Monthly Archives: November 2018

WEEK 13: INFERNO, CANTO 1 TO 8

Dante’s Inferno was one of the most difficult books I read in high school, apart from  “The Master and Margarita”. However, it’s one of the most enjoyable in my opinion due to the fact it explores the afterlife. Growing up in a Christian household, I was always exposed to the concept of hell and the afterlife. So being exposed to it in a secular manner was interesting, through literature I was able to see how others interpreted the concept of hell. Even now, as I get older and try to figure out the mess of the life I made for myself, I’m forced to confront my afterlife. Let me further explain, growing up I had always been exposed to God, Jesus, the good, and the evil. However, I took the decision to start this communion with God. But, along the way, I began realizing things that made me question my belief in God and I began to look at the church in a negative light. I was and still am involved in Church activities because I don’t have the heart to just drop everything and say screw you to everyone. It just makes me think, I am being fraudulent. Is it my fault due to the negative experiences I had with church and religion? Is it my fault due to the trauma stuck in my head that plays over and over in my head? Certainly, there are specific cases no? But like that’s questionable seeing how a lot of people were in Dante’s hell because they were born before Christianity. That’s not fair and surely seems imperfect but isn’t God perfect? All I know is that I guess I might be going to Hell in Dante’s interpretation because I’m technically being a fraud. Now for real life, who knows where I’m headed…

WEEK 12: MACBETH ACT II & III

Macbeth Acts II and III are quite significant because here we are, witnesses, to Duncan’s murder. It brings about the question of the role of women in this work of literature. We can see Lady’s MacBeth ambition and “greed”, you can say, showing through. However, just because she had the plan to devise a plan that would lead Macbeth to be put on the throne, I don’t think she’s responsible for the execution. Macbeth is partly to blame and he should be held accountable for his actions. He wanted to be king just as much as she wanted him to be king. However, he had a say in the whole situation and decided to follow through with the plan. Also, how are we going to have these double standards for women but not for men? The men are the head of households during this specific time period, so the blame should go on Macbeth for not shutting the whole situation down. In contrast, I believe that Macbeth had no say in the situation with the witches because they’re unnatural/supernatural beings and he really can’t do much to control that. The witches are pretty much playing around with their lives and future, leaving Macbeth to be left in the hands of the witches while trying to figure his own path. Lastly, although Lady Macbeth’s plan is deplorable, I praise her for it. She was doing the most to elevate her and her husband’s status so that they would have a nice life being king and queen. You go, girl!

WEEK 11: MACBETH ACT 1

Macbeth was my favorite book that I read in 10th grade for Humanities and I’m so excited to delve into a deeper conversation and understanding of the book in WHUM101. I vaguely remember the plot but it’s always good to reread a book that you thoroughly enjoyed reading in the past. Reading ACT I brought me back to how much I favored the witches. They were such controversial characters due to the fact they, being women, held powers over men in a particle society. This was a pivotal moment in my education because this book exposed me to women that challenged the submissive woman narrative in an academic environment. Obviously, I’ve read books that contained women that challenged the narrative and the stereotypes they need to follow such like The Hunger Games trilogy. People can interpret the witches as weak and comical, however, you can clearly see that they are the most powerful beings in Macbeth, in my opinion. They have the ability to play around with human life while also playing around with the fate of people, which honestly is quite terrifying.

WEEK 10: OEDIPUS

Oedipus was an amazing book/play to read and really intrigued me due to the Greek tragedy. I found it insane how Oedipus tried running away from the prophecy he faced in respect to his parent’s prophecy. Also, after learning in class “Sophism” we were open more to the fact to understand the concept of humans going against the will of the gods and rationally make their own decisions. Sure, fate vs. free will plays into big effect to us now in the modern age, but viewing the novel form a sophist point of view enhances the novel even more to the reader because you actively see how characters like Oedipus and Jacosta make rational decisions to run away from the prophecies told to them. Also, I feel bad for Oedipus because yes he is our hero that faces this tragedy, but like being a person who has bad luck, I can relate in the aspect of having a major unfortunate circumstance occur to me. I guess that’s why we, humans, are inclined to listen to tragedies because we can relate to them but also ponder on the fact tragedies can happen to us at any given second.

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