Mar 5, 2013 - Communication    No Comments

Touching the void quotes and thoughts

“I wasn’t that brave. In fact I was having enough difficulty staving off the dread which through me as I descended”
This talks about how his emotions are just as much of a burden as his physical condition. He states he has too much difficulty preventing his anxious feelings. The dread term is used as almost like a person. Like a person that Joe is trying to hold back with a massive effort that is slowly besting him in his fight. When he says the dread swamped through him it is powerful. You ascociate swamps as dark thick sludgy liquids with scary unknown inhabitants dwelling in the murky bottom. You can relate the dread as a ferocious beast, a predator which flows through the swamp. But this is a disguised swamp. You can relate the mountain to a swamp without relating it to this quote. It’s unknown, has a sense of mystery. You wouldn’t be surprised if you died inside or on it. And many people have made up ‘mystery’ creatures such as big foot/yeti and the Loch Ness monster. when traveling through the ice of the glaciers it feels like a swamp as your mobility is limited.

Controlled Assessment: Shakespeare and the Literary Heritage

You have done an excellent job of exploring the causes of the women’s anger and frustration and you have explored at some length the social context of this in relation to both texts. You have generated an original response to each text and each character and referred extensively to textual references to support this.

To develop further you must:

• Explore in much greater detail the language of the quotations you choose. Many opportunities to expand on the ways the characters’ emotions were communicated through words, language devices and grammatical formulations were missed

• Keep a clearer focus on the dimensions of the question. Your thinking became very psychological and philosophical at times, and this obscured the answer to the question “How were emotions communicated” because you spent a lot of time explaining how these emotions came about and why they were there.

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Sep 27, 2012 - Homework, Research, Shakespeare    1 Comment

Other Playwrights in the Shakespeare Era.

Christopher Marlowe ‘ the not so famous playwright’.

When you think of playwrights in general only one name pops into your head, William Shakespeare. Unknown to most he wasn’t the first or most popular of his time to some, the man who actually inspired William Shakespeare was called Christopher Marlowe.

Unfortunately we don’t know Christopher Marlowe’s date of birth, but we know that he was baptised on the 26th of February 1564 in Canterbury, England and he was mysteriously stabbed to death on the 30th of May 1593 Deptford, England.  He was born to John Marlowe and his wife Catherine, Christopher went on to attend kings school which now have a house named after him, and was awarded a scholarship which allowed him to go to Corpus Christi College in Cambridge from 1580 to 1587. He got his degree in arts in 1584 but the college hesitated in 1587 to give him his master’s degree due to the rumour that he had converted to Roman Catholicism. These rumours died down when the Privy Council sent him a letter to work for the government ‘on matters touching his country’.  The nature of Marlowe’s service to England was not specified by the council but the letter sent to Cambridge has provoked a speculated theory that he had become a secret agent working for Sir Francis Walshinghams intelligence service.

Christopher Marlowe, in his short life had published seven plays which have been seen as incredible plays. The first play he wrote that was performed is believed to be Dido, Queen of Carthage.  This was performed by “the children of the chapel” from 1587 to 1593. Probably his most well known play is “The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus”, based on the German Faustbuch, and was the first drama performed version of the Faust legend of a scholar’s dealing with the devil. The play is similar to some versions of “The Devil’s Pact” which can be traced back to the 4th century. Despite this Marlowe significantly uses a “possessed” style of character by having his hero unable to “burn his books” or repent his sins to God in order to have his contract cancelled at the end of the play. Instead of letting the character immediately have freedom in his actions and conscience. Marlowe’s protagonist Doctor Faustus is instead torn apart by demons and dragged off screaming to burn in hell.  This could be one of the first demon style performances which could have inspired the great horror movies based on demons such as The Exorcist, Fallen and The Last Exorcism.

On the Sunday of May 20th 1593 the rumours of his Atheist beliefs finally caught up with him and he was arrested for the ‘serious’ crime of not believing in a God or for that matter the ‘correct’ God.  The penalty for this crime was burning at the stake, despite the magnitude of the crime he was not tortured or jailed on the condition he reported daily to an officer. Unfortunately for him, even though being theoretically acquitted, on May 30th he was killed by Ingram Frizer who was also with Nicholas Skeres and Robert Poley at the time of the murder. They was all tied to the same charge and many researchers believe it was due to Christopher’s Atheism and ‘spy’ activities being the reason for the murder. Despite an apparent fight breaking out over money, conspiracy theorists think there was a plot to kill Christopher dating back earlier than just the day of the murder.

His plays have had a great influence in the media and acts of the last 500 years. With his plays going on to inspire new playwrights, changing the genre of plays and affecting things such as the movies and books of today. This is a reason of why many more people should know about Christopher Marlowe.

Sep 4, 2012 - Communication    No Comments

This is Your Online Domain

 Icon for Student Blogs at Edutronic.Net

Hello and welcome to your personal online journal.

This platform has been created to enhance and enrich your learning at the London Nautical School. Its purpose is to provide you with an audience for your work (or work-in-progress) and you have the choice (by altering the ‘visibility’ of your posts) of whether your work on here is visible to the world, or only to your teacher.

Anything you post here in the public domain represents you and thus it’s important that you take care with that decision, but don’t be afraid to publish your work – as the feedback you may get from people at home, your peers and people from around the internet is only likely to enhance it.

Remember you can always access your class blog and all manner of resources through the main website – and by all means check out the sites of your peers to see what they’re getting up to as well.

If you have any questions for me, an excellent way to get an answer is to create a new private post on this journal. I am notified of any new posts and will reply swiftly to any queries.

Make the most of, and enjoy this new freedom in your English learning.



Mr Waugh

Oct 9, 2011 - Communication    No Comments

Welcome to your Journal, Raphael

Welcome to your new English Journal.

This site has been created for you to allow a more modern and dynamic way for you to approach your work in English. It is set to “Private” so the only people who have the ability to read what you write here are you, me (Mr Waugh, your teacher) and Dr Ovenden (the Head of English).

Whenever you create an entry on this journal, I am notified. I am then able to comment on what you write – and thus provide you with individual feedback for your work. You can freely access this journal from any computer or mobile device that is connected to the internet.

I will also use this journal as a place to keep all the official information that is relevant to your learning this year – including feedback on your assessments and your current and predicted grades.

For detailed information on your class work and an archive of the hand-outs and resource material you get in class, you can access the Nautical 10 website anytime. Unlike this journal, the class website is public and accessible by anyone.

I hope you find this journal useful – but if it is not for you, the more traditional mechanism of using your book for all work is still available to you. The choice is yours.


Mr Waugh


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