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Posted: April 26, 2011

Read you biographical note on F. Scott Fitzgerald for Friday.  We will be starting The Great Gatsby soon. King Lear essays are due May 18th.

Posted: April 26, 2011

King Lear presentations start tomorrow. Pick up your copy of Heart of Darkness asap.  Reading timeline will be given this week. King Lear essay is due May 18th.

Posted: April 21, 2011

Complete the folowing questions on Act 5 Scene 3:   1.     Account for the death of:   ·        Gloucester ·        Regan ·        Goneril ·        Cordelia ·        Lear ·        Kent     2.     In the midst of all the other tragedies in the play, Cordelia’s death seems especially stunning.  Discuss the following four points in connection to her death.   a)    Her death seems cruel because she is almost a faultless character. b)    Her death is an unjustified murder. c)     The tragedy is overwhelming because of the dramatic and visual impact of her death. d)    The horror of her death is magnified by its effect on Lear.   3.     How are Gloucester’s and Lear’s deaths similar?   4.  What strikes Kent as remarkable about Lear’s death?  

Posted: April 21, 2011

Pick up your copy of Heart of Darkness. Prepare your final points for your King Lear projects.

Posted: April 21, 2011

Mrs. McGuigan's period one class won the Cakespeare Event!! Thanks to everyone who participated!!

Posted: April 15, 2011

Did you know that April 23rd is Shakespeare's birthday?   Did you know that students at MVHS are celebrating Shakespeare's bithday with activities all next week?   Get involved.  Ask your English teacher for details.   And now a word from the Bard...   Sonnet 18 Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?Thou art more lovely and more temperate:Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,And summer's lease hath all too short a date:Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,And often is his gold complexion dimmed,And every fair from fair sometime declines,By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:But thy eternal summer shall not fade,Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,   So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,   So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.    

Posted: April 11, 2011

King Lear  quiz Wednesday on Acts 1 - 3 Tomorrow we are taping King Lear Idol.  We need to find our replacement fool!!

Posted: April 8, 2011

King Lear Act 3, Scene 5   How is Edmund’s treachery developed further in this scene?   Act 3, Scene 6   What are the last words of the Fool?  What might they mean?   Gloucester has tried to be helpful.  What are some things he has done or tried to do?   Why hasn’t Edgar revealed himself to his father?   From This…………………………To This       Create a chart contrasting Lear of Act 1, Scene 1, with the Lear of this scene.  Consider three points.   Lear’s Appearance   Surrounding and Companions   Language                Be sure to include supporting quotes.     Act 3, Scene 7   1.  Give two adjectives to describe Cornwall.  Which actions support your choices?  Give supporting quote.   2.  Give two adjectives to describe Regan.  Which actions support your choices?  Give supporting quote.   Discuss how Gloucester shows courage and dignity.    PLEASE NOTE:  Act 3 Scene 6 Question 4 will be passed in to be marked.   Article of the Week also due.  

Posted: April 7, 2011

Answer the following questions for tomorrow:     Act 3, Scene 4       1. Explain and discuss the following lines: a. The tempest in my mind Doth from my senses take all feeling else Save what beats there. (lines 12-14) b. Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides, Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you From seasons such as these? O, I have ta'en Too little care of this! (lines 28 - 33)   2. Why does Lear feel a camaraderie with Edgar? 3. Pathos. In literature and drama, the portrayal of an incident in such a way as to arouse feelings of pity, tenderness, or sadness in the reader or spectator. The emotions evoked by pathos are less terrible than those aroused by tragedy. What is the irony and pathos in lines 156-163?  


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