Shakespearean depression

Hamlet and Sonnet 29 show similar thematic ideals in rejection. In the sonnet 29 it describes a person who through social rejection and bad luck begins to hate himself and criticize his flaws. This can be compared to when hamlet was told to avenge his fathers death and he had a long soliloquy chastising himself for not acting upon already and he calls himself a whore. Also the soliloquy after Claudius criticized Hamlets length of mourning and revealed how he wanted to die and he was extremely depressed. The theme of depression is used in my opinion to show an either redemption through love or the consumption in the depression so it kind of shows how depression can lead to an attachment to another emotion


Hamlet Vs Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot and Hamlet although seemingly opposite works, they share eerie similarities. Samuel Beckett prides himself on the inaction and ambiguity of the play to propose questions about life, purpose, and morality. Through deeper analysis Hamlet does the same thing. Through out Hamlet, Hamlet contemplates one action and one goal of killing his uncle, Claudius, however Hamlet is never able to do so because of his lack of action toward the specified goal and his continual divergence and conflict to accomplish this act. This can be compared to Vladimir and Estragon’s inaction to go find Godot and meet him. Vladimir and Estragon could have followed The little boy who was Godots assistant or just went look however they remained inactive because of inner conflict of whether to go or not much like Hamlet could have killed his uncle whenever he saw him after the ghost told him of his uncles murderous deed however he remained inactive as well because of the moral conflict as well as him question of implication. Of these works reveal human inaction due to inner conflict which in turn leads to unfulfilled purpose.
Hamlet and Waiting for Godot also contemplate the idea of suicide. In Waiting for Godot, Estragon and Vladimir propose to escape their boredom they hang themselves because they must wait for Godot and he might arrive and they’d miss him much like Hamlets to be or not to be soliloquy which contemplated the idea of death and suicide and compares death to a little sleep. Hamlet votes not to do it however because of the implications of the unknown and that he doesn’t know what waits in death.
Lastly Hamlet and Waiting for Godot both contemplate the wrath of God. In Hamlet in Hamlets first soliloquy he contemplates suicide but rejects the idea because it is seen as a sin and he has numerous lines that say oh god and refer to god. This can be compared to Waiting for Godot and they opt not to leave because they think Godot will punish them if they do. This revealed a similar motif of inaction because of divine reverence and further shows a correlation between the two works

William Blake

William Blake’s biography depicts a man ahead of his time a moral compass and beliefs of equality that resemble more that of today. Blake symbolically opposed marriage as an institution of legal prostitution and was later associated with the free love movement of the 20th century. Blake along with poetry was a talented painter as well. He was often assisted by his wife Catherine in his art and even etched some paintings for the Divine Comedy before his death. Blake also was a devout Christian however didn’t agree with the practices of organized religion especially that of the English Church. In fact William Blake claimed to have visions of beautiful religious images such as angels which likely inspired both his poetry as well as visual art. Blake was also a loving husband to his wife Catherine Sophia whom he marriages after a declined marriage proposal. He was stated to have told Catherine of this failed endeavor and asked if she pitied him and when she said yes he said then I love you.

Waiting for Godot

The visual representation of Samuel Beckett’s waiting for Godot for me gave light to the importance of time in the novel. The characters seemed restricted by time even though there seemed to be no actual presence of time. Many times a character would leave and go only for a short time and then return to the scene in their waiting of Godot. The seemingly eternal waiting of the invisible man seems to trap them in that space in fear that they miss the awaited moment of meeting Godot. When is presented and the apparent burden it presents to them they avoid it and invent sometime to “pass” the time. This allows the characters to escape the idea that they are trapped by time. The use of limited space in the visual representation also allows for the audience to make the assumption that they are almost prisoner by the notion of waiting because the idea of the only move in a limited space .

Was throwing extremely bad yesterday and most of today had to go to the doctor please excuse the late blog response

The challenge

My challenge was in tenth grade world history when my teacher assigned us to read the book The Mongol. The book was about 500 hundred pages about a type of people that pillaged and plundered various areas of Eastern Asia. Sounds interesting huh? Wrong! This book was the second most boring book that I’ve ever partially read in my life. Ever time I read it I felt like every word was a weight pulling my eye lids closer and closer until they were closed. I was usually out after the first page. The only way I could cope was to keep walking and dancing or chew gum to keep the blanket of sleep away that came over me after I even heard the word Mongol. I eventually finished the book which felt like the gates of heaven opened and I was finally free. Through this experience I was able to see that no matter how boring the book is I could conquer it and that I was a little bit more resourceful than I thought.

Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is a confusing work to say the least. Waiting for Godot is a circular work riddled with unhappiness and lacks meaning, however after reading about the life of Samuel Beckett and the Theatre of the Absurd I’ve concluded that was the purpose of the work. Samuel Beckett was a courier to the French Resistance during World War II and after his unit was betrayed and he was almost caught by the Gestapo he aided the revolution from a far by hiding weapons in his back yard after fleeing southern France by foot. in this time Beckett did a great deal of waiting, and I feel this waiting influenced the existential view, surrealistic qualities, and tragicomic humor expressed in the novel. Beckett I feel was attempting to express his sentiments of hopelessness in waiting for a cause or person in times of sorrow.

Drown Project Reflection

This project was one of the more difficult ones for me. This partially being because of the use of creativity which I do not have. I especially struggled with the means in which to present this project and I finally settled upon a performance because it was the most time conservative method and it allowed me and my partner to recruit our classmates and make it a more interactive ordeal, and it gave the class the opportunity to express their take on how they thought that the book should be depicted. In my opinion this project went extremely well. I believe that the stage directions and lines respected the novel as well as had our own unique twist to it. Also Mary did an amazing job as Rafa and gave a certain flare to the character. Through this project I got an exceptional grasp of not only the novel but also my peers interpretation of the novel which in my opinion assisted me in comprehension of the work because of the different view points and the culmination of my own helped me create a comprehensive understanding. I believe that we deserve a A for this project because we did a good job in incorporating our own views and perception of the work while at the same time still honoring it.