Oh ... Really?

To Be ... Or Not to Be ...

That is the question
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd.

~Wm. Shakespeare - "Hamlet" Act III: Scene 1

Yes, I just read Hamlet. Again. I also wrote a short essay. What comment is the play Hamlet making about the theme of appearance versus reality? A very interesting theme to explore. As I did, I realized how much I can identify with Hamlet. Isn't that sad?

Or maybe I am just stupid because I take people at face value, and assume the best. No matter how many times I have been slapped in the face, stabbed in the back or left standing by the way going "WTF?" I just don't learn.

I am bewildered by evil ... I don't understand why people can do evil, mean things. I don't understand why people betray each other and either try to hurt others for no reason, or don't care that they do, in the pursuit of their own desires, or to cover for their own mistakes and shortcomings.

Maybe I relate better to Ophelia?

Or maybe I should just put down the literature book and go to bed ... To sleep, perchance to dream ... Where I can go back to obsessing over the anachronism* in Stephen King's The Drawing of the Three** ...

It's Driving. Me. INSANE!

*There were no paramedics in 1959! There were no trauma centers either! Or a good understanding of shock-trauma and the Golden Hour!
Odetta would have died ... deader than dammit!

**Yes, I KNOW it's a novel ... a fantasy novel at that. But still! Mr King should know better!

Posted by LissaKay on 03/13/07 at 01:53 AM in Midlife College Adventures
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Ahhh, but I'm so glad I don't have to read that old Bart anymore...

But, today, we have almost 1 M words to choose from; Shakespeare used only 24,000 (of which he invented 1700).

I guess if he were alive today, and writing, future students would really have to stay up late...

And, how would Shakespeare deal with Blaine, I wonder??


Posted by Serr8d on 03/13 at 11:35 PM
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