Love Causes Headaches

As Shakespeare once said, “the course of true love never did run smooth”. In Love Causes Headaches, our interpretation of a scene in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we portrayed the internal conflict of the characters in the scene. The scene we interpreted was Act 1 Scene 1, lines 128-251 . With my partners Tom and Anthony, we had rewritten this scene in modern context. As a group, we equally distributed the work. Below is the film, and our finalised version of the Director’s Notebook.

This is the link to the Director’s Notebook:

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This is our Film (Password: shakespeare)

Here is my rationale for this project:

During this project, our group worked as a cohesive unit and we split up the work equally. In terms of the contribution that I made to the group, I was in charge of choosing the costumes and providing explanations and reasoning behind my choices. I also wrote and edited a large portion of the script and subscript, helped to modify the language to fit our context, and did the final editing of the script after the film was made.

 

In our scene, we utilized the language and actions of our characters to explore the theme of how the process of love will always encounter conflicts with people around them, and by seeking one’s loved one’s one can attempt to resolve such conflicts. This is shown as throughout the scene, Hermia and Lysander were debuting about how the school laws interfered with their relationship, as the school has recently implemented a rule that bans dating in general. Another conflict that is shown in this scene is when Helena tries to be noticed by professor Demetrius, but encounters a conflict as professor Demetrius favors Hermia, even though she doesn’t care about professor Demetrius. It is important to note that in this context, Helena does not love Demetrius, but just admires him as a teacher.

 

The character I acted out as was Lysander. In terms of acting, I acted timidly in the beginning of the scene, but shifted to more direct approaches after the problem was solved. At the start, Lysander emphasize with Hermia, as he tries to enlighten her mood towards the situation as a whole. I used very limited hand gestures and emotions to show the distraught state we are in due to our relationship. In this following scenes, Lysander play more of a supportive role while Hermia and Helena have their conflicts regarding friendship and their relationship with professor Demetrius, which instigates Lysander’s plan of leaving the school campus to action. In this scene, even though I speak very little, I start to speak with more emotion, as I have just come up with the idea of running away from campus, which makes the situation more optimistic and replenishes us with vigor. In terms of costumes, which is the part that I as in charge of, I made sure that all the clothing that the characters wore was suitable in the context, and matched their personalities. For Lysander, I used very similar colored clothing to indicate that at this point, after he has decided to leave school campus, that he was a very one-sided character, and that all his character has been exposed. Hermia’s character is already very plain and straightforward, shown by the choices of the costume. Her costume was plain and implied a straightforward personality, which was shown in the performance aspect of this project. Lastly, for Helena, I had chosen a set of costumes that fitted her personality in this modern context, which helped distinguish the differences between her and the other characters. With all three characteristics being unique in their own ways, it shows the contrast and conflict between these characters, which contributes to the understanding of our thematic statement, which is that the process of love will always encounter conflicts with people around them.

 

 

 

 

 

Hero’s Music

As we all know, The Hero’s Journey is a 12-step process in which the protagonist of the story embarks  on. This cycle can be noticed in most, if not all books, movies, and so on.  Through this idea, my partner Tom and I decided to create our own piece of music that resembles the steps of The Hero’s Journey. I personally contributed to this project by composing the “Ordinary World” to the “Reluctant Hero” Part. I had also done “The Road Back” to the “Return With The Elixir”, which is the end of the piece. I had also collaborated with Tom on other sections of the song.

 
In terms of listening and speaking standards, we “made strategic use of digital media in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.” At first, we started experimenting with different notes on the piano, but then composed and edited the piece using Musescore, which is an applications in which we used to make this piece of music. This saved us a lot of time, and made the editing process a lot easier. Also, in terms of writing standards, we did “Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole”. This was shown by the transitions of the song that joined the steps of The Hero’s Journey together to make a cohesive piece of music. For instance, “The Resurrection” phase was mostly used as a transition to join the “Road Back” and the “Return With The Elixir”. This was one of the many hard decisions that we had made throughout this piece. For my part, I mostly repeated chords in each measures to maintain a joyful mood, as I was in charge of composing the “Ordinary World” part.

 

He Doth Mirror Me

Some characters are more prominent than others. In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Puck is to be described as a trickster, always full of mischief and provides comic relief. But as the reader dives deeper into the book, it is shown that apart from being a joker, Puck is also a very loyal character.

In regard to Puck’s physical appearance, there is not much described in the book that describes Puck’s physical appearance, as excluding Oberon, his character does not interact with others very much, signaling his mysteriousness. As the quote “Sometime a horse I’ll be, sometime a hound, A hog, a headless bear, sometime a fire, And neigh, and bark, and grunt, and roar, and burn, Like horse, hound, hog, bear, fire, at every turn” (63) shows that his physical appearance will change in different contexts. Personally, I cannot change appearances to fit different types of context. Also, I almost never receive feedback regarding my personal appearance, and do not care much about it either. If I had to describe my own personal looks, I would say that I am “normal looking”.

 

The personality of Puck is extremely one-sided, as that his personality is easily understood. He always enjoys a good laugh, as almost every time he is shown in the play. Such as “Sometime for threefoot stool mistaketh me; Then slip I from her bum, down topples she, and ‘Tailor’ cries, and falls into a cough;” (29), and “My mistress with a monster is in love” (69). This shows the comedic side of him, as he is portrayed by Shakespeare as the character that provides comic relief. He also makes the plot more interesting, as in the scene where Lysander and Demetrius are fighting for Helena, Puck lures Demetrius into the woods to meet Lysander to dispute the situation, as shown in the quote “Ho, ho, ho! Coward, why com’st thou not? … Come hither, I am here” (95).  Despite all of this, his character is not introduced very well to the other characters, as he stays relatively unknown to most characters until the end of the book. Comparing this to me, I would say that the immature side of me relates to Puck in some ways, except that my attempts to be funny generally do not work out well. When I was younger, I would generally jump right into an activity enthusiastically, unaware of my surroundings. One could say that I had “tunnel vision” metaphorically.

 

Regarding how other characters feel about Puck as a character, it is quite unclear, as previously mentioned in the first paragraph, Puck stays relatively unknown to the other characters until the end of the book. But his relationship with Oberon is very close, as Oberon continuously asks Puck for favors, like dropping the liquid onto Titania’s eyelids while she is asleep, as shown here “I’ll watch Titania when she is asleep, And drop the liquor of it in her eyes:” (39). This shows Puck’s willingness to do tasks that others ask him to do, which prompts Oberon to think that he is a very loyal character. Also, he is a character that takes responsibility for his actions, as shown here “The man shall have his mare again, and all shall be well.” (97).  when he messes up the potion by accidently dropping it into Lysander’s eyes, he quickly takes responsibility and fixes the situation before it starts to get very serious. Through this, it can be inferred that other think of Puck as a loyal and responsible character. Juxtaposing Puck to me as a person, others do not think of me as a loyal or responsible character, but generally stereotype me as just a interesting and caring person.

 

Fight This Battle Together! – Monologue

Promises are important… So important that it may break laws. For instance, this one. This monologue is set in the story The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The text down below is the transcript for the monologue that I wrote in perspective of Liesel. The overall meaning of this monologue is to convince Max not to leave the Hubermann’s household, as Max thought that he was a danger to them.

Max. Max! Listen to me! There is no reason for you to leave. Ever since you got here, a strong bond developed within us. We watch out for each other’s backs. We praise each other’s strengths, and help out each other’s weaknesses. Remember when you were sick, and we had to take care of you? Remember the stories that I told you? Remember the snow that I gave you when you were sick? I’m sick of Rudy asking me for a kiss all the time, and I don’t have any other close friends. Don’t be too hasty to decide. This may be one of the most important decisions that you will ever make in your life.

If you were to leave now,

I would be lonelier than the last person on earth, waiting for the inevitable. I’ve already lost my true family and I just can’t afford to lose another close friend, or more like my brother. I think that the past has allowed us to bond into siblings than friends. If you leave now, who would share stories with me? Who would I talk to when I’m feeling down?

If you were to leave now, there would be little to no hope of you being free until the war ends. if you leave, don’t expect all your needs to materialize out of thin air. Now, I know that you’re a fighter. You want to take everything head-on, but think about the consequences! You will have to fight for everything you want. And while you’re trying desperately to find your needs in this wasteland, you will also have to worry about the Gestapo finding you. And after they do, what would happen? Will they make you walk countless miles around Munich? Will they torture you out of your misery? Will they even gas you in concentration camps? You will be like a tiny flame, waiting to be put out any second. Now you wouldn’t want that, would you?

If you were to leave now, we would be breaking the promise to your father regarding keeping you safe. We promised him, and we don’t intend to break that promise no matter the consequence. We can also relate to you. We are, in some ways, also outsiders to this society. We don’t support these actions pointing towards discrimination, nor do we support Hitler. Even mama and papa wants you to stay. Remember when papa gave bread to the Jews on the street even though he knew what the punishment was? Remember when he painted over racist slurs on Jewish houses? That shows that we do, in fact, care about you in an equal way. We may be different externally, but internally, we support the same ideas.

But if you stay here, in the safe haven compared to the rest of Munich, you will have all your needs. Food, a warm place to stay, company, all the necessities that you need to outlast the duration.

Yes, times are currently hard, especially for you. Minutes being punishing, hours being torturous. But this time is not intended to stay, but to pass along soon. And again, leaving the safety of our basement is not the way to solve this problem. You may be trying to find other ways to work around it, but this solution, the one and only solution, is what you need to understand and accept. Stop thinking of ways to avoid it. Even the very stupid and ignorant Rudy Steiner would understand my point. We all want to help you, and leaving the safety of our home is not the way to do so. Stay here and live to fight another day.

Please, let us fight this battle together!

Propaganda Poster Rationale

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This poster’s propaganda techniques involves demonising the enemy. Since the poster’s slogan (Wasting food feeds the enemy) Makes it sound condescending towards the Nazis, as it indirectly states that they feed off trash. Also, the trash can as an object has a negative connotation There is also a bit of bandwagon, as on the top of the poster it says “For The Greater Good”, which is trying to convince everyone to do the right thing. As people do not want to be the one left out of doing something right, they will automatically join the bandwagon.

Not wasting food is a moral that most people keep, so that message is included into the poster as a reminder to keep your morals. This relates to the Ethos perspective of this poster.

As for the character archetypes, The trash can can be interpreted to be the shadow, as it is shown that the “Big Four” (United States, Britain, Soviet Union, China)  is towering over the Swastika, portraying its dominance over it. Since during World War II, the swastika symbol attracts hatred from the allies perspective, so that furthermore enforces the idea that the trash can with the Swastika on it is, in fact, the shadow.

From the design aspects, this design is simple, and it is easy to understand at a glance. The dominant element is the Nazi trash can, which is sitting right in the middle of the page. On top of it is food being thrown into the trash can, and the combined flag of the “Big Four” on top of all of that, signalling its dominance over it, as previously mentioned. The words on the top of the poster “For The Greater Good” also appeals to the audience because in times of hardship like WWII, things must be done for the greater good. On the bottom of the poster, there are smaller words that say the literal meaning of the poster. Those words are more subordinate, as it is less attractive than the main poster.

 

 

China’s Particular Punitive Pernicious Preposterous Policy.

How would you like your reproductive rights being dictated by someone else? well,  China’s one child policy has been doing just that for the past 35 years. This policy has solved some of the problems in the past, but has created some other problems currently in the present. The research suggests that China’s one child policy has had serious negative impacts on Chinese society including the aging population, gender balance and financial burden on only children. From this, a conclusion can be made that this policy was not as successful as the government had imagined it to be.

This product’s intended audience is for students in grades 7-8. Also the final decision for this project’s product was to make an infographic. The reason for this is because infographics have a nice balance of pictures and text, which makes it entertaining for younger people to read and look at, while also giving valid information for them to learn about the topic.  There are also a few graphs included in the infographic, so the infographic will look more formal in comparison to ones that do not.

The information is spread out sparsely, so it will be easier for the audience to get the information, as reading by chunks gives the reader some breathing room while they look at the other aspects of this infographic, as people at that age tend to sometimes lose focus while reading long passages.

Two Sides Of The Same Problem

How would you like to look at an idea, see all the good sides of it, but then drastically change viewpoints and see the bad sides of it?  For this project, I drew two pictures of the same setting, but one of them with a positive mood, and another one with a negative mood. By closely analysing different problems in life, these two pictures show that there is either an optimistic or pessimistic way to look at the problems. The colored picture is the positive picture, and the black and white picture is the negative one.

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The pictures above show mood and contrast. Mood because the pictures shows a central idea in the pictures. The darker picture’s general mood is very gloomy. The main reason that this picture looks very gloomy is because it is set in black and grey, as black and grey conveys a darker mood than using color. Some of the water is already dried up, so the ship in the middle of the lake will never reach water, which represents hopelessness. There doesn’t seem to be much hope, as all the light in this picture is blotted out by the moon’s bulky figure. The only bright parts of this picture are the stars, yet they aren’t so bright either. This is what shows negativity in this picture. Meanwhile, the colored picture’s mood is very bright, along with some colors that enhances the brightness of the picture. The sun and water looks a lot brighter than the other picture, which in comparison to this picture looks dark and motionless.

This project also shows contrast because I am putting two pieces of artwork to contrast each other, as the colored picture’s point of view to a problem or idea is the opposite to that the black and white picture’s point of view is.

 

 

An overview of the migrant life – OMAN

Do you know what the life of a typical migrant worker during the Great Depression’s thoughts? Do you want to know? The above audio recording is an interviewer interviewing George from the book Of Mice And Men. This interview displays the thoughts of George about some of the questions that he would be asked about if he would have gotten interviewed by someone.

In the text of the interview, I have shown understanding of  characterisation.  “I…care about him like a friend but sometimes’ he might be a little annoyin’ here and there (6). This shows that George actually cares about his friend, and his friendship bond with Lennie is truly genuine. Also, George explains with a short but succinct answer of ” But that would only last me for so much time until I get someplace to go, or some vision of the future (8)”. This quotes shows that George in fact, does know the situation he’s in, and needs to find an alternative for living standards. Also, a quote that identifies George’s physical appearance is “I have a “dark of face,  with restless eyes and sharp, strong features. With small,  strong hands, slender arms (2)”. This manifests the characterisation of George and his inner thoughts.

I have also shown the understanding of historical context throughout this assignment. The quote “but the hard thing was to find jobs as there were so little over the whole ‘country (10)”. Shows the harsh reality of life for a migrant worker during the Great Depression. Also, the quote above is also used for understanding historical context. ” But that would only last me for so much time until I get someplace to go, or some vision of the future (8)”. This quote shows the thinking of most migrant workers during the great depression, as they technically don’t have much of a future. This is how this interview has shown historical context.