- English 1 - Mr. Robel
- Journal Topics
General journal instructions:
- For each journal entry, begin by copying the number and title of the prompt. Each journal entry must be clearly labeled.
- Respond to each prompt in at least a thorough paragraph (approx. 150-250 words), and be sure to address all parts of the prompt.
- These prompts arise from the themes and issues presented in the texts that we read, and the purpose of this writing is to reflect on how these themes are relevant to you and your own personal development.
- At times, these questions will be the basis for class discussions and “check ins,” so please write only that which you would be comfortable sharing with your teacher and classmates.
- Eventually, your completed Journals will be submitted to turnitin.com. as a Google Doc.
Journal 30: Being "Carried Away" by Powerful Emotions vs. "Keeping Your Head"
In multiple scenes throughout Romeo and Juliet, we see characters make decisions and obey impulses due to powerful emotions: feelings of love and hate, affection and anger, pride and shame, desire and fear, hope and despair. Not only do Romeo and Juliet make decisions influenced by their powerful emotions, but Tybalt, Mercutio, and other characters in the play also let powerful feelings influence their judgment. In contrast, Benvolio seems to stand out in the play for being one of the only people who "keeps his head" and does not let powerful emotions cloud his judgment.
1) Between Romeo and Juliet, which character do you think is more prone to let powerful emotions take control of their words and behavior, and which person seems more able to "keep their head" and not let powerful emotions cloud their judgment? Why? Give a couple supporting examples from the play so far.
2) In terms of this concept, how do you rate yourself? To what degree are you prone to let your emotions control your words, actions, and decisions; and to what degree are you able to "keep your head" and not let powerful emotions cloud your judgment? In this regard, which character in the play are you most like? Are you most like Tybalt? Most like Mercutio? Most like Juliet? Or Romeo? Or most like Benvolio? Explain.
Journal 29: Metaphorical Thinking
Here are two quotations about metaphorical thinking that explain why we human beings often think and speak in metaphors:
“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” –Orson Scott Card
“Reality is a slippery fish that often can only be caught in a net of spells or with the help of a metaphor.” –Ursula K. LeGuin
Instructions: For this journal entry, write some metaphors (or similes) that communicate truths about any aspect of your life. Write ten or more good metaphors (or similes).
You may use the ideas listed below, but you may also use ideas of your own.
Express each metaphor in a complete sentence that communicates the reasoning behind it.
Ideas for Metaphors - Find a good metaphor for...
- Your home or house
- Life - or your life
- Any object that is important to you (your backpack, skateboard, cell phone, bike, etc.)
- Waking up on a school day
- The search for a career
- Your favorite sport or hobby
- The least favorite chore or job that you are supposed to do
- Romance (or the search for a romantic "mate" in life)
- Friendship (or the search for a genuine friend)
- Siblings (or a brother or a sister)
- A specific person in your life who has a positive influence on you
Examples (Notice that each is a complete sentence):
My home is a castle that protects me from the dangers of the world.
My surfboard is a ticket to an amusement park where I escape gravity and boredom.
Love is the glue that holds us together.
Journal 28: The End of The Human Comedy
1. The Final Death-Telegram - There are three scenes in the novel when Homer must notify an Ithacan family that their son has been killed in the War. The first two death-telegram scenes are these:
- In Ch.5, Homer must tell Mrs. Rosa Sandoval about the death of her son Juan Domingo.
- In Ch.19, Homer delivers a telegram to Mrs. Claudia Beaufrere about the death of her son Alan.
What important similarities and differences do you notice between the ways in which Homer and his family deal with Marcus' death at the novel's end and the ways in which Mrs. Rosa Sandoval and Mrs. Claudia Beaufrere must deal with the deaths of their sons?
Of the three mothers who lose a son, which mother's loss do you think is the hardest loss to bear, and why? Are all three losses equal, or does one mother face a more difficult burden of loss than the other two? Explain why you think so.
2. Homer - After reading the letter from Marcus, Homer tells Mr. Grogan, "If my brother is killed in this stupid War, I shall spit at the world. I shall hate it forever" (168). After Marcus has died, do you think Homer will become a bitter and hateful person as he says he will, or do you think Homer will remain the caring and compassionate person he has been so far? What evidence in the novel supports your claim about Homer?
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