Please mark week 4 & 7
Please mark week 4 & 7
a) Imagining you are a theatre critic attending the opening night of the play, write a review of
Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard, was a very intelligent form of theatrical entertainment as it switches back and
forth between the 19th century and the present day.
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a) How relevant do you think Orwell’s views on the abuse of language are to today’s society?
b) What for you is the most essential insight of the novel 1984?
Entry on (a)
Orwell’s views on the abuse of language are very relevant to today’s politically dangerous society. The main story line is carried through the views of Winston as he portrays feelings of frustration by the oppression and rigid control of the party. The abuse of language can still be seen through our world leaders as language is manipulated and simplified to direct the public’s attention towards only the things they wish to reveal. Orwell illuminates upon this when the catalyst refers to the theory of ‘new speak’ and ‘old speak’… I believe this would truly destroy one’s ability of true self expression because the simplification of descriptive words would only limit ones communicative power. Although Orwell wrote “1984 to sound the alarm in Western nations still unsure about how to approach the rise of communism” I believe that his views on the abuse of language is still very relevant today as you can see from the EVIL examples such as President Bush to the inspirational speeches of Martin Luther King, both have used language to manipulate the audience weather it be for good or bad intensions they are still flooding the mind of the individual of the capacity for independent thought.
Comment on (b)
I agree totally with Marc when he thought that the most essential insight of the novel, 1984, “was the way in which humans are essentially self-serving creatures. Cynical and depressing as it is – I think Orwell puts this idea across very clearly. It is for this reason, our need to survive, that torture and the like are such successful ways to extract confessions out of people – and the reason that such confessions should never be taken seriously.” Orwell’s depiction of the “Party” was a very exaggerated but honest reflection on humanity. However, it is not all that bad, the novel does also make me feel so much appreciation for the ability to love and relate, to talk and to question, to feel emotions.
Describe the impact on you of your favourite piece of writing from Woolf
20th century writers, film-makers, and artists often utilize their works to depict the world around them, and the difficulties that humans face. In doing so, these artists strived to remedy the difficulties and bestow a deeper connection between the art work and the audience. One ‘artist’ who impacted me the most was Virginia Woolf through her writing, “Professions of Women.” (p2152 Norton)
Woolf’s freedom of thinking about gender issues and relations impacted on me greatly. Women in the 21st century have greater freedom and independence from the pressures of society about gender roles. However, they still battle their “phantoms”/ the “angel in the house” who still lurk in our minds.
I think that Woolf’s interpretation of the angel was spot on, that is, it represents the ideal woman, the image that every female is STILL pressured into becoming.
Woolf illuminates upon the angel as:
Excelled in the difficult, arts of family life.
In short, she was so constituted that she never had a mind of her own, and preferred to sympathize with the minds and wishes of others.
The conversation in the tutorial was interesting as one of the females in the class admitted that she eats the burnt toast and gives the good one to her brother. Unfortunately I have to admit doing the same…
This piece of writing engaged my mind and really made me think…
Women have fought so hard for their rights yet people like me and even some sisters and housewives still put others needs WAY before our own, and find nothing wrong with it.
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I agree that the impact of ‘Mark on the Wall’ is profound and the reader is made to examine the
inner and outer textures of life.
I concur that Woolf is using the possibilities of the external world and giving them an abstract life. It creates layers for their minds to delve upon.
“I want to sink deeper and deeper, away from the surface.” (Norton: 2083)
This literary piece truly reflected on the importance of reflection. It really made me look within myself and understand the dimensions of our thoughts, ideas and artistry, and what significance they hold to our own experience.
Do you think Conrad and Coppola are identifying one of the root causes of continuing violence in the world today?
Yes, I believe that Joseph Conrad’s book, “The Heart of Darkness” and Francis Coppola’s movies, “Apocalypse Now” are identifying one of the root causes of continuing violence in the world today. Both forms of art are illuminating upon the deep seated issues of power and how people would go to any lengths (i.e. violence) to gain such supremacy.
The quest for power and suppressing the weak has haunted our history repeatedly and this darkness has always lingered within us.
Conrad and Coppola use their respective characters Marlow and Willard as a means to expose and address these issues in order to create deep connections between the audience and the texts.
Through Conrad’s insightful writing, Marlow’s role is to reveal how he struggled with the concept of the darkness within. Marlow portrayed how he continually described the things he needed to do on the surface, because “when you have to attend to things of that sought, to the mere incidents of the surface, the reality- the reality… fades.” (Conrad. 1915) Thus, it is evident that Marlow distracted himself with elements of the ‘external world’ to keep himself occupied and protected from the profundity of the deeper issues, as he was exposed to the truths of the world within.
This is no different to our actions today!!!
We are all guilty of turning a blind eye to the violence and wars around us…
I personally thought it was fascinating how Conrad and Coppola uprooted issues of violence, imperialism and power struggles to reflect their perspectives onto the world today.
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