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Shakespeare’s poetry and Hamlet

In Shakespeare’s Sonnets, the theme of love is represented most extensively. The theme is expressed and easily connected with Hamlet, as stated by my classmates. However after reading the Sonnets 1, 18,29,73 and 116, I began to realize each sonnet as a representation of a character or personalities of the characters in Hamlet.  Sonnets 1 and 29 represent Claudius and Sonnet 73 represents the reaction of the audience/king/queen to Hamlet’s apparent insanity.

Sonnets 1 and 29 represent Claudius by showing his nature. In Sonnet 1, Shakespeare talks about sharing of beauty and not letting it got to waste by keeping it to oneself. This represents Claudius’s thought process to usurp the Danish Kingdom from King Hamlet and provides for a possible reasoning behind the murder of King Hamlet. Sonnet 29 focuses more on a particular scene as well as the personality of Claudius. Its states how one begins to long for other people’s things, and prays to god(who does not listen), but in the end love helps him overlook his shortcomings. Claudius has a similar moment when he is kneeling and praying. He thinks of how terrible he is  for killing his bother, however, he is aware that God will not hear his plea due to his lack of sincerity which stems from his love for Gertrude and his power.

Sonnet 73 represents what Hamlet represented and how the kingdom began to long for the old Hamlet. As the king and queen often state, Hamlet is a person who is dearly loved and respected by the Danish society. His transformation to a person who is almost murderous due to his love of his father is disliked by the people around him(Claudius, Ophelia, Gertrude,etc.). This makes each of them love him due to what they will lose as the transformation takes full hold of Hamlet-leaving the old Hamlet “dead.”

 

 

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Hamlet…still popular?

Usually things that are popular in one time period have an eventual downfall due to a newer idea or topic that emerges. However, thousands of books and plays have been written, yet hamlet remains a popular play in modern society. But why? What makes hamlet such an appealing play so that each generation is unable to put the play to rest? Since hamlet continues to remain popular, it must be that hamlet looks into human nature. Hamlet looks at a dilemma that seems to intone human nature. The idea that ones father was killed by his brother to usurp the Danish kingdom is one that seems to appeal to humans. Humans appear to be people who are people who long for power. Therefore, nowadays, many movies try to base their themes similar to those in Hamlet, such as the popular Disney movie “The Lion King.” But the question still remains why each generation gravitates towards Hamlet rather than movies that contain similar themes. At the end of Hamlet, Hamlet and the rest of the royal court are killed, it is a tragedy while movies with similar themes are comedies. Referring back to human nature, lives are tragedies most of the time and sadly there is no such thing as a happy ending…

Blake-The Life of a Great Poet

William Blake was born in England 1757 and a true follower of the Bible in his early years, yet he was a man who stood up for the Americans and the French Revolutions. When he was young, he learned what he learned reading and writing at school and dropped out at age ten. His mother began teaching him, but most importantly, his parents exposed him to many forms of art. Soon, he took an apprenticeship with an engraver with whom he worked for seven years. During this time, Blake spent most of his time looking at classical pieces of art and engraving them. After wards, he enrolled in the Royal Academy in which Blake further studied art. His last apprenticeship was with small poet, whom he believed did not really appreciate art. From the minor poet, Blake gained man of his inspirations for his work. In an evening in 1827, Blake meet death as happily and welcomed his departure to the next life.

I think Blake’s biography outlines his early affiliation with art. His parents did not stop him from leaving school, rather they introduced him to art after he dropped out. This is one of the more interesting parts, it is as if his parents knew that art was Blake’s calling. It might be that due to his early exposure to art, he was truly extract their meaning and write meaningful poems out of them. Furthermore, his apprenticeship with an engraver and later a poet, was another contributing factor to the reason he could effectively write many great poems

Waiting for Godot Live Performance

After reading the play, I was clearly confused on to what the author was trying to get at. After having a couple of socratic seminars in class, I began to see some of the themes focused in the novel, which actually started to make sense. After watching the play through how Beckett intended it to be, I found that the themes were harder to catch because the voices of the characters were hard to understand and their acts did not help portray much of what they were doing.  I was trying to understand the whole situation all over again, with a new set of eyes so that I can better my understanding of the novel. However, it easily spread the theme of endless waiting. This started from the very beginning with the way Beckett wanted the play to begin. Furthermore, after reading the play, I did not see the characters as acting together, they felt distant from the other characters because most of the time they were chattering mindlessly while the other was worried about something else. However, after watching the play I saw how the author meant to portray the characters and how their individuality played to bring together the play. Overall, watching the play was helpful in elaborating on the theme of waiting, but also it put the book in a more orderly manner, and I began to see the play as it was intended!

Why is this Art??

From the very beginning I have viewed art as the amazingly detailed replication of nature or the transfer of a picture in one’s mind to the canvas with uncanny detail. The style and technique required to create masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa are what truly define an artist. I took this knowledge of art with me to the High Museum of Art and was completely shocked at the “art” I was witnessing. Yes there were portraits and other great artistry, yet what I could get into my head was how a couple lines and splatters of paint on a canvas can be so mystifying. I feel art is something that I cannot do because I lack the technique required to make works of art similar to Picasso or Monet, but drawing lines and splattering paint on canvas is something I have been doing since elementary school. Therefore when I saw this type of art I was shocked to see that people actually became famous for doing something every child has the capacity to produce. Similarly, the play “Waiting for Godot” frustrated me because I have always come to think any published famous works of literature should be something that a regular person will not be able to produce without the required skill set. I mean isn’t that the reason people like watching sports and reading good books? Both of those are positions  that are regarded as special in society nowadays because the author and the athlete are able to make the book and sport easy and appealing to the eye(both of which require a large skill set). In the end it is just really interesting that people deem such simple thoughts to be excellent. I guess its the type of society we live in nowadays, we have become used to the fact that people continue to defy the odds and produce stunning pieces of literature or, for sports, shots that mere mortals cannot pull off. Therefore, simplicity has become the DIFFERENT thing. In an ocean of amazing pieces of work, a simple piece of work shines because it is different. 

Here is just an example of the type of art I was shocked to see

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Waiting for Godot…Again

Reading “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett seemed unnecessary. The book could have been summarized in a few words (Just Waiting for Godot). There was no need to make a whole play out of it. However, after reading about the Theatre of the Absurd, I can see that theme recurring throughout the play. As both Estragon and Vladamir seem to just sit around and engage in mindless and illogical thought. I have still not grasped the entire concept to why the book was written and what the whole point of The Theatre of the Absurd. There was no apparent life lesson that I found in the play, and therefore the book just seemed to continue just for the sake of continuing. I feel there was no logical reasoning to why the book was going on and on.

Drown project

The drown project that Alex and I did was on the chapter “How to date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie”
1. We chose the medium of a movie because it was the easiest way to express the chapter. By setting up the video as giving advice, the movie was the easiest way of representing this.
2. The project went well. Alex and I finished over thanksgiving break and was fun to make.
3. I think we deserve a 95 because I feel we did a great job in representing the chapter. We split it into parts and made it very original.
4. I learned how easy it was to portray yourself as someone else on media.