This week we finally made it without having a snow day so we were all able to finish up out critical theory papers and presentations. My group put a lot of preparation into this assignment so I was not surprised that we scored a 100%. We all spoke well and knew what we were talking about. We also had an interesting take on Existentialism which all came together for a well done assignment. It was fun working on this and actually having enough class time to fully think about the topic and write a well planned essay.
I think the hardest part about this was figuring out exactly how we should all work as a group in order to make the presentation and paper effective. We bickered a little about "who was doing the most to help" which was frustrating because we all work at very different paces. I think the realization of this helped our group see that it was all going to work out at the end because we are all very intelligent individuals that know what we are doing. I learned a lot of team working skills with this particular group. At the end we had to take everything we wrote individually and make sure the entire paper flowed well. To do this we all had to sit down together and work hard comparing ideas and offering input. Although we do not have a grade for the paper yet, I think it was very well written and our ideas were expressed effectively.
This is the first week back form winter break, so a lot of what we did in class was try to get back into the motion of things and pick up where we left off in our critical theory papers. Continuing with Macbeth and Existentialism, we tried to start our paper and managed to get some good information down. However, I think my group was still a little lost in how we really wanted to go about writing a lot of our paragraphs. Maybe we just did not know how to really go about the topic? I was not sure, but I was getting a little worried that our paper would be sort of a struggle to write.
Thankfully, we had a speaker come in that was very knowledgable on Shakespeare and critical theory and when she came to talk to our group about our project she gave us very useful information and helped guide us in a way that would be better in writing the essay. I am forgetting her name right now, but she told us a lot about how religion was a main factor on why choosing your own fate was a bad thing to do in that culture and era. Since most of society was Christain, people believed that they have a predetermined fate. So when Macbeth tries to create his own path out of influence from his wife, things turn badly and that is where tragedy occurs.
The lady coming in was very beneficial to our team because now we know for sure what direction we are going to take with our paper. Plus the topic we are focusing in is more narrow so we can expand on it further. This is something we are interested in as well, which will make writing even easier.