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Thursday, Feb. 27

February 28, 2014

WWTWWT: Today we began with a quick quiz on Plato. Then we talked about his plan for an ideal society. It went something like this:

1. The way to give people an ideal society to to make sure that everybody gets what they want. Plato believed there were essentially three classes of people, from bottom to top:

The masses, who want stuff. (Material things, essentially.) This is the biggest group — just regular folks.

The auxiliaries, who want glory. These would be the law-keepers in society — soldiers, police, etc. (“Glory” doesn’t automatically mean “recognition” — it would mean people who take pleasure in doing noble deeds.)

The philosopher kings, who want knowledge. These would be the guys who ran the society. And they’d be unlike today’s corrupt politicians because their main goal would be gaining knowledge, not stuff.

2. Of course, there’d be no art, except perhaps a little military marching music. Artists = troublemakers. Imperfect copies of imperfect copies. Etc.

3. Kids would be raised by the state.

We had a nice discussion about “The State” and what it means to you and your life. More on this subject soon!

For Tuesday: please read the section on Aristotle in your textbook. Quizzes could happen at any time.

Adaptation: Watched To Kill A Mockingbird. Response is due on Tuesday. Here is the prompt:

Please TYPE your response as an informal paper. This response is worth a bit more than previous


Considering all of the conversations we’ve had about adaptation so far, look at Mulligan’s adaptation of

To Kill a Mockingbird with a critical eye. Answer most or all of the following questions/points:

1. How is the film different from the book? Address this question from a variety of angles:

character, tone, setting, description, plot, conflict, atmosphere, gaps, etc.

2. What do you think the “essential quality” of the novel is? Why? And does the film capture this

quality? Explain. (“Essential quality” is in reference to Benjamin’s Task of the Translator.)

3. Do you think the film either supports or refutes any of the fallacies identified by Leitch? How so?

4. Would you call this a successful adaptation? Why or why not?

Siren: Proofread March copy. If you still have something out because the event hasn’t happened yet, your piece needs to be in on Tuesday — and it’s most likely gonna be a Tumblr exclusive.

Film Studies: No class today. War of the Worlds Tuesday.

Bookbinding: No class today.

8th Grade: Started writing stories based on Twilight Zone episodes. We’ll continue next week.

Survey: Screenwriting: We started watching Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. You took notes. We’ll finish Friday. 

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