Curious Cats.

January 24, 2013

Curious Cats.

Remember when Hamlet followed the ghost because he was curious? Well…

Shhh, I’m Studying.

January 24, 2013

Yesterday’s discussion on Hamlet’s tragic flaw left me thinking on the topic of isolation.

Quick Recap: Hamlet felt betrayed and therefore put himself into isolation which possibly obliterated his capability to love and made him feel even more depressed.

I think we, as students, can relate to this feeling… especially so close to exam week. Last night, I was wondering why this time of year is so stressful for so many of us. Could it be perhaps that we isolate ourselves from others when studying and cut ourselves off from friends and family?

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Think about it for a while, don’t you spend less time with friends and doing things you like while prepping for exams? Wouldn’t that just be like Hamlet, isolating ourselves from things we care about?

There isn’t only a connection with isolation, there are others too.

For example (although a bit morbid), some students commit suicide under the immense pressure of final year exams. They may question and wonder if they are “To be, or not to be”.

On top of that, responsibilities overwhelm them,”The undiscover’d country”  (their future) scares them, they hear and think the worst of the exams and, “conscience does make cowards of us all”, many mental and emotional breakdowns occur.

Another instance where the everyday student can relate to a part of Hamlet’s infamous soliloquy would be with the following quote:

“To die, to sleep,

No more, and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to; ’tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish’d.”

I bet everyone has a harder time sleeping, and staying awake, the closer it gets to the dreaded exam day. I don’t think I even have to explain the feeling.

Now, seeing as I have my own studying to do, I will leave to do some last-minute cramming, and I will leave my exams with my mind like a blank page knowing that “The rest is silence.”

What’s the Buzz?

January 14, 2013

Some of my thoughts on Chris Cleave’s Little Bee.

A story like I’ve never read before.

I found the it has the ability to make a person think twice about thinking twice while making them realize that thinking may not even matter if fate is to play out above all anyway. (Slight connection to Hamlet here since his death was pretty much inevitable seeing as he over thought throughout the play without acting, and when he did act, fate came through and he died by the actions of Laertes and Claudius, not his own. )

– This book left me emotionally scarred.

I do not recommend this book to the faint-hearted. Truths tend to be ugly, and it may be hard to believe that such horrors do occur even in today’s world.

– I disliked the ending.

There’s just something about the unresolved endings that bother me. I see cliffhanger endings as only leaving one major question unanswered, and then perhaps a sequel to answer these questions (if necessary and key to plot). In Little Bee, I was left with four questions. Did the soldiers leave Sarah? Why is Charlie happy? Is Little Bee mad? (I didn’t quite understand her behaviour at the end)

What happens to her?!

Well, those were the more significant of my thoughts, and even though I didn’t like the ending too much, Chris Cleave’s Little Bee is definitely worthwhile. Who knows, maybe you have a different opinion on the ending.

So, we finished reading Hamlet…

Yet, it continues to haunt me like the ghost of Hamlet’s father.

Yesterday, while I was on Instagram, a random person, for some random reason, posted this picture:

yorick

I was startled at first, then I thought to myself, “YORICK?!”  I found the connection quite amusing and I took it as a pure coincidence.

I went on that evening to check my twitter account, not expecting much and procrastinating work that needed to be done, to find someone else had tweeted with a reference to Hamlet’s famous “To be or not to be” quote.

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I was very intrigued by this tweet, and I contimplated asking if she had indeed indirectly quoted Hamlet. She then tweeted the her previous tweet was a spin-off of the line in Hamlet.

Once I was finished with the large amount of homework I had, I went online to catch up with the stories of the world. I found an article suggesting that Haylor (the couple that is Harry Styles and Taylor Swift) has potentially broken up. And as I read the article, the most mind-blowing thing happened.

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“So something must be rotten in the state of Haylor.”  You have no idea how mentally unstable I felt at this point. This was the third connection to Hamlet in one night; it was just too much.

And after these overwhelming experiences, I was pretty much convinced that either I was crazy, or Hamlet was after me.

Help – The Beatles

December 8, 2012

What I think should be Hamlet’s current theme song. Enjoy the song anyway 🙂

Too bad Hamlet doesn’t get a break.

Hamlet was already devastated by his father’s death, only to be disgusted by his uncle’s marriage to his mother only a few weeks after the funeral. His mind still aches at the thought of it.

He can barely get over these recent events, when he hears of his father’s ghost. And when he meets this ghost, it tells him that a murder took place, and that it was none other than his uncle! On top of that, Hamlet’s ghost tells him to seek revenge for the murder, and has him swear on it.

Now, I don’t know about you, but if I were in Hamlet’s place, I’d need some time to process what I’ve just heard.

I can only imagine how much Hamlet just wants to sit down and think on his own for a while, undisturbed, unconstrained, and somewhat at peace.

All he really needs is an intermission from is overly dramatic life.

Choosing Your Future

November 29, 2012

Do we really have a choice?

I know I’m not the only one who’s had this question pop into mind.

Especially when the future in question involves post-secondary education. Many people find deciding their academic futures as one of the most stressful times of their high school career… at least.

Although, while reading The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, I found that the main character, Gogol, made his own decisions when it came to what and where we was going to study. I am almost certain this has an impossible chance of actually happening to me, seeing as my parents have the greater say in what program I enter, and want me to study at an institute close to home.

I don’t want to make it seem like my parents are bad, because they aren’t bad at all. In fact, if they hadn’t pushed and supported me as much as they have, I wouldn’t have pushed myself as hard to prove that I can live up to their expectations.

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Then again, I feel conflicted every now and then because I know what my parents expect of me, and I want to make them happy to repay them for everything that they have done for me, but I never really thought about what I wanted to do.

Gogol sort of has an epiphany when he goes to India. He decides to continue his education to become an architect, completely by his own choice. Now, part of him always wanted to do something his parents would never have suggested because he wants to separate from his parents’ culture and become his own person.

I don’t know if the same can be said about me since, unlike Gogol, I am bound by the gratitude towards my parents and must let them choose.