Friday, May 5, 2017

EuroLit Homework 5/5

Read: Hegel's "Lordship and Bondage"
Write: Study guide q's

Thursday, May 4, 2017

EuroLit Homework 5/4

Finish: Jane Eyre


Flash Discussion 5/4

Calvino=fable writer. Flash=didactic allegory short story (simple story with deeper symbolic meaning). Everything is symbolic.
3 changes ironically: 
  1. I has Flash “it happened”. The crowd (society) makes I have flash. Crowd inspires I because if there were no crowd, there would be no need to question society.
  2. I loses it. The crowd (crab-bucket mentality) makes I lose flash “so what do you mean?” Crowd doesn’t understand and think I is crazy. Ironically crowd scares I out of it because crowd is scared/jealous/intimidated by I, scared of unknown. Paradigm thinking, fear that their beliefs are wrong. Society depends on people’s flashes, and yet society rejects/kills those with insight. Even before crowd scares I out of it, I scares I’self out of it due to fear of alienation. 
  3. I regrets and wants it back “instinctively.” Human nature is striving for excellence. I learns from experience, has moment of recognition. We make mistakes but what makes us self-surpass is learning from our mistakes. Humans also want what they can’t have.
           I is both a positive and negative example of the theme
Why 1st person? Reader learns firsthand. We feel the theme because it’s happening to “I.” We are forced to talk about the story using “I.” Slipping into “he” is sexist and dumb. We are trained to make masculinity the norm by the stupid stupid patriarchy.
Plot (nonconformist structure underscores theme)
Antagonist: crowd, ironically scare I out of it because they are scared of I, the prime motivation for humans is fear of death, the unknown, and paradigm thinking
Setting: street, crowd both inspires and scares the flash away
Ext confl q: Can I keep the flash and share it? “desperate to explain myself, to have them share the flash of insight”
Int confl q: Can I get over I’s fear of alienation? Will I conform? Before Flash, “I had accepted everything.” Accepted (repeated twice)=conformed to. Will I let I’self be defeated and not go after the flash again? Will I learn from I’s mistakes? Will I self-surpass?
Int confl Res: “the laugh died in my throat.” Notice diction of “died.” Refrain of the laughter from beginning of story. Laugh symbolic that having the flash is good/fun.
Ext confl res: “I made off amid their angry glares” shows I couldn’t share flash. I is being persecuted, exiled by crowd. Angry at what they do not understand.
Denouement: changes from past to present tense. I has courage to decide to seek flash again. “Instinctively filled with the hope (...) other kind of knowledge.” or the real denouement is our feelings and the "denouement" is the fourth change.
overcome paradigm thinking and find the truth
Symbolism (didactic allegory so everything is symbolic)
crossroads: decisions, #1: will I be able to overcome fear of alienation, #2: will I learn from the mistake and choose to have the bravery to be a nonconformist? 
“I”: individual, freedom, reader
crowd: society, crab-bucket, herd mentality, human nature
laugh: having the flash is good/fun, admitting ignorance
tone: ????
mood: ????
“instinctively,” “impulse”
“blushed,” “ashamed.” Why is I ashamed but still tries to share insight? Ironically by trying to share insight I loses insight.
Comparisons: Oedipus, Theseus, Siddhartha, Harrison Bergeron, others
Real thinking: self-surpassing, instinct, crab-bucket
What is individuality? Paradox: we are all alike because we are all unique
Subtheme: Don’t put down people who have flashes

The crowd caused the flash and takes it away
Society needs people with flashes but tears them down.

Honors Homework 5/4

May the 4th be with you!
Pre Write your essay!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

EuroLit Homework and Discussion 5/3

Read: Jane Eyre Ch's 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

Flash discussion 5/3

KEY WORDS: nothing, accept (I had accepted everything and I wants to be accepted into society. Accepted=conformed) instinct (by definition comes from human nature. Like in Friendship, the id is part of human nature. The flash comes from overcoming human nature and bringing the individual down is also part of human nature)
Calvino lived in Italy during Mussolini’s fascist dictatorship.
Socrates said, “I know only that I know nothing” Then he died.
Why do we call I he? because of sexism. (DESTROY THE PATRIARCHY!!!!)
Setting: The street because that’s where the crowd is and at a crossroads.
The crowd symbolizes symbolizes society which will bring us down because of the crab bucket mentality.
    It also has to be in the crowd because I is pulled down by society and “blushed ashamed”(3) because I cares what the crowd thinks.
The crabs pull others down because no one wants others to be better than them due to our human nature to be competitive and be the best of the best, causing us to pull others down.
I is symbolic of us so the time has to be ambiguous so that we can relate to I, and see that we are just like I who allows society to pull us down and lose our flash.
Protagonist: I (the individual)
Antagonist: the crowd ( society) but really HUMAN NATURE and how conformity is human nature. The id makes us want to conform PARADIGM THINKING (fear of the unknown. I knows nothing.)
    The significance of the street lights serve the purpose to show that humans will allows be progressive because of our human nature to be self-surpassing and create a comfortable lifestyle for ourselves. If society brings the individual down, society will bring itself down.
    “I stopped” What did I stop doing?
Int. Conflict Question: Can I overcome the fear of alienation in order to not conform? “I blushed, ashamed” I scared I’s self out of the flash because I was afraid of alienation because humans are social creatures. (the poor chimpanzee)

What changes: I has the flash “it happened”
What makes it change: The crowd. I is inspired by the crowd

Honors Homework 5/3

Re read the flash Analyze symbolism

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

EuroLit Blog Notes 5/1/17

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

What the students of last trimester 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

EuroLit Homework

Read: Jane Eyre Ch's 29-32

The Flash Discussion 5/2

Didactic allegory
Setting: cross roads (symbolizes choice) freedom vs. Happiness
Protagonist: I (individual)
Antagonist: Society
Individual vs. society

Why did I start to laugh? Denotatively- I rethinks everything. I finds things and people absurd. We create things because we’re afraid of nothing. The flash is positive. I wants attention. Or maybe I doesn’t want to stand out because of alienation from the crowd. When I understands nothing it was absurd and I started to laugh. The flash is a good thing for I. Epiphanies are good for individuals.

Why did I want to find the flash again? The reward of knowledge is more important than conforming. Next time I will know better than to let the flash go away. Even if I got humiliated, I wants the flash again because it’s good.
“Everything seemed natural. Traffic Lights. Monuments Uniforms.” Ironic that it’s “natural” when humans create those things.
                                       I USES THE WORD NOTHING A TON

What changes: I has the flash “it happened”
What changes part 2: I loses the flash
What changes part 3: I wants the flash back again
What changes part 4: Us? Maybe?
What makes it change: The crowd. “In the middle of a crowd”
In what way: Suddenly
We can’t get a theme from that.  The story doesn’t conform to other stories. We used a method that we use for all other stories and we can’t get a theme.
When I conforms I doesn’t have the flash. “so” “everything had fallen into place” The crowd gives and takes away the flash People inspire other people but they also tear people down. “people sized me up, curious” (crab bucket)
Why is the crab bucket mentality a thing? Because the crabs are afraid
“The laugh died” When the crowd questions, I no longer has the flash and it is not positive.

Honors Homework 5/2

Re Read the Flash. Analyze plot

Monday, May 1, 2017

EuroLit Notes 5/1

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

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?

EuroLit Homework 5/1

Read: Jane Eyre Ch's 26-28

The Flash Discussion 5/1

How did we feel: sympathy for the main character, pity, anxious throughout the story, desire to know more, disappointment because you want to know, frustrated because you can’t feel or understand what the protagonist is thinking, also because the protagonist can’t feel the epiphany anymore either, incomplete, sad because the crowd was unenthusiastic, hopeful because the protagonist might feel it again and you might feel the epiphany and know nothing “I am filled with the hope”, confused

ironic that the crowd gives the man the flash and also takes it away. He’s inspired by the crowd but the crowd also wants him to conform. “so” The crowd is blind. “enlightened me” The protagonist is not blind.
Just like how the protagonist knows nothing, we honestly know nothing about the story.
The author was an anarchist. Is the story saying that society is useless?
Existential story? The transcendental eye

Theme: Conformity

Protagonist: I
Setting: crossroads (decision to defy societal standards) in the middle of a crowd
Antagonist: Society? “I’m sorry” “I’m sorry” When the people question, I apologizes
Human nature? “suddenly” “instinctively”  In other stories sudden refers to human nature. What’s the difference between human nature and society? We can also be the people in the crowd. Society represents the herd mentality. The epiphany is a way of self surpassing and its a way of saying that you aren’t conforming to the societal herd mentality.

Pov: first person Why doesn’t I have a name? Because it happens to us. The author uses I so that we feel it. I experience the flash. It makes it so that it is happening to me not to a character. I have the epiphany. I can project myself into the story. I become the protagonist

Honors Homework 5/1

Re read the flash and write a question on a key nut and bolt and answer it.
(Mr. Stewart said that he would check one of the homework assignments this week so actually do it.)