• Shakespeare's King Lear


    C/C Paper:


    Rough draft due: 2/11 (at the end of class! The purpose of having a draft is the ability to engage in revision, editing processes that occur as frequently as writing. Revising IS writing and it must happen constantly. Thus, if you do not have a draft to work with in class you will not get credit.)

    Final draft due: 2/18 (this draft should be printed, stapled, paper clipped, etc. PRIOR to your arrival in C201)

    Begin to synthesize these with the use of your notes, marked up text, quizzes and handouts. Let these ideas and questions simmer cognitive unrest before you select a prompt and begin brainstorming. I will be collecting and checking thesis statements on Monday, 2/9


    Compare and Contrast Lear (specify a character, situation, image, scene, etc.- this paper should specify) with one of the following:


    Adrienne Rich’s Storm Warnings

    Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle

    Shakespeare’s MacBeth

    Emily Dickinson’s Much Madness

    Sophocles’ Oedipus


    Or compare and contrast Shakespeare’s use of TWO contrasting elements, characters or parallel situations. Use the ideas we’ve been discussing (the floating themes above your heads) or any other element that fits the compare.

    For those of you freaking out about the quiz on Fri. 2/6:
    Additional Close reading and Notes from Act 3 
    Kick off our discussion of age by reading this opinion piece from NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/opinion/sunday/the-liberation-of-growing-old.html?ref=opinion
    Links to the 3.2 Storm Scene comparison- Olivier, Holm, McKellen
  • Begin thinking, wrestling with, and brainstorming analysis of Lear by reviewing these prompts: Lear C_C

    Need a refresher of what you read in class today? Want the notes from work in class? Use resources here:

    Watch scenes from Lear on PBS: hover over the selections under the movie screen to look for specific scenes
    OR, what the BBC version, complete with subtitles straight from your text. Helpful for watching and reading along:
    1.1 Nothing will come of nothing, speak again.
    1.2 Now, gods, stand up for bastards!
    1.2 Close reading
    1.4  How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!
    2.1 Look, sir, I bleed!
    2.2  Fortune, good night. Turn thy wheel!
    2.4  Age is necessary
    3.2  Group close reading of storm
    Storm  Rewatch the storm scenes and visuals from class
    3.4   Poor Tom's a-cold: Use my close reading notes to help you through this scene!
    3.7  Out, vile jelly!
    4.6  Lear crowned in garland