Month: October 2013

If This Is It

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“I want living proof”-Othello. Now in this scene of the play Iago tells Othello a lie that would prove that he is telling him the truth about Desdemona’s unfaithfulness to him. Iago says that she likes Cassio and has given him the handkerchief that he gave to Desdemona as his first gift to her. Along with that inquiry he tells Othello about one night when they were sleeping together, since he is a soldier and needed some quarters to stay, he was talking in his sleep saying, “Sweet Desdemona let us hide our loves”, then he rolled on top of him (Iago) and kissed him a couple times.  In order to make Othello hear it from Cassio himself Othello hides while talking to Cassio, proving to have had an affair with Desdemona. So Othello hears the conversation, but Cassio is actually talking about Bianca, not Desdemona, making it seem to Othello that he is disrespecting her; plus he has his handkerchief. This makes Othello so furious that he falls into  a trance from all the pain that “she” has given him in being untrue, but it really all is the evil work of Iago. This song called If This Is It by Huey Lewis and the News has lyrics that resemble the feelings and thoughts that Othello has toward Desdemona based on what he has been told by Iago. For example in the song, ” If this ain’t love you better let me know, I wanna know”, and, “I’ve been a fool for so long”.


Head Games

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Iago is at it again! Back for more deceiving drama within the friends of Othello to make them suffer grievances that he indirectly causes.  This time he deceived Cassio in losing his position as lieutenant if the army under General Othello. In Act II Iago intends to force Othello to relieve Cassio from his duty as lieutenant, the position that he wishes he had, to give him joy that Cassio is no longer in a high rank.  So that night when Cassio is on the job Iago invites him for a drink to relax him from the distress getting him drunk. Iago is a two faced deceiving man, so he becomes secret best friends with Cassio. A few moments later Iago makes Montano and Cassio have a sword fight, besides the fact that Cassio is drunk, wounding Montano. Then Iago has Roderigo sound the bell to intentionally wake Othello. When they are all together Othello demands to know how this quarrel began, but no one wants to blame anyone, therefore Othello relieved Cassio of his duty because he is in charge and didn’t tell him the truth about the matter. Afterwords Iago gives pity and hope to Cassio saying that he can possibly get his job back if he tells Desdemona to talk to Othello about him and how he deserves to have it back. When he goes to tell her and sees Othello approaching he flees to not be seen by him begging to have his wife help him out. Othello with Iago see him flee as Desdemona begins talking about him on the matter that occurred earlier. After she leaves Iago persuades Othello that Cassio was “hitting” on Desdemona, implying that she is not true to him. She did, after all, disobey her father to marry him, proving that she might not be cunning on the other side of her beautiful face. When Iago tells him his thoughts Othello becomes emotional and begins to question her trust. This song by Foreigner, Head Games, has lyrics expressing how much the guy always thinks about his girl but suspects that something isn’t right, that there is something that he doesn’t know. All he ever gets is head games, but he doesn’t want to play. For Othello Iago is playing head games on him and the others.

Dubstep,… Bad Idea

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This week in AP English 4 we discussed about some of the needs we would like to fix around our community by coming up with “Bad Ideas”. This involved no worries involving money, just as long that it could be possible. So what we did was form groups, not necessarily the groups that we have for our what if project, to come up with some examples of “Bad Ideas”. Mr. Theriaut’s example was to fire all the teachers at the school so then the school would save a lot of money, students could study whatever they wanted when they wanted, and the students could come to school at any time of the morning.  I was in a group with Carey and Johnny with which we came up with bad ideas such as: have they parent drop off the student at certain location where a school shuttle would take them to school, avoiding the restlessness of traffic. Another idea I had was to have all the students ride their bike to school.

On this note, haha note, music, relating back to music, a very bad idea is Dubstep. Some could argue that Dubstep is music in a sense that there is a variety of different pitches of frequencies of whatever it is that makes this music.  All in all I am not a fan of Dubstep, maybe techno, but definitely not Debstep. It just sounds like warping elements together in a black hole trying to escape. Listen to it yourself, it could be a different dialect of this universal language.

Papa Don’t Preach

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Today in class we read a couple pages of Shakespeare’s Othello. What has happened so far in the beginning is Roderico likes Desdemona and is trying to win her love by giving Iago, the “trustworthy” companion of the leader of the army, Othello. When Iago and Roderico being talking about his situation to win Desdemona, Iago encourages him to go and wake the senator Brabantio, the father of Desdemona, to confess to him his love for her. Let us remember that this is taking place very very late at night when everyone is sleeping. When Brabantio finally arises to the calling of his name the two of them tell him that Desdemona is gone from the house and has gone to be married with a Moor, an outsider, one who does not have permission from the woman’s father. After the senator arranges all his officers to go and seize this Moor, Othello, they take him to the Duke to right the punishment for Othello’s treason against the senator. Othello claims that he did not use any act of force to take his daughter and force her to marry him. He says that he fell in love with her and she with him by telling her of the suffrage he has gone through to be the person he is today.  To settle the truth they brought Desdemona in for her to tell her father that she is married to him with love in her heart.

In this youtube video that I have posted here is of a song called Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna and it’s lyrics remind me of Desdemona telling her father that she is no longer a little girl and can make decisions on her own. The song also sings that Madonna, like Desdemona, wants to be with her baby. She will always be his little girl, but she wants to marry him and be with him.