Saturday, January 9, 2010

Introducing Myself to the Others

I found it really interesting to create this blog and post my writings on it. I like it when I write and I see part of myself there. I chose a layout that corresponds to my personality, even though people are always talking that I am addicted to pink – this is actually not true. I find this color girlish, sweet, and free. I enjoyed writing these pieces because we had to choose our topics on our own and also the deadlines were not so binding on the writing that we have to post. Also the work was not so much because we could use some of the writings we did for class. There was a fun part of the activity – posting pictures, videos, and related cites because I could use the Internet and search for things I am interested to and than show it to everyone. It was also exciting to share comments with my partner from Kentucky and read her writing. I felt connected to her in some way and had the ability to see what people of my age are writing from different places. The fact that your friends can log in and see your writings is very exciting. For example, Antoniya Boyanova, who is one of my best friends, felt touched by one of my writings Priceless Experience which was actually dedicated to her, too. She told me that she felt inspired by it and wrote on of her posts. As a whole, I can say that this blog was a fun thing to do and I am thinking on continuing working on it.

Winnie The Pooh by A Milan

An interesting and funny book for a little bear and its adventures. This is Winnie The Pooh by A Milan. Pooh is one of the favorite characters of the little children and a lot of the grown-ups. The author got inspired to write this book because of his son whose name is Christopher Milan. This is also the name of one of the main characters who is the only human in the story – Christopher Robin. Winnie the Pooh tells a story for a bear that has “a little fluffy thing” in his head and has a lot of friends with who he has unique experiences. This little bear loves honey and goes to many obstacles in order to receive it – flies with a balloon, gets stuck in a hole, and goes around the whole forest. In every quest there are memorable quotes for Pooh that are remembered by all of the readers. This book is one of my favorites because it makes me feel a little bit younger and carefree.
*Works Cited: Winnie The Pooh. N.d N.p., Web 09 Jan 2010.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Mommy's Girl

There are girls who grow up without mother care because there had been an accident with their mother or because their parents are divorced. There are also girls who love their father more and are used to spending their time with him. I am not one of those girls. I cannot imagine life without my mother and I do not want to. The most important relationship that I have in my life is the one with my mother. She is the one person in the world that I care for and love the most. Of course, I love the other members of my family but it is not the same. She is very special for me because she is both a mother and a friend of mine.
As most of the mothers, or at least that we see on the movies, not the tragedies, my mother has been taking care of me since I was born. She was cooking for me and my two brothers twice a day and always did what I wanted to do. My mother, whose name is Boriana, has never been angry at me and never made me cry. I remember a time when I was living with her and my brothers, without daddy. At this time my father was taking care of our new apartment and there were two months when he did not have time to go everyday from the one apartment to the other. I can say that during this time I was pretty happy because we always managed to think of something that was interesting for the whole family. I also love my brothers and my father but in a different way. They appeared to me as the big heroes that are going to save me from everything and my mom was the one that I spent my time with, excluding the time when I was in kindergarten.
Except the fact that she is an awesome mother, I can say that she is one of my best friends. Even though she has a lot of work and she stays at her office till late, the first thing that she does when she comes home is to see me. Everyday she asks me about my day and she is interest about the people she has heard of. Sometimes I think that mom knows their personalities even better than I do. I have told her stories about my friends and actually she has met most of them. Also, I share my problems with her and she always has the best advice. When I do something stupid she is there for me and never tell my father or my brothers what I have done. Because of this I know that I can tell her everything and I feel a little better.
When I feel sad I talk to her and everything seems better. When I am happy - I know that we can have a conversation again and I can make her smile, too. Because of those many reasons she is the most valuable person in my life.
** This is a link to a poem for mothers and daughters. I think that it express my feelings and thoughts very accurately:
*Works Cited: I heart my mom. N.d. N.p.,n.d. Web. 07 Jan 2010.

A Cruel Plan

That’s not amiss.
But yet keep time in all. Will you withdraw?
[Othello withdraws.]
Now will I question Cassio of Bianca,
A huswife that by selling her desires
Buys herself bread and {clothes.} It is a creature
That dotes on Cassio – as ‘tis strumpet’s plague
To beguile many and be beguiled by one.
He, when he hears of her, cannot restrain
From the excess of laughter. Here he comes.
Enter Cassio.
As he shall smile, Othello shall go mad,
And his unbookish jealousy must {construe}
Poor Cassio’s smiles, gestures, and light behaviors
Quite in the wrong. How do you luiterant?

(Act IV, Scene I, 109-120, p. 177)

Adolf Hitler is a historical figure that everyone has heard of. He has convinced whole nations to listen to his dictatorship in order to reach his goals. After a lot of murders and victories he has achieved his aims but his destiny was clear – there comes a time when he receives what he deserves, and dies. This is just one example of a villain from a historical point of view and there are many others – from books and movies. Iago plays the role of the antagonist in Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. His plan is clearly presented in Act 4 Scene 1 lines 109-120. His speech illustrates his brilliant cruelty, connected to two of the main themes in the play – honor and doubt, and shows his characterization.
To this moment Iago’s plan is working pretty well – he has convinced Othello that his wife is cheating on him. The villain has used his wife Emilia. Iago had told his wife to do everything possible to take Desdemona’s handkerchief that Othello has given to the daughter of the Venetian senator as a sign of their love. His action show his skilled manipulation with this action because his wife does not know that she is part of his cruel plan. Actually, she has no idea what he is thinking of and who will get into his net of lies. Iago also talks to Cassio and assures him that Desdemona is the only one who can help him to return to his position and to win again the trust of Othello. Because of the conversations and the time that Cassio and Desdemona spend together, the main character of the play becomes suspicious. The last person that Iago uses in order to achieve his goal is Roderigo. He tells him that the only way to take Cassio’s place as a lieutenant of Cyprus and the one who has the love of Desdemona is to kill him. If everything goes well for Iago, the situation should be the following: Othello should kill Desdemona and lose his honor and when Cassio and Roderigo fight, both of them to find their deaths. This way Iago will be the only one who will be honored and he will take all of the important positions. The theme of honor is a leading theme in the play – all of the characters fight in order to achieve it. His plan is brilliant because he is very sharp-witted, manipulative and intelligent but the situation goes wrong.
The monologue of Iago in Act 4 Scene 1 reveals his cruel plan very clearly and concerns the theme of women in this play. Their role is very important. First, a woman stays in the center with the problem – Desdemona, the one who has left her father and admitted the race difference of her beloved because of her feelings. Emilia is significant for the success of Iago’s plan. This shows that his heart is cold as a stone. He treats her with no respect like she is no one is his life. The third woman Bianca, is described in this speech of Iago. The reader can gain the idea of the image of Bianca’s character. She is described as a:
A huswife that by selling her desires
Buys herself bread and clothes.
Earlier in the play it becomes clear that she is a prostitute in love with Cassio and Iago shows this in his speech using the simile “as ’tis the strumpet’s plague”. It clearly shows Iago’s attitude towards women. The long description and the long sentences show that this villain is ready to do everything in order to get what he wants and that he does not care about anyone else besides him. In this part, it becomes clear that he will question Cassio of Bianca while Othello is thinking that Cassio is describing his intimate moments with Desdemona. Iago speaks of Othello’s jealousy as “bookish” which shows that the only reason for it is Iago’s controlling words. The villain has thought about Othello’s reaction and this becomes clear in line 10 where he talks about the synchronization of Othello’s and Cassio’s actions. The way Iago speaks shows that he has no doubt that his plan will work as he wants to.
The speech of Iago shows how brilliant and manipulative he is. He earns the trust of Othello and the main character of the play loses his adequate thinking. He uses his wife and two of the characters that he is pretending to be friend with in order for his plan to succeed. The motive to all of these is honor which is one of the main themes in the play. Iago can be compared with Adolf Hitler based on their actions and destinies and the eventual punishment.

*Works Cited: Othello. N.d. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2010.

I find this video really interesting and funny because it tells the story for very short time and a person can get the main ideas of the tradegy Othello.