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I watched Slumdog Millionaire in English class. While I was watching the movie, I couldn’t stand but think about Brave New World, and relate the society in Slumdog Millionaire and that of in Brave New World. It just came to me naturally.

The society of Brave New World abhors the society of Slumdog Millionaire. I keep thinking that the type of society like Brave New World’s society was created because there existed Slumdog Millionaire-like society in wars of Brave New World. There existed poverty, there existed uncontrollable birthrate, there existed conflicting religions, violence, and numerous more.

Everything between those two works is different. Every factors differ, except one thing. They are similar in that they both have a caste system. It was interesting that the perfectionists like the members of Brave New World would adopt the idea of such an unfair and radical idea of hierarchy system. The question is still growing unsolved in my mind, so please do make some comments of your thoughts.

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Brave New World

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It had been a long semester. I was new to the school when the first semester started; everything was so confusing: those Macs we’re supposed to use for everything, new subjects, pop quizzes, new cultures. But somehow, I got over it, and here am I, writing the reflection of the first semester.

First off, I was amazed at the school facilities: swimming pools, squash room, soccer field, and three gyms! And the school itself is so big that it took me several weeks to be thoroughly accustomed to the school paths.

It was kinda weird to eat lunch at 10:45, to be honest, but after months of eating lunch at that time adjusted my stomach to accept food at that time. The way of paying lunch, I felt, is interesting; you charge money into your own ID card, and you use that card until the money runs out. “Another digital thingy,” I thought.

Friends were easy to make at our school; everybody was friendly and nice. One thing I felt uncomfortable about was people’s obsession with grades! I lived in a country where there was very free in terms of studying and stuff. But in the school now I belong to, grades are the priority to anything.

But I’m getting used to everything in current school. Participating in JV basketball team made me to like my school way better. Yeah, I like the school! There are many more opportunities than my previous school.

Just one thing I think our school should improve on is the frequency of teachers’ leaving; lots of teachers leave the school very quickly.

Except that, the first semester life in my school has been great, and I look forward to having another great one in second semester, too!

p.s. the image can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/4192169839/

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During the finals week, my English class had a special final test; instead of testing on our grammar, or things like that, our class wrote an essay, and had a presentation about the essay. The essay was about Macbeth, and the thesis of it was that Macbeth’s bloodthirsty ambition was the cause of his own downfall. I had three supporting ideas: Macbeth’s ambition, circumstance with Lady Macbeth, chances of King Duncan, and the witches’ prophecies along with evidences.

So after the essay, I prepared for the presentation. Since English is not my first language, I practiced hard, and memorized all the lines I was to say in the presentation.

First, I started the presentation with morbidly reading out the title: Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. Then I changed the tone of my voice from morbid to joyful by saying “Wait, why does it have to sound so threatening? Why not start with something new, fun, and exciting?” Then I had a short play of a boy asking a girl out due to the circumstances and chances, just like my supporting points in my essay. Then I proceeded to explaining my points, with jokes. People laughed, and I gained confidence. So I successfully finished my presentation. Just one thing I regret about my presentation is that I couldn’t answer one of the junior’s question.

However, overall, it was a successful presentation!

p.s. image can be found at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/db/Fuseli_-_Macbeth_and_the_Witches.jpg

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Performance Reflection

. Performance Reflection posted ON BLOG

* summarize what your performance was like for your online audience

I put myself with all my enthusiasm and emotion into this performance. I had my voice trembling when Witch 1, my role, got excited. Our costume was fancy, and our actors were all adorable; it should have been an enjoyable act for all audiences.

* evaluate the performance of your group. what went well? what didn’t go well?

I myself think that my group was so excellent; we mostly memorized the lines (there wasn’t much need for audience to remind the actors the lines), we had our planned acts successfully performed, and we had our costumes all ready. For the flour incident, it was our mistake to not have thought about other groups earlier. But in overall, I think it was a success.

* how well did you contribute to your group?

I contributed a lot to my group; I provided costumes, shared my ideas what to do in the performance, and etc.

* how well did you perform as an individual?

I think I performed at my best capacity; I memorized all lines, so there was no need for audience to correct/remind me. I had emotionally finished my part, which is good.

* what could have improved your scene performance?

Maybe better background and better sound effect? And more practices to make more emotional effects.

* rate yourself on a scale of 1-6 (1= not acceptable to 6=you are a professional actor

I’d give myself 5.

* how did the scene performance help you better understand the play?

I now understand what witches’ intentions on Macbeth and Banquo and how they affected Macbeth, though it would be my personally interpretation.

p.s. the image can be found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Macbeth-toy-theatre-cut-out.png

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Macbeth Reflection

2. Discussion preparation Acts 2-3: “Does Macbeth willfully choose evil over good?”
Find textual support from each act
Write 3-4 paragraphs citing each piece and elaborate why it supports your thesis

Macbeth willfully chooses evil over good; and it can be proved with many evidences from Act 2 – Act 3. Firstly, Macbeth says “I think not of them/ yet, when we can entreat an hour to serve/ We would spend it in some words upon that business/ If you would grant the time./” which means that he doesn’t think about them now. But when they have an hour to spare they can talk more about it, if Banquo’s willing. (2.1.22-2.5) This shows that Macbeth is prepared to talk about the ‘deed’ even further, and he’s trying to be more precise in his plans. He also says “I see thee yet/ in form as palpable/ As this which now I draw. /Thou marshall’st me the way that I was going,/And such an instrument I was to use. /Mine eyes are made the fools o’ th’ other senses, /Or else worth all the rest./” which means that the dagger is leading me toward the place Macbeth was going already, and Macbeth was planning to use a weapon just like the dagger. His eyesight must either be the one sense that’s not working, or else it’s the only one that’s working right (2.1.40-45). As this quote shows, he was actually ‘planning’ to see that dagger, and that he was actually going to do the same thing as the dagger’s doing; and that is what we call willfully planning.

Evidences we could find in the text to prove that Macbeth was willfully choosing evil over good is very easy. Another example is as follows: “I go, and it is done/ The bell invites me. /Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell /That summons thee to heaven or to hell./” (2.1.63-65), “Had I but died an hour before this chance, /I had lived a blessèd time, for from this instant /There’s nothing serious in mortality. /All is but toys. Renown and grace is dead. /The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees /Is left this vault to brag of” (2.3.68-73), and these show that he shows no remorse toward his own murder. He even lies to people. That is impossible if he were to choose good over evil.

Finally, there’s this strongest evidence I could find in Act 2- 3 said by Macbeth: “To be thus is nothing, /But to be safely thus. Our fears in Banquo /Stick deep, and in his royalty of nature /Reigns that which would be feared. ‘Tis much he dares, /And to that dauntless temper of his mind /He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor /To act in safety. There is none but he /Whose being I do fear, and under him /My genius is rebuked, as it is said /Mark Antony’s was by Caesar. He chid the sisters /When first they put the name of king upon me /And bade them speak to him. Then, prophetlike, /They hailed him father to a line of kings. /Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown /And put a barren scepter in my grip, /Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand, /No son of mine succeeding. If ’t be so, /For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind;
For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered;/Put rancors in the vessel of my peace /Only for them; and mine eternal jewel /Given to the common enemy of man, /To make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings! /Rather than so, come fate into the list, /And champion me to th’ utterance. Who’s there?” (3.1.50-75) This quote shows Macbeth’s his willingness to do anything to be King, even if that anything is killing and betraying his own friend. Macbeth chooses evil over good, rather willfully.

p.s. this image can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/freeparking/582856262/

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