Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - Period 4

  • Today in class, we finished Act 1 of Hamlet. 
    • We looked at the family tree of Polonius, the father of Laertes and Ophelia. While talking about Polonius' family, we also discussed the father/son and father/daughter relationships that Polonius has. Polonius treats Laertes like a human being, giving him good advice for his travels to France; when Polonius talks to Ophelia about Hamlet, he talks down to her and tells her that she needs to stop giving her body to Hamlet.
    • We furthered our discussion from Monday about Hamlet's desire to die. After his soliloquy where he states that he would commit suicide if not for suicide being a sin, Hamlet also compares his life to a pin, saying it is worth no more than "a pin's fee" (1.4 ln 67). The class decided that if it were not for God, Hamlet would no longer be living.
    • We find out how King Hamlet died. He was murdered by Claudius, his brother, while napping. The ghost of King Hamlet tells young Hamlet to seek revenge on Claudius, but warns him to leave his mother to Heaven. After the ghost tells Hamlet, Horatio and Marcellus enter to hear the story. The ghost then makes all three boys swear to not tell anybody what had happened.
  • For Friday
    • We should review Act 1 of Hamlet for the quiz on Friday. There will be quotes that we have to analyze, so be sure to pay attention to who said what and why the quotes were said. It will be a partner quiz.
    • The remaining college essays are all due on Friday, regardless of if you made it to your conference with Mrs. Smith or not.
    • The fishbowl group for Act 1 should continue to prepare for their fishbowl, which will happen on Monday.
    • If you have not yet turned in your Life of Pi book, be sure to bring it in on Friday.

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