10/10 - 10/13 In class activity

1) We discussed our choices for decade songs. My song was "Everybody Wants You" by Damone (remember to link this!!). It connects to my personal philosophy because the people who were basically being worshiped by the masses had power over the people because the people were pinning all their expectations and personal images on these rare few. The few then controlled the many because the many compared themselves to the few and based on their similarities decided how good or bad they were.

2) We did quick writes in class on our views of the articles "Justice Denied" and "Making Enemies". Particularly in relation to the article "Making Enemies" (Remember to link this!!!), because without someone to put the blame on, whether another race/social class or an innocent bystander who is in the wrong place at the wrong time, the accusers are incapable of moving on and accepting the situation.

3) Just before we started working on The Crucible we took a look at some of the interrogation tactics that the court used on the people accused of being witches. My personal philosophy connects to this because, like in the previous articles, whether or not the accused really had anything to do with the situation was inconsequential - the only thing that actually mattered was that they fit the description of a scapegoat. The puritans needed to have scapegoats to blame illness on because they could not control and had no power over the diseases that were racking the young children, so they obtained power over the situation by allowing themselves to believe that innocent villagers were witches.

4) In my Village Notes I took during class when we were picking out three things that really stood out to us in this one scene I picked out Ivy's pure yellow cloak having a mud soaked and splattered hem. I connected this to my philosophy statements because even something as innocent and pure as Ivy's yellow cloak can become splattered with blame - the mud. However, this blame is only superficial, the cloak still is and always will be yellow, but it's bright vibrant color is covered up by the brown yuckiness of the mud.

5) During class one day we did an activity on unconscious stereotypes. This connects to my philosophy statement because unconscious and conscious stereotypes are what determine who we choose as our scapegoats.