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Natural Law

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Natural Law
Definition
Detail 3
Poetry
Key Components
Plot: Student boards a train that ends up in a never-ending tunnel.

Characters: Conductor, engineer, 24-year old student, other passengers.

Setting: Train to Zurich

Theme: Ignorance

Symbols: The racing train/never-ending tunnel, two pairs of glasses/cotton wool in his ears.

Connection to Natural Law
Everyone is very absorbed in themselves
No one notices the tragedy ahead of them
No collaboration or discussion to fix what is happening
"The Tunnel"
Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Natural Law is the breakdown of laws, morals, as well as values. It is the essence of a character feeling trapped in his/her surroundings as well as the "everyone for themselves" way of life mentality.
Key Components:
Plot: Innocent people and children die for religious beliefs, background & heritage
Characters: Soldiers, innocent people and children
Setting: Auschwitz and Treblinka (concentration camps)
Theme: Man vs. Man/ Man vs. Society
Symbols: Little toys, teddy bears- symbols of innocence
Textual Analysis:
Man vs. Man- soldier vs. soldier, brother vs. brother, friend vs. friend
Man vs. Society- Hitler vs. Jews, Poles, Religious Groups, Soldiers vs. Opposition of their cause
Connects through history as well as the above archetypes
Critical Theory:
(Historical Critical Approach)
"What has the author learned through history that has influenced the theme of the text?"
The affect the Holocaust had/still has on the world.
"To what extent can we understand the past as it is reflected in the literary work?
We can further relate history through this poem to give ourselves context of the past.
"Introduction to the Holocaust." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2013. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143>.

"WAR POETRY | 50 POEMS ABOUT WAR | SOLDIER POEMS." Writer Fox on HubPages. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2013. <http://writerfox.hubpages.com/hub/WarPoems>.
Works Cited:
Discussion Questions:
Do you know of anyone who lived alongside WWII?

What stories do you have of relatives during the Holocaust if any?

Can we relate this tragedy to our world today?
The story of Mignonette -
Richard Parker
Real life story
Summary
Characters: Richard Parker, Thomas Dudley, Edwin Stephens and Edmund Brooks

Setting: In 1884, Mignonette, a ship sailing from England to Australia and founded sunk in South Atlantic
Plot
In 1884, the yacht Mignonette sank. Four people survived and drifted in a life boat before one of them, the cabin boy Richard Parker, was killed by the others for food.
theme & conflicts
Theme:
Utilitarianism - it intends to maximized good for the most people.

Justice - the quality of being fair and reasonable

Conflicts: "men vs men"
How this story connect to natural law?



Nature (no food and water)
Kill & Eat Parker’s flesh
(breakdown the laws and moral value)
Psychological Approach
Imbalance between utilitarianism and justice ∵

Eagerness to lived & Open-mindedness ''As we was having our breakfast we will call it.''
murdered and ate Parker

Impact: utilitarianism vs justice; “establishing a leading case”
Discussion Questions:
If you were Thomas Dudley, would you choose to be a cannibal or wait for death?

Do you think the three survivors are guilty or not? Why?
"10 True Stories of Survival Cannibalism." HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2013.
http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/survival/wilderness/10-true-stories-survival-cannibalism1.htm#page=4

Kroll, Jess. "The Differences Between Utilitarianism & Ethical Egoism | EHow." EHow. Demand Media, 29 June 2011. Web. 19 Sept. 2013.
http://www.ehow.com/info_8662427_differences-between-utilitarianism-ethical-egoism.html

RAWSON, CLAUDE. "The Ultimate Taboo." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Sept. 2013.
http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/04/16/reviews/000416.16rawsont.html

"How Cannibalism Works." HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.
http://people.howstuffworks.com/cannibalism1.htm

"Justice." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Sept. 2013. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice

"Definition of Humanism in English." Humanism: Definition of Humanism in Oxford Dictionary (British & World English). N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.
http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/humanism

Work Cited
The Hunger Games
Movie Trailer
Plot and Setting

Set in the futuristic world of Panem

The "Hunger Games" is a punishment for past rebellion against 'the Capitol'

"Tributes" are selected to participate to fight to the death against one another




Characters
Katniss Everdeen
protagonist, rebellious,
independent and determined
Peeta Mellark
tribute from District 12,
cares for Katniss
Themes of Conflict
Man vs. Man

Man vs. Society

Every man for themselves. Survival of the fittest.

Resilience, Poverty and War.
Symbolism
Mockingjay Pin
home, strength, rebellion, bravery
"District 12" - Sign of Respect
farewell and gratitude
Connection to Natural Law
isolation from people
fights to the death
must learn how to survive and adapt on their own
Formalistic Approach
has a very structured plot, setting, theme and characters
focuses on these components to build an overall message for the audience
Works Cited

Conflicts
Man vs Self

Man vs Nature

Songs - No Church in the Wild - Key components and tragedy archetypes relationship analysis by Paul
Lyrics:
Human beings in a mob
What's a mob to a king? What's a king to a God?
What's a God to a non-believer who don't believe in anything?
Will he make it out alive? Alright, alright, no church in the wild

Key components of No Church in the Wild
Plot
-The plot of this song is heavily influenced and revolves around the chorus

-The plot can be perceived in different ways depending on your perspective (im kind of a skeptic)
Theme

-Good vs. Evil

-Is related to the plot and conflict

Conflict

-The conflict is a sort of a self-conflict in a twin-personality sense related to the main character which is collectively society

-This is looking at the conflict between the two forces (evil - police and good - rioters) in a collective sense, not the individuals intentions

Symbols and characters
-Most of the characters in the story are affiliated with the symbols I will identifying

-Kanye West: Portrayed as a king in a third-person perspective

-Riot Crowd: The people of society, the force of good, represents freedom as a symbol in terms of symbolism

-Riot police: The oppressors of society, the force of evil, represents oppression as a symbol in terms of symbolism

-The Molotov: A sort of representation of the anger of society and Kanyes image

Setting
-Music video was shot in Czech Slovakia

-Definitely fits the theme of the song

Formalistic Approach
"Who are the major and minor characters, what do they represent, and how do they relate to one another?"
"How is the setting related to what we know of the characters and their actions? To what extent is the setting symbolic?"
"What images, similes, metaphors, symbols appear in the work? What is their function? What meanings do they convey?"

Discussion Questions
Have you ever been in a situation that you've known you were heading for an inevitable disaster and chosen to ignore it?

Do you always trust the judgment of someone in a higher power than you, or do you question if their decisions are the best ones?
By: Merisa, Janice, Alina, Angela and Paul.
Natural Law Relation
-The title refers to the "Everyone for themselves" as it means there is no one but yourself when you are alone, as the song promotes to break free of these sort of political and religious ideas, as well as them rioting.

-Society is essentially the character being represented by the riot crowd and obviously felted trapped in a way by these 'ideas'

-Society breaks down and also being the character, changes its morals and values - after Kanyes actions the crowd instantly goes into a state of rebellion against the riot police

Critical approach - Formalistic
I would take a formalistic approach to this song as it was structured in a way to give out different point of views of what the true meaning of the song could be, and how the video was shot and ultimately structured. The lyrics are composed with the video can be comprehended to be seen as different ideas in the eyes of many, and this is why I firmly believe is resonates a formalistic approach.
Discussion Questions
-What is your thoughts on the video

-What is your perspective on the video and song and how would you approach this if
this was your assignment

-What do you think of my perspective

Works Cited
"No Church In The Wild." YouTube. YouTube, 29 May 2012. Web. 21 Sept. 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch¿v=FJt7gNi3Nr4>.
What do YOU think is the main message of this story?
"An Interview with Suzanne Collins." Scholastics.ca. Scholastics, Web. 22 Sept. 2013.
"The Hunger Games Trailer." YouTube. YouTube, 16 Nov. 2011. Web. 22 Sept. 2013.
The Capitol (Society)
A wealthy and superficial government

Dark and scary era
Nazi's gaining control
Auschwitz- well known concentration (1930)/death camp (1940)
A Little World War II History:
Natural Law Conclusion:
Our world is surrounded by it
ie. schools, gossip, war
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