In the second set of activities, students will use the black construction paper as a screen and background. In space, there are no walls, and essentially nothing to scatter or reflect light. We cannot produce this situation in the classroom, but since the black paper reflects little light, it will make things look more like they would in space than would the white paper. We can make the contrasts even stronger by using a brighter light source such as our overhead projector. Darken the classroom and turn on the 250-watt bulb. As you lead the class through these investigations, determine which of the questions in each step you want your students to answer in their science notebooks and which questions you want to discuss as a class.
In Act V Scene V, strong words from Macbeth convey to the reader two themes of the play. This soliloquy demonstrates the play's use of irony and the use of the disparity between the great opposition of light and darkness as symbols for both life and death. This soliloquy is quite significant to the play as a whole since it demonstrates two very important themes as well as leading to a better understanding of Macbeth....
Have students look at the part of Earth visible behind him. Would people living there be able to see the Sun? Would they be in light? In darkness?
Although Light did originate from Danaan herself,it is very unlikely that the Sixth Element had any type of effect uponthe powers of Sgrios, who feeds upon souls; therefore, the legacy of Danaan is actually a 'soul shield' of incredible strength - the ability to protectall Aislings, as well as their Aisling offspring.
Discuss with students that in the picture, there is clearly a part of Seller’s helmet that is in a shadow. Why is it not completely dark, then, since he is in space? In other words, where is the light coming from by which we see the top of his helmet? (It could be the Space Station near him, or else the more distant but larger Earth itself.)
For the common Aisling, it isby the presence of Light that we know the Darkness, as the concept wasbeyond our ancestors without the presence of the Sixth.
The only ones who can truly see are blind. This is a popular theme through out Greek literature, especially in “Oedipus Rex” where Sophocles nurtures the idea that real sight does not require eyes but the ability to see beyond the surface of things. According to Sophocles, one must not only be able to see something, but one must also be able to understand it. Teiresias, the only physically blind character, is the only person that throughout the play can actually see what has, is and will happen. Oedipus himself only truly achieves this state of knowledge after he blinds himself with his mother’s/wife’s broach. Light and darkness (sight and blindness) takes on three different forms throughout the play, the first form refers to knowledge, the second to physical light and the third to truth; the three forms are used interchangeably and they occasionally refer to multiple interpretations at the same time.
They will also find that we “see” the world by collecting light that enters our eyes. This means that if no light enters our eyes from a particular direction we perceive that direction as dark. This is less obvious than it seems. For example, in the classroom, once the lights are turned on there is usually no area that appears dark because the room is filled with reflecting objects — the walls and everything else — so that light is impinging on our eyes from all directions. In the emptiness of space, light (from the Sun) may be present but, with the absence of objects to reflect it to our eyes, we see darkness.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
The three forms of light and darkness take on an extremely important role in the play and almost become another character. The subtle use of the words in their different forms give the reader subtle hints about the truth of the play. Sophocles weaves an extremely well-portrayed story in which he declares that just because a ruler can see the world around him, it does not guarantee that the ruler understands what is happening, and, in turn, that kings are not all-knowing: they are just men.
There are four symbols that I will discuss below, they are light and darkness it represents the good and bad things that take place throughout the play.
There are other ways to generate light, such as by exciting electrons within gases. This is how fluorescent lamps work, and is the source of some of the light created by lightning.