Thursday, September 8, 2011

Smith Period 3 - Thursday, September 8, 2011

Today was an exciting and fast-paced day. After listening to today's morning announcements and greeting each other in the usual manner, a "Hello class" followed by "Hello Smith!," we immediately started our agenda by finishing acting out Act I, during which Macbeth and Lady Macbeth finished discussing their plans to kill King Duncan.

After finishing Act I, we discussed how even through the inner turmoil of planning a murder, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth act as a pair, each knowing when to lead and when to follow. It was pointed out that Ralph and Jack act the same way in Lord of the Flies. Smith then suggested, to our agreement, that collaboration may be necessary for social change. It was also noticed that Macbeth focused on gaining the throne like Jack in LOF God gave the King Duncan the right to be king who's son was the Prince of Cumberland which would succeed the throne after his father's death, and below these 2, there were the Thanes which included Macbeth. was obsessed about hunting, whether it be pigs or the beast. Act I also showed the feudal society and where Macbeth stands in line for King Duncan's throne. The feudal society went as the following:

We then talked about our Synthesis papers and the outline for the intro. and the first body paragraph due Monday. *Remember to find quotes from LOF, and eventually at least 2 from each source, and cite them properly ["Quote" (Golding 7). or "Quote" (Shakespeare 1.2.3-7).] 

After discussing the synthesis paper, we addressed what qualities Macbeth had that made him able to challenge the system, these were:
  • Belief in change - Thoughts to challenge; possibility exists
  • Strong willed
  • Accomplice/Aid/Support System - LOF connection (Jack & hunters, Ralph & Piggy)
  • Desire/need of power - willingness to do whatever it takes
  • Instill fear/Exert leverage
  • Knowledge
  • Influence
  • Sacrifice - Morals and possibly humanity in LOF and Macbeth
We then watched three different versions of Act I, Scene 5 in which Lady Macbeth reads a letter from her husband and learns that King Duncan must be killed. The first of these was traditional without a set, the second was a modern version, and the third was traditional with a set. During class, it was said of Lady Macbeth that in the first version she seemed afraid of what she had to do, yet became evil and almost inhuman, unlike in the second and third versions in which she seemed unafraid of killing King Duncan yet appeared more human. The class generally thought that the with the set of the second and third clips it was easier to contextualize what was happening in the story.

HOMEWORK: Synthesis outline: intro and 1st body paragraph, SAT Exercises, Act I quiz, SAT quiz
*For Act I quiz, remember the who, what, when, where, and why of important quotes discussed in class, and important characters

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