Like most of my classmates have stated, Shakespeare tends to use the motif of love, especially unconditional love. I feel Shakespeare is alluding to unconditional love in a much different approach. I do not really agree that Hamlet had an unconditional love for his father because if he did he would have worked a lot harder to avenge King Hamlet’s death. I think Shakespeare is telling is audience that without an unconditional love, it will eventually die….and as we all know, they ALL died. In Sonnet 73, Shakespeare says that unconditional love does not need constant attention, when love is true one just knows and never leaves that feeling. However, in times of death (like the death of Hamlet’s father or the allusion to winter in Sonnet 73) things will either fall apart or continue on to bloom later on. In Hamlet’s case, it all fell apart. Another theme in Shakespeare’s sonnets is time, Sonnet 1 and18 in particular. The Sonnets discuss preserving beauty. To relate it to Hamlet, beauty could actually mean royalty. There has to be the preservation of the family to stay in power. If they waste their life on themselves, (Sonnet 1) they are doing an injustice to Denmark. This however, no shocker here, happened. The royal family was very selfish. Claudius, killing his brother for a personal gain and Hamlet wanting to kill Claudius to be able to feel he did good for his father. They all died and the Norwegians took the throne! I do not think you can take the Sonnets on a literal stance to relate them to Hamlet. I feel Shakespeare wanted Hamlet to be a sort of moral or life lesson to show that everyone dies if you don’t take Shakepeare’s advice, later given in his sonnets seven years after Hamlet was finished. 🙂
So, Hamlet…if you were to ask anyone, I would bet my brothers left arm that at the minimum 99.9% of the people asked will say they have at least heard of William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet. I mean, the iPhone even knows to capitalize the H in Hamlet! Needless to say, after all these years it is still alive for all future high school English classes to read. I believe it all stems back to what I believe is the root of all Humans, good and evil. I’m not making up the fact that most literature can quite easily relate back to the Bible with the struggle of good and evil. However, a lot of those stories die down and a new story with the same overall theme comes out. Hamlet has defied this trend of being big, dying, then recreated….Hamlet just keeps being resurrected instead. The reason being that Hamlet is the same story but gets to it in a very unique way. Both the bad guy (Claudius) and the good guy (Hamlet) die!……well, along with EVERYONE ELSE….which could have been expected with a tragedy. The only people who don’t die are barely even present throughout the entirety of the play. Let’s be honest, everyone loves a good bad guy but we also want the good guy to win. Letting them all die shows that no one is truly good so everyone is basically a bad guy at some point in time. (Because of sin…root of humans….Biblical allusion….) Unique stories will never die because they make humans actually stop and think about life instead of knowing the ending and moving on. Though Hamlet is more of cliché now, it is still so different than countless other stories. It’s real. The end.
William Blake was born on November 28, 1757 in London. Blake was a poet, painter, and printmaker. His works fall under the Romantic Movement. Blake was influenced by the ideals of the French and American Revolutions. His works also have the theme of human existence as well as religion relating to humans. Religion plays a large role in Blake’s works. He looks at Jesus as a symbol for the relationship between the divine and humanity as a whole. Blake also believes that the body is an extension of the soul. Other things blake expresses in his works are his beliefs in racial and sexual quality. However, Blake’s works were not recognized until a generation passed after his death.
I find it interesting that though Blake was alive centuries before me, but his work is so relatable. His works translate to each generation that passes. I was under the impression that Blake was much more modern than he is. His views are so strong yet different in some ways. His beliefs are easily found in his poetry and are notable for anyone who reads them.
While watching the stage performance of Waiting for Gadot in class today, I gained a new I respect for the play. By no means do I understand it but I have a greater respect because of the acting. While reading the book, I could not fully imagine how the lines would be said and what tone of voice will be used. I think all the actors did a wonderful job portraying Estragon, Vladimir, Pozzo, and Lucky. The “un-dramatic” pauses gave a sense of comedy because they were LITERALLY just standing on the stage. I also found it funny how the actors were so spirited about everything they said and everything they did. One example being the way Estragon ate the “carrot.” The set was interesting as well. There was only a tree and a stomp on stage. I feel the reason behind the simplistic props relates to the simplistic theme of the play. I mean, throughout the whole play the characters did nothing except wait and talk about hanging themselves and the four Gospels of the Bible. It would not make sense to have an elaborate stage for this play. However, I expected the stage to have bits of nature or a real looking tree at the least. The white pole they called a tree forces the audience to watch the performance and not get distracted on other things…and with a play with virtually no actions, distractions can happen easily. I just hope I will be able to figure out what this play means.
Earlier this year, Mrs. Pham made us take this quiz: Modern Art or Toddler Art? To be perfectly honest, I got every single question wrong. I typically enjoy strange art. I mean my favorite piece of artwork is Francisco Goya’s painting of Saturn eating his son….. (Click on picture above to see Goya’s) When I saw this painting in Spain I was so interested because it made absolutely no sense until your read the background of the painting and Goya himself. I could make a connection! However, in the first painting by Sam Gilliam I cannot seem to find a purpose. The only explanation of this painting is that it is indeed “modern art” because of the quick gestures and sharp lines. I feel like my cats could produce better art than this. Without an understanding of the artwork or true artistic techniques, I cannot appreciate it. I just don’t get it. Maybe one day I will be able to analyze artwork like this, or learn to find the beauty in it. Today is not that day.
So I googled Samuel Beckett and was pleasantly surprised that there is in fact a connection between Waiting for Gadot and Slaughterhouse-Five, which we just finished. The connection lied between the authors and the literary periods. Samuel Beckett lived through both World War l and World War ll. Waiting for Gadot takes place post World War ll as well as Slaughterhouse-Five.
Now back to the purpose of the blog post, Samuel Beckett was considered the first post-modernist. He wrote in both English and French. His works glow with black humor. He also states that, “Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that…” This quote represents his basis of his literary works. A few of his plays including, Waiting for Gadot falls under the term, “Thature of the Absurd” which was said by a critic named Martin Esslin. All plays under “Theatre of the Absurd” all have themes that humans have no meaning or purpose. These plays were written by primarily European playwrights in the late 1950s.
Mikaela and I chose to do a film because we felt it was manageable and created a more sophisticated feel on the presentation itself. I have had lots of practice editing on iMovie lately, so it was also one of the easiest outlets for our presentation. It was also the most fun medium in creating and presenting the project. I felt it went well. The only thing I would really change was the volume of the sound when we spoke. This was simply a user error but now I learned my lesson in filmmaking. I felt our performance was good for the time limits and location we filmed in. I think we deserve an A because of the work we put in to it………..and the fact that I spent my birthday doing the project :). I learned more about Aurora and her character and the reasonings why she was the way she was. After going into greater detail with the small portion of the text I also understand the environment the characters in the novel lived in. The setting contributed a lot to the themes of the whole novel.