Thursday, April 27, 2017

EuroLit Notes


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


If you want to check out the Gutenberg Project, here's a link
Braum's First Symphony will be performed next week. 
There's a cool art exhibit at the Schnitzer Museum about the Quran.
Feel free to check those out.  
Mr. Stewart recommends The Quran & The Bible 
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Le Morte D'Arthur Sir Thomas Malory 
The humanities are powerful because they have the ability to teach us
Going to office hours in college will generally get you a higher grade
Make sure that your professor knows who you are
One method for selecting colleges is to select the top three
Take responsibility for college education because you are paying for it
Going to a local/cheaper college makes it possible to study abroad
Remain open to other career paths/opportunities
Managing homework is a skill that anyone can learn
The future is bright! 
Why did Bronte have the bed catch on fire?
Why does Bronte have the third floor be the center of preternatural activity?
Grace takes a pot of porter up to her room for lunch. Why?
Mr. Rochester and Jane are falling in love. Will this bring Jane happiness?
Mr. Rochester's visit is a way of increasing suspense.
Jane uses her reason to curtail her emotions. 
Bronte infuses Jane Eyre with mystery the same way that J. K. Rowling adds mystery to Harry Potter.
Uses masculine imagery to describe Miss Ingram
Mr. Rochester lives authentically 
Romantic period says that society has corrupted good human beings (Rousseau)
Jung talked about personas, personalities that we adopt to conform to society. 
Jane is jealous of Miss Ingram

EuroLit Homework

Read: Jane Eyre Ch's 18-21

Blindness Discussion 4/27

Character/Pov
What else changes?

What changes: our pov of Markwardt and Parsons. We change

What makes it change: “so am I” we were kept blind
In what way: We no longer have pity for Markwardt
pov keeps us blind through, diction, dialogue, foreshadowing, suspense, mood, tone, and atmosphere. (Don’t combine all of those into one big paragraph. Just don’t) Not only does the pov of the characters change, our pov of ourself does too.
Markwardt is a negative example and Parsons is positive example.

Plot
Pro: Markwardt and Parsons
Ant: Blindness
Ext. Con: Can they be successful despite their blindness
Int. con: Can they not pity themselves
Denouement: Our feelings
Setting:14 years later on the street so that Markwardt can appeal to people's pity
Climax:"a poor guy" "ah Westburry"
Ext. Res: "beggar" "so am I"
Conclusion
-how we feel (we did that in pov/character so we can’t do it again unless we make pov/character the conclusion. That would make you very smart.) Have to do big picture thinking and say smart things using examples.
-Critical analysis some people deserve opinions. Use examples and analyze to make it so that you aren’t just saying.
-Compare to something else using three specific points.
-Predetermination vs. Freewill
-Freedom vs. Happiness
-Oedipus blinds himself. So does Markwardt.

Symbolism
-Blindness is a symbol Markwardt connotatively blind. He is blind to joy of life. He would feel better if he stopped relying on pity. He makes himself miserable and he doesn’t realize it. Connotatively Markwardt is blind but Parsons isn’t. He doesn’t even see himself as blind.  “A sudden foolish sort of pity for all blind creatures” But Parsons doesn’t  pity himself so when he pities blind creatures we know that he doesn’t see himself as blind. SUDDEN pity. it’s impulsive and part of human nature. Should we have compassion? Should we have pity? What’s the difference?
-Title A MAN who HAD the eyes are the joy of life and Markwardt is really blind. If it was two men then we would know that Parsons was blind. (put it in your essay, ya’ll) (profundity is simplicity. Some Stewart wisdom) Parson is the man because he gained eyes from being a laborer to being really successful and cool.
-insurance
-lighter
-canes

Irony
Parsons is keeping Markwardt down by giving him money.  It keeps him begging. Momentary happiness. Parsons struggled and is actually happy.

Diction
“Mr. Parsons” “beggar” Narrator says beggar but “I aint no beggar” Markwardt uses incorrect grammar. “I would have been well took care of”
“Then he added with an insane sort of pride” It’s insane to have pride at self pity.
"I thought you" Markwardt thought he killed Parsons and still used his story.

Honors Homework 4/27

Prewrite A Man Who Had no Eyes

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

EuroLit Notes 2/25/17

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


Jane Eyre is a mystery and a Gothic novel: it deals with ghosts.
Jane got the idea to apply to be a governess from a dream.
Jane's paintings tell us something about her.
Freud was a pessimist, Jung an optimist in regards to the prospects of human psychological well-being.
Freud thought that we all had similar dream content and that we can understand what's going on in our unconscious through free association.
A large percentage of Freud's patients were upper-class women, so his theories were based on his observations of a relatively small group. 
Pay attention to the significance of the third floor.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is considered the Shakespeare of the German language.
Jane goes to the third floor when she feels trapped.
Pay attention to when Mr. Rochester leans on Jane
The symbols Jane gives us help us to understand her psyche. If you analyzed these inside of an essay, you'd be doing college level thinking. 
Fortnight: Two weeks 
Pay attention to Mr. Rochester

EuroLit Homework

Read: Jane Eyre Ch's 14-15

Eyes Notes 4/25

Theme:
Don’t pity yourself and don’t pity others.

Character
What changes?
Our point of view of the characters changes

What makes it change?
“So am I” he reveals that he is blind too, just like the reader was because of the POV, causing the reader to have a “sudden and foolish sort of pity” towards Markwardt, allowing us to feel the theme of the story.

“A sudden and foolish sort of pity for blind people.” The theme for the reader can be seen in this quotation because we too had that foolish pity for Markwardt without even knowing the entire story.


POV:

How does the point of view make it so that we didn’t know that Parsons was blind until the very end of the story?
Kantor’s third person omniscient narrator had it kept from us until the very end of the story, causing suspense for the reader. Keeping the fact that Parsons is blind from the reader causes the reader to be BLIND to the fact, which causes us to pity Markwardt, allowing the reader to feel the theme even more.

“A sudden and foolish sort of pity for blind people.” The theme for the reader can be seen in this quotation because we too had that foolish pity for Markwardt without even knowing the entire story.

Plot

Protagonist - Parsons and Markwardt
Antagonist: Blindness
External Conflict Question:  Can they get over the accident despite their handicaps?
Internal Conflict Question:Can they overcome their self-pity and depending on the pity of others?
Exposition:Imagery(like the weather)
Rising action complication: other people pity Markwardt
Setting: On the street 14 years after the accident
It is set 14 years after the accident to show the consequences of self pity. It must be set on the street because the people around them can see that they are both two blind guys.
Markwardt continues to try and get the pity of others on the street, but the people on the street see that Mr. Parsons is blind too.

Internal Conflict Resolution:
Markwardt: “helping a poor guy out”
Parsons: “Westbury...Ah,yes.” Parsons does not even remember the incident that blinded him

“A man who was in it doesn’t forget about it.” But Parsons did forget about it because he has moved on from the past while Markwardt has not.


Big Picture- They had no control over the explosion in the factory, but they did have control over how they deal with what they are dealt

You should use pity about 50 times in your essay

Symbolism:
Walking Stick
Shabby guy
Immaculate suit


Wheedled- employ endearments or flattery to persuade someone to do something or give one something

Honors 9 Homework 4/25

Re-Read A Man Who Had no Eyes
Read Blog Notes and Augment your notes
Analyze symbolism 

Monday, April 24, 2017

EuroLit Notes 2/24/17


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

There will be one pop quiz at the end of the reading to test if one has read the book.  



Romantic writing is concerned with the extraordinary
Look for Bronte's definition of happiness as the theme
Bronte says that love is necessary for happiness
Eliza and Georgiana are foils to Jane. Jane's happiness is to be found in the middle of these two extremes. 
Three kinds of symbolism: 
Archetypal: universal symbols
Jung came up with the idea of archetypal symbols as the language of the unconscious. 
Cultural: symbols specific to a certain culture
Personal: symbols specific to certain people. Commonly used with the object correlative. 
Remember the contrasting symbolism of black and white with evil and good. 
Imagery leads into symbolism which leads into the object correlative. 
Writers use imagery in order to project a character's internal feelings onto whatever they are observing. A writer might describe the same building with different imagery to express a character's attitude toward what they are observing. 
Hate is the antithesis of happiness, Bronte says
Jane is fiery: passionate
Helen Burns is representative of Christian stoicism: enduring the load one is destined to bear. Predestination is a doctrine in some branches of the Christian faith, such as Calvinism, but is not in other branches. 
Is the endurance that Helen espouses bad? Why or why not?
Helen and Ms. Temple help temper Jane's attitude. 
Bronte targets religious hypocrisy through Brocklehurst. Curiously enough, Jesus also denounced the religious hypocrisy of the ruling class of the time.
Romantic writers use suspension of disbelief a lot
Suspension of disbelief: when the reader consents to believe the extraordinary in the context of the book. What can pass under the suspension of disbelief varies depending on the nature of the work. 
Bronte is not really super Romantic in that she doesn't think that unbridled emotion is best. 
Bronte says Christian stoicism is killing society
Bronte also says that there is no other reality but the here and now.

EuroLit Homework

Read: Jane Eyre Ch's 11-13
Do not just say on your essays. Instead, explain out what you are trying to say.

-How did you feel?
+Surprised/ shocked
+Pity
+Angry
+Funny?


-Did we pity the begger?
+No
+At first
+Our perspective changing


-“So am I”

-“Struggling beneath handicaps”
+Became successful
+Begger didn’t

-Mr. Parson’s is like don’t get your panties in a twist’

-Foreshadowing
+“Noting click clack”
+Other subtle hints

-“Foolish sort of pity for all things blind”
+But Parsons is blind

-As he could see, Parsons was a skilled laborer
+As a blind man, he still found a way to succeed and now he’s happy

-Themes:
+Work with what you have?
+Don’t pity yourself or others?
+How you deal with what you’re dealt?

-Parsons positive example of theme
-Markwardt negative example of theme

Honors 9 Homework 4/24

Re-Read  A Man Who Had no Eyes
Read Blog Notes
Write a question and answer based on a key nut and bolt
Analyze plot