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Is Romeo a tragic hero?

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George Orwell wrote "A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler that the forces which destroy him."  Do Romeo and Juliet prove to be nobler than the forces that bring about their downfall?

How Come You Ain't Never Liked Me?

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When viewing the videos, consider the following:

 1. What is Troy’s objective?

2. What is Troy’s motivation?

3. How might Troy’s motivation differ for the two actors?

4. What physical and vocal choices do the actors make to depict their character and convey their objective?Consider the blocking choices. When is there distance between Troy and Cory? When are they close up?

5. What lines or phrases resonate with you? 

After viewing the videos, evaluate which performance wasmore authentic to the text. Consider Wilson’s intent in the scene and how each actor was able to convey it. 

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Hamlet: a tragic hero?

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Find evidence (two or more quotes) to support each of the following viewpoints.  Decide which interpretation you favor most. Then write your own view of Hamlet as a tragic hero.

Tragicflaw? The hero’s downfall is caused by a ‘tragic flaw’ or blemish in the character. Hamlet’s weakness may be that he ‘thinks too much’ and cannot makeup his mind. The resulting inaction leads to his death. But Hamlet’s ‘tragic flaw’ may be some other feature in his character responsible for his downfall.

A tragedy of fate? The hero has no control over his destiny. His fate is predetermined. As Hamlet says, ‘There’s a divinity that shapes our ends…’

A tragedy of chance? Accident and bad luck determine the fate of the hero.The unplanned chance encounter with the pirate ship, for example, brings Hamlet back to Denmark. Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius. The tragic hero is the victim of random uncertainty.

Irreconcilable opposites?  The hero’s character comprises irreconcilable sets of forces. Hamlet’s mind and feelings are filled with such tensions: reason battles with passion; love is contrasted with lust; action is inhibited by thought. Hamlet struggles with a wish to die and an urge to live. Hamlet can be read as the tragedy of a man trapped between such contraries.


Notes - Hamlet Act 1, Scenes 1 and 2

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Paradise Lost and Venn character comparisons

Posted by ktrigilio on February 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

English 11(H)

Paradise Lost and Venn character comparisons

Tomorrow, you will discuss the “Paradise Lost” excerpt.  Some important ideas: 

  • text was published in 1667 in ten books (hence, the text readability/complexity! )Adam is the speaker in first and second person in this excerpt
  • In this excerpt Adam is questioning his existence (basically…”I did not ask you (God) to make me, you created me and left, and you are now punishing me for my sin that I may not have committed had you not left me…”
  • Relationship to Frankenstein: parallels between God/Adam and Victor/creation
  • Is Mary Shelley making a direct/indirect commentary regarding creator, creation and the moral/religious responsibility involved with creation?

Think about the four literary and character foils below.  Please choose one of the pairings (if you choose #1, for example, you will complete the character and literary foils for both #1's)  Create a “Double Bubble” or Venn Diagram for your assigned character pairings in which you identify their similarities and differences.

Character Foils

1. Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton

2. Frankenstein and the Creature

3. Victor and Elizabeth Lavenza

4. Victor and Henry Clerval 

Literary Foils

1. The Creature and Adam from Genesis

2. The Creature and Satan from ParadiseLost

3. Robert Walton and “The Ancient Mariner”

4. The Creature and Shrek