Yeah, so this is one of my textbooks. But I can't do other than delve into it with gusto. It's intriguing. The beginning's like a very cursory intro tYeah, so this is one of my textbooks. But I can't do other than delve into it with gusto. It's intriguing. The beginning's like a very cursory intro to the philosophical metaphysics of theatre. <3<3<3 ...more
If I think about this too deeply, I will cry without even having it in front of me. However, I need my eyes right now for academic matters. So I'll juIf I think about this too deeply, I will cry without even having it in front of me. However, I need my eyes right now for academic matters. So I'll just note my rhetorical response to the contention that this is a 'women-sacrifice-all' type of parable. It might well be. But wouldn't it be compelling to reverse the gender roles here, making the tree a male and the child an overly demanding daughter?
– – It just came to me. Of course: gender reversal would suggest a Christian allegory, only slightly more palatable than Paradise Lost (an improvement because this story doesn't cast aspersions on innocent reptiles). So Silverstein, I conclude you took the best route after all. ...more
Three stars are for the badass emo Satan. The other is for some unbeatable iambic pentameter. Yet it doesn't dazzle me the way I expected it to. ParadThree stars are for the badass emo Satan. The other is for some unbeatable iambic pentameter. Yet it doesn't dazzle me the way I expected it to. Paradise Lost! – no longer do I tremble with reverence at the title, and I wish I didn't have to say so. But that's my honest reaction. I wish there were more stars in this system so I could withhold points for misogyny, which I know is explainable by various factors, blah blah blah, but which still bothers me here. Perhaps I had higher poetic standards for Milton – didn't expect him to stoop to female-bashing as he told his epic? So much for my expectations about 'greatness.' Nevertheless, I can't deny that this is a ton of fun to read aloud. If you feel the need to refresh your sense of English literary nerdiness, join or organize an all-night reading of the entire work. (I have successfully used this method; it is highly recommended! Just have coffee on hand, for the occasional fervent sip, as you get through the book. Milton probably did.)...more
**spoiler alert** shortly after finishing: One more classic down. No less tragic than expected. I have to admit, however - by the last pages I though**spoiler alert** shortly after finishing: One more classic down. No less tragic than expected. I have to admit, however - by the last pages I thought more of this book than I sometimes did in the middle of it.
My annoyance and even hatred of the characters was, at times, my strongest feeling for them - Tess because she is so inconsistent, strong one moment and self-effacing the next; Angel because he's the worst damn hypocrite ... I mean, he's just too realistic for comfort; is that a legitimate criticism here?! - and Alec, well, because he's Alec. But, to shorten this, my roller-coastering opinions ended up on a level of greater sympathy for our two protagonists than I had projected. I had to wrap my head around the sense that they are essentially allegorical, while at the same time being very true to life in their inconsistency and late realization of serious mistakes. Ah, me.
Something that bothered me in the end is the seeming disintegration of what I was finally beginning to feel were appreciably lifelike characters. I felt such distance from Tess & Angel, as though they were different characters than we had seen so far, or at least as if the author had taken a few major steps backward and viewed them through binoculars. Perhaps that's the only way to tell a story that nosedives like this one. As soon as Angel returned, the resolution was simply crammed into a very low number of pages. Almost like Hardy resented what he had to write. Didn't want to linger on the destination as he did over the journey.
Still not sure how I feel about Tess's final actions. "I killed him! Love me now!" Wow, like what?! Sorrow does interesting things to the mind. Why didn't they psychoanalyze Tess instead of killing her? *I RESERVE ALL RIGHTS to that plot for the modern film version* Oh yeah, and what happened to Tess, anyway? Must admit, I am not well versed in British turn-of-nineteenth-century death penalties. Still, while I have a gruesome curiosity for detailz, I approve of the way Hardy skipped over the whole episode. He had said what he needed to say. In the end, it is his silence - his disgust and disdain to comment any further on what 'had to' follow – that hits us hardest.
I tended to skip over a lot of his descriptive paragraphs. I know I could/should have appreciated them more. No fear, I'll review (when actually studying it, in a few weeks' time). At which time I'll perhaps reorganize and add to my review. It's just notesy for now. But yowza, Hardy. I hope we'll get the option to write essays on this one. ...more
Currently learning one of Haley's longer speeches. I wish my library had the actual play. To perform a monologue without having read the play itself iCurrently learning one of Haley's longer speeches. I wish my library had the actual play. To perform a monologue without having read the play itself is simply wrong, but ah! I really like the monologue.......more