Thursday, January 19, 2012

Macbeth Thematic Essay

1.
A) “But wherefore could not I pronounce “Amen”? I had most need of blessing, and “Amen” stuck in my throat.” -Macbeth (2.2.39)
B)This quote is very significant to Macbeth's Character. This helps to show how Macbeth's can now only Accept the crime he has committed, for when he turns to god for an answer he finds he is unable to even say the simplest of thing. The word ‘Amen” is stuck in his throat as if he is no longer allowed to say it after having acted in such a sinful way. He has lost gods trust and this is killing Macbeth inside. He realizes that he was persuaded to do a wicked thing, and now there is no turning back from it. I feel that from this point forward Macbeth's character will only spiral into being a lesser of a person as his choices bring him deeper and deeper in his own lies. i Think this quote best relates to the theme that Superstition affects human behavior.
C)In the Movie the lighting is very dark everywhere except around Macbeth and lady Macbeth, It shines down upon to his face as he looks upward hoping for some sign of virtue but yet he is no longer greeted by god. there is a lot of shot reverse and two shot in this scene of lady Macbeth and Macbeth and it helps to emphasize individual concern for the matter. Close up is also used in the film as Macbeth brings his hands in front of his face and sees the blood stained upon them. At one point the camera also zooms on the daggers in the sink which Macbeth brought back with him rather than planting on the guards like he was supposed to. The camera pans as Macbeth and lady Macbeth argue over his mistake of bringing the daggers back with him.
D)I thought the acting in this scene of the movie was somewhat pushed, it wasn't as dramatic as I thought it would be and I couldn't really feel how much Macbeth was in pain knowing that he killed his Honorable leader. I also didn't like how the scene was shot in the middle of an empty hallway with a random sink in the middle of it, it just seemed to fake for the intensiveness of the scene.

2.
A) “Look like th’innocent flower, but be the serpent under’t”-Lady Macbeth (1.5.60)
B) I see this quote most relating to the theme Things aren’t always as they seem. This quote in short is saying  Macbeth should act as the honorable man everyone thinks he is and make everyone think he is happy with what he has and then yearn for more at the same time. Lady Macbeth wants Macbeth to kill Duncan so he can become king. This says a lot about lady Macbeth It shows that she is cunning and evil and will do anything she can for power, which is why this quote could also be related to the theme  Power Corrupts. This truly shows how Lady Macbeth isn't as strong willed a person as Macbeth and cant handle even the slightest bit of power while at the same time it shows that Macbeth is weak and is easily convinced to do things he really is against.
C) In this scene in the movie, Macbeth comes into the dark kitchen to tell his wife that he no longer wants to kill king Duncan, they are on opposite sides of the kitchen at this point which could easily show that Macbeth is scared of his wife and is trying to stay away from her decisions. But as the scene progresses the lighting seem to get a little brighter towards Lady Macbeth and Macbeth seems to get closer as she calls him a coward and demands that he does as she says, she tells him its the only way and a lot of two shot is used between the two characters as thee conversation progresses. As Macbeth comes to the conclusion that he will kill king Duncan the lighting around Lady Macbeth truly shows her evil side as she grins and tells her husband to act normal, but lie through his teeth at the same time.
D)I feel that this scene could have been paid more attention to as it progressed, the lighting was too minimal, at some point the actress who played lady Macbeth spoken so abruptly and loudly that it was hard to understand hat she was saying at first. I think this scene should have haad more attention paid to it as Macbeth is making an extremely large decision that the whole movie is based off of.

3.
A)”O, yet do repent me of my fury, that i did kill them”-Macbeth (2.2.116)
B)This quote is very significant to the play, and it relates to the theme that power corrupts. This shows how Macbeth has changed, his wives teachings and his new authority have driven him to believe that he can do things with out having to suffer the consequences that follow the, In this scene Macbeth kills the guards that were supposed to be watching over king Duncan because they failed to do there job and it was lay ed out by him self and his wife to make it look like they guards themselves had killed their king. Macbeth says that he kills them because he is so enraged at there deeds that he cannot control him self, but this only leans towards Macbeth being a suspected murderer of king Duncan because it makes it look like he is trying to cover it up. Macbeth's endless ranting starts to get a little out of line so Lady Macbeth faints to distract them from him. This shows how power can corrupt you because Macbeth believes that no matter what he says the other will believe him.
C) In this scene, Macbeth is the center of attention, it is very early in the morning and everyone has been awoken by the yelling of the people in the kitchen, they find that king Duncan is dead, and each person that talks seems to try talking louder than the last in attempts to get there point across. But the real acting in this scene is done by Macbeth as the camera pans and follows him around the room and closes in on him as he tells what he did to the guards and relays his endless fury to the crowd of people hovering around him in the kitchen.
D) I feel this scene was played out very well and it seemed very true as to how Macbeth would act if he had just killed more people trying to further cover up his original murder. I feel that the way lady Macbeth fainted was a great way to distract everyone from Macbeth’s rant that was starting to look suspicious.

4.
A) “When our actions do not, our fears do make us traitors”-Lady Macduff (4.2.5)
B) This Quote best fits under the theme of Things are not always as they seem.This is the scene when lady macduff is talking to Ross in the shower room. They are discussing how it seems that her husband is a suspect because he fled after the death of king Duncan. Lady Macduff is saying that sh knows that her husband is not a traitor but she understand why it would seem as though he was when he flees the country. She doesn't know why he left but she knows that he left them alone and without protection, so now they are vulnerable to the corrupt new leader who will stop at nothing to cover his own tracks. Macduffs disappearance ends up with the assassination of Lady Macduff and her children whom were all completely helpless and innocent.
C) In this scene there is a lot of natural light coming through he window of the washroom an it shows the innocence of lady Macduff and her children. They speak calmly so they don’t frighten the children, and when ever a camera is focused on Lady Macduff , it is sure to include her children in it as well to show how close they are to each other. She tells her children that there father is dead when really he just fled to England to warn king Duncan's son of Macbeth's killings.  Then the lights seem to dim as Macbeth enters the washroom and slaughters all of them. In this scene many camera angles are used and the camera pans to show all the men Macbeth has brought with him.
D) I think this scene was very dramatic and the bright light in the room was an excellent way to show the innocence of all the family. This scene helped me to further understand this quote because it really showed how Macduff was afraid of Macbeth so instead of facing his fears and going against the king he ran away which makes him seem as though he were the original traitor... the murderer of king Duncan.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Oedipus Essay Test

1)    Fate allows us to believe that everything that happens in our life is predetermined and cannot be changed. I believe in fate but I also believe in trying to change it. after much consideration I've come to the conclusion that fate has already been planned out for us, and if there’s something out there that already has our life planned for us then there is no question that they know we will try to change it. I think that a higher power knows that we are going to try to change it so it makes it so however we try to change it our fate puts us right back on track with hows everything is predetermined to play out.
Conversely, if I lived my life how I wanted and believed that every action I took in my life was based off my own decisions then things could go however I wanted in my life, this is the way that i actually believe, i may believe partly in fate when it comes to matters such as how i may die, but when it comes to how i live my life, i make the decisions, and i can only go as far as i push my self, and i don’t planning on loosing momentum any time soon. When you consider the role of fate in being born as a boy or a girl, there’s not much to think about, whether you are boy or girl, is all something that depends on your chromosomes, it has nothing to do with fate.
When things change in my life that happen due to others decisions, I do not call that fate. I see that as someone elses choices affecting me. which isn't always fair but life isn't fair. you can choose to react to changes from others however you would like and how you make decisions based on others choices can often lead you in a different direction.
2)    In some cases it is okay to lie, if you are trying to hide something from someone for a surprise then there’s no harm in it. There are a few cases where if you are trying to protect someone from something for there own best interest then it is alright to lie but it may be hard to do so. When you know something that someone else shouldn’t know often times you find yourself feeling sick to your stomach when you try not to tell them the truth because you feel it may hurt them, but at the same time you feel that they should know because its there right to know. I know that I always like to know the truth it helps keep me sane knowing what is going on around me or what is being said about me. Often times I find myself rather stressed out when someone has something they need to tell me, but feel that I shouldn’t know.
When I was seven years old, my parents told me that my dad was going to live at my grandmas for a while, they didn't tell me anything other than he needed to be closer to his work, six months later my parents finalized there divorce and they told me and my siblings the real reason why my dad had moved out. I was shocked, scared, sad and angry all at the same time, I know it seems that i may have been to young  to understand this but it all was very clear to me and i hated my mom for a long time because she divorced my dad. I hated that they lied to me, I could have dealt with it better if they had just told me what was happening from the start instead of lying to me.
A time in history when a belief was sent out that made people do absolutely terrible things, was during world war II, Hitler brainwashed many into thinking that the Jewish race was a dirty and vile race and they shouldn't be around. This lie led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Jews. when a person is put into power, many will believe that they know what is best for all so they will follow them, and Hitlers beliefs and lies killed many and scared a religion forever.
3)    The Oedipus complex is the early stage in life when you feel the desire to kill your father and sleep with your mother, this is considered to be something you grow out of but some never grow out of it like as Oedipus didn't in the play. he was destined from his birth to kill his father and marry his mother and when his parents tried to prevent this they only helped fulfill it. This is where Freud based his theories from. this desire is brought upon the young by there attachment to there mother as a love object and hatred towards there father for being able to bed with her and keep her from you.
I do not completely agree with Freud's ideals but through my eyes his theories make some sense. when we are young we often are more favored to our mothers and we might hold a desire to be with our mother due to our ability to be around them as much as we want and to breast feed. This forms an attachment that you cannot form with a father at such an early age. I think that something that could be used to back up Freud's theories is that as a child we are around our mothers much more than our fathers and we rely on breast feeding from our mothers to keep us a live, so in other words, we feel the need to be closer and protect our mothers because they are the life of us. But in a different sense i do not feel that Freud's complex is completely true in the sense that sometimes people don't grow out of that stage, i feel that everyone grows out of it if it actually exists and we all move past any thoughts of wanting to kill and bed our parents, and we do all this without even remembering that we had these thought in the first place.
4)    I think that Antigone gets the courage to break the law from her strong belief in a proper burial and her love for her brother. She is willing to do anything to ensure that he moves on with honor even if it means she has to die herself. When she left with Oedipus into exile she already had made the choice to live a hard life and seeing one of her once overruling brothers left to rot in the sun would have killed her inside.  she made the choice to try to give him a proper burial and in turn she was left to die still alive hanging on a cave wall.
Everyday we are forced to follow and live by rules set for us that we may not agree with but without these rules in place things would be chaotic.These rules and laws help us to live safer lives and protect us from harm by others. they help to guide us through making bad decisions in our lives because it makes us aware of the consequences we must face if we choose to live a dangerous lifestyle towards ourselves and others.
In my life i choose to listen to my parents and follow my boss’s orders, rules and regulations. But throughout much of the day I make many choices that go against some rules and bylaws set to help control things.  I choose to put off homework when it is only set in place to help further my education, and although it is not required that you do it, by not doing it, you must suffer the consequences of not passing a test or receiving a bad grade for a test. I follow my parents rule, I break rules such as texting in school and I bend rules such asking to go to my car top get my jacket and leaving to go get lunch instead. laws should be in place but only to a certain degree we should not be so limited as to having to regulate what kind of clothing we can where, rather than implementing so many rules just give more freedoms and people wont feel the need to be so rebellious and break so many of the small insignificant rules in place.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bits and Pieces


 


Jeep covered in Mud after driving through the Meadows

My hand shook, dirt fell on my face I turned my head and spit out little chunks of rust. The grinder I held in my hand skidded, it cut across my wrist and it immediately started bleeding. I shut it off, stood up and brushed a pile of rust off of my self that I had ground off the frame. Blood dripping down my arm I wondered how I had gotten myself to where I was.
Last year, my dad and I found my
first vehicle. We noticed a white Jeep Wrangler in someone’s backyard. It had no top, no doors, a rusty frame and body, and the transmission was sitting in the back seat. I looked at my dad and asked if we could make it back to what it used to be, he turned to me and said,
"Its going to take a lot of effort, but if your willing to put in the hours then you can do whatever you set your mind to."
I was determined to make it come to life. I bought it for three hundred dollars and brought it to my grandparents shop to rebuild it. My goal was to strip it down, repair it and make it look great by the time I got my liscence.
That summer I worked three days a week at a landscaping company, and all my earnings went towards fixing my Jeep. When I wasn’t landscaping, I was grinding steel and tightening bolts. My dad would guide me on how to do things and gave me objectives. I worked diligently, and he helped me when he could.
Halfway through summer, the frame was finished, and the wheels were on. I felt like I had done so much but accomplished so little in the grand scheme of things. I kept working, spending most weekends buried in an engine rather than being with friends. After reshaping the new brake lines, cleaning the motor and transmission, and testing it, things were looking great.
Next I fixed the body and put it back on the frame. My dad showed me how to cut steel and weld. It seemed like everyday I was sending out more money for parts, but it was finally starting to look like a Jeep again. Hard work and determination was really starting to pay off.
With everything back together, I was very excited as everyday seemed to be so close to the finish. I found a hard top and doors at a very good price. I had invested twenty three hundred dollars into my beautiful Jeep. My dedication had brought me so much satisfaction. I drive my Jeep everyday and have worked on it many times to fix little problems. I am a proud owner knowing that I accomplished tasks very few kids my age could ever do. My strong dedication to finishing my Jeep was driven by the glory of self accomplishment, and the experience has brought me and my dad closer than ever.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Things I'd Carry

        If i were in this situation i would probably bring the picture i have of my family. its not just any picture though.Its a picture of me and my brother and sister and mom and dad before they got divorced, i have it ina box at my house and i look at it all the time. Its just kind of a strong symbol to me and it reminds me of everything before there seperation and makes me realize how much i love all of them.  The picture is of all of us when we had first moved to maine and were were sitting in front of a lighthouse with the ocean at our backs, its something that i have had for a while that my parents don't know i have.
       I would carry this photo of mine to remind me of how much i love my family and how much they all mean to me. It would help me get through hard times and be my lighthouse that i would follow to get home safely. It would help me to remember everything that i have to look forward to doing with my family even though they are seperated. The photo is somethging that i keep to myself because i feel that my step parents would want to get rid of but its something that i love because its my whole family put together with my father and mother together like theyre supposed to be.
      Its hard for kids to grow up with seperated parents i know this because mine seperated when i was six and i had to grow up only seeing my dad twice a month until i was ten, and now i see my mom only rarely. When i do see her its hard to sit down and talk because she works alot. this just reminds me of when i had them together and how much i loved just being able to talk with them, and love them and have them be there for me when i needed them.