While I really do enjoy watching movies and plays, I enjoy it much more when I know what is going on. I was so lost for so long while watching “Macbeth.” I could not get past the Shakespearean english paired with the visuals from what appeared to be a World War II time frame. I have a hard time understanding Shakespeare’s english to begin with. I think I got the gist of the story, although I’m not sure I caught all important details and whatnot. After talking with my group, I definitely understand more. We all caught different parts of the story, so I think we have enough to successfully complete our theory.
Lady Macbeth and the witches were just about the only female characters in the whole play. They were certainly the only females with any real relevance. Lady Macbeth was especially essential to the whole plot. If she had not encouraged Macbeth, I don’t think the story would not have developed at all. I had no idea how to really go deeper with my group’s theory. What else is there to do at that point other than google it? So that is what I did. I came up with this website, and I actually found it very cool. It talks a lot about Lady Macbeth and how much she influenced the whole story while never really being given a name. I am excited to dive even deeper into our questions and look at the story from a feminist perspective. I hope that I find more interesting things than just the extent at which Lady Macbeth was an influence.
This was a good week for poetry. I especially enjoyed “Ozymandias.” The alliteration of the “s” sound was something that I didn’t notice until it was pointed out, but after it was, I found it interesting and fascinating. My theory about the alliteration prior to hearing that it was the sound of sand blowing in the desert was what I thought to be a little odd. I wasn’t going to say it when we went around to tables, but I decided last minute that I would, and I’m glad I did. I said the “s” sound was like a snake, and people find snakes scary. People found Ozymandias scary when he was relevant. Snakes shed their skin, but that skin still looks quite terrifying; it has no power though because it is dead, hollow nothing. This is kind of like the statue of Ozymandias the poem talks about. The statue is in the middle of nowhere, and it has no substance whatsoever. It was at one time a symbol of power, and people were afraid, but that no longer prevails.
I did not so much understand the other poem we read. “Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth” did not intrigue me like “Ozymandias” did. These poems were both sonnets. I now can confidently say that I know what a sonnet is and I think that is pretty cool. I like learning new things.
We also continued looking at critical theory with our Shakespeare plays. My group changed our theory to the feminism one, which should work well with Lady MacBeth. I’m excited to explore the world of Shakespeare once again through the eyes of MacBeth. The Goodreads website has a pretty good review of the play, and I can’t wait to hear the full story.
The first thing we did this week was read the 10 Rules for Being Human. I found this super interesting. I currently only remember one rule, the tenth rule, which stated that I would forget all of the rules. Crazy. I remember there being some importance of rule eight, but I don’t remember the actual rule. You can find all of the rules here.
Before this week I had never even heard of a Pecha Kucha presentation. Now I’m kind of excited to do one. I am very happy with the books I have chosen to read for my independent reading project. My topic, the influences of socioeconomic statuses on quality of life, has always been of interest to me. I think that it explains a lot about why society functions as it does, and gives us insight into how we can fix the less desirable parts of it.
Another thing we did towards the end of the week was the introduction to critical theory. We chose our Shakespearean plays and picked our theories that we will work with. My play is Macbeth and our theory has to do with philosophy and something else I can’t remember at the moment. I know that I found it intriguing, and I hope Macbeth is as good as I think it will be. I am part of a good group, and I predict that we will do well with this project. I have found the first week of the new trimester to be exciting, and I can’t wait for more.
Oh! We also did an AP practice test this week. I did not do horribly, but I feel like I could have done better. I hope I continue to improve.