Week 3 Critical Comment

March 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hey Gab, This post is really insightful on Falstaff’s character. Falstaff definately deserves more credit! To add on to Falstaff being the voice of reason in Shakespeare’s play, i think that he represents so much of reality that audiences (us) and his own audience (within the play) can connect with and understand. Combining that with your point that he changes his register to different settings or contexts really does validate that he is a great performer! Happy posting =) Marie

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Week 3

March 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Write a short passage in the style of a modern Falstaff. Explain what is important to you in the way you live your life and why you can’t be bothered with the things that convention expects you to do.

Do you not ever consider the very meaning of the word life? Life to live to mean to be ALIVE with every breath, every heartbeat, every blink of the eye we make. Take a moment to ponder for a second and tell me, do you feel alive?  How do you know? How are you so sure that your life is worthy enough to be called a life? You have the cure in the life you live, not the life you follow.

I live through art and art in me. Art to admire, see and inspire the fire that is contained in me. A teacher of history, love, heartache, philosophy, science and the world in not a single word. Inspiration to be outside the box of conventions and expectations. Inspiration to be imperfect. Tiny imperfections crack the seal of this conventional darkness, allowing light to seep into your sight of a deeper reality. The tiny imperfections in a person and will be what you love; of an artwork will be its uniqueness; of a being, their life lessons.

Week 2 Critical Comment

March 16, 2012 § 1 Comment

March 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Hey Rhys, Here here! I completely agree with the changes and lack of changes you noted in your blog between the Elizabethan era and today’s society. Love is such a broad and slippery concept that can be a hard to tackle critically, however I think you did a great job with it in this post! Very true that during the Elizabethan time, love had was something people knew about but had no value. In your blog, you stated “Love has no usefulness to modern day society” because it is an emotion. I like thinking of it this way because there never really was or is a use for love which I guess is what the Elizabethian’s saw. Yet people in today’s society have such a ‘romanticisized view’ of love because of what love stands for or what you make of it. You hit the nail right on the head with this one Rhys, because that is what distinguishes the difference between Elizabethian and today’s social attitudes towards love.

Keep it up!

 

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Week 2

March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Creative: In prose, share your sense of how attitudes towards love might have changed between the Elizabethan era and now.

Depending on what aspect of love you are looking at, attitudes towards love have progress and remained stagnant since the Elizabethan era. The Elizabethan era appeared to have little regard for the significance of love to personal events such as marriage or relationships. Attitudes to love in this era tended to place artificial factors such as money, status, prestige and reason over the significance of the nature of love which is emotion.

 In comparion, attitudes to love in today’s society have improved to some extent. Generally speaking, ‘love’ is an idealistic quality in life which is both glorified and abused today’s society. It is unviersally acknowledged by people today that true love should be the core foundation to relationships and marriages, believing in the rights to love freely. Such attitudes promote the uncontrollable nature of love being governed by rare and overwhelming emotions that people seek out from others. This is indeed a huge positive change since the Elizabethan era. Such a change was a gradual progression with social improvements such as women’s rights and democracy and techonological improvements in media such as films, books and radio that spread and promoted the hardships, realities and inspiring stories of love. Gratitude must be provided to warriors of love such as Shakespeare and Jane Austen (and countless other authors and play writers) who challenged, weaved and wrote about love against their society, teaching and inspiring audiences overtime to change their attitudes towards love. Through the creativity of artists such as Shakespeare and Jane Austen, the concepts and realities of love challenges social perceptions which overtime has helped the world progress to today’s society’s attitudes to love. With mass media in today’s society, in our own way we violate love by commercialising it and enforce a monocular attitude towards it. For this reason, I believe that the today’s society holds an idealistic attitude towards love.

Despite a progression to social attitudes of love, it is also arguable that not much has changed since the Elizabethan era. Abuses of love still exist in today’s society with people still basing the foundations of their love and relationships on artificial and materialistic things such as money, status, security, reason, etc. Arranged marriages are still existant and people do still sacrifice their love for other things, therefore drawing parallels to the Elizabethan era. I believe this is an issue that will never change due to the diversity of people, their beliefs and circumstances. However I do believe that it is due to this reason that we still study Shakespeare and other classics today as it continually challenges our understanding and attitudes towards love.

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March 14, 2012 § 1 Comment

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