Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Honors 9 Notes 3/22/17

Class Notes: 3/22/17
            Write Sid paragraph
            Bring two copies of paragraph

Siddhartha Notes:
            Writing a Conclusion Paragraph:
-       Compare Sid to something
o   Suffering- Old man and the Sea
o   Learning ones Self – Oedipus
-       Critical Technique

Pg. 112-  POV is 3rd person limited, then shifts POV to Govinda
Why doe he changes it to Govindas POV? Sid knew the meaning of life, he was enlightened, and we cannot identify with enlightenment. We cannot be taught the meaning of life

Character Paragraph:
-       What changes in Siddhartha?
o   He is enlightened
§  Govinda becomes enlightened
-       How does it change?
o   Because of all of his experiences
§  Epiphany: Sudden realization
-       Why does the author have it change that way?
o   Shows the different ways people can reach enlightenment
o   That’s what Siddhartha said when he saw the Buddha
§  We as the readers are confused because we are not enlightened, but we will find it in our own way
Possible Theme: Everyone reaches wisdom in their own way
            But what is the wisdom?
            Page 113: If you look for a goal, you wont be open to finding something else
            Page 114: Wisdom is non communicable
            Page 115: Time is not real, everything changes and everything is everything
            Page 116: The potential hidden Buddha must be recognized in everybody
Central Theme:       
Everything is good, everything is necessary, and everything just needs to be affirmed because everything is Brahmin
Govinda can’t understand this because one cannot love words
 Because words are not the real thing
Love is the most important thing in the real world (SEE OMAS NOTES ABOUT EXISTENTIALSIM)
Love everything including suffering
Page 121: He leans close to him and touched his forehead with his lips and BOOM enlightenment
Thesis Statement: Hesse conveys the theme of love and affirmation through plot, point of view, character foil and most importantly symbolism

Three Literary Devices to use:

1.     Plot
2.     Pov/ Char/ Foil
3.     Symbol

For the topic sentences of the body paragraphs give Lit D + R + “by”

The complication in the falling action is he doesn’t know how to love
When he accepts and loves his suffering, he becomes enlightened

You can’t try and over come suffering you have to accept the suffering


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Honors 9 Notes: 3/21/17

Class Notes: 3/21/17
            Reread Siddhartha
            Read the blog and organize your notes
            Write: 2 symbols and explain how Hesse uses them

Hey guys, Remember your mortality!

Important Sid Notes:
-       Sid leaves because he wants enlightenment
-       He doesn’t achieve enlightenment from the samanans
-       Sid doesn’t believe in following, Gov does
-       Any time Sid goes through a change, Gov is there
-       This is a didactic allegory
What is the point of view of the story?
-       Third person single person POV
Why does Hesse have the POV switch in the last chapter of the book?

Hesse has been steeped in eastern philosophies; he sees a lot of truth in them
Buddha serves as a foil for Sid and his theme
-       He comes back to the river at the end of the book, A comes back to A
The ascetics are symbolic of his lack of enlightenment

Sid wants to find peace and the true nature of the world:
-       He thinks he can find the truth in the world by understanding himself
o   If he understands atman then he understands the brahma
o   The Buddha tells him that (pg. 27)
§  You can not learn things vicariously, you have to experience this first hand
o   The connection of suffering and pain
o   Sid leaves again but leaves Gov behind
-       Truly nothing has occupied my mind as much of the self- a synthesis of the east west philosophy paradox: I am one with the world yet I am separated
-       Pg 31,”I am one and separated…” paradoxical
-       Pg 33, realized how alone he was; alienation.
-       Pg 39, introduced to the voice. He must teach himself and gain the experience
-       Voice is symbolic of authenticity, his genuine self
-       Pg 57 crosses the river
-       Pg. 59 Why is Kamala in the book? Maybe I am like you, we can no love, ordinary people can why does Hesse do this?
-       Pg. 62, he and kamala can not love
-       Pg. 63, Sid loses his voice in the samsara
-       Pg. 64, the dice game is symbolic of samsara
-       Pg. 64 the dream reminds him of his inner voice
-       Pg. 64, Sid remembers his mortality
o   The real Buddha was raised like a prince, he saw that there was age and he saw that there was death for the first time
o   When Sid, sees Kamala getting old
o   He has the dream of her song bird dying
-       Pg. 67 How long has it been since he had heard his voice?
-       Pg. 68 Sid leaves the village, because he has grown so sick, he has realized that the voice is dead. You can not find something unless its lost
-       Why does Hesse have Kamala become pregnant?
o   On pg. 71 he reaches the river again, he wants to make an end of his life. This is his abyss
o   This is the climax
-       Pg. 73. When goes through this change he sees Gov
-       Pg. 76 What are you now Sid? Sid says I do not know
-       Pg. 76 During his sleep he loves everything, sleep was permeated with OM, he loved everything
-       Pg. 78 he has to unlearn to learn
-       Pg. 80 you have to be experiencing to learn, he can not learn extrinsically
o   The Buddha’s wisdom is not transferable
-       Pg. 82 He heard the voice speak to him and tell him to love the river
-       Pg. 86 and 87 The river has taught me to listen
o   The river teaches him that there is no such thing as time
o   TIMELESSNESS Look up Heraclites
-       Pg. 88 The voices of all living creatures are in his voice, and the word he pronounces is om
-       Pg. 91 Kamala dies from a snake bite
-       Pg. 99 He learns to love his son from sorrow
-       Pg., 100 He had to experience it to learn, you have to end things or you will be caught in samsara
-       Pg. 107
-       Pg. 108 He still rebelled against his fate
o   His fate is symbolic of our fate
o   Can he accept his fate? All parts of our fate?
-       Pg. 109 He hears the many voices of the river
o   The rivers voice was sorrowful, the voice was suffering
-       Pg. 110, 111 when he heard them all, the whole, the unity then the great song of a thousand voices consisted of one word. Om
-       He finds nirvana, he is one with everything
Why does he have govinda in the novel?

Text Box: Climax

Text Box: What complicates him from achieving happiness? 
The appearances of things
Text Box: Can He accept both parts of himself? 
- Why is young Sid in the novel? 
- Sid doesn’t love his father 
Can he accept both parts of himself? Can he learn to love so he can feel the pain of not having the love reattributed?
When he hears OM he is saying yes to all parts of himself 
Text Box: Om: He affirms Text Box: Ext Conflict: 
Can he find happiness? 
Internal Conflict? 
Can he accept all parts of himself 


Monday, March 20, 2017

Honors 9 Notes 3/20/17

Class Notes: 3/20/17
            Reread: Siddhartha
            Read: Blog and organize your notes
            Write a couple questions about the books theme

Finals Week! I hope you all survive and thrive
Let me know (541 285 5123) if you want to be in our honors group chat

This is a good German joke:
According to Sigmund Freud, what comes between fear and sex?
(For those of you that don’t know, in German the number four is pronounced fear, the number six is pronounced sex and five is funf)

Autobiographical and Historical Information
 Herman Hesse- Born in 18…
(This is as far as we got before Stewart went into a lecture about how The Old Man and The Sea changed him)
Okay were back:
-       Born in 1877 in the black forest
-       His Parents were missionaries in India
-       So had his father’s mother been
-       Very unusual background, he had the same amount of eastern and western religion and philosophy. He was exposed to Christian and Hindu, Buddhist philosophy; his view of the world was a synthesis of the east and west
-       His view of how to attain happiness is unique:
o   Central theme: the inner voice
o   The inner voice is existentialist
o   The eternal part of ourselves which relates to Brahmin
o   The inner voice is ones true self
-       Novel set in 350 bce in India
-       Our protagonist Siddhartha has the same name of The Buddha, because Sid agrees with a lot of different things. He brings the ideas together and creates his own idea
-       When Hesse was going through school he was almost crushed beneath the wheel of conformity Read: Beneath the Wheel for Hesse
o   Pavlov was a Russian scientist that believed in behaviorism

Setting For Siddhartha:
-       Hinduism is a pantheistic religion
o   They believe that the divine is intertwined with the real world
o   Brahma is known as over soul
o   That the soul is permeated within all things
o   The eternal time that all atoms get thrown back into the cosmological stew
o   This is not too uncommon with out western science
o   Everything is (given enough time) Everything else
o   This concept is called Brahmin (or Over Soul)
o   Everything is an illusion
o   We have an eternal part of ourselves called our soul or Atman
o   We go through an endless cycle of birth and rebirth called Samsara, through this development we have developed an ego
o   This is existentialist because the ego is existentialist
-       Thematic Elements in Sid:
o   What is going on in the traditional belief in Hinduism?
§  His idea is that its interesting but he doesn’t fully devote himself to it
§  Not much of the true nature of the universe will bring one nirvana
§  Enlightenment of the self is the true nature of the universe
§  Does knowledge really bring peace?
-       Western philosophy of doubting makes it real, eastern philosophy affirms everything by bringing everything together. Western say no no no Eastern say yes yes yes
-       What does Om mean? Yes.
-       Diversity is an illusion, everything is everything
o   Govinda is a foil for Siddhartha
o   Siddhartha distrusts teaching, you can not learn anything particularly when it comes to the level of the soul stuff, You can not learn anything vicariously
o   Govinda is like “aw yeah man teach me”
-       External Conflict:
o   Can Sid find enlightenment?
-       Internal Conflict:
o   Can he accept and learn himself?
-       He hears about the Samsans, who are ascetics, they refuse pleasure because true life is internal
-       Didactic allegory: Didactic means to teach. Allegory is a simple story with a deeper meaning
-       The most important body paragraph is symbolism

Page 18: He has no trust for teaching
Gautama: Is what he called the Buddha
Page 22: The origin of suffering, life is pain, he teaches the liberation from suffering
Page 27: Salvation from suffering
Page 28: “Look Buddha I’m not criticizing what you’re doing but I can’t follow it” Because I need to find my own way

European Literature Notes 3/20/17

Happy Finals Week!

Quotes are Stewart's unless otherwise noted

Finish 1984 by Thursday

Good job on the essay! It was hard material and the class understood it well
In regards to the question of 2 + 2 = 5, 2 + 2 = 4 because our mathematics system is based on the axiom that 1 + 1 = 2. Given those axioms, we have created a powerful mathematics system that can describe the world and drive discovery. But to get there, we have to put our faith in these axioms and go from there.
Existential freedom is "the freedom to say no"
I reiterate: what if you say yes? Are you then not free? If so, how could you have been free in the first place if you can only say no?
The Party tries to sublimate citizens' sexuality
The Party created the Brotherhood to "control the alternative"
Just because it is in a book doesn't mean it is true
"Ignorance is bliss, sanity, and survival"
Winston is representative of humanity
Can the Party make Winston stop loving?