Friday, March 17, 2017

Honors 9 Assignment 3/17/17

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Complete both packets and finish Siddhartha

European Literature Notes 3/17/17

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Read Chapters 5-8 of 1984

Dystopian literature is literature dealing with the opposite of utopia. It was pioneered by Orwell and Huxley. These days, dystopian YA is quite popular like The Hunger Games or Divergent
1984 is a satire. 
Orwell fought in the Spanish Civil War
Kenneth Galbraith: "History has shown that given a choice between tyranny and anarchy, people always chose tyranny"
Negative Positivity is reflected in the three slogans of the party
Here's a summary of the report Mr. Stewart was referencing in regards to the use of technology to spy.
Internal Conflict: can Winston remain sane?
External Conflict: "will the human heritage live on?"
"Freedom is the freedom to say no"
So what if you say yes? Does that mean that you aren't free?
Compartmentalization: splitting up of a big task into little ones so that the individual workers don't know the overall purpose.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

European Literature Notes 3/16/17

Good job on the Essay!

Read chapters 1-4 of 1984

No test, but points will be awarded at the end of the trimester if you read it

Honors 9 Notes 3/16/17

Class Notes: 3/16/17
Complete: Both packets by Monday
(2nd Packet Done in Packet)
Read Siddhartha Ch. 4-6

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

European Literature Notes 3/15/17

Prepare for the Essay!


  • Alienation
  • Authenticity/Inauthenticity
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Confrontation with Nothingness
  • Phenomenology 
  • The Absurd


  • Hesse Demian
  • Sartre "The Wall"
  • Tolstoy "The Death of Ivan Ilych"
  • Dostoevsky "The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor"
  • Camus "The Myth of Sisyphus" & "The Guest"
  • (Hegel "Lordship and Bondage")
  • (Heidegger "What is Metaphysics?)

Good Luck!

Honors Notes: 3/15/17

Class Notes: 3/15/17
In writers workshop packet 55-60
Complete: pp. 109-114
#'s 55-57 

Read Siddhartha Chapters 1-3

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Honors Notes: 3/14/17

Class Notes: 3/14/17
            In “Writers workshop” packet 55-60
            Complete: P. 109-114
            Bring student ID

Not many notes today because we did classwork in the writing workshop:

-       Paginate
-       Everything is times new roman
-       12 pt.
-       No bold
-       Upper left hand corner,
o   Your name
o   Date
o   Class period
o   Teachers name
o   Date
-       Indent 5 spaces

European Literature Notes 3/14/17

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

Read Heidegger Lecture and Write Study Guide Answers

Just a reminder that most of the answers are just "right there" except for the last one

The kid bites the doctor to remind himself that he is an object
Pablo's values changed with his confrontation with death
Here's an interesting article about the common regrets of the terminally ill
The boy has shrunk from the confrontation with nothingness
Hegel was saying that the confrontation with death is the key to be our authentic selves.
Pablo is trying to maintain his integrity and commitment
The confrontation with death creates pure subjectivity and universality in the subject
Remember that existentialism arose following the end of World War I, when depression and suicide were rampant.
Could compare "the Guest" and "the Legend of the Grand Inquisitor"
  • Daru and Jesus both respect the agency of the individual
  • Daru does not try to impose his will upon the Arab
Okay, an indulgence is a remission of temporal punishment for a sin that has already been repented of through confession. IT IS NOT THE SELLING OF FORGIVENESS FOR SINS!!!
That's not to say that they weren't controversial. They were the impetus for Martin Luther's 95 Theses
Daru is non-committal and the fact that the Arab is a murderer must have commitment
The Arab stands in for death in this story
The internal conflict of all the characters in the story is whether they will take responsibility for their decisions. In that way, they are all foils to each other
Can one buy into the herd mentality with integrity? 
Why does the Arab turn himself in?
 The Arab turns himself in because he wanted to escape from freedom
Daru gives the Arab the confrontation with death
Daru still is responsible for the consequences of his decisions.
We cannot escape the consequences of our decisions.
"Sisyphus is conscious of being conscious"
Sisyphus robs Zeus of schadenfreude by enjoying his punishment
That sounds really stoic. Ah, stoicism is back again.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Honors Notes: 3/13/17

Class Notes: 3/13/17
Write: Conclusion Paragraph- NO “I, you”, present tense, no contractions, 1.5 pages!!

Joke: What kind of bagel can fly? A plane bagel!!
SF: Sentence fluency

Conclusion techniques:
The effective technique: How does it make you feel?
The author dies this by the denouement, where the conflict resolution (does he get the fish back to shore intact) is unsuccessful, but is somewhat resolved because Manolin is taught how to be a man (defies his parents), and he still wants to go fishing with Santiago (and have him teach him about life).
“How much did you suffer?”à he realizes that this future way of life will be a painful one, but he still accepts it.
Even though Santiago is destroyed, he dies happily. Even if this philosophy of life kills you, you die happy.
Critical technique: “I don’t think this philosophy is right” or not completely agreeing
With any rule, there are exceptions. Example: If you try to push through being sick, it ends up in you getting sicker. You should just give up and try to get well.
Example: Being an honors 9 student, being a basketball player.
Comparison technique:
Apply “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” to Hemingway- he is saying the same thing. They are both saying “Never give up, even if it kills you”- find at least 3 specific points to compare the two.
-He said not to give up, but he killed himself and gave up on life

European Literature Notes 3/13/17

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

Read "the Guest" and "the Myth of Sisyphus" 

Do Study Guide Answers

The Existential Essay will be on Thursday!

"The Wall" will be one of the essay prompts
Remember that there will be three prompts to choose from
Time to organize your notes for the essay!
We will start 1984 on Wednesday, bring your Student ID card
The ending was nihilistic and absurd
The Absurd is an existential term for the belief in the meaninglessness of existence
Could compare it to the Death of Ivan Ilych on commitment
Just to put the impromptu essay in perspective: it's 200 points, which is four study guides. 
We will not be writing on Heidegger
You can organize your notes in anticipation of the prompts for the essay.
Thoughts about "the Wall"
  • Pablo felt that his life was not worth anything because he didn't realize he would eventually die.
  • Cold, gray, white associated with death
  • The doctor had an excess of reason like Jane Eyre
  • Pablo commits himself to facing death "with his eyes wide open"
The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel by Nikos Kazantzakis 
Mr. Stewart says that it is likely that humanity will die out and that there will be no one to hear us.
It's not known if we are totally alone in the universe. There could be other beings out there who we will meet. There might not. Also, there is the possibility that we could actually change the laws of the universe in order to preserve it if we could control the vast amounts of energy in the universe. Also, our understanding of the universe is probably incomplete. There are still discoveries to be made that might change our predictions regarding the ultimate fate of the universe.
The cold is a motif for death that comes out in To Build a Fire by Jack London 
What does it mean to search for God?
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway
Pablo didn't like the way the kid looked because he sees himself in him.
Hesse gave us the idea that if we dislike something about someone, we actually don't like it about ourselves.
Why do some people go insane with the confrontation with death and some people don't?
Just a reminder that there is a confrontation with death inside of Harry Potter too
Angst: is the anxiety surrounding death
The confrontation with nothingness caused Pablo to sweat
Pablo goes through a process of bracketing as he approaches death
Is nothing as something important or nothing as in no thing?
Nothingness is the word that we've been using to describe death. That's only one possibility. Do remember that there are people who believe that death is the end and there is nothing else. Others believe that death is only a transition to another life. There are lots of beliefs regarding what happens after we die and we have only been presented one of them in this class. Remember that the world is bigger than this classroom.
Deconstructionism: the idea that the meaning of words is how it is distinguished from other words rather than a expression of something that is.
People want to be as permanent as an object. Immortal in other words.