Act III scene i is a wild one in which both Mercutio and Tybalt die. Using your observations from class, answer this question: Who is to blame for what unfolded in III.i? Is there evidence that implicates one party over another? Why or why not? Finally, predict what may occur due to deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt..
Please use evidence (references to what happened in the movie version). Respond in the comments section.
Today in class we discussed Mercutio's beliefs about dreams and how they compare to Romeo's. Now I'd like you to consider what you believe about the subject. Are dreams meaningless manifestations of a brain that's asleep like Mercution believes? Or, as Romeo sees it, do dreams have some importance in our lives? Do they teach us something about ourselves, about our past, present, or future?
Look over the graphic organizer you filled out in class. What's interesting about the character traits of the adult figures that surround Juliet? What can we tell about Juliet's relationship with each character in her life?
Respond in 8-12 sentences. Due before Monday's class.
Think about the ending of Of Mice and Men. What does Lennie's death mean to the novel as a whole? What themes or ideas come through his death? Consider the way in which Lennie dies, George's reaction, and the reaction of the men around him.
Your response should be between 8-12 sentences and should include references to the text.
Choose one of the characters below and read the pages associated with him/her. How might he/she contribute to the book as a whole? How might he/she affect our focal characters (George and Lennie)? Respond in one well-written paragraph. Be sure to use quotes from the text.
In this post, I'd like you to craft a rough thesis for the essay prompt: "Does Santiago live or die at the end of the novella? If he lives to fish another day, what does that mean to the novella as a whole? What would be Hemingway’s message? If you believe he dies, what might that mean? What, then, would be Hemingway’s message?"
Remember, do your best to utilize our thesis formula SUBJECT + YOUR UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE. Also remember that this is meant to be rough. It can (and probably should) change as you write.
After your working thesis statement, I'd like you to include a brief paragraph summarizing why you view this perspective to be true.
Process - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 1. Write and save your thesis and response in Google Docs. 2. Once it's to your liking, copy and paste it into the form below. 3. Be sure to include your name. 4. Click submit.
Today we discussed the second principle of the Iceberg Theory -- grace comes from understatement. Part of this is the creation of the code hero or the "Hemingway Hero".
I'd like you to find a hero in a popular movie or TV show that fits the code. Using your notes from class, discuss how your hero fits the mold of a Hemingway hero. What's the adversity he/she faces? How does he/she cope with it? Your response should be about 8-12 sentences long.
The following thesis statements were written by another class for the prompt that asked you to determine the author's purpose in "The Utterly Perfect Murder". Choose the onethat you think is the best (most insightful, worded best, and is supported by the text) and write a brief (4-5 sentence) explanation for why you chose it.
Due before next time we meet.
Sample thesis statements:
The author's purpose was the importance of friendship.
Bradbury sought to show the reader that the experiences from a young age can impact a grown person and change their life forever.
In "The Utterly Perfect Murder", Ray Bradbury wants to teach us not to dwell on the past and not to hold grudges.
Through Doug's initial urge to kill Ralph, Ray Bradbury sought to show us that it is human nature to want revenge as a way to move on from the past.
The author's purpose was to show loneliness can emotionally kill a person.
Bradbury wanted to show that violence is not the only way to destroy someone's life.
Revisit Hemingway's "The Sea Change" and the notes we took on it in class. Explore in a brief essay what Hemingway's purpose for the story may be. Consider what this story suggests about relationships and how they affect the people in it. As always, draw on proof from the text and be sure to connect that evidence back to your statement of the author's purpose.
Remember, these short writing assignments about the author's purpose will help to prepare you for our midterm. Be sure you put as much thought in this practice assignment as you would any other.
For homework, read the article "Ulterior Motives: What Does Advertising Do" by Art Markman, Ph.D. First, define "affective conditioning" and how it works in advertising. Then, find an ad online that utilizes this technique. Discuss how the advertisement uses affective conditioning and the effects it has on the viewer. In what ways is the ad creating a positive association with the product and other things "we probably feel pretty good about already"? How or why is this effective?
Please discuss in 8-10 sentences. Also, too, please include a link to the advertisement.