Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Reflection on Unstructured Learning

I believe that the theme of this excerpt from The Watchmen is one in which determination is key when striving for a goal, and sometimes when you least expect it inspiration can hit.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Macbeth Character Map

Hey guys, I hope this helps if you're a little confused by the character relationships through out the play. :3

Macbeth Lecture Notes


Summary : Episodic tale of the rise and fall of a man struggling with his morality and his desires.
  • Act One - Act Three : Macbeth is somewhat of a hero in his own world.
  • Act Three - Act Five : Macbeth is taken down from his place of honor and spirals down.
  • Macbeth is a character driven play
Dramatic Irony  : 
  • Macbeth doesn't ever reveal himself or his psyche to the audience like Hamlet and other characters from Shakespeare's plays. Macbeth never confides in the audience, he has no humanity in that sense; he doesn't let anyone in to what he is truly thinking.
Macbeth :
  • Not a hypocrite; He realizes the wrongs he has committed in his own mind and he is aware that what he is imagining is wrong. He understands the consequences of his desires and that is what he struggles with.
  • He is a warrior, a bloody, courageous warrior of outside forces. 
  • He is aware and appreciative of honor and everything that comes with it, ex) honor = status
  • Tragic hero
He is one of the most compelling characters in all of Shakespearean writing. In the beginning of the play, he lives a great life of status, honor, and love. He is known through the kingdom as a courageous warrior and because of that he has a high status. Macbeth also has a healthy relationship with his wife; together they are one, they treat each other as equals.
By the end of the play he has lost everything. Macbeth has become lonely, hated, powerless, unloved, and immoral. Not only is he that way, but no one is routing for him, he is the original underdog; the character that is against the world and will fall.
Macbeth is a tortured character, he makes his own decisions and is considered an "architect of his own destruction", making his death inevitable. Macbeth dug his own grave.

Lady Macbeth
  • Anima: Jung's term for the feminine part of a man's personality vs. Animus: the masculine principle, especially as present in women. Lady Macbeth possesses ANIMUS. 
  • She wants to keep Macbeth set on being King, she doesn't feel guilt of immoral about what they must do for that power. 
  • Pure evil intentions.
  • Chooses to act on desires and impulses.
  • She taunts Macbeth and constantly questions his manhood.
  • This character is not morally ambiguous at all.
After Macbeth becomes king, Lady Macbeth can't handle what has happened and eventually implodes. The evils she committed completely consumed her and drove her crazy. Because of her lack of inner will, she commits suicide. She was a self-destructive character that had no strength, and that was amplified once Macbeth went down his own path.

Banquo :
  • He was also tempted by the witches, unlike Macbeth though, he maintains his awareness that he will compromise his honor.
  • He is not swayed by the witches predictions.

Witches :
  • Perhaps a manifestation of Macbeth's desires.
  • Perhaps they are set there to test all characters moral compass.

Murder of DUNCAN the King :
  • Macbeth chooses evil in his imagination which expands into reality. 
  • Initially, Macbeth feels extreme dread and horror when he imagines the dagger floating in front of him before he murders Duncan. Right after he murders him, he instantly feels terrified of what is to come since now he is the new ruler of a community he just betrayed. 
Macbeth doesn't only kill Duncan simply because he wants to be Thane himself. His moral character is tested when the witches tell him that he will be king. He knows that killing the Thane is unjust, but he gets over that towards the end of the play. The reader needs to be aware of the fact that Macbeth is constantly changing his mind and is struggling between living immorality and being the king with power.

Macbeth & Lady Macbeth :
  • Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have a healthy relationship at the beginning of the play. They treat each other as equals and tell each other everything: their desires, their fears, etc...
  • After Macbeth becomes the king, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's relationship crumbles. They go down separate paths which causes Lady Macbeth to crumble in on herself. 
Macbeth is King :
  • Macbeth's singular purpose was to become King, once he got it though, he realized that he was leading a community with no authority. 
  • There are no admirable qualities about Macbeth aside from the fact that he could stand on his own two feet after the murder of Duncan unlike Lady Macbeth.
  • Macbeth had a sheer force of will and didn't compromise for anything or anyone.
  • The moment he becomes King he feels instant fear.
    • His courage was only manifested towards outward evils, he couldn't be courageous against internal forces that he now feels.
    • He strives to rid of the reminders that he committed such immoral evils.

Friday, March 30, 2012


I choose the song I'm going to use, and I will make the video this weekend.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Literature Analysis

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
1.) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce is a story of a young man struggling within his own mind on whether he should stay true to his roots or his own voice. Stephen Dedalus was born and raised in an Irish Catholic family but identifies himself as an artist and a writer. While still in school, Stephen's family goes through debt which forces them to move from their home town (which forces Stephen to leave his strict, religious boarding school called Clongowes Wood College) to Dublin. Once they settle in Dublin, Stephen starts attending a school called Belvedere, where he excels as a writer and an actor. It is here in which Stephen experiments with sex, masturbation, and other "moral less" acts which he feels extreme guilt about. He repents for his sins and goes back to his life devoted to God, yet part of him still believes in the beauty of sensuality. Finally, he embraces the side of him as an artist that sees the beauty of sex and love and breaks free of the chains of his family and nation to go on to a university. It is there that Stephen truly rises above all outside pressure and rises to be himself as an artist and human-being.
Through this characters buildings roman of moral and intellectual development, the Joyce delivered the message that identity is something personal and shouldn't be decided for you nor forced upon you. Joyce created a character that struggled with himself and others, a character that made mistakes as he was being torn in half between his heart and his soul. Through this use of writing, Joyce made the reader connect and truly think about the idea of identity for themselves.

2.) The theme of this novel is that a human being's identity isn't given to you by a God nor fate. Who someone is depends on what they personally feel and what they struggle through to gain self-assurance. Although there are more than enough forces that may pressure or oppose a person, true identity is within the "soul", hypothetically speaking. People shouldn't be forced to think or feel a certain way, or follow a certain path designed for them. Anyone's journey is what makes them in the end, and that you shouldn't try to resist or ignore what is true to your heart.

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Dropping Knowledge!!

ONE. GIANT. SOCRATIC. SEMINAR. (Table of Free Choices)
Globalization, localization, and re-localization.
  • All of this helps us to understand each other. Societies have been under cover for too long, and blinded by ignorance. Before the internet and even before previous forms of communication people fought each other and feared each other BECAUSE of the ignorance of other cultures and beliefs. By allowing the internet, we are allowing fellow human beings to ask each other questions and educate themselves so that we all can understand and benefit. 
  • Every effort in changing the world starts with people asking questions!! When people ask questions it shows that they are making an effort to bring forward something that doesn’t seem right to them, or to gain knowledge so they themselves can understand. 
My Question:
How is it possible that so many people want good for their societies, but remain resistant to outside forces help. Why can’t people offer help instead of waiting for a benefit for themselves. Basically, why are humans so selfish?
 “Even if we are different, we have more or less the same problems…” -Santiago Roncagliolo.

Table of Free Choices:
  •  Every seat has a camera directed at a person. A question is asked and then the people sitting in that seat gives an answer to the camera. By doing this it eliminates arguments and negative feedback and allows a safe environment for everyone to speak freely. This eliminates peer-pressure and fear. 
  •  It keeps everyone unique and eliminates outside influence.
  •  It promotes good, unique ideas rather than regurgitated information that everyone already knows and repeats. We hear from people that have wisdom that we wouldn't have ever encountered before. 
  •  It opens a floodgate of free thinking and healthy influence.
  •  Every answer to the 100 questions is online for everyone to see. This ties in with the internet being a globalization force. It allows for people in other countries to see questions answered by multiple people and for lack of a better term, “See the light.”
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