Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Round I, Part III

We have a winner in Part I with Romeo and Juliet and Oedipus Rex beating out two Dickens classics, A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol.

Part II will close this afternoon, so get your votes in soon.

And here's Part III of Round One, which introduces our first 20th Century works, let's see how more modern works fare vs. the classics.





Macbeth
VS.
Canterbury Tales


The Awakening
VS.
The Great Gatsby

17 comments:

Annie Rizzuto said...

Talk about a tough choice!

I'm partial to Macbeth because I played Lady Macbeth and absolutely love this play but on the other hand I have fond memories of reading selections from Chaucer in Mrs. Reilly's AP English class and giggling like a school girl at "The Miller's Tale." And of course both The Awakening and Gatsby are both books I've read over and over.

A hard choice, but I'm going to have to go with Canterbury Tales and The Great Gatsby.

Anonymous said...

Macbeth and Awakening

Stephanie Polukis said...

Tough choice.

I'm going to have to go with Canterbury Tales and The Awakening.

Alex said...

I think i'll have to back the Canterbury tales on that first match up.

Easy easy choice on the second though...Gatsby all the way. Perhaps the most iconic american novel, imo. :D

Jason(at)PrestwickHouse said...

Macbeth is a great work of art that lays the human condition bare while Canterbury Tales is a great bit of light entertianment: advatage Macbeth .

The Great Gatsby is one of the best books I've ever read. The Awakening is probably a good book that I have been meaning to read: advantage Gatsby.

Anonymous said...

Macbeth
and
The Great Gatsby

Anonymous said...

Macbeth and Gatsby. The Awakening is SUCH a sleeper! (Ironic, isn't it?)

Annie Rizzuto said...

Look at that Steph! Alex and I agree on something...

There is a first time for everything :-P

Stephanie Polukis said...

Annie---You both can agree, but it would work out better for both of you to agree with me. :p I had a hard time choosing between The Great Gatsby and The Awakening, so I'll let that last one slide.

Jason---Light entertainment? Are you serious?

Annie Rizzuto said...

Jason obviously didn't have to read it in original Middle English. It was a killer!

Anonymous said...

Macbeth and Awakening

Alex said...

Steph -- why would I want to agree with you when you're wrong? that'd just be silly.

Also, in comparison to MacBeth the "tales" would be a bit of light entertainment.

Keith Bergstrom said...

Let's see --

MacBeth: Intense psychological/ interpersonal drama about the effects of ambition filled with much of the most powerful language in English.

"Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Macbeth Quote (Act V, Scene V).

Canterbury Tales: A satire that loses much of its value if you're not familiar with the details of the time. (Although it makes a fine vehicle for fart jokes).

Advantage: Macbeth

Gatsby vs. Awakening -- I'm afraid I fall into the same category as Jason here. I've not gotten to The Awakening yet, so I'll throw my hat in with The Great Gatsby.

Jason(at)PrestwickHouse said...

Oh man. This is going to get good by the time the finals get here.

I am slightly comforted by the fact that my favorites will probably not make it through.

Holly said...

Macbeth and The Great Gatsby

Chris Mullen said...

I'm a bit older than these children posting and my memory may not be as good as it should be, but I do recall enjoy reading and studying Macbeth. So Macbeth and Gatsby it is!

Keith Bergstrom said...

It looks like the Bard's Macbeth wins another with an 8-3 victory over the Canterbury Tales.

And the 1st 20th Century title, The Great Gatsby, moves on with an 8-3 victory over The Awakening.

And voting's officially closed, but part IV is still open until tomorrow afternoon!