“…the two hours’ traffic of our stage.”

Tonight, you will do some additional analysis about word choice in the prologue of Romeo and Juliet, but first please do the following activity. You will need your copy of the prologue and three different colored pens or three highlighters.

  1. With one color, underline all words having to do with love.
  2. With a second color, underline all words having to do with hate or fighting.
  3. With a third color, underline all words having to do with two or pairs.

Once you have completed this activity, please write an analysis of your findings by answering the following question:

In the Prologue, what relationship does Shakespeare establish between love and hate and the number or idea of two? How do his specific word choices illustrate this relationship? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

R&J blog #1

Shall I compare thee?

Tonight, please explain how memorizing your sonnet changed your understanding of  it.  In other words, you already wrote a blog explaining what you understood about both sonnets, but tonight you should explain how the experience of memorization and recital changed that understanding.  What new insights have you had?  What do you now understand?   In addition, however, you must respond to at least one comment on the sonnet that you did memorize.

Some questions to consider for your analysis:

  • What literary elements, such as simile, metaphor, alliteration, word choice, etc., do you notice and what effect do they have on the overall sonnet?
  • What is the most important underlying message of your sonnet?

As always, you MUST provide specific evidence from your text, proofread your writing for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.  Please also respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Sonnet blog #2

Shall I compare thee to my mistress eyes?

 

Tonight, please write your response to the sonnets we looked at in class.  We’re going to talk more about these two sonnets tomorrow, and you will choose one of them to memorize over break, but meanwhile, what are  your thoughts so far?   One idea for your response could be compare and contrast.  How are they similar and how are they different?

Some more questions you may want to consider for your analysis:

  • What patterns such as rhythm, rhyme, word choice or imagery, do you notice about your sonnet?
  • What literary elements, such as simile, metaphor, alliteration, etc., do you notice and what effect do they have on the overall sonnet?
  • What is the most important underlying message of your sonnet?

As always, you MUST provide specific evidence from your text, proofread your writing for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.  Please also respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Sonnet blog #1

Your last hour has come. You die in blood.

Please reread “Odysseus’ Revenge” and “Penelope’s Test,” pp. 1037 – 1046, and then respond here.

In your response, please consider some of these questions:

  • Do you think Odysseus’ revenge is justified?
  • Even though some suitors have been crueler than others, why does Odysseus take equal revenge on all of them?
  • How do you think the problem of the suitors should have been handled? Why?

Be sure to use plenty of text-based details in your response and check your writing for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Please be sure, also, to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #13

But you too confide in me, tell me your ancestry. You were not born of mythic oak or stone.

Image result for penelope odysseus wife

Tonight please read “The Suitors, “Penelope,” and “The Challenge,” pp. 1029-1037, and then respond here.

In your response, please you may choose to consider some of these questions, or perhaps you will have a question of your own!

  • How does Penelope feel about the suitors in her house?
  • How might these feelings differ from Odysseus’ feelings?
  • Why does Odysseus choose not to reveal himself at once to his wife?
  • Is it wrong for Odysseus to deceive his wife?
  • How are present-day ideas about gender equality similar to or different from those demonstrated in The Odyssey.

Be sure to use plenty of text-based details in your response and check your writing for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Please be sure, also, to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #12

“No more seafaring/homeward for these, no sweet day of return.”

Odysseus and his men are stranded on Helios’ island. Odysseus warns the men that they may not eat Helio’s cattle for fear of the fierce god’s retribution. After a month of continual storms and gales, the food has run out.  Dehydrated and hungry, Odysseus and his men are faced with the decision to face an excruciating death by starvation, or take the risk of eating the forbidden cattle.    While Odysseus withdraws to the interior of the island to seek guidance from the gods, the men are left without his guiding leadership.

As  you plan your response, you may like to consider one or two of these questions

  • What does Eurylochus say to persuade Odysseus’ men to slaughter and eat the cattle of Helios?
  • What is their choice?
  • Do the members of the crew deserve the punishment they receive for killing the cattle?
  • What role does Fate play in events as they unfold?
  • Is Eurylochus a hero?  Why or why not?
    • Eurylochus wants to choose his own death.  What does this say about him?
  • How is Odysseus not heroic in lines 899-902? 
  • What speech does Helios (the sun!) make?  And what reply does Zeus make?  What are we to learn from each of these?
  • Why does Odysseus have to go back through Charybdis?  Why is this important?

Please remember to include specific text-based details to support your claims and proofread your writing for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Also, be sure to respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Mythology blog #11

“Heads up, lads! We must obey the orders as I give them.”

Image result for scylla and charybdis

 

Tonight please read pages 1004-1010, in which Odysseus discusses two of his adventures, then consider what we can learn from both the adventures with the Sirens and Scylla & Charybdis.

Ideas to consider:

  • What quality gets Odysseus through this journey?
  • What heroic qualities does Odysseus exhibit in avoiding their peril?
  • How do these ideas come up in other literature, life, current day events or culture?

Naturally, you should respond to at least one other comment in this thread, and always follow the rules of standard American English.

Mythology blog #10

“And all this shall be just as I foretell.”

Tonight please read page 999-1004 in your green literature textbook.

Then, respond to Odysseus’ visit to the Land of the Dead.  Some question to consider are :

  • Which character traits does Odysseus display in the Land of the Dead that he has not yet displayed?
  • What difficulties does Tiresias predict for the journey to come?
  • Why would Odysseus continue, despite the grim prophecies?
  • Also, based on Tiresias’ prediction, which heroic qualities will Odysseus need to rely upon as he continues his journey?
As always, please be sure to proofread your writing and respond to at least one other comment in this thread.
Mythology blog #9

In the next land we found were Cyclopes, giants, louts, without a law to bless them.

Tonight you should reread “The Cyclops” on pages 986-999 in your green literature textbook.  Then, please respond on the blog.

We talked quite a bit at the end of class today about Odysseus’ characteristics, and what they tell us about what it meant to be a hero in ancient Greek culture and today.  This evening, let’s think about what they did not value.  Please paraphrase the opening lines to this section,  (p. 986, lines 109-120). To paraphrase means to rewrite in your own words precisely what was said in the text. This is not a summary or an overall understanding.  A paraphrase is really like a translation into your own words.    After you paraphrase the speech, please explain the significance of this description  and how it relates to cultural values then and now.    Please be sure to consider other parts of the text as well.

Mythology blog #8