Shakespeare And His Mommy Issues

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73 poem is one that argues for the strength of love through life. It perpetuates the idea that love for someone becomes stronger as that person comes closer to death. However, in Hamlet, Gertrude clearly doesn’t agree with this. When Hamlet kills Polonius it becomes pretty apparent to the reader and Gertrude herself that things aren’t going to end so well for Hamlet. Hamlet’s death becomes more certain. You would think that Gertrude would understand and extend her motherly love to him or at least try to help his situation. Gertrude does the opposite though. She actually reveals to Claudius everything that went down and everything Hamlet told her. Gertrude’s love for Hamlet isn’t strengthened by his impending death and Gertrude, instead, betrays Hamlet completely. It may be just me but something tells me Shakespeare wasn’t exactly a momma’s boy.

Why People Keep Talking About This Hamlet Guy?

Hamlet is a play that has entertained for 400 years ago and continues to entertain today. Hamlet is a show of the human character at its finest. The play addresses numerous of the darker elements of human nature including lust, betrayal, revenge, sexism, and suicide and do it in a way that are relatable and entertaining. The darker elements of human nature aren’t easily discussed because we want to believe we are above them, however, Hamlet directly addresses the topics. The play is a tragedy and shows the terrible reactions and effects they can have on oneself and others. For example, Hamlet’s decision to get revenge essentially puts the culmination of events into action and leads to the death of himself, his friends, and his family.  Many movie references are inspired by Hamlet including Lion King, Star Wars, and Coraline. Hamlet evokes emotions and presents ideas that are timeless and that’s why many directors gravitate towards it. We can see the darker elements mentioned above throughout human history and as long as humanity continues I think this kind of thing will continue to happen. Hamlet brings the elements to light and give us a reason to discuss them.   We can see Hamlet’s influence in Waiting For Godot in that they both present ideas of existentialism and whether one’s life is worth living. Hamlet contemplates suicide to rid himself of the many struggles he is dealing in his “To be or not to be” monologue just as Valdimir and Estragon contemplate suicide to rid themselves of a life of waiting.

Ok, now that I just edited my blog post to try to meet your standards. I just want to fully explain in full why I disagree with the way you decided to do the blog posts. You want us to have our own opinions in these blog posts, however, how can one express his own genuine opinion when we are required to have a different opinion than everyone else? Isn’t it possible that some people have similar opinions on some topics? When I originally posted this blog I had written my own genuine opinion on this topic but it wasn’t good enough because someone else had a similar opinion. So what should I do? I can either express my real opinion or lie to get a good grade. So I guess in this situation academic honesty doesn’t completely coincide with academic success.

I normally don’t have any problems with the blog posts but I am dissatisfied with this restriction as I had to spend my time to go back and change my post to what I think you would approve of. This isn’t what I imagined the blog posts would turn into. I wouldn’t expect you to completely change everything about the blog posts to appease me, as I know that not everyone had a problem with them, but I just hope you take this into consideration.

 

Who was William Blake?

William Blake was born in England on November 28, 1757. He went to school briefly before dropping out to pursue intellectual pursuits of his liking. He found interest in making engravings and soon acquired an apprenticeship with an engraver. Blake remained an apprentice engraver for 7 years, after which he attended the Royal Academy where he was dissatisfied with the style of work of many of the artists there. After attending the Royal Academy, William met his Catherine Boucher whom he eventually married. Blake released his first collection of poems, Poetical Stetches, in 1783 and continued to make more poetry as well as other forms of art. Throughout his life, William was greatly influenced by the bible and the church. He was a religious man but was a strong critic of the church and the way it was run. Blake’s life experiences and beliefs greatly shaped and influenced his poetry. Blake’s religious belief is one such influence that is prominent in almost all of his works.

Waiting For Godot Video Performance

After watching the clip of the Waiting For Godot performance, I have a better mental picture and understanding of the play. In the book, the stage commands were sometimes very long and  specific to the point that sometimes I found it hard to imagine what exactly the characters were doing (like when Pozzo tells Lucky to do some things). It was much easier to understand the moods and actions of the characters after watching the performance. Being able to actually see them do the actions made the play much more entertaining and understandable as to what exactly was going on. 

Who Comes Up With This Stuff?

So I was trying to come up with something puzzling to talk about in this blog post when I came across the picture below. It immediately brought a few questions to mind. First of all, why is there a turnip with a face? Secondly, why is said turnip giving birth? Lastly, why is the turnip giving birth to a bunny of all things? I didn’t (and still don’t) reach a concrete answer to these questions and likely will never reach a concrete answer; however, I don’t think that was the point of this piece of art.

The painting is weird (and almost kinda scary) but it immediately sparked my intrigue and got me to think about how something like this could have come about. It got me to think critically as to what this work of art is about. It inspires its viewers to think deeper and ask “why” as I did. That is the point of this and other unique, inexplicable pieces of art. This type of art leaves room for viewers and critics to come to their own conclusions and beliefs, which is what makes it art. Maybe the turnip is and extraterrestrial turnip that gives birth to bunny rabbits (probably not though). You may not believe my explanation as to the painting, but that’s what makes art something that is interpreted differently by everyone. Art is supposed to evoke emotion and this painting certainly does so. 

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Samuel Beckett and his absurdity

Samuel Beckett was an Irish author that lived, for the most part, in France. He was a combatant in World War II and even participated in the French Resistance. He is known for his works in which he used unconventional plots. He was one of the last of the modernists and is considered a writer of the Theater Of The Absurd. The theater of the Absurd is a grouping of particular plays written in the late 1950s. These plays allude to the concept that life has no meaning. They often have plots that are very illogical and nonsensical. Many of the plays feature meaningless, repetitious dialogue and weird, confusing situations. These qualities highlight absurdity of human life (hence the name) and the breakdown of communication. Beckett displays many of them in his play, Waiting For Godot.

Drown Projects

When we were told about the Drown project I didn’t know what I wanted to do. After conversing with my partner, Jeffrey, we decided to make a video reenactment because, honestly, we thought it would be the easiest way to get the project done and to be able to still have a quality presentation.

After making my project and viewing everyone else’s I noticed the subtle differences between some scenes in the book and some scenes in the presentations. In making my video, in particular, my group had to cut out or change some parts in order for the video to be practical, appropriate, and entertaining. The changes didn’t follow the book but they had to be done in order to make the video doable. It made me realize why, in some cases, directors choose to make certain changes to film adaptions of books that some people may not like and criticize. I now understand just how difficult it can be to put a book into another medium of entertainment.

I personally believe that our video was pretty well done in that we followed the plot of the book and made it so that it was entertaining for the class to watch. I heard some pretty positive reactions to our video and am actually very satisfied with our end product. I think  Jeffrey and I met all of the parameters of what you wanted out of the project and we deserve at least a 95.