a. Take a book you’ve read recently (could even be a text for one of your classes) and answer the 4 questions on this page. ROMEO and JULIET: 

1. The author of this book, William Shakespear, gives many life lessons to learn from. One of the main theme was love. Love is apparent in EVERY aspect of life and he used this theme to get multiple points across like hate, love, commitment, and spite. The list goes on and on. 

2. Out of all of the topics provided the author chooses love for this sums up all of the topics. He uses death, tragedy and comedy to portray the value of love in life. When Juliet kills herself because Romeo did it shows ultimate love in commitment, although no one would ever do that, it is what it resembles. 

3. The language he used was the language of his time period which is old English. The selected word choice is all very powerful words like “passion” etc, compared to like a lot. There are no images, except when the play is acted out. This uses great visualization of the written text. The death scene in romeo and juliet. 

4. The book is written for a dramatic presentation in theater. It has concepts understood by the high class and concepts understood by the lower class. It is all around a wonderful piece of literature and theater. 

b.) Read the green box from Yeshey of Bhutan (don’t step on a book!). Then read about and watch Thomas Pettit, a Danish philosopher, discuss the Gutenberg Parenthesis and his view of books (tear one up!).

What are your thoughts about the sanctity of books and how did you arrive to your decision? I believe that books should be very sacred because they hold a lot of messages and knowledge and it is humans way of recording knowledge indefinitely. Now a days people use the internet to post and record knowledge, but that can be lost and changed, but books cannot. I came to this conclution by reflecting on my own learning from books and the perspectives on them that I have heard. 

Do books really “hold learning”? Books hold learning by keeping the knowledge they contain constant. Although some knowledge they contain may change over time and prove to be false, it is a great reference to learn from the past beliefs. Also humans opinions and knowledge are inserted into these books

How would you rate where you get knowledge – media (various), books, teachers, family, friends, celebrities, etc.? I would rate the knowledge more based on whom derived the knowledge. There are many types of ways to record knowledge these days, and the location doesn’t matter; it is the brain behind the words. But if I had to rate the least accurate it’d either be the internet or just word to ear methods of keeping knowledge. This is because the person telling the information is more likely to put their opinion into it and give false, nonfactual information. If one was to do this they should portray it in a way where the audience can debate whether or not they believe this certain information. 


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