Archive for September, 2011

Imagining Macbeth

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

When I first heard the story of Macbeth, the first image that popped into my head was a devilish-looking type of person. I guess the idea that he was evil and killed people to get what he wants put this kind of image in my head. This is the closest image to what is actually being pictured in my head and I think it shows off what kind of personality and persona Macbeth portrays. The devil always wanted to rule just like Macbeth wanted to be the king. He actually killed the current king so that he could become king after the three witches predicted he would be the next king.

Whenever I first heard about the witches I would imagine three witches looking like the one in that picture. At sometimes, I also picture a mixture of this witch and Nanny Mcphee. When Banquo mentions the witches, he says they are pretty ugly. He also says they had beard which I don’t even want to think of (nasty!!!). Even though they’re facially challenged, they play a big part in the story of Macbeth. If not for them, Macbeth would’ve never thought he would be the next king and never went on his massive killing spree.

Ambitious Adam

Posted: September 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

Ambition means a lot to me. I think having ambitions is part of what leads you to succeed. If you set goals for yourself, you become more likely to try harder to achieve them because they’re set there for you to do. While my ambitions are positive, some people can have bad ambitions. Macbeth is a good example of this because, he had the ambition of becoming king by killing the current king. So, I guess some ambitions may be bad, but it really depends on the person. If I wanted something really badly and someone predicted I would have that, I would be really happy. It would kind of be like an omen. In the book “The Alchemist“, omens played a big part in Santiago finally finding his treasure/fulfilling his personal legend. I believe in these too because I trust my gut and first instinct, I believe it’s gotten me pretty far in life and can only take me further. Just like they said in The Alchemist, “If you want something bad enough, the universe conspires together to help you get it/achieve it.” To go back to the friends telling me I would get something I wanted, I would be thrilled because it would give me a sense that it’s going to happen pretty soon.

32 Second-Macbeth Recap

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

The play “Thirty-Two Second-Macbeth”┬áis a good summary about the whole book. When Actor 4, the king, says “What bloody man is that?” I assume he means that he sees a bloody man walking in. After that, they hear that Macbeth is coming after hearing a drum sound, or maybe calling for a drum because Macbeth has arrived. In the beginning, a few people say “Fair is foul and foul is fair”, to which Macbeth answers here with “So foul and fair a day I have not seen”. Then, someone praising Macbeth says “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” Probably saying that Macbeth shall be king soon. Macbeth responds with “If chance will have me king, then chance will crown me king.” Saying that if he’s meant to be king, he will be king. Actor 5 says “Screw your courage to the sticking place.” Which is probably Actor 5 testing Macbeth’s courage. Macbeth answers the actor’s challenge by saying “Is this a dagger I see before me?” and going on to stab the king. Actor 5 then says “A little water clears us of this deed.” meaning, this event can be washed away, no one will know. Actor 6 comes in and says “Fly, good Fleance, fly!” Probably telling someone to run away, but Actor 6 is then killed. Macbeth says “Blood will have blood.” which probably means the same thing as giving death another dead person… Several people then say “Double, double, toil and trouble.” I surmise that this means that since two people have been killed, it’s twice the trouble. Actor 7 comes in and says “He has kill’d me, mother!” then proceeds to die. He is probably telling his mom that Macbeth has killed him. Actor 8 says “Bleed, bleed, poor country!” which means that Macbeth has been killing many people, including the king, which has hurt the country. Actor 5 comes back and says “Out damn’d spot!” Then is killed. He was probably shooing someone (Macbeth) away but was killed in the process. Macbeth then says “Out, out, brief candle!” He is probably trying to get away from fire since the next line has actor 8 saying “Turn, hell-hound, turn!” He is probably trying to burn him (send him to hell… fire…get it?). Macbeth’s last words are “Lay on Macduff!” I’m guessing Actor 8 is Macduff who ends this with “Hail king of Scotland!” Two observations I noticed were that Macbeth killed a lot of people and that Macduff is probably Actor 8, and the king is Actor 4. I didn’t understand what actor 5 meant by “Unsex me here.” I also didn’t understand what actors 1, 2, and 3 meant when they start this play off with “Fair is foul and foul is fair.”

My Path to Enlightenment

Posted: September 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Have you ever came out of an action movie like “Spiderman” and felt extremely energized? I bet you also suddenly wanted to reenact some of the scenes, or you wanted to get stung by a spider so that you could have some of his awesome powers. Well, I had a similar feeling after reading “The Alchemist. It might not have been as great, but after reading the book, I felt seriously enlightened. All I wanted to do was find my personal legend, like Santiago did. The picture I posted has a man standing in a relatively dark area, but he sees life ahead on the road. This is showing that he is on the path to enlightenment. I thought it was a really good picture because it fit the image in my head perfectly.

The Value of Literature

Posted: September 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Literature is something that is very important when talking about English class and, in many jobs. To have a higher chance at getting a job, you need to write an amazing essay (which is pretty much using literature skills) for college to be able to get in and learn, so that eventually you will be on the road of success. Writing blogs is a great way to improve your literature skills, because it broadens your abilities to write, and it may encourage you to improve your vocabulary, since you want to have the best blogs possible. There are so many different things that literature brings us, we can read about interesting things like “The Alchemist”, Greek Mythology, and many more great pieces of writing from either the past, or present. Literature has been a big part of our lives for a long time since we have been reading since we were babies. If you think about it, had it not been for literature, we would have a harder time communicating since no one could write things down, making it impossible for me to write more blogs for Mr. Parsons.

Think Your Day Was Bad?

Posted: September 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Do you know those days when you come home from school and you’re so tired and all you want to do is got to sleep? This is what I felt when I arrived home today. Since I always exercise when I get home from school, I can’t do that. So, I went to the gym and used the elliptical instead of actually running outside, which, to me is a lazy day. After 28 minutes on the elliptical, I lifted some weights which is part of my routine. After getting back, taking a shower, and having a snack, I noticed that I had soooooo much homework to do. I got this horrible feeling when I started thinking about this. I had to write this blog, a page-long weekly observation, some textbook questions for chemistry, and history homework. Two hours after this realization, I still have a blog to finish, an observation to write, and history homework to do. If you felt bad about your day, I hope this makes you feel better