Mid Summer Nights Dream – Question #4

In William Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, we see how our emotions influence our perceptions of the world around us when we take a deeper look at the intentions behind each character’s actions. When we examine the lovers’ actions, we see that many of their choices are heavily influenced by their feelings of love, causing their decisions to be risky and impulsive, in fear of losing their loved one. When Helena betrays Hermia by “[…] tell[ing] [Demetrius] of fair Hermia’s flight:” she is blinded by her desperate love for Demetrius and sacrifices her long friendship with Hermia to be with Demetrius (1.1.246). Helena’s emotions for Demetrius causes her to see Hermia, who Demetrius loves, as a thief that stole Demetrius’ love. When Demetrius leaves to find Hermia & Lysander, Helena follows; not thinking rationally about the consequences of following a stranger into the “opportunity of the night” (2.1.217). If Helena were not to be blinded by her love when making these decisions, she would realize the value of her relationship with Hermia that she could’ve potentially broken. Additionally, she wouldn’t make the rash decision of following a man, who doesn’t care for her, into the woods during night.
We see, again, emotion overpowering rational thought when Egeus says “I beg the ancient privilege of Athens, / As she is mine, I may dispose of her: / Which shall be either to this gentleman / Or to her death, according to our law” (1.1.41-44). Egeus is irate because his daughter, Hermia, refuses to marry Demetrius, who Egeus would like Hermia to wed, because of her love to another man. Blind with anger Egeus goes as far as to “[…] beg the ancient privilege of Athens,” to Theseus, the Duke of Athens, which states that Egeus can choose the fate of his daughter, Hermia (1.1.41). Egeus’ emotions are enough to stop him from thinking radically and he is even willing to have the blood of his daughter on his hands. In this scenario, anger impedes Egeus to perceive even his own daughter as a threat. In conclusion, from these examples we can see that emotions have the ability to greatly impact how individuals perceive the environment around them.

In-Depth Blog Proposal

Yoonha Lee Grade 9
Topic: Photoshop

With the following months available for In-Depth studies, I have decided to learn and hone the skills needed to operate Adobe Photoshop. By the end of this project I hope to have learned the methods and skills needed to give life to any photo (edit) that I please. Doing this alone would prove to be a difficult task, so I have obtained the help and know-how of Ms. Gilder, Gleneagles Photo/Graphics teacher, to guide me. The only problem I have faced so far in my In-Depth Studies is that my mentor (Ms. Gilder) may need to part during the project; a possible solution to this is to have a few available ‘backup mentors’ in mind to contact if this were the case. All in all, I am thrilled to see what I will be able to accomplish in these next few months.

ZIP – Document of Learning #4

This is the final document of learning before the end of the break, and so I thought this question would be fitting:

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself at the start of your inquiry?

Knowing what I know now, I would advise myself not to confine my researching to one question as much as I ended up doing, it is an inquiry project after all. Another piece of advice I would give myself is to create more organized notes. The reason I would bring that up is because a struggle that came up while I was creating my PowerPoint was my notes. I would remember something but not know which page I wrote it on. It wasn’t too bad, but it would have been a lot easier if I had categorized my notes by subject and question instead of the date.

ZIP – Document of Learning #3

In this document of learning I will answer the following question:

Describe the ups and downs you have encountered to date in your inquiry. Specifically, when you were frustrated or struggling in your inquiry, what did you do to address the situation?

A struggle I faced during my inquiry was the recurrence of information on multiple sites, often repeating known things and not proposing anything new or interesting. This was especially frustrating when after researching and finally finding a relevant article, only to discover that it possesses already researched ideas. This would’ve been beneficial if I needed a new source to prove the legitimacy of another article, but it just got to a point where I would only find ONE thing. To address this situation, instead of just researching about things that directly link to my inquiry question, I researched smaller questions that fit with the bigger question.

Another thing that I struggled with was my presentation. At first, I wanted to do a lesson on my subject; but when creating my PowerPoint, I discovered that I instead wanted to do a traditional presentation which goes through explaining my findings and the process I took to get to the final product.