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Twelfth Night Gender Discussion

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I want to discuss Twelfth Night and the topic that we covered extensively in tutorials and lecture – the topic of gender and homo-eroticism. Many people were saying that Shakespeare wrote a progressive text, especially in regards to the character of Antonio since he apparently displayed affectionate feelings for Sebastian. The one point that I would like to make that has not been covered in tutorial is that basically all the characters received a happy ending – Orsino ended up with Viola, Sebastian with Olivia, and Sir Toby with Maria. The three main characters who did not receive a happy ending are as follows: Malvolio who was depicted as being a malicious character, Sir Andrew who was shown as being a fool, and lastly Antonio. Antonio was helpful, kind, caring, but since he showed homoerotic tendencies, he was not given a happy ending in Shakespeare’s view, meaning a marriage. What does it say about progressive behaviour in the play if the only possible gay character in the play does not receive a happy ending? It is open for debate, I suppose and is based on different individual’s point of view.

 

Side note: You might have seen this included with my other writing discussion but I realized it was over the word limit so I separated them, so it could be included for more points. Thanks

My Attempt at Writing a Sonnet (2)

Nothing is as infinite as decease

The only guarantee in this earth realm

Your life is minute, only a small crease

So trivial it tries to overwhelm

 

Nothing is as finite as lustful love

It comes from the region of the liver

The true heart it is completely void of

Without true feelings the body shivers

 

But the shivering body will turn cold

Once again but this time forevermore

Life, love, hope: this body will not retain

What is the point of warming up the core

 

In the end will be worms and rigid dirt

No evidence of life’s earlier mirth

 

 

 

My Attempt at Writing a Sonnet (1)

Shall I compare thy mark to my owneth

In hopes of increasing my self esteem

Makes me feel like the Queen Elizabeth

Praiseworthy enough for my own proud meme

 

Until it becomes lower than thy own

Then my high spirits are thrown off wind

Never-ending, my brain then my heart groan

From my path I am confused and blind

 

The numbers in this verse depict feelings

While numbers on the report show my worth

My body is melancholy filling

Strong urge to throw myself into the hearth

 

Until thoughts of courage and you arise

I discern numbers aren’t what make me wise

General Discussion on Troilus and Cressida

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I am going to discuss Troilus and Cressida

First I would like to discuss some of the parts of Troilus and Cressida that I find confusing and why. It might be due to the fact that I do not understand the background story of the Trojan and Greek war that is the setting of this play, but some parts I just do not understand.

 

You said I could insert gifs, so I’ve ran with that

 

One aspect that I find really confusing is the fact that it did not take much persuading to make Troilus allow the love-of-his-life Cressida to leave to the enemies’ encampment. If he loved her so much, why would he just let her leave into the hands of his enemies? Just so they could have a war official back who did not help them win the war in the end anyway (spoiler alert). Even if Antenor did help them defeat the Greek army, if I have learned anything from Shakespeare is that you are supposed to do anything to get the girl. Even if that may cause your death (i.e. Tarquin), or cause you to suffer in prison (i.e. Malvolio). Get with the program, Troilus.

Along with that, Troilus was frantic that Cressida would not be faithful, despite her protests. Was that based on her previous behaviour that was explained by Shakespeare? Was their some background information that explained that Cressida was a flirtatious and fickle woman? Or was this just misogynistic behaviour, where the male was assuming that the woman was not going to be faithful for the sole fact that she is a female. Whatever it was, it was definite foreshadowing since that’s exactly what Cressida ended up doing.

Cressida who seemingly left the Trojans quite distressed moved on very fast. Was it because she thought that her life in Troy was completely over? Or was her heart really as fickle as Troilus feared?  I wonder how different directors would adapt the scene where Cressida is being kissed by the Grecian officials when she gets there – would she be in tears? Since later on she does end up with one of them (Diomedes), so was she really all that devastated to be torn away from her home and lover?

The thing that bothered me the most, besides the Cressida and Troilus love disaster, was that the Greeks and the Trojans were downright friendly when they would go to each others’ camps. Like, hullo, are we the only ones that remember that you are at war with these people?! They have killed your comrades and now you are behaving all chummy with them. Other than a few of them who were trying to kill each other on the sidelines, specifically Ajax and Hector, the rest of them were not as hostile as I expected them to me.

Eomer does not approve

 

These were just some of the questions/problems I had whilst reading Troilus and Cressida.

Visual Art

The following  visual art is for my favourite line from all the plays:

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[Exit, pursued by a bear]

I don’t know if that’s cheating because it doesn’t really count as a line – it’s more of a stage direction. Even though that situation was dire (i.e. the death of Antigonus), I still found that part hilarious. As you can see by my depiction of the bear as Winnie the Pooh. Yeah, I’ll see myself out. . . (hopefully also pursued by a bear).

Okay, I’m done for real this time

Theatrical Poster for Twelfth Night

Here is my movie poster for Twelfth Night:

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Haha, just kidding. How often is that joke used in our #engl205 class, eh?

Here is my actual movie poster (the proof is the poor camera quality):

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Sorry that it’s sideways, I tried to fix it but alas, I am not tech-savvy. Please rotate your head 90 degrees

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This is an imaginary theatrical poster for Twelfth Night. The two faces depicted are the twins Viola and Sebastian. Their faces are separated by a arrow (like Cupid’s love arrow). Also, the end of the arrow is a triangle with a heart in it to represent the love triangle between Viola/Cesario, Olivia, and Orsino. There’s a mask in the upper right corner (if the picture was rotated the proper way) that represents the important thematic element of disguises. Lastly, the symbol on the right side is the male and female gender symbol, with a red question mark going through it to depict the gender ambiguity in the play.

Visual Art for ‘The Rape of Lucrece’

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So I drew Lucrece after the rape because drawing her while she’s naive and happy would be too easy. The ribbon across her mouth represents how Tarquin silenced her and, ultimately, her life. She’s holding a red rose and a white lily to depict the omnipresent metaphor of virtue and beauty. However, the flowers have started to blacken and die similar to how the imagery of red and white is replaced with black after the rape.

(My next drawing will be of Tarquin represented by a piece of trash.)

This is for the “Genres and Mode Badge.”