JOURNAL TOPICS: [today's tunes: "Fight the Power" (slightly edited) by Public Enemy; "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye; "Imagine" by John Lennon; "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane; "Destination Unknown" by Missing Persons]
1. Like Plato's "Allegory of the Cave," each of
today's tunes expresses a perspective on the idea that the human
condition can-- and should-- be better. Analyze the tone and theme of
each tune and evaluate its effectiveness. (Regarding the latter,
attempt to be objective, i.e., focus on its reasoning/rhetorical
appeal-- if you find yourself describing what you "like" then
acknowledge this as a matter of personal preference rather than
technical or artistic merit.)
2. In The Principles of Psychology (1890), William James wrote, “The
faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and
over again, is the very root of judgment, character and will. No one
is compos sui if he have it not. An education which should improve
this faculty would be the education par excellence.” How have your
experiences in this course helped you focus your attention? What do
you still need to work on? What elements of the following text (from
Haruki Murakami's 1Q84) draw your attention and help you construct meaning?
The driver nodded and took the money. "Would you like a receipt?"
"No need. And keep the change."
"Thanks very much," he said. "Be careful, it looks windy out there. Don't slip."
"I'll be careful," Aomame said.
"And also," the driver said, facing the mirror, "please remember: things are not what they seem."
Things are not what they seem, Aomame repeated mentally. "What do you mean by that?" she asked with knitted brows.
The driver chose his words carefully: "It's just that you're about to do something out of the ordinary.
Am I right? People do not ordinarily climb down the emergency stairs
of the Metropolitan Expressway in the middle of the day-- especially
"I suppose you're right."
"Right. And after you do something like that, the everyday look of things might seem to change a little. Things may look different to you than they did before. I've had that experience myself. But don't let appearances fool you. There's always only one reality."
1. Journal (extended)/grade conferences
3. Henry V, Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations
4. Prepare for vocab final* tomorrow
only practice, but we're getting closer...)
1. Read Jean Paul Sartre's "No Exit." You can find the text online here and here, among other places, and you are certainly welcome to check the play out at the library or buy it at a local bookstore or online.
We will discuss online and in class throughout the week; there will be an essay exam Friday.