For the projects we are doing in class, we started watching the plays that we chose to look deeper into critical theories. We basically just watched the play the entire week while still doing SSR and creative writing. While watching Macbeth, it was a little hard to understand because of the way they spoke, but watching with subtitles made it a whole lot easier. I was really excited to watch this because it is referenced in so many other places. The only thing is, I did not like it very much. It does have an interesting story line but I think because we have read all of these other tragedies and Shakespearean plays, I thought it was going to be the best one yet. It turned out to be my least favorite play by Shakespeare. This could have been because we watched the movie first without reading the book. However, I am pretty sure this movie followed the story line very well.
The entire class was to take Cornell notes on specific events from the play. A lot of the notes in my group helped sum up how crazy everyone was being in the story. Comparing it with Existentialism we were able to see that most "prophecies" come true because someone tells you about it. When you hear of a prophecy, even if it is a really crazy idea, you begin to believe it could actually become real. Then, because of this, you do everything in your power to follow the prophecy and in that can lead to chaos. When it all comes down to it, you have the ability to make your own decisions but decisions you make can be influenced by the people around you.
When doing the Poem of the Week last trimester we only looked at one poem the whole time. This trimester we are starting to read and analyze two poems in a week in order to compare and contrast themes. The two we looked at were "Ozymandias" and "Sonnet 146". They were both very good poems in my opinion that dealt with the idea of life after death. One poem was mainly about how a person's soul can live on once they have passed but the other represented that people will not be remembered forever and will soon finally "die out". These pieces were very interesting to me in order to see how reading a poem can change a person's view on a topic. A lot of times in poetry, the poet formulates their wording in such a way that it makes you believe that is the only way of looking at something. Poets can sometimes be compared to "used car salesmen" but instead of cars, it is ideals that they are selling. The great part about looking at two differing poems with the same idea is that your mind opens up to different interpretations.
Also this week, we started a new project where we pick to analyze either "Macbeth" or "King Lear". I chose Macbeth because I have always wanted to read it and it sounds very interesting. For the project we have to get into groups and pick and critical theory topic to help with the story we decided to follow. My group picked philosophical (existentialism) and we spent the week answering questions to go along with our theme. My group works well together and we are able think well on the topic. I think it will get easier to think about existentialism and the project in general once we know the whole story behind Macbeth.
For the start of the new trimester, we did a practice AP Literature test to see what it would be like. It was very much like taking the SAT so I did not like it at all. However I did think it was interesting to see how it all worked and what kind of answers the test is looking for. When taking the AP test you should base you answers off of what the author is trying to showcase and not what you interpret or think yourself. I think that is the hardest part of it all. Just because you have a good opinion does not mean that the author will have the exact same one. Taking practice tests in advance can really help you when faced with the actual AP exam and help you formulate new strageties. I'm not really sure that the AP test would be beneficial for me to take because of the school I want to go to but I do believe that this class will help me a ton in college and in life.
Also this week we picked new SSR books in order to do a final project at the end of the trimester. We had to pick two books in advance so we would be able to pick an area of interest that we would like to look deeper into. My overall theme is about why people feel the need to be loved and wanted by others and where that sense of being valued stems from. To learn more about this I plan on reading Jane Eyre and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.