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I think.  THINK.  that I have my “inspirational” quote that I need to use for my essay in English 381:

“The moral of this [the story of Chiron, the Centaur who educated Achilles], having for their teacher one that was half beast and half a man, was nothing else but that it was needful for a prince to understand how to make his advantage of the one and the other nature, because neither could subsist without the other” (Machiavelli, The Prince).

The key part of this quote is that I’m going to lynch onto the last sub-sentance “because neither could subsist without the other.”

I have to use two plays, and the first one that I’m considering is “The Revengers Tragedy” wherein Vindice could NOT exist without the existence Piato which is his “disguise.”  Vindice would not have needed to disguise himself as Piato given that he had been away from the court for such a long length of time.  However, it’s for his personal goals and values that he needs Piato.  Both of which are Vindice.  If you took away Vindice you would not have Piato, however, without Piato, neither would Vindice exist.  It’s fascinating how two seemingly different personalities are really both one and the other.  They cannot subsist without the other part of their personality.  I’m going to look forward to developing this thought process and this essay 🙂

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My prof is trying new forms of teaching with us this semester. So for part of our grade we have to take part in a workshop and then write a paper based on our experiences. I’m doing the first one for feedback as I have no idea what is expected.

This is my first experiment:

Workshop Paper: The Revenger’s Tragedy

It is interesting working with a group where one has to make their own parameters and decide for themselves what to discuss. When I first envisioned working with a group of my peers I was a little fearful of how it would go without the guide of the professor. However, it was much more than I envisioned and it was an enjoyable experience. In order to decide what what to focus the discussion on, we as a group asked what figured most prominently in our plans as we prepared for the discussion. We choose to work with Vindice as he was in the majority of the questions posed concerning The Revenger’s Tragedy.
During the workshop we specifically discussed Vindice’s disguises and mapped his progress throughout the play, The Revenger’s Tragedy. In the play Vindice takes on various disguises to serve his purposes of exacting revenge on the Duke for killing Gloriana whom he loved. The original question posed was “why did Vindice originally disguise himself?” It was concluded that the only reason he needed a disguise was to separate himself from his plans. He needed to think that he was innocent in his plan for revenge against the Duke, that it was morally permitted and that it was Piato (his disguise) not himself who murdered the Duke. No one would have recognized Vindice without his disguise because he had been away from court for long. Act three, Scene five is Vindice’s turning point where he completely looses himself to the pleasure he feels at the murder of the Duke. He prolongs the Duke’s death taunting him and finally revealing himself for who he really is, though he has still convinced himself that it is Piato who is acting, not himself. It is not till the end of Act five where he confesses his acts to Antonio, that he truly realizes that his acts put him in opposition of the Great Chain of Being and thus the order prescribed for humanity has been set upside down. Instead of going through the proper processes for justice, he instead decides whom shall live and whom shall die. It it because Vindice realizes this that he accepts his death from Antonio. He resumes his proper place in the order of the Great Chain of being.
As a group we began with Act One Scene One and discussed together of what we thought concerning Vindice/Piato’s transitions. No one assumed the role of a leader and we all worked together putting forth thoughts as they came. I think that it would have worked better if someone had been appointed as a “leader” to keep track of the time and to make sure that the discussion did not veer off too much. If there had been more time I do not think that would have mattered as much, however, we chose a rather broad topic though at first it did not seem like it was. We did work well as a team and there were few if not any silences where one did not have anything to offer to the discussion. It would be nice to work with the same group again to see what further connections and conclusions could be drawn as we would know each other’s styles better. Overall it was a rather positive experience which I would like to try again, not only in this class, but others as it can and does provide positive results where one needs to analyze the text themselves and come up with their own conclusions.

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I wish one could answer with more than a page for “discussion” questions. I think I hit a great one for Measure for Measure, and once I get into it I know that I could go on for a few pages.  I’m kinda excited about the question I came up with:

In Measure for Measure, gender identities and sexual relationships are explored within the context of morality and society in the Renaissance period.  The play’s central point is the idea of marriage contracts and sexual intercourse within the confines of an engagement and marriage.  Within the play, Claudio is sentenced to execution for impregnating his fiance, Julietta, and Angelo, is set up with Mariana, whom he had broken off the engagement with because of her lack of dowry.  How does Isabella define the role of women as wives and as antonymous individuals?

I still have to refine it so as to connect Isabella to Claudio, Julietta and Angelo.  But I really like it.  I think that one could go in so many different directions with it.  However, time for me to actually go and answer it now 🙂  Have a great night all!

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The Olympics.  Here in BC where they are being hosted it’s a really hot topic.  The majority of the people I’ve talked to (myself included) are not supporters of our Province hosting them.

In the northern half of the province where towns consist of miners and forestry, workers are dependent on their source of income remaining (once a mine dries up, it’s very normal for a town to become a ghost town).  My city is considered the unofficial capital of the North as it is the main hub between all the highways that go North West East and South.  When the Olympics were first proposed by our Premier Gordon Campbell, he cited all sorts of reasons why BC should host it.  Why it would benefit the province and so forth.  However, as most people here will cynically add, the North pays for a lot of the infrastructure and buildings and road projects that occur in the south.  We may not have the sheer numbers of residents, but most of the money that the province makes is in the North.  Anyway, the Olympics were said to incite tourism in Northern BC as a lame way to convince Northerners to get behind Campbell’s scheme for Vancouver.

The Olympics are about to get underway, and Prince George just had its torch ceremony over the weekend complete with fireworks and so forth.  Downtown was disgusting to navigate through due to the high concentrations of people and cars.  Most people here do NOT want the Olympics.  Never did.  We knew that we would have to cover the huge expense that it would be, that it would not benefit the north.  Campbell got his wish and has put our province even further in debt.  Where they get money from I really don’t know.  However, most people know that the Olympics are the reason for the new HST tax that will be implemented this year which will cause groceries and family expenses to rise even more.  Funding across the province has been cut immensely.  There are 14 elementary schools that are going to being closed in my town.  They had recently closed half of the ones that originally existed.  All the students are going to be in conglomerate schools of k-12.  These schools are ALREADY overcrowded without the added students.  Where they’re going to fit in the new students will be a challenge.  The education that is being provided will deteriorate as class sizes that are already larger than average will be increased further.

But that’s not my point of contention.  That rests with the university I attend.  It prides itself on being a “Green” University, has slogans and adds about it all over.  And there are student groups that cite that the Oil Sands are a reason to resist the Olympics.  What needs to be noted is that the Oil Sands reside in a completely different province (Alberta) and that they do not contribute as much waste as is continually cited by such groups.  They provide work for hundreds of thousands of workers, and the supply is not going to dry up as soon as many groups have said.  My father actually works in Alberta due to his plywood plant burning down two years ago.  It amuses me that student groups at my University are grabbing at straws to make a correlation between anything “Green” and causes such as the Olympics.  I wonder if we’re really learning anything here.  Or if we just learn to stuff our heads with what we desire then go out to search for reasons to back it up

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Good morning.  Another week, and another month.  I’m glad it’s February.  January seemed to drag and drag and drag.  I’m really hoping that this month is better, that there are more possibilities and so on for Brandon and I.  One thing though about February, is that March is just that much closer, and that spring is only a couple months away.  Oh the excitement and dreams of green grass!

I should really be reading one of my textbooks for the classes I have today.  But I just don’t quite feel like it yet.  It’s drab and boring as it is a 100 level course.  I’ve already learnt pretty much everything in other classes that we cover in this.  However, the paper is only three-four pages.  I don’t know if that will be a blessing or a curse.  I’m used to eight pages, wherein I can properly formulate a real paper with an intro, middle and conclusion.  I just don’t see how possible that is with three pages.  I’ll have to suck it up though.  At least it means less writing.  It’s funny though hearing all the first years complain about the course.  It’s probably the easiest course they’ll have ALL semester long or even during all four of their years of University.  But the little chillins will learn eventually.  All in good time.

Anyway, I need to start my day.  I’ve already had breakfast (toast and a carnation mix drink).  But school calls my name sadly.  My second class is my Anthropology of Egyptian History course for which I love.  So all in all, not a bad day.

Have a great monday 🙂

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If it weren’t for that new app I got for my mac I think I wouldn’t get any work done at all.  I’m just not in the mood to study tonight.  And I know that I really don’t have to.  I was the only one in the tutorial who was up to date on their readings.  Freshmen annoy me in the sense that they complain SOOOO much.  Apparently our 3-4 page paper is so hard.  And they don’t understand context hence why they’re complaining about the fact that we’re reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstine in a History course.  I can’t wait till they are all growed up and are writing ten page papers on an average basis.

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