The last few weeks, which have been really broken up with snow days, have been quite hectic. In AP Lit we have been finishing up our Macbeth presentation and essay. We had to change a lot of things and sadly the day we were supposed to present (first) one of our group members was gone. Which caused a good bit of stress getting our notes ready. Luckily once we started it turned out okay and were able to clear our heads enough to present (although it we were quite shaky). Through all this I learned a lot of things. As we had prepared our essay and prezi we had to work on time management, especially with how many snow days we had. IN the end we got a little too comfortable and thought we had finished early but turns out we had done something wrong and had to fix a big thing at last minute. That was pretty stressful but helped bring our group closer together and make friendships. Overall it was an ok project. I learned a good bit from it even though at the moment I hadn't been very excited about it.
These past few weeks we have been delving deeper into Macbeth, focusing more on the psychology of it all and why people react the way they do. It's been interesting studying Macbeth's actions and what he goes through. It gives the appearance that Macbeth has paranoid schizophrenia which worsens as time goes on and is triggered a lot of the time by being scared.
Me and my group have been busy making a presentation on this, telling about Freud and Maslow's theories and researching lots of things involving psychology and madness. I'm glad I took a class involving this last year, it's really helped now and I have a better understand of it all than what I would have had. While preparing this presentation we are also preparing our paper, which will consist of a lot of the same information.
This week we also had a speaker come in to discuss with us about Shakespeare and how entwined he is in modern society and language. It was really interesting hearing all the things he's had influenced on and what wouldn't be here today if he hadn't written what he did.