What’s cookin’?

I rarely talk about it, what even is it? My future is enigmatic, I can plan my future to what I want it to be, but that won’t make a difference to what it actually becomes. But that would require me to make plans about my future, which I have trouble grasping how life will be different or even care to do so. However, I do have some very loose plans for my future.

For spring break, I will be traveling to South Korea with my mother. I have not visited since I was three, so that’s almost an entire blood line I have little to no connection to. I am excited to see my family, but also anxious. They grew up in an entirely different culture than I have. Or maybe not, with the large American presence since the Korean War, perhaps my relatives are more like me than I think. No matter the case, I don’t think I’ll be ready for the winter season in full scale over there.

After spring break, my future is a blur. I got accepted to study biomedical science at A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science, but I have heard numerous people tell me that it very certainly is not worth it. While it gears students to go into medical school, it wrecks havoc on your grades and their advisers are less than amicable. After college, then medical school, and then residency, I’ll maybe finally be a doctor. Even then, my plans for formal education are not over, as I want to be specialize in pediatrics.

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Quarto 1

One thing I noticed in “Quarto 1” is that the dialogue is remarkably short.

FIRST SENTINEL: Oh, you come most carefully upon your watch.
BARNARDO: An if you meet Marcellus and Horatio,
The partners of my watch, bid them make haste.
FIRST SENTINEL: I will. See who goes there.
Enter Horatio and Marcellus.
20HORATIO: Friends to this ground.
This creates a choppy dialogue that was unpleasant to read. Additionally, varying with the original text, this excerpt lasts much longer, detailing the meeting of these characters, whom while relatively unimportant, except for Horatio, start the play off. Although I suppose the abruptness of the dialogue could be explained by their uneasiness with the ghost, I think that is a bit of a stretch.
In Act II, the character Polonius no longer exists and neither does Ophelia. Okay, that’s a little bit of a stretch, Ophelia’s name is just misspelled to “Ofelia” but Polonius is now a character named “Corambis”. I prefer Ophelia over Ofelia simply due to the aesthetics of the letters. On the other hand, I prefer the misnaming of Corambis over Polonius; it seems more masculine.
Also just “King” is a little vague as to his relation to the other characters. I much prefer Claudius, a sinister sounding name. Furthermore, having a King talk to the prince about the prince’s father just seems like a situation I would be rather confused about if having to watch this play without prior knowledge of the characters.

Allusion and Hamartia

I love older music, one song I happened to listen to this week was We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel. An old pop song, it is a wonderful landmark of past current-events.

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, “The King and I” and “The Catcher in the Rye”
Eisenhower, vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
Released in 1989, the world had seen major changes in just a few decades prior. Not only does Billy Joel allude to 3 presidencies, but also one of the most infamous: that of Richard Nixon’s. This large opening to the song, and other allusions adding up to the entirety of the tune minus its chorus, would be rather pointless if the audience did not know of the relationship held in his words. Marilyn Monroe would just be another Jane Doe, not the beloved cultural phenomenon. Relying heavily upon the connection of allusion, Billy Joel managed to produce a pop sensation.
In Crash Test Dummies’s Afternoons and Coffee Spoons there is the allusion of “coffeespoons and T. S. Elliot.” to the writer’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Crash Test Dummies is a less mainstream group, but quite catchy, I particularly like Mmm Mmm Mmm.
Achilles has one of the most striking hamartia in mythology. Immune to injury to the entirety of his body except for a small region at his ankle. The Greek hero is supposed to have been dipped in the River Styx, that leads to the Underworld, that gave him his pseudo-immortality. Unfortunately his mother happened to leave him vulnerable at one of the oddest places and most insecure places, far away from the core of the body and at a rather weak joint. According to lore, Achilles was shot with an arrow at his heel, killing him. While begging questions, this hamartia just serves as a plot device to move the story of Achilles along, after all how interesting could another demi-god be?
For Julius Caesar, his hamartia is that of the character Brutus, who ends up killing him in a twisted manner to help Rome.