Monday, 15 September 2014

Doctor Faustus 1.1 (2)

The Good and Evil Angels appear and attempt to dissuade Faustus from his desire to practise magic. Faustus tells himself of the riches he will gain through necromancy, and his ambition is supported by Cornelius and Valdes, friends and scholars from university. The scene ends with Faustus promising to conjure, “though I die therefore”.

Tens - 20th Century Writers

-          George Orwell (1984/ Animal Farm) England
-          James Joyce (Ulysses) Ireland
-          Virginia Woolf (To The Lighthouse/ The Waves) England
-          Albert Camus (The Outsider) France
-          John Steinbeck (Of Mice and Men) U.S.
-          Joseph Heller (Catch 22) U.S.
-          Hermann Hesse (Steppenwolf) Germany/ Switzerland
-          Knut Hamsun (Victoria/ Hunger) Norway
-          Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange) England
-          P.G. Wodehouse (Jeeves stories) England

Tens - 19th Century Writers

-          Charles Dickens (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist)
-          Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Emma)
-          Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Crime and Punishment)
-          Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights)
-          Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes stories)
-          Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde)
-          George Eliot (Middlemarch)
-          Mary Shelley (Frankenstein)
-          Bram Stoker (Dracula)
-          Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

Classical Studies - Next Essay

Due next Monday, 22nd September.

5. Athens’ supremacy in the 5th century BC was entirely due to the power of her navy.

Discuss.

 

6. EITHER

 

(a) “The poorer you are, the more difficult it is to achieve political success.”

 

Was this the case in ancient Athens? Is the same true today?

Friday, 12 September 2014

Doctor Faustus - 1.1

The scene opens with a soliloquy from the protagonist. He is debating with himself which subject to devote his genius to. One by one he dismisses the studies of philosophy, medicine and theology, finally setting his sights on necromancy.
Throughout, he borrows quotations to support his argument but omits parts which would hinder his decision-making.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Mortal Engnes - Chapters 26 and 27

Hester, Tom and Anna arrive at Shan Guo. They tell the people about MEDUSA. They warn them about London’s attack. Valentine has also arrived.

Doctor Arkengarth explains that Hester’s mother found MEDUSA, but Valentine killed her for it.

Doctor Faustus - Character Analysis