Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday October 6th

Monday October 6th
Scribe- Brandy Flores
New Seating Chart
Collect Pi essay and outline
Check in Pi books
Hamlet introduction
explain fishbowl
  1. Present (80 points)
    • syllabus -> generate list of ?’s
    • critical review
    • keep discussion moving
    • facilitate discussion
  2. Discussers (80 points)
Reading comprehension (20-30 points per Act)
  • 5 quizzes
Reading Theater (100 points)
fishbowl signups
one presentation (sign up in groups)
everyone discusses
Discuss tragic hero
Aristotle once said that “A man doesn't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” An Aristotelian tragic hero must have four characteristics
  1. Nobility (of a noble birth) or wisdom (by virtue of death)
  2. Hamartia (translated as flaw, mistake, or error, not an Elizabethan tragic flaw)
  3. They are faced with a choice. The tragedy is that they make the wrong one
  4. A reversal of fortune(peripetia) brought about because of the hero's Hamartia.
  5. The discovery or recognition that the reversal was brought about by the hero's own actions (anagnorisis).
  6. They make incredibly stupid mistakes that also lead to their death.
Discuss heroes journey
Stage One: Innocence
  • Is one with world
  • Believes he/ she is center of universe
  • Feels no separation or division from others
  • Suffers and/ or experiences evil minimally
  • Has no experience with death and does not understand it
  • Is happy
Stage Two:  Initiation- In this stage, innocence is lost in a variety of ways
  1. Death
  • Most common way innocence lost.
  • Character realizes others can die and so can he/ she.
  • No longer center of the universe; not even consequential.
  1.  Awareness of evil:  
  • Success of evil makes character realize world no longer just and evil not always punished.
  • “What good comes from good behavior” he/ she  wonders.
  1. Intimate awakening:  
  • Intimacy given, but later revoked by a person
  • who had provided comfort.
  • Sexuality creates desire that creates frustration in character
  • Rejection makes him/ her wary and diminishes self-confidence
Stage Three:  Chaos
  • Character feels denial or nostalgia for lost innocence.  
  • He/ she either retreats back to innocence  OR
  • Character gains wisdom of nature of good v. evil with which to confront future.
  • Challenge of character’s life Move beyond
  • initiatory experience and despite a belief that future only holds more suffering.

Essential Questions:
Who are we? Men of action or inaction?
Revenge or compassion?
Oedipal Complex
“All men want to kill their fathers and marry their mothers.”
Watch opening scenes
Hamlet character map

Read modern translation of Hamlet Act 1

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