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The Taming of the Shrew Summary

Dear Friend, 

In this letter to you I am going to give you a nice summary of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and well known plays, The Taming of the Shrew! It is sometimes hard to understand which is why I will tell you about it instead of you trying to read it yourself, (since you will no doubt fail) so let’s begin. 

This play goes into the “Comedy” section of all the categories of Shakespeare’s plays. 

It starts out with a servant, named Sly who gets drunk after doing his duty to his master’s wife and falls fast asleep on a pile of hay. Then after a few minutes have passed his master comes and finds him asleep because of drink. Then the master decides he wants to make a fine game out of this; he dresses himself and his wife as servants, and he makes his companion pretend to be a girl. When Sly wakes up they treat him like the master and because of all the drinks he had he believes them. Then they decide to put on a play for him and his “wife” and so the rest of the story is a play, being held for this fake master by his fake servants. 

The play is about this man who had two daughters, both are very pretty, beautiful even, except for the oldest is very, very, very rude. She is a shrew, nobody likes her, and nobody wants to marry her. But the younger daughter is very nice and polite and everyone wants to marry her. The older daughters name is Katherina, and the younger Bianca. Their father has decided that before Bianca can marry anyone someone has to marry Katherina.  Then there comes this master and his servant who switches places because the master fell in love with Bianca, so to get close to her he becomes her teacher, and secretly tells her about the swap. Meanwhile, a man named, Petruchio, actually falls in love with Katherina and marries her, even though she is a shrew, promising all those who are watching that he will tame her. He does in fact tame her and Bianca marries her teacher/ master love. 

The way that Petruchio tames Katherina, is by being even more of a shrew towards her, than she is to him. And it works effectively. By the end of the play Katherina is the most behaved, and controlled, also sweet, out of the sisters, and their friends. The end scene is where all the people that you have interactions with, even if for just a second, are having a feast, and make a bet on the wives that are present. The bet is that all the men who have their wives present, will call on their wife, and the one who comes without an excuse, their husband will earn a large amount of money. So each in turn call upon their wife, but only Katherina, the “shrew” actually comes. And when she does she says that her duty as a wife is this: 

             “Fie, fie! unknit that threatening unkind brow, And dart not scornful glances from those eyes To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor. It blots thy beauty as frosts do bite the meads, Confounds thy fame as whirlwinds shake fair buds, And in no sense is meet or amiable. A woman moved is like a fountain troubled- Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty; And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it. Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee, And for thy maintenance commits his body To painful labour both by sea and land, To watch the night in storms, the day in cold, Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe; And craves no other tribute at thy hands But love, fair looks, and true obedience- Too little payment for so great a debt. Such duty as the subject owes the prince, Even such a woman oweth to her husband; And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour, And not obedient to his honest will, What is she but a foul contending rebel And graceless traitor to her loving lord? I am ashamed that women are so simple To offer war where they should kneel for peace; Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway, When they are bound to serve, love, and obey. Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth, Unapt to toll and trouble in the world, But that our soft conditions and our hearts Should well agree with our external parts? Come, come, you froward and unable worins! My mind hath been as big as one of yours, My heart as great, my reason haply more, To bandy word for word and frown for frown; But now I see our lances are but straws, Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare, That seeming to be most which we indeed least are. Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot, And place your hands below your husband’s foot; In token of which duty, if he please, My hand is ready, may it do him ease.”

And that, Friend, is my summary to you of The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.  

 

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William of Orange

William of Orange was the prince of Orange in the sixteenth century.  He was the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish. When William was eleven years old his cousin, who was the former prince of Orange, died leaving William as the heir. William however was only allowed to be the prince of Orange if he got a Catholic education. This was hard for him because he had been raised, and grown up a Protestant. William believed (along with a few others as well) that Spain was being too controlling and so he did not like how Spain ruled the Netherlands. He also didn’t like how they were ruling because he was also fed up with all the religious persecution as he believed in religious freedom for all people. William was proclaimed an outlaw because he began to speak out and was financially involved within several revolts. Because of these things William began the Eighty Years war. This war ended with the Dutch gaining their independence from the Spanish Crown. William was killed in his own home in July 1584 by a catholic Frenchman. 

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Summary of Macbeth

Macbeth is a sad story; 

 

It begins with three witches talking about prophecies about Macbeth and how he shall become king, Macbeth hears this and asks them what they mean. They tell him how it will be done, step by step of how he will gain power and one day be king. 

Macbeth writes a letter to his wife telling her all about the encounter with the three witches. She then decides what to do to make him king. 

While Macbeth suddenly gets this huge reward for fighting bravely in this battle and step two out of three is done that the witches told him, so the last step is to become king. 

His wife comes up with a plan to kill the king. Her plan is to murder the king while he is sleeping and hide the bloody knives under the servants’ pillows that are also in the room. She then as an extra precaution kills the servants making it look like they killed the king, and felt so guilty about it that they killed themselves. This is actually believed when the other servants come in to check on the king, while Macbeth and his wife act just as sad and surprised as everyone else.

The whole story is sad and dark, and bloody, and is definitely a sad play. 

Lots of people die and it is definitely not my favorite Shakespeare play. 

You really should read it to understand exactly what I mean. 

In the end of the story Macbeth ends up dying, being slain by this man who has found out the truth, the sad part is that this man’s wife and children had been murdered by Macbeth, and so he was returning the ‘favor’. 

 

What I would have done if I was in Macbeth’s place? 

After hearing the witches I would be pretty stoked to become king, or queen, since I am a girl, and would most likely wait for all the things to come true. 

After the first ‘step’ or promise came true, it would be really exciting and I would definitely tell my husband, again since I am a girl it would not be my wife. 

I would definitely not murder the king even if my husband was psycho and wanted to, specifically because king Duncan in the story loves Macbeth and respects him, so if this happened to me he would have the same feelings for me, so I don’t think I would even think about killing him, I’d probably just dis-own my husband or divorce him or something. 

That way I wouldn’t end up dying, the king wouldn’t end up dying, and everyone would live a happy life. 

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The Divine Right of Kings

The Divine Right of Kings was made by king Louis XIV of France

The laws back then was that everyone had someone lower than themselves that served them and someone higher that they served. So when the line came down to the king, the king was supposed to serve all of his people. But instead Louis XIV decided he would make a new law. This law was about the same but different in one main way. The King only answered to God. He didn’t have to listen to anyone other than God if he didn’t want to. Now this law can be seen as good and bad, good if the power is used properly, and bad if it isn’t. Now plenty of the kings who believed in this new law took advantage of it and were very ruthless at times. Sometimes in history when kings get too much power we can see how they take advantage of it and use it to hurt others. 

                  The Divine Right of Kings, is it a terrible law, or an OK one? What do you think?

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Worldviews that we studied this week:

These are the worldviews that we studied this week in English class.

Rationalism: The belief that opinions and actions should be based on reason and knowledge not on religious belief or responses.

Atheism: The belief that there is no God.

Humanism: The belief that man is the measure of all things.

Theism: The belief that God created the world; along with the idea that God is omniscient omnipotent and omnipresent.

Naturalism: Teaches: God is irrelevant, evolutionary change is inevitable man is autonomous self centuries will himself, education is the guide to life science is the ultimate provider for knowledge.

Nihilism: Pilospjiscal nostion which argues that the world is without objective meaning, purpose, comprehensible truth, or essential value.

Pragmatism: It signifies the insistence on usefulness or practical consequences as atess of truth.

Deism: Belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe.

Postmodernism: It stems from recognition that reality is constructed as the mind tries to understand its own personal reality.

Materialism: All things are composed of material and all phenomena are the result of material interactions; mater is the only substance.

NewAgePantheism: All is one. There is no ultimate distinctions between humans, animals, or the rest of creation.

Hedonism: All actions can be based on how much pleasure and how little pain they produce. (pleasure over pain)

Socialism: Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines that imagines a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to social control.

Transcendentalism: Teaches that divinity pervades all nature and humanity.

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Queen Mary; Bloody Mary

Queen Mary was queen of England and Ireland from 18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558.

Originally, her older brother, King Edward, didn’t want her to become queen because she was a Catholic and he had worked hard to make England a Protestant country. So he made a will stating that his cousin, Lady Jane Grey, should become queen and that Mary and Elizabeth, his other sister, would not be allowed too. But Mary was able to get enough people on her side to convince the authorities that she should be queen instead of Jane. So Jane and her husband were put in a tower and then killed a few days later. Queen Mary was very Catholic and so she hated all the Protestants in England. She gained the nickname Bloody Mary, because of the persecution of the Protestants that happened during her reign. Most of the persecution was done by her, she herself killed over two hundred eighty protestants, by burning them to a stake.

Lucky for the Protestants she only reigned for five years, and everyone that had fled were able to come back and again make their home in England.

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My Pet Gracie

Gracie is my pet puppy. She is a German Short Hair Pointer. She has light blue eyes, a chocolate face and a big spot on her back. She is white with little grey and brown specks everywhere!

One of her favorite things to do right now is not listen, and she is very good at it. The only way you can tell that she is listening is because her ears will perk up and she will even sometimes look at you, but she hardly ever comes, and usually just walks away and continues doing whatever it was that she was doing when you ‘rudely interrupted’ her. Gracie is a ‘hopper’. When she runs she hops around in between each stride. It is really funny to watch her run because she half runs half hops! She loves to cuddle with you and will fall asleep after sitting on your lap for less than five minutes. She is a really playful energetic dog when she is not tired though. She keeps you on your toes! She is still a puppy and so she is not trained yet, but I am working on it. All in all she is a great dog, even if she pees inside, and chews on stuff, and doesn’t listen, and isn’t trained!

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Sir Walter Raleigh and Roanoke

Sir Walter Raleigh was an important politician and explorer during the Elizabethan era. 

Raleigh grew up Protestant during Queen Mary’s reign. Because his family was Protestants they had to hide so survive from the queen’s soldiers. Because of the fact he was always hiding he grew a deep hatred towards Catholicism. 

In 1587 Raleigh decided to colonize the Island Roanoke, organized under John White. John White eventually had to return to England to get supplies. His return was postponed because of some dire needs he had to look into. Soon it had been three years before he was finally able to go back to Roanoke Island. When he did return, however, he found the place empty. The colonists were nowhere to be found. People still don’t know where they went. The city Raleigh tried to colonize is now known as “The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island”. 

Raleigh was favored by the Queen of England, Elizabeth. Why? Because when he traveled to Ireland he started preaching about Protestantism to the people around him. This made the queen very happy, which made him get  bumped to ‘favorite’ on her list. 

Raleigh was executed on October 29 1618 because of a wronged treasonous act of his crew while on a sea voyage: During King James’ reign over England. 

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Oackrest Camp This Week

On Monday June seventeenth two-thousand nineteen, I went to Oakcrest camp for girls! Me and my best friend, Kymee, packed up and left early Monday morning. We hopped on a huge bus (that had really soft comfy seats and big windows and arm rests) and were off for a new adventure! I got to camp at around twelve thirty, said “Good Bye!” to my mom, and then set off to meet my counselor, and to put my things into the cabin I was assigned to. Me, Kymee, Anna (Big A), Anna (little a), Emery, Brook, Sophie, Sierra, Ashley, and Brynlee were all in the same cabin, and we all became fast friends! 

June 18 2019

I was slowly awakened by the music they played on the speakers throughout camp. A symbol telling us to get up and that we only had fifteen to twenty minutes to get ready for the day and our activities. 

Every morning we woke up at seven and had twenty minutes max to get ready for the day. 

June 19 2019

I was falling and hit the ground with a thud… We went on a huge hike that day, it was fun other than the part where my eyes wouldn’t stop irritating me and the fact that I fell really hard on my hip. I also did the foam slide, it was really exciting and fun! (Even if I didn’t do it because my eyes were really irritated and the foam was completely soap) 

June 20 2019

Today was the day we did all the religious spiritual things for camp. The trading post was also opened for us today and so I was able to get a few things from there. 

June 21 2019

Today is the last day of Oakcrest camp…I only did half a day today, driving home on the bus around lunchtime. It was fun to finally be coming home, but it was sad to leave all of my friends too. I will never forget anything that happened at Oakcrest, it is forever in my memory. 

A list of all the things I bought at Oakcrest

A bandana 

A hoodie

A head band

Two pins

A pair of socks

And four water flavor packets

 

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My own chapter for “Little Men”

In this essay I am supposed to write my own short chapter in the book I’m currently reading which is,  Little Men by Louisa May Alcott.

The Ghost

It was late in the morning, on a Saturday afternoon. The birds were softly singing, the grasshoppers jumping just out of reach of the birds hungry mouths, the cool breeze whistling through the leaves and branches of the nearby trees, specifically the old Willow who has seen and heard so many wonderful, horrible, exciting adventures of the dear boys. Dan and Teddy were fishing though, Teddy was the only one really enjoying this since there were no fish in the small pond where all the ducks and hens washed. Nat was sitting in the old Willow carefully making music to go along with the whistling of the soft wind. Stuffy, George if you want to be formal,  came walking down towards the small museum where all their fascinating collections were held. “Hey! Stuffy what’cha doin’?” Tommy called from the meadow where he, Ned, and Emil were playing catch. “Oh jus’ goin’ to look at the new butterfly Dan added.” Stuffy replied and continued his slow romp to the museum. “Oh! Danny! Wook I caughted un!” Teddy yelled and held up his fishing pole to show the tiny larvae on the tip. “Good job Teddy. Let’s go and put it by the others in the museum.” Dan took the little boys’ hand and walked off to their museum.

It was late in the evening now, supper was about to be had, the boys were about to wash, and everything was being prepared for Sunday, the next day, when Demi, Nat, Tommy, and Dan came in looking like street boys, all dirty, smelly, hair in weird arrangements, and looking as though they had seen a ghost. “Well! What in the world happened to you four?” Mrs. Joe asked being startled by the four, normally looking clean, boys. “We saw a ghost!” Demi said, looking more excited than scared, now that he was inside the warm cozy house. “Yeah, it was a big one too! Came this close to taking my life with ‘im!” Tommy said as he sunk down in a chair, panting as hard and fast as a dog.  “Oh dear, did you really?” Mrs. Joe said, she knew that there was no such thing, but the boys were very scared and it was enjoyable to see them having little adventures. “Yes’m. It came at us as we were coming in. Almost got Tommy but we ran away as fast as our legs would take us.” Nat said his fear dissolving as well. “Well, let’s have supper and you can tell everyone all about your ghost.” And with that the boys washed up and went to the table, for they were hungry, and wanted to tell everyone about their ghost.

As soon as they had sat down and everyone had begun to eat, Dan began to tell the story, being the oldest one who had encountered the ghost. “We were just walking down the path to the house, and as you know it’s starting to get darker faster, moon is already out, and as we were passing by some trees, this white ghost suddenly comes down upon us! We were scared silly and began yelling and runnin’ away as fast as we could. In the distance we heard something like a child crying, it was so spooky.” Dan said and then Nat, and the others began telling their side of the story.

Now, what these boys didn’t know was that Daisy and Nan had decided to wash their dolls’ best dresses, so they would be ready for their Sunday play the next day. Forgetting about one dress, which happened to be white and hanging on a branch to dry, the girls had gone and began a new game. Now since it was dark and the wind was blowing softly, the dress had looked like a ghost, all shiny in the light of the moon, with the wind blowing it this way and that. The boys had run right into it, not seeing the branch it hung on, or the frilly bows around the neckline, not even the lace ribbon sewed to the back of it, blowing around in the wind. And as for the crying in the distance, that had been the other boys as they finished playing and began to go home for supper, hollering at one another, racing each other, and being boys.

Early the next morning as everybody was preparing for the walk, Daisy noticed that she was missing the big white dress for the big doll her and Nan shared. “Aunty Joe! I cannot find Caroline’s dress.” Daisy cried to her aunt. “Well, didn’t you wash it yesterday?” Mrs. Joe replied, trying to get Teddy to sit still. “Yes! I did! And I know exactly where it is!” Daisy said and they all decided that they would go get her dress during the walk. Now Dan noticing where they were going, and seeing the dress, realized that their ghost was not as scary as they had all thought. “Why! That’s exactly where the ghost was when we were walking home!’’ Demi called as he too recognized the area. “Then that means that our ghost was really just a silly old dress!” Tommy cried, and every one began to laugh, and they laughed and they laughed.

That night at supper, they were all still laughing, and no one has ever forgotten about the ghost.