Read the first scene of Julius Caesar(or here or here).
Recall class discussions on the “Four Postulates.”
Recall class discussion on Stoicism and Epicureanism.
What is the Feast of Lupercal? Why would it have any appeal to an Epicurean? A Stoic?
Are Marullus and Flavius more Epicurean or Stoic in their response to the citizens’ preparations for Caesar’s victory parade?
How do the citizens behave throughout the scene? Initially are they Stoic or Epicurean? How do they leave?
Predict Caesar’s response to Marullus and Flavius driving away the vulgar herd.
Who killed Pompey? What is a Triumvirate? Why was the First Triumvirate “unofficial”? Who forms the Second Triumvirate?
What other questions can you raise about Act 1, Scene 1?
How do isolation and loneliness affect how we perceive ourselves?
Is Horatio a nihilist? A Christian existentialist? Something else? Does he reveal his “imperatives“? How does he respond when evidence challenges his “imperatives”?
Consider “Postulates 1-4.”
How do characters respond when evidence clearly contradicts their ideals?
While viewing/reading/blogging, keep the usual “Cornell” notes with pen and paper. Blog your response to textual issues arising from class discussion. Link your blog to online sources: wikis, etexts, guides, discussions, imdbs. Synthesize don’t plagiarize: hyperlink all sources. Refer to “Improve Your Critical Thinking” suggestions.
Refresh your skills by looking again at notes from our discussion on Bloom: Knowledge=>Comprehension==>Application==>
Ask for the “Strong Verbs” handout if you’ve misplaced yours.
PS: linguistic multi-taskers will excel.
Recall images, faces, reactions, hecklers, stumbles, successes from the last week preparing and performing for the elementary students. See if you can’t work into your reflections a discussion of the postulates: can something come from nothing? does God exist? is our soul immortal? is our will our own? As well, discuss the presence of fear or awe in the psyche of a child. Recall Golding’s thesis about the ubiquity of evil in children. Was anyone in our audiences ever “afraid” of our magic? Why? Why not?
In addition, you might include a “microcontent” review of our show(s).