Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Leading Ladies As Archetypes

Based on The 12 Common Character Archetypes: http://www.uiltexas.org/files/capitalconference/Twelve_Character_Archetypes.pdf

Innocent; Orphan; Warrior; Caregiver; Seeker; Lover; Destroyer; Creator; Ruler; Magician; Sage; Fool

Cecily- The Orphan


Gwendolyn- The Lover

Linda- The Magician



Monday, April 25, 2016

Master Harold and #blacklivesmatter

The handling of race in 'Master Harold in the Boys' is immensely entrenched in context of the time. Around 1950, in which the play takes place, the prejudices that coloured everyday life in South Africa would finally find their legitimacy in stringent laws of the Apartheid. I would like to note that my analysis is referring to the elements of historical erasure, unfair circumstance, and learned racism touched in the work without delving into the context.

Historical Erasure-
HALLY: It's the likes of you that kept the Inquisition in business. It's called bigotry. Anyway, that's my man of magnitude. Charles Darwin! Who's yours? 
SAM; [Without hesitation.] Abraham Lincoln.  
HALLY: I might have guessed as much. Don't get sentimental, Sam. You've never been a slave, you know. And anyway we freed your ancestors here in South Africa long before the Americans. But if you want to thank somebody on their behalf, do it to Mr. William Wilberforce. {Early 19th-c. English abolitionist}


The tactic used by Hally is one mentioned even today by those against pro-Black movements. There is a belief that in not being slaves, racism has ceased to exist. Debatable as that is, the logic completely ignores the Jim Crowe Laws and economic trapping of Blacks into a lower social status. Is it so much to ask to not only be free by law, but free to live with the same regard as Whites?

Unfair Circumstance-
SAM:...The face you should be spitting in is your father's . . . but you used mine, because you think you're safe inside your fair skin . . . and this time I don't mean just or decent. [Pause, then moving violently towards Hally.] Should I hit him, Willie?  
WILLIE: [Stopping Sam.] No, Boet Sam.  
SAM: [Violently.] Why not?  
WILLIE: It won't help, Boet Sam.  
SAM: I don't want to help! I want to hurt him.  
WILLIE: You also hurt yourself

Considering that South Africa was on the brink of Apartheid, it is not out of the question to assume that justice was not served equally on account of race. Willy implies this. Now a days, it is a terrifying prospect for many Blacks to be in a confrontation with police. So much so that shows such as Blackish have incorporated the talk Black parents must have with their parents to avoid any behavior that could result in their death.


Learned Racism-

The lines I would originally sample include offensive slurs that surround a joke. Hally was taught this joke by his father and constantly refers to his parents when acting harshly towards Willy and Sam. In the end, racism is a very much learned concept. It is through education and awareness that it is combatted.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Extra Seamus Heaney (MEMES)


tag yourself (as Seamus Heaney poems)! MEME

four foot box
  • smol
  • doesn’t see things coming most of the time
  • innocent af
  • popular  
  • can’t drive

grauballe man  
  • horney (ha, ha)
  • has that marble statue aesthetic
  • cut throat at Mario Kart


Personal Helicon
  • ‘gotta kiss myself i’m so pretty’
  • really deep
  • reads the dictionary for fun
  • plays the tuba

body in the bog
  • naughty naughty
  • not appreciated until they leave
  • lonely  
  • gender gets mistaken all the time

Limbo
  • seen some sh#@
  • constantly asking why the good die young
  • their intentions are sidetracked by other people’s irresponsibility


blackberries
  • sexually frustrated
  • #yolo
  • just wants to make yummy jam

follower

  • daddy issues
  • likes horses
  • classic emo

Friday, January 29, 2016

Seamus, I Am Your Father (Heaney Post)


As the excellent poet Will Smith once said, "parents just don't understand." The prospect of being a parent seems to have been postulated with the assumption that our offspring trail behind us. Parents pave the way for them. In the poem "Follower", Seamus Heaney describes the admiration he held for his father, and how:

I was a nuisance, tripping, falling,

Yapping always. But today

It is my father who keeps stumbling


Behind me, and will not go away.


The roles reverse! The title becomes self-explanatory in this moment, and inspired me to look into such a relationship in the form of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. In an obvious sense, though the latter pursues the Dark Side his son manages to stay towards the light; thus deviating from the path seemingly cleared for him. It must be noted, however, that just as the narrator's father haunts him for the rest of his life as does Luke's. Not only does he share the name, but shame. 
The poem, to me, demonstrated some disillusion as the strong father is described as 'stumbling' and compared to a younger, more annoying, version of the narrator. Luke has been told that his father was a hero, but saw soon enough the mistakes his father made which weren't evident to him when he was younger. There is also the switch in usual roles as Vader needs his son in order to be redeemed, and it is the sacrifice that completes the redemption ark set for him.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Ending of "A Mercy"


         At the very end of the novel, we finally find out what brought Floren's mother to the decision to have her sold to Vaark. This decision made when Florens was only eight affected the girl forever; her distrust with children as well as her fear of abandonment were born from this. One can't help that it was all for nothing, however. The mother had seen sending Florens with Vaark to be "a mercy". It was an opportunity to leave the backbreaking work under the slave master as well as avoid his predatory and sexual interest in the young Florens to be acted upon. It was in good intention, but it did not veer her daughter away from disillusionment. Her heart was broken, though her body may have been had she stayed at Jublia.

Up until the blacksmith ousts her, Florens had always had a glimmer of hope for some sort of happiness in her life in the form of absolute love. She saw herself as worthy of such because she was human. Her attitude in the beginning where she was finicky about her attire, specifically shoes, which resulted in her having 'hands of a slave and the feet of a Portuguese lady' contrasts completely to her view of herself by the end of the novel. Instead of presenting herself with this humanity, those around Florens see that 'the docile creature they knew had turned feral'.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

'Sleep' Continued

ACT 3 Scene 2
  • MacbethWe have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it:
    She'll close and be herself, whilst our poor malice 1185
    Remains in danger of her former tooth.
    But let the frame of things disjoint, both the
    worlds suffer,
    Ere we will eat our meal in fear and sleep
    In the affliction of these terrible dreams 1190
    That shake us nightly: better be with the dead,
    Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace,
    Than on the torture of the mind to lie
    In restless ecstasy. Duncan is in his grave;
    After life's fitful fever he sleeps well; 1195
    Treason has done his worst: nor steel, nor poison,
    Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing,
    Can touch him further.
ACT 3 Scene 4
  • MacbethI hear it by the way; but I will send:
    There's not a one of them but in his house 1435
    I keep a servant fee'd. I will to-morrow,
    And betimes I will, to the weird sisters:
    More shall they speak; for now I am bent to know,
    By the worst means, the worst. For mine own good,
    All causes shall give way: I am in blood 1440
    Stepp'd in so far that, should I wade no more,
    Returning were as tedious as go o'er:
    Strange things I have in head, that will to hand;
    Which must be acted ere they may be scann'd.

ACT 3 Scene 6
[Enter LENNOX and another Lord]
  • LennoxMy former speeches have but hit your thoughts,
    Which can interpret further: only, I say,
    Things have been strangely borne. The
    gracious Duncan
    Was pitied of Macbeth: marry, he was dead: 1495
    And the right-valiant Banquo walk'd too late;
    Whom, you may say, if't please you, Fleance kill'd,
    For Fleance fled: men must not walk too late.
    Who cannot want the thought how monstrous
    It was for Malcolm and for Donalbain 1500
    To kill their gracious father? damned fact!
    How it did grieve Macbeth! did he not straight
    In pious rage the two delinquents tear,
    That were the slaves of drink and thralls of sleep?
    Was not that nobly done? Ay, and wisely too; 1505
    For 'twould have anger'd any heart alive
    To hear the men deny't. So that, I say,
    He has borne all things well: and I do think
    That had he Duncan's sons under his key—
    As, an't please heaven, he shall not—they 1510
    should find
    What 'twere to kill a father; so should Fleance.
    But, peace! for from broad words and 'cause he fail'd
    His presence at the tyrant's feast, I hear
    Macduff lives in disgrace: sir, can you tell 1515
    Where he bestows himself?
  • LordThe son of Duncan,
    From whom this tyrant holds the due of birth
    Lives in the English court, and is received
    Of the most pious Edward with such grace 1520
    That the malevolence of fortune nothing
    Takes from his high respect: thither Macduff
    Is gone to pray the holy king, upon his aid
    To wake Northumberland and warlike Siward:
    That, by the help of these—with Him above 1525
    To ratify the work—we may again
    Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights,
    Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,
    Do faithful homage and receive free honours:
    All which we pine for now: and this report 1530
    Hath so exasperate the king that he
    Prepares for some attempt of war.
ACT 4 Scene 1
  • MacbethThen live, Macduff: what need I fear of thee? 1645
    But yet I'll make assurance double sure,
    And take a bond of fate: thou shalt not live;
    That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies,
    And sleep in spite of thunder.
    [Thunder. Third Apparition: a Child crowned, with a tree in his hand] 1650
    What is this
    That rises like the issue of a king,
    And wears upon his baby-brow the round
    And top of sovereignty?
ACT 5 Scene 1
  • GentlewomanSince his majesty went into the field, I have seen 2130
    her rise from her bed, throw her night-gown upon
    her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it,
    write upon't, read it, afterwards seal it, and again
    return to bed; yet all this while in a most fast sleep.
  • DoctorA great perturbation in nature, to receive at once 2135
    the benefit of sleep, and do the effects of
    watching! In this slumbery agitation, besides her
    walking and other actual performances, what, at any
    time, have you heard her say?
In the earlier Acts of Macbeth sleep had been seen as an escape from the cruelty of life. We see, however, that Macbeth 'hath murdered sleep'! Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth seek solace for their crimes through sleep but are unable to find it. The meaning of sleep has shifted to an a realm of no escape, where the evils of people torment them.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth


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In the imagine presented you see the outline of hands holding one another, between their laced fingers is blood. There is an assumption that the blood is of someone else. In the play, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth contributed to the deaths of those killed on their way to dominating Scotland. There is some debate as to how innocent either is. Some propose that it was the Lady who urged her husband to act on his 'dark desires' creating an unstoppable killer. Others suggest that Macbeth, in actually committing the crime, was lucid and therefore fully responsible for what came next. I keep who had bloodied hands open for interpretation for that exact reason.

They are bound by blood that has been spread because of them.