Monday–will be a writing day as usual.
Those of you writing about the Norman Morrison poem with “tongues of flame” in it, here are some of my thoughts:
- I know “tongue” can also mean “language.” So maybe the poet is saying Morrison spoke in the language of fire. That’s literally true–he used fire instead of words. But it’s also metaphorically true, since fire could = passionate action. He is “speaking” in the language of passionate actions.
- Also, “tongues of flame” fell on the followers of Jesus in a major biblical story where the holy spirit was given to all people, not just the Jews. Maybe the poet is suggesting that Morrison wanted justice for all people (even/especially the Vietnamese) not just those who live comfortably in the US.
- Also, some christian sects speak in “tongues” considered an angelic dialect or way of praying to god. Is this sacrifice an act of prayer for Morrison? Is that why the writer describes the “cathedral emptied of its ritual” and the “slience of his mind” (Quakers pray in silence, fyi).
Tuesday –– we will finish our Act III discussion and move on to reading Acts IV & V.
Wednesday — we will finish Act V and do our lab book entries and discussion. For this lab book entry, we’re doing a reverse alphabet. Levi asked if you could have these early, so here they are!
- Last name Pu-Z: The fourth act begins and ends with Bottom on stage. Why is this significant? What insight do we gain into him as a character? Why?
- Last name Ho-Pro: Explain and analyze the character’s responses to the lovers waking up from the love potion. Think Theseus, Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, Helena and Egeus. How are they similar to/different from the opening scene? Why?
- Last name A-Hil: Shakespeare uses a number of different techniques to create humor in the play-within-a-play. Identify 1-2 examples of these different techniques and explain what makes them entertaining (ridiculous metaphors, excessive alliteration, breaking the ‘fourth wall,’ using the wrong word/name, overdone repetition). What is Shakespeare poking fun at through these techniques? Is it effective? Why or why not?