Hamlet vs Poetry

Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 116 have some aspects that coincide with the play Hamlet. Nature and love are some of the big overreaching motifs within all of these works. Sonnet 18 emphasizes a connection between women and nature, which also can be found in Hamlet. When Ophelia goes mad she gives the King and the queen flowers this shows how nature and women coincide in terms of frailty and beauty. In Sonnet 116, it emphasizes love which is a huge theme within Hamlet. Hamlet kills for love and loyalty, and this shows idea of going to extremes to prove your love can be seen within sonnet 116


William Blake Life and Works

William Blake was a poet who great influenced by the 19th century events and religious texts. This is dramatically reflected within his poetic works. The poem the Chimney Sweeper criticizes the Industrial revolution and evil it brings to the innocence found within society (I.e. Children). Religion had a dramatic Impact on the poem the Lamb by Blake. The poem uses Biblical illusions to criticize some of the ideas that are prominent within the Church of England such as the idea that god created good and evil. These 19th century aspects can be categorized up in the romantic movement of the 19th century; which also influenced Blake and his works.

The BEST game in the World

Basketball was an unsolvable conundrum. I struggled for years to not only gain an understanding of the game but to also play it. To say the least, I was a loser when it came to basketball. I wasn’t used to being a loser, so I decided to work on my game everyday until I got better. I worked for 2 years until I finally got better. I gained the work ethic I have to today from this difficult endeavor; and I appreciate the fact I was able to take on this task and conquer it, because it has make me the person I am today.

Why are We Waiting For Godot????

The play Waiting for Godot is essentially about nothing, which is apparently supposed to mean something… I guess. It was apart of the “theatre of the absurdity” movement which gained popularity during WW2 and focuses mostly on existentialist philosophy. Although at first glance this play is total nonsense, the background information does bring some things to clarity. Samuel Beckett was apart of the French resistance when Germany came to power and at one point he was almost caught by the Gestapo and so he fled and aided the French resistance from afar. During this aiding, Beckett did a great deal of waiting; he was waiting for something and he probably doesn’t know quite what it was, but he knew that it was supposed to change his life in some way or fashion. I feel this is what the main idea of the play is, it’s meant to show what humans do for a great portion of their lives, wait. Wait for that special moment that makes life truly worth living and for every person it is always different and sometimes the moment may take too long for that person and they may decide life is not worth living and they may end it all (suicide which Vladimir and his friend were considering). But the essential idea is that we are all waiting for our Godot and we never truly knows when or if Godot will come but we still wait patiently while distract ourselves with meaningless activities to pass the time.

Drowning in Success !

When I first got the assignment to do an interpretation of a chapter in the novel, I was very unsure how I was going to present this rather difficult task. I thought about it and I felt a live performance would be a very beneficial and way to incorporate some of the people in the class. I felt the performance went well, I felt like the people from the class that we casted for the skit did well with the parts we gave them, and overall it was a very entertaining performance. Through all the presentations, I learned that literature is what you make of it and everyone has different interpretations of what they read and it was very interesting to see the visual image that was going through some people’s head in relation to the novel. I feel this project gave good insight how some people creatively construe literature. I feel like Brianna and I deserve a 90%

Movie Review of Winter’s Bone

The movie “Winter’s Bone” was a one-dimensional interpretation of the novel “Winter’s Bone” by Daniel Woodrell. The movie “Winter’s Bone” is about a 17 year old girl named Ree who is entangled in her father disappearance, shrouded by drugs and deceit. The movie doesn’t have much depth to it ,in the sense, there is no real overall meaning to the events that occur. The director made the film too open-ended for my taste. I would not recommend this movie, because it left too much to the interpretation of the viewer and very little to be desired in terms of acting and directing.

The Hero’s Journey (Winter’s Bone edition)

Common world: on page 9, Ree splits wood while by cold flung from the sky, and she listens to the sounds of tranquil shores.

Call to adventure: on page 15, detective Baskin tells Ree and her family that her father is on the run and if they don’t find him they will lose the house, and Ree said she will find him.

Refusal to Call: on page 63, The Milton women tells Ree that Thump Milton will not speak to her and to suggested that she pursue the situation no longer. And Ree goes on to not listen and the women throws the cup at her and warn her ominously. ( another character may express the uncertainty and danger ahead)

Meeting with the Mentor: On page 23, she met Uncle Teardrop and he gave her money and warned her not to pursue her father.

Crossing on The threshold: On page 74, blond Milton takes Ree to see where her Father was last scene, but she suspects he’s lying.

Tests alliances: when Ree is assisted by Gail in her time of need.

New approach : when Teardrop comes to Ree’s rescue after Ree is badly beaten by the Milton women.

Ordeal: When Ree is beaten badly by the Milton women

Reward: She is proven to be tough to her enemies and Teardrop decides to help her.

The Road Back: when Teardrop goes to the bar and gets stopped by the Sherriff.

Resurrection: when the Milton women take Ree to her dead father

Elixir : when Ree gives the Sheriff her dad’s hands and when she gets the money from an anonymous source.

The Tucker Project Projects

I was very excited about doing this project because I love listening to public opinion on topics that affect us all and I felt like this was the perfect opportunity to do so. I feel like while weeding through the obnoxious comments, unjustified conclusions, and people who just didn’t take the interview seriously; I feel that we actually got to truly understand how the people of Tucker felt about teenage love. Some people were very honest and sincere when talking about teenage love and love in general. Overall the responses interested me because the answers somehow melded with their personalities. It amazed me how people of all ages and backgrounds had a different perspective on the subject but all in all the same ideas.
The projects were very entertaining. I was shocked, stupefied, and offended by what some participants in the interview had to say. Projects such as Anna and Laura’s allowed me to understand that some people have not progressed as I would have assumed. This experiment gave me in sight into how the people around me think and how they feel about topics that affect me. This project allowed me to learn a lot about my community.
I think the variety of questions and people interviewed depicted the diversity that is found within the Tucker community. Some people had very different ideals than I did, but I could not help but admire the fact that people who have very differing views on important social issues could coincide and peacefully dwell with one other in one place. This project gave me a wholistic view of Tucker; and I feel this project was a sort of metonym to the world and how many people of different moral views and backgrounds can coincide and live together as one.

Effects of Laramie Project Movie and the Novel

Emotion evoking background music when the news reporters were talking about the crime on the television, cutting to and from particular images when Henderson plead guilty, and the quick changing of interview to interview ; this is how the movie portrayed the depth that the play intended to capture. The movie made the play a lot more clear to me. All of these visual elements that cannot be captured when reading the play allowed me to really able to comprehend what Kaufman was trying to get across. Lamarie was a town left in disarray and confusion because of an inhumane crime and nothing in that town will never be the same again. Changes were made and lives were in shambles because of what Laramie let go on for years; the unjust treatment of the homosexual community within Laramie.

On the page where Henderson confesses to the murder it only portrays his confession but it doesn’t not portray the constant switching from tape recording of the confession to the actual interview as it did in the movie. This visual change from court room to interrogation room paints a mental picture of the severity of the crime Henderson committed and the reality of judicial action against the crime. This is one thing that in my opinion the book was not totally able to capture.

The Laramie Project: The Effect of Dr. Cantway’s Response + Socratic Reflections

Dr. Cantway: “They were both my patients and they were two kids. I took care of both of them….Of both their bodies. And…for a brief moment I wondered if this is how God feels when he looks down at us. How we are all his kids….Our bodies….Our souls….And I felt a great deal of compassion….For both of them.”

This quote particularly stands out to me because it shows how the lives of the people affected by the death of Matthew Shepard will be forever changed by giving a religious allusion to God and his reaction to something of this magnitude. This quote gives a dismal connotation to the whole situation, this to me is befitting because 3 boys’ lives were lost in this vicious event. It shows how someone who was examining the situation objectively would pity the innocent young man who was the victim of the tyranny and hate of his peers, as well as the two boys who had let hate overcome them so much it drove them to murder. In my opinion, this is a sort of metonym for Gays and the town of Laramie. The people of Laramie who allowed the prejudice and intolerance to go on were just as responsible and guilty of hate as Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson because in the dialogue with the email writer,as Ryan alluded to, where the writer said that the people of Laramie are as guilty as the Germans who looked away from the deaths of the Jews, Gypsies, and homosexuals; this displays the silent intolerance found within the town of Laramie that many citizens chose to ignore. The consequence of this silence are three ruined lives of three young men and the metaphorical death of the town of Laramie. Before this event Laramie was just another sleepy town where everyone knew each other and nothing happened ; but that Laramie died along with Matthew Shepard. A stigma of intolerance and neglect is what lays in the wake of what was the quiet town of Laramie.

Socratic Reflections

The Socratic seminar was okay I guess. I felt like I took little away from the seminar overall. I still feel a little lost about the premise of the novel, but overall I think some people made some very valid and interesting points about the superficial aspects but as a class we couldn’t really dig into the deeper meaning. I think we just had a hard time understanding the drama since we have dealt very little with dramas such as this, so we found it a sort of challenge to really wrap our heads around it. I feel like you should maybe next time make up some discussion topics or questions prior to the seminar to sort of lead us in the right direction and then we could expound upon the question and be better able to form our own scholarly opinions. Sort of like an IB book club :). This would allow give us a more structured way of voicing our views and also it would allow you to cut down on interrupting . But we are still feeling this whole thing out and things like this happen. I still look forward to the next melding of the minds.