a)Imagining you are a theatre critic attending the opening night of the play, write a review of Arcadia? 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.
The play is set in one roomoverlooking a garden in Sidley Park.
However, the play creates a twist as the characters in the 19th century:
I really liked your entry on Under Milkwood as Mrs. Pugh haha it was really convincing, especially how you described your husband as a grumpy and miserable old men who does noting but eat, read and sleep. That was really funny!!!
I enjoyed how you set the scene when you stated that the “skank Polly Garter” was not to be trusted and how she always manages to find herself in a situation surrounded by males! It was entertaining, and very original…. ***** 5 stars ^.^
I was doing an education group assessment on substance abuse and came across this youtube clip it pretty much shows you the symptoms that you should be aware of...
watch the 30sec clip
anyway, i thought you may like to know some treatments available to fight this epidmic...
To date, there is no standard pharmacotherapytreatment for the management of methamphetamine withdrawal or dependence. However, medications such as antidepressants and dopamine agonists (which block the effects of stimulant drugs), are being trailed for their effectiveness in managing meth withdrawal or dependence. Therapeutic Communities is when the client becomes a live-in member of a community for a period of months or years, where the people work together to help each other.
The Problem is that this option may not be popular with young people or people who dislike rules and regulations. Clients who have a shorter drug-using history and greater family or social support are more likely to stay in the treatment longer.
Not all drugcounsellingis the same; there are many different forms of individual and group counselling available.
-cognitive behavioural therapyis proven to be the most effective treatment for meth users as it combines psychological interventions and behavioural therapy that help increase users skills to cope with life stresses. Specialist servicesare most likely to see meth users who have suffered from depression, experienced psychotic symptoms or have experienced behavioural problems. These clients require skilled clinicians and a range of resources in order to manage these complexities as meth withdrawal also appears to be quite different from syndromes associated with other drugs.
Although the efficacy of complementary therapies, such as acupuncture or herbal medicines, may not be established, they may, like substitution treatments, provide a means of attracting meth users into treatment.
Many meth users prefer to manage their use on their own, with the support of friends and family, or with their GP. Thus, health care workers or a GP is ideal as the first step to treatment. Self-help is often a vital aspect of the recovery of people with drug problems. Self-help groups are made up of people who are directly affected by a particular type of drug problem. The groups are controlled and run by their own members, rather than by professionals. One of the great advantages of self-help is the deep insight and understanding of problems that groups can offer members. Many self-help groups can also provide a range of valuable support services.
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 muchappreciation for the ability to love and relate, to talk and to question, to feel emotions.
Week 7 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:
Sacrificed herself daily.
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.
So whats been going on ai.... This is my nephew Ari, he is 1yrs old now... if i didnt have so many assessments then i would go and see him more often but i guess i have to wait til the holidays... hmmmm ... life is so unfair LOL ^.^
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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I thought your detailed description of a landscape that has haunted you as much as the jungles of the Congo or Vietnam haunted Marlow or Willard was pretty creative and captivating. Even in the first lines, the sentences were so short it was almost as if my breath was taken away from me as I was thrown into this haunted landscape. The descriptive language was great, the “ripe browns and bloody reds that litter the earth” around you really stimulated my imagination. It was also funny how I held my breath to listen for the “dull throb of your pulse in your ears” and then took a breath when you wrote; “finally, you draw breath.”
ok so its crunch time and assessments are coming at us left right and centre time to study ... hahaha whatever!!! i was serfing youtube and found this... i hate long movies... so this is a 2min version SO FUNNY
a) Which poem introduced in the first two weeks has left a strong impression on you?
I love Hopkins’ poetry, I don’t know if it’s the specific words he chooses or the deep seated meanings behind them, but I think his poetry has left the strongest impression so far…
Hurrahing in Harvest- G.M. Hopkins
Summer ends now; now, barbarous in beauty, the stooks rise Around; up above, what wind-walks! what lovely behaviour Of silk-sack clouds! has wilder, wilful-wavier Meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?
I walk, I lift up, I lift up heart, eyes, Down all that glory in the heavens to glean our Saviour; And, éyes, heárt, what looks, what lips yet gave you a Rapturous love's greeting of realer, of rounder replies?
And the azurous hung hills are his world-wielding shoulder Majestic—as a stallion stalwart, very-violet-sweet!— These things, these things were here and but the beholder Wanting; which two when they once meet, The heart rears wings bold and bolder And hurls for him, O half hurls earth for him off under his feet.
It took me a little bit of time to register the sonnet, but even after the first read I almost felt as if I was walking with Hopkins under the glory of the heavens…
I don’t know if this is right, but the message I extracted from this poem was that only with the presence of the “saviour” can we truly love and appreciate the beauty of nature and that most people aren’t really grateful for what God had created.
Hopkins describes a natural world through which God's presence runs like a “majestic…stallion.” He uses powerful poetic language to express this: “I walk, I lift up, I lift up heart, eyes, Down all that glory in the heavens to glean our Saviour.” It is almost as if Hopkins himself had experienced some medium between our physical environment and the heavens.
God’s Grandeur was another one of Hopkins poems that left an impression on me…
God’s Grandeur- G.M. Hopkins
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shinning for shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears mans smudge and shares man’s smell; the soil
Is bear now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the town brink eastward, springs-
World broods with warm breast and with ah! Bring wings.
The end of the 1st stanza conveys how we have lost our connections with our fore bearers and describes the state of human life and the stain of "toil" and "trade." Hopkins is conveying that this economic drive is transforming and destroying the landscape and the humans have lost their spiritual connection and appreciation with the land. I think my favourite line is when Hopkins asks; “Why do men then now not reck his rod?” at first I thought it was wreck but then I realised that the poet was stating that humans have failed to reckon with Gods authority. SO MUCH CLEARER…
I think these two poems where the best because they both portray a message to humanity to appreciate their surroundings and strengthen their connection with God.
This week we saw ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’…
I thought this was a wonderful master piece by Oscar Wilde, where he conveyed his views of the follies of Victorian society and the classes operating during this time through WITTY & SATIRICAL characters and themes…
Oscar Wilde held a contempt view for conventional values and believed in aestheticism "Art for arts sake"... Part satire, part comedy, part intellectual farce, on the surface the play seems to consist of artificial characters in a humorous play, but underneath the surface of light witty comedy lies a serious sub text that focus’ on righteous hypocrisy that is the very aspects of the Victorian society
The play was about two characters who both called themselves EARNEST although their real names were Jack and Algernon. They both use this name to capture the hearts of two unsuspecting women who fall madly in love with the concept of the name rather than the true person behind it.Besides these secret identities, both characters seem to spin a wide web of lies through out the film to create a façadeof their true selves, in order for them to live up to societies expectations.
Although Wilde presented the play in a clever and humorous way, I believe it would have struck a cord with the Victorian audience more in a way where it would illuminate upon their follies and behaviors. But it also related to every one of us in the lecture, as we question weather we are faking to be someone we are not… and why we behave the way we do.
As I critically analyzed “The Importance of Being Earnest”, I believe this was a well thought out entertaining film where Wilde utilized the dialogue between the characters to reveal more than just the mere words that were spoken… Especially from Lady Bracknell..
There are many important themes that run through the play like the constraints of morality; where Wilde pokes fun at the ridged body of rules of what is right and wrong…
The nature of marriage; where even Lady Bracknells list of potential bachelors for her daughter and the assumptions on the purpose of marriage, reflect controversial preoccupations of Victorian respectability and social income and character. As well as societies views on being able to control death and their hypocrisy….
The poem, Impressions of the Morning, on pg1687 in our Norton text, was only four stanzas, however, you can see that Wild had carefully chosen his words to aesthetically capture the images, through vivid imagery almost like artistry.
The first time I read the poem I could envisage an over view of London as he slowly zoomed my attention towards a woman. But when I critically analyzed the poem in detail, it was deeper than just an over view of London. You could see that Wilde had spent a lot of time individually selecting each word and placing them in specific sequence to create a beautiful image within the readers mind.
There are so many interpretations that can arise like from the personifications, like when the yelow fog comes creeping down and the poem is almost dream like with all the textures and colours, he employs words like... the noctum and harmony of blue and gold to decribe music with colours, you can almost feel the imagery of the chill and cold, the language is so engaging to the sensory experience. In turn I believe that this is a great poem as I was able to shape my own personal interpretations and meanings.
All in all Oscar Wilde’s short stories, plays and poems are all inspirational, entertaining and meaningful; I enjoyed learning about him this semester.
So I haven’t really written a personal entry for a while... I haven’t even had time to write in my other diary...
This semester has gone way too fast for me... I guess personal obligations and events have stood in the way of me reaching the standards I would have preferred. These days I feel torn between two emotions or ‘beings’ it has confused the shit out of me. I thought I had everything figured out... Then you come to realise that the simple things in life that you need are out of reach and your shadow is creeping up to you... the one you would like to put behind you... I know I am vague but hey... Don’t really like expressing my whole self on the internet LOL
What to do what to do????
I’ve been having really crap days at work, its not as fun as it used to be and now my manager is quitting it will be harder, hmmmmm
These days I really miss my girls, I don’t get to see them often and I think it has come to the point where we wanna see each other but we don’t make the time which is pretty disappointing…
Exams are coming up people!!! I HATE exams!!!
I freak out, blank out, and I sit there looking at a blank piece of paper…
So I was watching Coach Carter with my bf haha great compromise on a movie about basketball and teaching... LOL go figure... Anywayz, one of the students said this speech and I thought it was really inspirational so I thought I would share it with all of uz...
Our Greatest Fear
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.