Final Blog Post: reflect on what you have learned this year in class

•June 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It seems as if my sophomore year started not quite long ago. I am surprised in how my year is coming to an end. In the beginning of the year, I was confused about the new system and English class I had to face as a sophomore. I had more responsibilities and had to meet up with a higher standard that was required to all students. Throughout the English course this year, I learned how to analyze novels, looking through and finding a deeper meaning that was hidden inside of every literary piece. Macbeth, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Brave New World were pieces that I especially liked not only because of the dynamic story-line but also because of their messages that they gave out, whether they may be: duality, human desire, satires about restrictive social structures during the respective time period. The British pieces provided a miniature outpost that reflected the social norms that were accepted during each and every time period, whether it may be the Renaissance, or the Victorian Era. However, overall the most important teaching I learned this year would be the ability to stand up independently in situations I have never experienced before. The MGP, Discussion Leaders, and Analytic Essays were works that required great analysis and diligence. Even though they were hard tasks, I was able to experience a new understanding of the novels, and even the world. The year has been a great one that I will never forget, and I hope to build on my year long experience, eventually improving myself in the future as well.

Blog Entry Apr. 26. 10

•April 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Now, my sophomore year is coming to an end. We have only about seven weeks in the school year of 09~10. It seems not so long ago since I started my sophomore year last fall. I think I have made numerous achievements throughout the entire year, which I am very proud of. But there are still quite a few obstacles ahead of me before the summer break. AP tests are coming up soon and finals are left in early June. I already feel exhausted with all the overwhelming work to be done in school, yet I will still try my best to keep up with the work.

Blog Entries

•April 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Blog Post: What do you LIKE about learning? (I know, this one’s tough)

Assuredly, learning may sound uninteresting to most of the students. The process of learning seems to have been convoluted through all the hard and tedious work given in school. The phrase, ignorance is bliss may sometimes seem to be right. Not knowing at all may reduce the concerns and worries in one’s life. Nevertheless, the pure process of ‘learning’ has not meant to be this way. Learning is the process of gaining knowledge and understanding about the larger world around us. Even though it may sound too broad, without learning and education, the human civilizations could not have reached this far in various fields, in terms of human rights or technology. Third World nations of the world are still at a constant battle for survival and are in dire poverty due to lack of education. Education is one of the most important aspects many organizations stress so much about because it is the only way that would train the future generations that is to come. I personally believe that everyone would enjoy learning something they truly are interested in. I enjoy learning history, international relations, literature and many forms of languages. Despite the fact that the process of learning may be arduous from time to time, however, looking at a larger picture in the future, having a sound understanding on what is going around the world is vital. I actually like the fact that learning can improve oneself with a better comprehension. From the process, students are able to acquire a bigger understanding of world and become knowledgeable. Learning is key in progress. Without learning or education of the people, there would be no future advancement at all.

Blog Post: What is your biggest weakness (in general, not necessarily English or class specific) and what do you do to work on it?

–       I think my biggest strength and weakness is somewhat similarly correlated. If I strongly believe in an idea or argument about a particular topic, I tend to be very determined about a certain stance. Once I decide what stance I should take, I do not change my opinion on the subject unless there is a very persuading counter-point given to me. I believe that this could be a great strength in building up my arguments logically, however, from times I tend to be slightly rigorous upon what I believe, dismissing other points or alternatives. I try to listen to others’ opinions carefully and decide my arguments upon those to work on the point.

Blog Post: Open Topic; work on cultivating VOICE in your writing to gain readers.

Many of my extracurricular activities include the process of “cultivating a voice”, whether that may be through writing or speech. The activities that I enjoy are debating and essay writing, in which both of the subjects require to develop a strong voice and stance on a particular topic that is given from time to time. As I make arguments and reasons for further support, I eventually implement a strong voice on the topic in order to oppose my opponent. Such measures that are taken can also be brought into writing as essay writing is the process of developing a main argument into a piece of writing.

Blog 10

What do you LOVE? What are you passionate about? Tell us about it!

I mostly have strong feelings about the activities that I do, whether it may be an academic, musical, or an athletic one. However, the one that I am most passionate about is playing soccer. Few years ago, when I was a little kid, I literally played soccer all day. But surprisingly, I did not like to play soccer at all in the beginning. It has only been a couple of years since I became so passionate about the sport. When I first came here at KIS in 6th grade, starting from the 05-06 school year, I wasn’t interested in soccer at all. But a single Youtube video changed me from that point an on. If I didn’t click on that small Youtube video link by chance, who knows? I might have been a different person by now. As I accidentally clicked on the link, the screen led me to a different world I have never experienced before. In the screen, was Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most famous soccer players, showboating his fascinating footwork, embarrassing his opponents. Since that day, I remember that I bought a soccer ball and practiced over and over the moves that I saw in soccer “trick” videos. That led me onto a different world that I have never known before.

Blog 9

Read three of your peer’s blogs and write a post focused on what you think makes them unique, interesting, and worth subscribing to – make sure to link to all three blogs so that your readers can find the blogs for themselves!

–       http://deanl12.wordpress.com/

  • This is Dean Lee’s blog. Dean seems to be very interested in classical music, which is a musical genre where most of the students seem to be uninterested in. As a clarinet player myself since 3rd grade, Dean’s blog came appealing to me; I liked the fact that he was trying to promote classical music to the students who does not seem to know much about it.

–       http://dennish12.wordpress.com/

  • The simple and neat design of the blog appealed to me. With organized materials and posts, the readers and visitors of this webpage could easily find the material postings they want.

–       http://junwooh12.wordpress.com/

Junwoo’s blog was also neatly organized so that the readers could easily navigate the materials they want to look at. With a lot of personal thought in the blog postings, one could think about the given topics once more.

Blog 8

Write about something that you are learning in another class that is cool. 🙂

The fundamental problem of capitalism is aroused in the film of Wal-Mart. The question is whether to grant the range of free trade and competition to a point without governmental regulations or impose regulatory provisions to a certain degree, but allowing governmental intervention in the basic system of free competition. Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill would have greatly differed in their opinions towards viewing this situation. However, according to A. Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, the concept of lassiez-faire is thoroughly stressed out, where the most idealistic form of trading is a system without any governmental regulations or interventions. Such concept was no doubt the fundamental structures that shaped today’s society in the United States where businesses engage in many connections in an increasingly intertwined network. However, one would like to ask on behalf of today’s economic community, where is lassiez-faire really the most idealistic system that the financial network can come up with? One strongly believes that even if the concept of fair and free competition should be maintained, governmental regulations at a certain degree should always be allowed to establish a more stabilized economic network.

Blog 7

Compare the chapter “Dracula’s Guest” with the published version of Stoker’s work. What is similar to Dracula? What is different? What elements of the Gothic genre can be found in this piece? Is it better or worse than the published version? Explain.

–       The chapter, Dracula’s Guest illustrates unique aspects of its own in comparison to other versions of Stoker’s work. The main differences between the two may be considered as the organization of the text. In Dracula, the story is proceeded on by a diary entry of Jonathan Harker, in which the readers can only interpret what Harker sees in the book. With a limited perspective, the development of the character himself seems to be lacking. Elements of the Gothic genre are also used in variety in this section. The old castle with supernatural existence clearly exemplifies the Gothic elements.

Blog 6

Open Topic!

–       In today’s world it is possible to pursue economic development while keeping environmental safeguards at the same time. For example, new environmental-friendly technologies now use fewer resources, producing decreased amount of pollution than before, but still are able to maintain the efficiency and quality of the product. Also recent outcomes of technological improvement such as: nuclear generating plants can provide far more energy and contribute to environmental enhancement compared to traditional methods. Yet, on the other hand, some believe that urgent calls for financial support should be prioritized especially in third world countries.

Blog 5

OPE #2 Peer Review. Post your podcast recording of your partner’s OPE #2. Link to their name so that your readers can click on it and get access to your partner’s reflection on YOUR OPE #2. Make sure to give a clear introduction of the activity so your readers understand what’s going on.

This is my partner’s OPE #2. The main goal in this project was to listen our own OPEs from another person, so that the writer can have a more objective viewpoint on their own writing styles.

Blog 4

Your topic: consider adding video or visuals and analyzing them.

This is a video I often like to watch. If you are not a soccer fan, you may find it slightly boring. However, the dynamic speed and actions from the athletes makes me excited. Sometimes I feel that the ordinary routines every day may make someone seek for a new event. By watching sports, one could easily find themselves entertained.

Blog 3

During the Goal Meetings that I have had thus far, many students have expressed the need to: “improve their writing.” In a blog post, write what, after discussing writing for the last few days, you need to specifically work on in your writing. BLOG TIP: insert an image for every blog post that contributes to the idea you are writing about; photos add interest and make your blog aesthetically pleasing (aka cool looking).

Writing is one of the best ways to express one’s ideas and arguments about a particular topic. Developing a strong voice and taking a firm stance on what one believes would be essential in doing so. I believe that I need to work on reducing some unnecessary explanation in my writing. I tend to explain a vast number of points to clarify what I am writing about. However, sometimes readers tell me that my writing can be slightly ambiguous at times.

Blog 2: look below

KIS First Semester Reflection…if you could reflect on all your classes, what would you write about? Using our English 10 Reflection as a guide, write about all your classes and what you are going to continue and change in order to have a successful second semester and prepare yourself for junior year.

Blog 1: look below

Final Examination Reflection

Add your speech to your presentation (use iMovie)

Upload it to youtube (if you click on Share / Youtube you can circumnavigate the ROK upload block)

Post the youtube video to your blog

Write a reflection on your blog answering the following questions:

How prepared did you feel for your presentation? Why?

What did you do well? Why?

What could you improve? Why?

What skills do you need to focus on during Second Semester to improve your skills?

Macbeth Presentation Video

•February 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

http://www.youtube.com/watch_private?v=Irkr_w0_lgg&sharing_token=bDc8qfaxUweoKaJ10KE1cw

First Semester Reflection

•February 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

For most of the part, I believe that I have tried my best to pull out the maximum capacity for many of the assignments and projects. In order to do so, I was responsible for all my work and roles that were assigned to me and encouraged my teammates to do so as well. I communicated with my group well and met all deadlines. Involving in many discussions about various topics from the novels that we have been working on during the first semester. By having discussions, I was able to express my ideas and communicate with the class as a whole. The skill I want to develop more is blogging and creating technical products such as imovies and garage bands. Since I am not a person who is comfortable in using electronic devices or techniques, those things came very hard to me.

The thing I liked most was presenting my ideas to my classmates. I feel comfortable in doing so because I can get feedback from my peers and also listen to others and integrate them into my ideas as well. The main thing I learned is to get my ideas across my peers in an effective manner. Through many discussions and presentations, I believe that such skills became more comfortable.

On the criterions involving critical thinking and understanding, I gave myself a high score because I believe that I have thoroughly understood and analyzed the materials that were given out in class, eventually expressing my opinion well through essay writing and presentations. In order to reach to a certain conclusion for which I was satisfied, I tried hard to grasp the core values of each text through different approaches from time to time.

I enjoy English class very much and it is one of my favorite classes. I like reading novels and literature pieces and analyzing them. So I would be more comfortable if the class does more literature related activities such as discussions, presentations and writing.

Macbeth Reflections

•January 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

*Attention!: Macbeth Performance 1.3 Reflection and Annotations are at the bottom of the ‘Blog Vision!!: English 10’ category, which is also the bottom of this page. Also, the category ‘Blog Vision!!:English 10’ is a mixture of all of the sections + Macbeth Performance 1.3 Reflection and Annotations, where you can look everything in one glance. Enjoy!


– This section is dedicated to the Macbeth Reflections that have been accumulated since the start of Macbeth in the second quarter. These reflections contain in-depth information about both the generalized concepts of the play and also about Shakespeare himself. From these reflections, I was able to review and analyze over the courses of actions that Macbeth has took throughout the entire play.

enjoy!

Each Macbeth Reflections (entries)

Writing Assignment: How did the environment of the Renaissance shape Shakespeare’s writing? Use specific examples from history and scenes 1-3 to support your thesis.

The consensus of opinion is that Shakespeare was inherently talented to demonstrate such great artistry within his literary works. However, Shakespeare was much influenced by the wide-ranged artistic tides that were evident during his days. As one could tell that Shakespeare was born (1564) during the peak time of Renaissance (14th~16th C), he was affected by the growing emphasis on notions involving delicacy. As a result, today, Shakespeare is known not only for his writings and plays but also for his wide usage of the English language, which broadened the prospects of success. The Renaissance and the Elizabethan age stimulated such outcomes by a shifting the social interest from religion onto the emphasis on humanity and “beauty”. For example, in Macbeth, one of his most renown works, shows such aspects that were emphasized during the time period. In the beginning of the play, the witches chant, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air” (1.1). This exemplifies the philosophical approach and questioning during the time period of the Renaissance, breaking the notions that were considered “obvious” throughout the years. Through such an ambiguous phrase, the piece throws a question; which serves as a harbinger to what is to come next in the play of Macbeth. Also, the captain says “As whence the sun ‘gins his reflection / Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break, / So from that spring whence comfort seemed to come / Discomfort swells…” (1.2). This once again exemplifies the wide usage of rich words during his time period, which Shakespeare is renowned of.

Read Macbeth 1.4-1.5 and write an initial response including textual evidence that analyzes the importance of those two scenes.

In 1.4 through 1.5, there is an immediate shift in action. The previous scenes do provide the readers with the initial impression of bleakness, despite the fact that the witches leave the readers in question and doubt. However, these scenes serve as a harbinger of what is to come in the future as Macbeth is left with a burdensome option that might change his entire life. As Duncan plans to visit Macbeth in his castle, Lady Macbeth sees this situation as an opportunity to eliminate the immediate obstacle that lies ahead of Macbeth from seizing the throne. Lady Macbeth swears how she would set aside her innate femininity and weakness as a woman, and participate in the predestined faith of Macbeth. She claims, “you spirits / That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full / Of direst cruelty” (1.5.38–41), exemplifying her viciousness and cruelty in order to help her husband achieve his goal.

Read Macbeth 1.4&5 again and 1.6&7 and answer the following pages on your “Macbeth Reflection” wiki page.

What do we learn about Lady Macbeth in these scenes?
– In these scenes, one could tell that Lady Macbeth is an ambitious woman that would help her husband seize the throne, even through unjust methods. By looking at her words, she is firmly determined to set aside her femininity and weakness as a female and take part in the predestined faith of Macbeth by urging him.

How might Lady Macbeth answer the question “What is the meaning of life?” Explain your answer.
– If one asks the question, “What is the meaning of life?” to Lady Macbeth, she would respond that life is the long process ultimately to achieve a higher goal, whatever action it might take. Even though Macbeth is awarded with an esteemed position, the thane of Cawdor, she seeks even a higher goal from that position which is the throne of the King. She does not seem to hesitate at any moment to achieve her goal, where taking unjust measures seem to be justified.

Identify and write out two of Lady Macbeth’s lines that are particularly striking. Explain why you selected the lines.
– “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be / What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; / It is too full o’th’ milk of human kindness / To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, / Art not without ambition, but without / The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst / highly, / That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false / And yet woudst wrongly win.” (1.5.15~22). The lines came very striking because, even though Macbeth might be an ambitious man aiming towards a higher goal in his life, Lady Macbeth’s determination and firm stance seemed to be even stronger than his. She considers that her husband thinks about the situation too much, hesitating to make a decision, having too much human kindliness. Lady Macbeth’s cruelty exceeds that of Macbeth’s.

Identify one significant word that Lady Macbeth uses in 1.5 or 1.6, and define both the denotation and connotation of the word. Explain why you think the word is significant.
– “milk”
– denotation: “an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young” (dictionary)
– connotation: softness, tenderness human kindliness
– The word is significant in the text as Lady Macbeth refers Macbeth too much filled with “milk” of uncertainty, referring him as weak and soft in situations where decisions are suppose to be made. She believe that clearing out the obstacles ahead of achieving a goal should take precedence over anything else, even if it may go through harsh conditions.

Discussion preparation: “Why has Macbeth decided to kill Duncan by the end of Act 1?”

– Macbeth has decided to kill Duncan by the end of Act 1 not only to achieve a higher goal he was aiming for, but also by the outside pressures that were urging him.

Find textual support from each act
– Third Witch: There to meet with Macbeth (1.1.7).
– What a haste looks through his eyes! / So should he look that seems to speak things strange. (1.2.46~47)
– What, can the devil speak true? (1.3.108)
– The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step / On which I must fall down or else o’erleap, / For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires. (1.4.48~51)
– Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be / What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; / It is too full o’th’ milk of human kindness / To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, / Art not without ambition, but without / The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst / highly, / That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false / And yet woudst wrongly win. (1.5.15~22)
– The temple-haunting martlet, does approve / By his loved mansionry that the heaven’s breath / Smells wooingly here. No jutty, frieze, / Buttress, nor coign of vantage but this bird / Hath made his pendent bed and procreant cradle. / Where they most breed and haunt, I have observed / The air is delicate. (1.6.4~10)
– I am settled, and bend up / Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. (1.7.80~81)

Write 3-4 paragraphs citing each piece and elaborate why it supports your thesis
– During the course of his crime, Macbeth contemplates about his plans in murdering Duncan numerous times. From the beginning of the piece, Macbeth is reflected as an ambitious man who is willing to aim toward a higher goal. However, he does not seem to have a plan in seizing the throne from Duncan. Yet, as the witches plan to meet Macbeth, he faces a new obstacle that would cause serious inner turmoil.
– As Macbeth confronts the witches with Banquo, at first he is confused with what is happening. However, the witches give out mysterious information, which Macbeth tries to learn more from it. The witches tell him that he would once be the Thane of Cawdor and the prophecy actually comes true. As Macbeth realizes that the witches were telling the truth, he is still dubious by the fact that whether the prophecy comes true through predestination or a self-fulfilling destiny. From this point on, Macbeth goes through internal conflicts whether to murder Duncan or not in order to “become King”.
– From Macbeth’s quote, “I am settled, and bend up / Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.” (1.7.80~81) one could possibly tell that Macbeth has finally made up his mind in carrying out his predestined faith, through the influence of Lady Macbeth and the witches as well. In final consideration, the question in how Macbeth came to decide whether to kill the King or not, could not be answered in a simple approach, but one should consider all the aspects that had internally and externally influenced Macbeth to decide his actions.

Write a one-page reflection on the discussion – using your notes, what interesting ideas came up? How has it changed or maintained your opinion? Clarify and support all your assertions with evidence and evaluate the text and the discussion and tell what you believe.

The discussion on Act 1 mainly focused on the issues and internal conflicts that Macbeth goes through as he attempts to seize the throne by assassination. From the beginning of the piece, there is an allusion on how Macbeth is an ambitious man who is aiming for a higher position in the royal counsel of Scotland. However, his dreams are quite vague, without any specific measures. Also, he does not seem to be interested in betraying Duncan and change the current situation in a drastic way. But, as he encounters with the witches, he justifies himself by believing that his faith is predestined already to become king. His confidence is moreover reassured as the prophecy of the witches become true, where Macbeth is granted with the degree of the Thane of Cawdor. What, can the devil speak true? (1.3.108); this quote from Banquo clearly exemplifies how the two are astonished about the witches, as their predictions come true.

The consensus of opinion among the discussion was that the first few scenes do provide the readers with the initial impression of bleakness, despite the fact that the witches leave the readers in question and doubt. However, these scenes serve as a harbinger of what is to come in the future as Macbeth is left with a burdensome option that might change his entire life. As Duncan plans to visit Macbeth in his castle, Lady Macbeth sees this situation as an opportunity to eliminate the immediate obstacle that lies ahead of Macbeth from seizing the throne. “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be / What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; / It is too full o’th’ milk of human kindness / To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, / Art not without ambition, but without / The illness should attend it. What thou wouldst / highly, / That wouldst thou holily; wouldst not play false / And yet woudst wrongly win.” (1.5.15~22). The lines came very striking because, even though Macbeth might be an ambitious man aiming towards a higher goal in his life, Lady Macbeth’s determination and firm stance seemed to be even stronger than his. She considers that her husband thinks about the situation too much, hesitating to make a decision, having too much human kindliness. Lady Macbeth’s cruelty exceeds that of Macbeth’s.

Admittedly, my opinion on the analysis of each scene was consistent throughout the discussion and had a similar approach along with others. However, as the discussion reached the question on “how could power be achieved/maintained?”; I took a different perspective compared to the rest of the class. Most of my classmates focused on how the procedures of achieving power involves the goods and evils, thus defining power as white or black. However, power cannot be simply defined through such measures as nothing in reality can be looked through an elementary division between the goods and evils, where a more complex bend of sequences take place in the rise and falls of authority. Power should be defined as the utilization of one’s capable boundaries to one’s best. Whether it may involve just or unjust measures, if one could utilize the resources successfully, satisfying the subjects, the power that is used could be “good” or vice versa.

Read Macbeth Act 3 and answer the following questions in a two to three paragraph answer USING TEXTUAL EVIDENCE: What does Macbeth mean when he says, “We are yet but young in deed” (3.4.145)? What does this suggest about his future conduct? (Hint: use what happens to Banquo during this act to help shape your response.)

Surprisingly, in this Act, Macbeth orders his hired assassinators to murder Banquo and Fleance without any hesitation, which he had shown in the previous act, when trying to murder Duncan. After he has murdered Duncan, Macbeth seems to be less hesitant in his actions of killing in order to wipe out his future enemies and obstacles. Despite such fact, Macbeth unfortunately fails to kill Fleance, where he is enraged by the fact that Fleance – Banquo’s son – would eventually rise up against him in the nearest possible future.

When Macbeth says that “we are yet but young in deed”, this suggests about his future conduct that even though there would be a day when the consequences of his actions, he is ensured that there would be of no threat in the current situation. But the sections in the Act does allure to the fact that Macbeth is becoming more and more anxious and is disturbed by his actions. The witches also indicate such future disturbance by claiming that “As by the strengths of their illusion / Shall draw him on his confusion” (3.5.28~29), meaning how they would set Macbeth into a false sense of security, but would eventually ruin him.

Discussion preparation Acts 2-3: “Does Macbeth willfully choose evil over good?”

  • Find textual support from each act
  • Write 3-4 paragraphs citing each piece and elaborate why it supports your thesis

Unlike his uncertain stance in Act 1, Macbeth becomes more confident in his decisions in Acts 2 and 3. Despite the fact that Lady Macbeth still urges him to take actions from time to time, one could say that Macbeth does willfully choose evil over good in these scenes. “I go, and it is done: the bell invites me. / Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell / That summons thee to heaven, or to hell.” (2.1.63); from these lines said by Macbeth, one could tell that he is now determined to carry out the evil deeds that have been pressuring him for the last few days.

He summons out great courage and determination when making this decision, where he ponders upon the consequences numerous times before is has made up his mind. This section clearly tells how Macbeth chose the way of the evil over good, where despite the fact that Duncan has done him good deeds previously, Macbeth tries to eliminate his biggest obstacle at the time by simply murdering.

Pursuing this further, in Act 3, Macbeth attempts to wipe out his second most feared obstacle that would be in his future days. “Fleance his son, that keeps him company, / Whose absence is no less material to me / Than is his father’s, must embrace the fate / Of that dark hour. Resolve yourselves apart: / I’ll come to you anon.” (3.1.135); these lines were said by Macbeth to his hired murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Even though Banquo and Macbeth were accompanied throughout many years during King Duncan’s regime as close friends, with the prophecy said to be proven, Macbeth became more and more ambitious and brutal in his actions to achieve his goals.

Write a few paragraphs and reflect on how your opinion of Macbeth has changed because of our conversation. How did the chatzy room help/hurt our discussion? What BIG question is still burning in your head about Macbeth?

After several group conversations, there seemed to be a change of opinion on Macbeth among our classmates. However, I would maintain my opinion of Macbeth even though many events happened throughout the book so far. I believe that Macbeth was a courageous man in the beginning of the piece, where his ambitions were not yet fully developed, covered by his loyalty and satisfaction towards King Duncan. However, everything began to break apart after the encounter with the witches, which led him to a false idea that he would once seize the throne from Duncan.

By telling Macbeth about a predestined state, Macbeth began to wonder whether such predestination is a self-fulfilled goal, eventually providing a strong incentive for his ambitions that were not yet expressed. Many believe that Macbeth is more of a coward, who is unable to decide his actions and tends to be ambiguous from time to time. Yet, I believe that such internal contemplation is something more of a natural human response when faced with a great obstacle or a decision. His thoughts pondering upon the notion of seizing the throne through murder is a natural behavior that anyone would experience; not solely because Macbeth is mentally weak.

Personally speaking, the chatzy room needed more trials in order to flow smoothly with the conversations between classmates going on. The chatzy room caused slight confusion between the participants of the discussion. The BIG question about Macbeth is that whether or not he could go through this arduous situation that is laid ahead of him in the near future. We would find more out as the story proceeds.

Macbeth Reflection! On your MR wiki page complete the following:

  • (If you are a MALE answer the following question) How has Macbeth transformed by the end of the play?
    • find two pieces of textual evidence from Act 5 to support your ideas
    • write a paragraph to explain each piece of textual evidence

– “I have almost forgot the taste of fears: / To hear a night-shriek, and my fell of hair / Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir / As life were in ‘t” (5.5.9-13).
“What’s he / That was not born of woman? Such a one / Am I to fear, or none” (5.7.2-4).
– Admittedly, in the beginning of the piece, Macbeth appeared to be ambitious, yet at the same time, uncertain of himself. Even though the witches and Lady Macbeth constantly urge him to take action in order to seize the throne, Macbeth goes through a set of internal conflicts, concerning his moral choices. However, as he makes up his mind to kill Duncan and Banquo in order to eliminate any obstacle that lies ahead of his goal, Macbeth starts to change. After such actions, Macbeth no longer fears of murder and death. Such quote indicates a great shift in Macbeth’s actions where he, for a long period of time was unaware of the “taste of fears”.
Assuredly, as Macbeth encounters Macduff in a fight, Macbeth once again reminds himself with the witches’ prophecy how Macbeth would be protected from anyone who was born from a woman. Throughout the entire play, the prophecy of the witches act as a significant impetus that motivates Macbeth’s actions without further contemplation about his security. One could tell that Macbeth is clearly doubting whether Macduff can hurt him or not; which could be a reaction that is different from those of the beginning of the piece.

Beowulf Podcast

•January 15, 2010 • 1 Comment

Beowulf Podcast

http://skpatterson-english10.wikispaces.com/file/view/Beowulf+Lines+1228%7E1268+Soho+Char.m4a