Friday, June 24, 2011

Before Commencement

The miracle is not to fly in the air, not to walk
on water, but to walk on the earth. (Chinese Proverb)

PIED BEAUTY  by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Glory be to God for dappled things -
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

My Parting Advice:
Appreciate the diverse beauty of what you behold 
in life.  Make wise decisions and be kind.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Some Concluding Images

See you on Monday. Please remember to bring in all the textbooks you were given:
Sophocles' Theban Trilogy
King Lear
The Odyssey
(Susan, please remember to bring in my copy of Natsume Soseki's Botchan.)

INSIGHT (inquiry)

IMITATION (preservation)

FATE (destiny)

CONFORMITY (ignorance)
VOLITION (free will)


Thursday, June 2, 2011


  The Trial

  The Judges
Katherine Paulino
Maurice Dunn
The Prosecuting Attorneys
Yenifer Mezquita
Jamila Coppedge
The Defense Attorneys
Victor Juarez
Brandon Chan
Raymond Camacho
Sergio Hernandez              
Lady Macbeth
Brittany Rodriguez
Alyssa Hall
The Three Witches
Susan Martinez
Kenia Reyes
Stefanie Zapata
Kenny Barojas
Katherine Suazo
The Doctor
Malthen Cabrera
Jeanette Bourdierd
Chandanie Christna
Amy Leung
The Jury
Remaining classmates

The Judges Instruct The Jury With
                     The Charges Against the Accused
The Accused: Macbeth
                      Lady Macbeth
                      The Three Witches

Prosecuting Attorneys make their opening comments to the jury.
Defense Attorneys make their opening comments to the jury.

In prescribed order the Accused and Witnesses take the Witness Stand:
      Alternately the prosecution and then the defense question those placed on the 
           witness stand.   
        They are asked many questions. .
      They answer many questions.
      Their answers are recorded as part of the court record.

Physical Evidence is presented and entered as evidence in the trial record.

Judges may have testimony stricken (removed) from the trial record, and instruct the jurors to disregard testimony he or she regards as here say, prejudicial, or irrelevant to the case.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


1. What misgivings does Macbeth have and why? Note where they appear, by Act, scene, and line number(s)?
2. Why is Fleance's presence on stage so important in the play in Act II, i?
3. How does Banquo, in lines 15-20, 24-26, 33, 36-39, intensify the dramatic action of Act II,i?  (These are on page 51.)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Virtuous Macbeth (Act I)

Post what you have found in Act I that reflects admirably on Macbeth's character.
Include who says the words, as well as the page and line number(s) on which they appear.
You may wish to go to youtube, and watch the interview with the porter.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

MACBETH Act I, v, vi, vii

Below:  John Singer Sargent's
Who is this woman?
Why does she say what she does in her soliloquy?
Why does she speak to her husband the way she does?
What does she think are Macbeth's vulnerabilities?
Discuss this woman's affect upon her husband.
Why does Macbeth refuse to do what his wife asks?
Why does he change his mind and commit himself to her planned regicide?
How have the Weird Sisters influenced Macbeth's decision?