismark
  • Napoleon
  • Moses
  • Socrates 
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
We are doomed to be ourselves. Unless we buy into the participation mystique.
Remember that Thomas Mann said that there are four parts to somebody. The part everyone knows, the part the individual knows, the part that nobody knows, and the part that everyone but the individual knows. 
Demian has a touch of Neo-Romanticism  
Hesse believes that World War I was the end of the old world/paradigm. 
"We all have the mark of Cain" and just have the choice as to whether to assume that mantle or not according to Stewart.
"Super man is the only superhero whose true identity is his super hero identity"
War makes philosophers of ordinary men according to Stewart  
War is the sublimation of our Dionysian selves which is why "it feels so good"
Myths are useless unless we apply them to ourselves according to Ziolowski.
Hegel's dialectic process thought that we have to break the paradigm.
Jean Piaget's psychology of schema posits that we all have a schema which is a way that we view the world. When we confront something outside of our schema, we either reject that something or change our schema to include it. 
Do something with your life.
Would you want to know when/how you were going to die?  
Do you want to die with your eyes open or closed?  
Do you want to live with your eyes open or closed?

End Here

Thursday, February 23, 2017

European Literature 2/23/17

Important Information/Homework in red
Student Commentary in blue
Notes in black
Quotations, unless otherwise noted, are Stewart's
Vocabulary in green
Stewart Recommends in purple 

Finish Demian

Myopic: Having extreme focus to the point of excluding reason
Emil wants to be himself
What does it mean to be oneself? Does it mean to be exactly as oneself is right now? Or does it mean trying to improve oneself?
Pareidolia is the psychological practice when humans find patterns or shapes in things like clouds.
The concept of Daemon is the chief reason for Socrates' execution
Hesse uses Abraxas as a middle ground between light and dark
"What does it mean to know?"
Logic and reasoning is an Apollonian way of knowing
Gut feeling is a Dionysian way of knowing
So is knowing by gut feeling as valuable as logic and reasoning?
Demian is becoming more of a psychological realist novel
Aristotle said that time is motion
Being in Time by Martin Heidegger 
The Ontological Difference is the ability to ask "What is being" but something has to already partially know the answer to that question to ask it.
Ontological: has to do with being 
Albert Einstein said "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."
The Mark of Cain is a symbol for Ubermensch
Hesse is an elitist
Unlearning according to Period 1 European Literature
  • "Making a conscious decision not to do something again"
  • "Repressing something that you once knew"
  • Replacing something considered negative with something better
  • To grow and learn from you experiences
  • Shifting your paradigm
    • Jean Piaget's psychology included paradigms by the name of schema.
  • Integrate it and forget it 
  • Call it "learn from" instead
  • Call it "relearn"
We have to unlearn our old selves to create our new selves
Wholesale? Or just parts? Do we have to totally recreate ourselves or can we target certain aspects?
"People can change"
 The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham 
Fear of alienation and fear of the unknown, which is the person who we could be, keep people from being themselves.
Some people (like Maugham) believe that one can only find the Universal and die or face death and find the universal
When one hates someone else, it is because they hate something within themself
In the Bible, Jesus says "cast out the beam in your own eye before the mote in thy brother's"
Kind of a similar concept
Nietzsche says that "God is Dead"
If you're interested in the other side of that argument, God's Not Dead is a movie duology tackling the concept from an evangelical standpoint. 
To clear up any misunderstanding from today's discussion about the names of God in the Old Testament: Jehovah is a translation of the Jewish name of God. It does not translate to "I am" as far as I am aware. "I am" is the name God gives himself on Mount Sinai when He talks to Moses.  
Hesse has reinterpreted Bible passages through an existential lens.
 An existential paradigm
The Journey to the East by Hermann Hesse
Eva is the archetypal maternal image.
Star five quotation on p. 114 Last sentence of the second to last full paragraph

Honors 9 Notes 2/23/17


Class Notes: 2/23/17
            Rewrite Shakespeare essay
            Due on Monday the 6th
The gestation period for a marsupial is 32 weeks. I do not know if that is true. I’m running out of jokes.

R & J persuasive Essay rewrite:
-       No more than 6 pages, unless your final paragraph begins on the 6th page.
-       MLA format
-       Paginate
-       at least two quotations for every body paragraph
Capital Roman Numerals: the act III
Text Box: III.i.l.165The scene: i
Line: l

Intro: flow of bullshit ideas into the thop

Before the fight:
-       The things that happen that set him up to fight tybalt
-       The reason always has to go back to the topic sentence
-       Have to show he uses free will for things not to happen
 Romeo almost causes Mercutios death.  After this he decides to fight.
During the fight:
-       He makes the decision that he would lose control of his emotions and succumb to his emotions
-        
After the fight:
-       He is mad because he succumbs to the anger and rashness of his decisions, he knows the consequences to the fight.

You need transitions within the body paragraph=>
I.e. “for example”, “furthermore”, “moreover”
The last sentence should be a clincher sentence; you say the topic sentence again in a new way
Mention the next paragraph before writing a new one
Romeo insists on not fighting and Tybalt insists on. Outside of Romeos control, Mercutio “vile submission” got upset with Romeo for being a wuss. Pre determined
How is this like Oedipus? Cross roads, rashly out of anger, both realize it
Tie the essay back down to yourself in order to show your complexity of thinking

Conclusion:
Clincher sentence leads into big picture idea and thinking behind it





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Honors 9 2/22/17

No Homework!

European Literature Notes 2/22/17

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 

Read Chapter 7 of Demian

Prepare for possible quiz tomorrow to prove that you are reading

Dwell: means to live within
The existential essay will be a comparison of existential philosophers on one existential topic
What is the paradigm shift in Demian?
Novalis said that our objective being is the sum of our subjectivity
Watch the coat of arms.
The globe that the sparrow hawk is coming out of is representative of the world.
"Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny"
Sinclair's problem is the problem of humanity.
I believe it was Aristotle that said that art is an imitation of life.
Pistorius has the mark of Cain.
Antiquarian: something that is like an antique.  
Nietzsche thought that we had to destroy our old gods and create new ones that relate to us. 
Gnosticism is a philosophy that exalts the spiritual. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Honors 9 Notes 2/21/17


Class Notes: 2/21/17
            Romeo and Juliet Final tomorrow
            200 pts.
If Mr. Stewart says, “Writing is thinking on paper” one more time I will bite my thumb at him.

Denotation vs. Connotation: a symbol is something that is itself denotatively, connotatively is the suggested other meanings
            Ex. A skull is denotatively a skull, but connotatively could mean death
After we finish with poetry, we will read the old man and the sea, and then
Siddhartha, after this we will have a writers workshop

We went over the study guide answers for Act 5. Since almost all of us did the work already, I’m not going to re write the answers on here.
If anyone needs the answers they are welcome to come talk to me and get my study guide.

-       When the apothecary says “I consent with my poverty not with my will” this is an argument against free will
-       When Balthazar tells Romeo that Juliet is dead, Romeo says “I defy you stars”, stars represent destiny, he is fated to be with Juliet, he defies it an goes to be with Juliet
-       Why did Romeo go to Juliet’s grave? Because he wanted to be with her forever. Paris goes to her grave to pay his respects, but Romeo truly loves her
-       Paris is from the Iliad, he was hectors brother, he stole Helen and started the Trojan War. He never fights he just looks pretty
-       Romeo personifies death

European Literature 2/21/17

Important Information/Homework in red
Student Commentary in blue
Notes in black
Quotations, unless otherwise noted, are Stewart's
Vocabulary in green
Stewart recommends in purple

Read Chapter 6  and "Jacob's Wrestling"

If you did poorly on today's quizzes, you will be tested tomorrow

Emil is more interested in subjective reality than objective reality
Emil's forbidden voices are forbidden from the herd and the super ego
Think of the Allegory of the Den and how the people chained themselves in the cave.
"The world is a matrix of relationships" that relates unto someone -Heidegger
Emil scorns the world and himself because he has become disillusioned with the herd
Tenet: major idea
Nietzsche's Five Tenets: 
The Transvaluation of All Values: man decides morality and value
Ubermensch: Superman or beyond man
Apollonian and Dyonesian worlds: the light and dark worlds  
The Will to Power: Intentionality 
Eternal Return to the Self Same: Imagine that time is eternal and eventually everything will repeat itself again.
There's an idea that you can look at on TedEd on YouTube about if you set monkeys on typewriters forever, eventually they would come out with all the works of William Shakespeare. 
Existentialism is a response to Naturalism
Psychological Realism is an approach/ style of novel writing focusing on the psychology of a character
Stream of Consciousness writing is coming up in such novels as Catcher in the Rye. It is writing that aims to capture thought processes.
Zoroaster thought that there was good and that there was evil and that depending on what one does precedes the afterlife.
Also the father of Zoroastrianism
Thus Spake Zarathustra and Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Emil is nihilistic because he's destroyed all of his values without creating any new ones. 
Emil is afraid of alienation
Jung thought that the unconscious could express itself through art. Like in Jane Eyre
Star 5 quotation on pg 70 regarding the daemon.
"You are the some total of your actions."