Humanities 06: Great People, Great Ages–
Section 0602 – Fall 2016
(CSU GE AREA C1 OR C2 • IGETC AREA 3B)
Mon & Wed 8:00 AM – 9:25 AM EB 1203
Instructor: Michael Schuster
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 9:30 am – 9:50 am
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
The Humanistic Tradition: Book 3 by Gloria Fiero
To see the syllabus for our class click here.
To see the handout dealing with the themes in our class click here.
To see the handout of the paper guidelines click HERE.
General advice: "10 Rules for Students and Teachers" by John Cage
Updates and assignments:
[UPDATE- 10/20/16: I have posted the Midterm prompt below]
Short Write #3 - due Oct. 24th
Theme: Man's relationship Nature
Discuss 2 (at most 3) instances of imagery and/or lines
in reference to "unnatural" things in Macbeth. Unnatural
can refer to Nature or it can also refer to the body/biology-
man as an animal. Clearly state how it is related to the
Humanities theme of Man in relationship to Nature.
What is Shakespeare trying to say about man's place in universe
through examples you've chosen? Be specific using lines from the
play. (Try to keep it to one or two lines at most for each quote.)
2-3 pages, typed, double-spaced, normal (13 pt.) font.
Obviously, you should read all of Macbeth before starting.
Wed. lecture will pick up from where we left off on Monday.
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By request: here are the questions I asked you in class
to get you to think about starting your short write.
DO NOT answer these questions for the short write
due on Monday- refer to the prompt above. Thanks.
Q's for class discussion:
1. Would Macbeth have committed the murders had it not
been for Lady Macbeth?
2. At the beginning, was Macbeth a heroic, innocent, man
corrupted by the witches? Or, did the witches
choose Macbeth because he was already greedy
and susceptible to their temptation?
---> what does each perspective say about man & free will?
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MIDTERM - Due Nov. 2nd
Your grade will be based on how completely
you answer each of the two parts of this prompt.
In both Macbeth and Julius Caesar, various
characters are in a conflict of loyalties
between friends/family and society (the state).
Compare / contrast how Shakespeare presents
these conflicts within the two plays. Which one
do you think Shakespeare believes that we
should choose in our lives?
Within each play, many characters' pursuit
of their goals eventually leads to their death.
Their beliefs in what they think will happen
ends very differently than what does happen at
the end of the play. Comparing / contrasting a
few characters from each play, discuss the extent to which
you understand how Shakespeare presents the role
that fate plays in each of their lives, and
by extension, our own lives.
5 pages, typed, and double spaced. Please use
at least 3 sources (none of them Wikipedia).
Provide examples from each play and any essays
(from the Norton editions or elsewhere) that you find.
Make sure to cite appropriately and try to keep
the sources you quote from to one or two lines.
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We will continue our discussion of the text material in Chapter 10 (linked below)
For Monday, please make sure you have the Fiero textbook and have read
through Chapter 15 stopping at the segment "Art and Music in Transition".
Also please read through Acts I & II of Macbeth. Actively read the text,
making notes of any mention of nature and usage of things you may
believe to be "unnatural" within those first two acts.
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We will continue our discussion of "Goodman" on Monday. Coming up
is a discussion of the text material in Chapter 10 (linked below)
For Wednesday, please read this short essay "The Goodman of Paris".
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Due Monday, Oct 3.
Read through page 239 in this chapter (Chapter 10) that is linked here.
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Read as much of the entire play as possible,
since it will help you better answer the short write.
Short Write #2 - due Sept. 26th
2-3 pgs max. Typed, double spaced, stapled.
Choose only one (1) Humanities theme to describe your opinion
as to whether or not you think Brutus' assassination of Caesar was
- a personal, or
- a political act.
Choose either Hum theme #1 (man/self) or #2 (man/society).
(As discussed in class, we're assuming Hum #3 (man/nature) is a
given because it's such an unnatural act. That's why I don't
want you to choose this one.)
Along with any lines from the play, please
use the Irving Ribner essay on 171-180 in and/or
the G. Wilson Knight essay on 181-188 from the
Norton Caesar as evidence to support your points.
[Citation can simply be (Norton, pg. #) for clarity.
Other texts you reference can be (Author, pg. #).]
In addition, continue the following:
We will continue to discuss some of these ideas in class on Wed.
for background to the play Julius Caesar. Please read the essay
included in the Norton edition pages 181-188: taken from
G. Wilson Knight's "The Imperial Theme". Also make sure
you are familiar with Caesar through page 55.
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We have been discussing some of these ideas in class on Wed.
for background to the play Julius Caesar. Please
read pages 88-96 in the chapter on Ancient Rome by clicking here.
Assignment for Monday: Read Act 1 of Julius Caesar
Make notes on the following:
1. The relationship of Romans and Pompey
2. The Feast of the Lupercalia (The Lupercal)
3. Ides of March- and supernatural omens
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Short Write #1 - due Sept. 7th
2 pages max. Typed, double spaced, stapled.
Tell me about your favorite adaptation that
you've either seen or read (not music).
It can be a movie from a play, a book, a
musical, or some other adaptation.
1. What was the overall "take home message" of the
adaptation? If it wasn't the same, how did it differ?
2. What was added / taken out from the original version?
3. Did you like the adaptation more or less than
the original? Why?