Sunday, March 20, 2011

1000 word essay

Nataly Inoa

Ryan Gallagher

Senior Cp

Mar. 20, 2011

Alexander Fodor's Hamlet


My first impression on the video "Alexander Fodor's Hamlet" was that it was more modern then the other two selections. Hamlet was portrayed as a young man in the 21 centry, describing his emotions through different scenes of the video about his father's passing and even Ophelia. Even though it was a 21 century portrayal of Shakespeare's work of literature Hamlet's ideas and thoughts were still captured well, as to him being a "mad man" and what he thinks King Cladius, Polonius, and Ophelia portray of his madness. Hamlet's question at the beginning of the video to himself was very complex. He stresses the facts that he now knows about his Father in regard to the afterlife and how the most faintest thing can dam you, and King Cladius his uncle the man who was responsible for the death his father. Shakespeare references Hamlet's ideas of his some what suicidal thought and conditions towards his thought on society as a whole.



As the next scene starts to unfold there is a male character Hamlet, that is tape recording the famous soliloquy starts showing his strong feeling towards everything that has gone on. At this point Hamlet is trying to open up his mind more to understand the ideals of the after life. Hamlet is in a state where if he allows his inner thought to consume him or "suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" (lines 58-59). Hamlet is in a very weak state of mind anything can throw him off into the wrong direction. Then the scene changes to a deceased male unknown, presumably Hamlets father at some kind of a wake or funeral, then Hamlet and others kiss the diseased on the cheek to show there last respects. The identity of the diseased seems to be unimportant to Foder because they never really portray it much in the next scenes.


Fodor zooms into Hamlets eye to emphasize a dramatic effect of the soliloquy, almost so you can see into his soul or another dimension on how Hamlets truly feels about the passing of his father, the eye is used to uncover information that’s deep with in someone. Fodor uses the "eye" as a symbol that can be referenced as wisdom or trying to figure out clarity. The eye can also signify Hamlets understanding on his father's passing and if it has a strong depth of hurt on him.


The video of the soliloquy is formatted in Hamlets flash backs of his thoughts about the after life, his fathers passing and even Ophelia. It also shows how Hamlet was in an uncomfortable and unfamiliar situation and place, in a way not at home like he would like to be. The surroundings in the video changes as well as the speakers mood, like the lighting it changes to go with the mood of the speaker which is pretty cool, because you can feel what hes feeling just with the color that's shown. After Hamlet pays his last respects to the deceased man, he gets into a state of mind where he asks himself everything about his last experiences on his thought about how he could go about it and what he believes the after life is going to be like because of how it was portrayed to him and in what manner he should resolve it.


Hamlet's portrayed as an immortal because of his high ranking in society, as Hamlet gets into his soliloquy he speaks about the struggles and suffering man goes through. In lines 56-91 Hamlet speaks about his own difficulties he goes through such as dealing with his "life's misfortune" (n) and thinking suicidal thoughts. Then Hamlet compares death as " [a] heartache and [a] thousand natural shocks" that it brings upon his life. As Hamlet gets more into the end of his soliloquy he realizes that being a coward is what brings your closer to death, " thus conscience does make cowards of all of us, And thus the native hue of resolutions is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought" (lines 56-91 overall).


Fodo shows Hamlets "eye" as an over all analysis of the soliloquy, as Hamlet looks directly into the middle of the camera while speaking it emphasizes again the over all symbol of the eye meaning that Hmalet might be trying to look deep with in the audience to find there inner most thoughts about the situation, like he's portrayed in the famous soliloquy. The lighting in this scene makes Hamlet seem dead like very pale and lost, his expressions in this scene make him appear "crazy" as Polonius and King Hamlet would portray him as, for example his eyes are so wide wile speaking make him appear like he's dramatizing the scene more.


The director of the video also makes the other people in the scene that are paying there last respects to the deceased man seem lifeless no emotions in their faces what so ever. They also seem like if they are at funeral by what they are wearing, black clothes and the women are wearing no make up and so on. Through out this scene Hamlet is no longer in the middle of the camera with his eye, even though his eyes are still opened widely showing that his emotions did not change. What caught my attention the most at the end of the video was when Hamlet changed places with the deceased man and woke up when the woman Ophelia, kissed him for her last respects and smiled when he awoken. That part of the scene was my favorite because it showed that even though Hamlets acts like he's a mad man towards Ophelia there’s something about her that keeps him the bit most sain.


Fodo portrays Hamlets soliloquy of Shakespeare literature as a modern man and successfully presents his so call "madness" perfectly. I believe the video I choose was the best because it describes Shakespeare’s objective in a modern way so that the audience of today would relate and understand more about it.


Monday, December 6, 2010

The Stranger Essay

Nataly Inoa.doc the Stranger 1

Camus’ The Stranger explication, 2

Nataly Inoa
Ryan Gallagher
English Cp Per.1
6 December 2010

Camus’ The Stranger explication, 2

            In chapter 3, part 2 of Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Camus uses the imagery of the sun to show Meursault’s persona changing completely due to the sun, from am emotionless character to one who is able to feel emotion. Camus is trying to show that the sun is the significance of freedom.
            A point in the chapter when Meursault references towards the sun is when he gets to his trail, and the room is “hot”, Meursault states “ The trail opened with the sun glaring outside” (82). Him stating this, that when he goes in for his trail all he notices is the sun glaring and how its hot and dark once he gets in side. For example light and dark can also reference to life and death, especially in the situation he’s in. In the second paragraph of the passage Meursault speaks about when he’s at his trail and the first couple of steps it took to finally get in side the courtroom. To me I found it  interesting that he keeps going back to light and dark, and that basically is  what his trail consist of him going from light to dark, or in other words life or death. In that courtroom is where people will finally decide for him what he’s going to do for the rest of his life. Meursault describes the policemen taking him “into a room that smelled of darkness” (n)(82).  This is very important because it shows that there’s a consistency of him going to a different surrounding, at first “the sun was glaring outside” (n), then the policemen take him “into a room that smelled of darkness” (n), describing how his life is going to be.
                        Another reference Meursault has with the sun is when he’s finally inside the courtroom and the first thing he notices is the blinds. Meursault states “Despite the blinds, the sun filtered through in places and the air was already stifling” (83).
            The idea that the passage proposes is an important one because it shows how the significance of a simple object can determine how a person’s life can change drastically. In Meursaults case it shows how his life was turned up side down  in a matter of seconds, and now where he stands.  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

First essay Camus' The Stranger

I in the passage when Meursault is at work and his boss calls him to his office, Meursault thinks it's because he's done something wrong. Camus shows this be describing Meursault's emotion towards being called to the bosses office. Meursault is annoyed by the situation, to him it's just an interruption of his day of work andin general. Albert Camus suggest that not everything in life is as expected, because things can appear as one but may turn out the other meaning that you shouldn't judge anything before getting the facts on it or thiem first.
When the passage begins, Meursault realizes that the boss wasn't only calling to complain but to hear his "opinion of the matter" (41). Meursault is thrown off at first about the situation he's in, but he never really gives the boss a straight answer about his promotion. But by the second to last sentence, Meursault starts thinking back to his school years because of the remark his boss gavr him, " That i had no ambition, and that that was disatrous in bussines" (41). Meursault begins to to think back and realizes that he thought he had a lot os ambition but that different situations people are put through can change a person. "when i was a student, I had lots of ambitions like that. But when i had to give up my studies I learned very quiklythat none of it really mattered" (41). the "it" Meursault refers to is ambition, but could aslo refer to life. The reason he feels thi way is because Mursault doesn't have any ambitions, he likes the way his life is ow, not a big fan of change.
There for Camus reveals that life is anoying because of all the changes people have to o through. In others perspective change is good but in Meursaults situtation because he's such a nuetral person, doesn't really have true feelings about anything that goes on in his life.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


In the beatrice spark's fictional diary "Annie's baby," the character Annie's passion for Danny conflicts dirsctly with her personal,social life, friends, and even family ultimately resulting in Annie getting pregnant at fourteen and showing/releaving that not everything or anybody is what they seem, people can truely change over time.
In the beginning of the book Annies a normal fourteen year old girl, who goes to school, plays sports, has friends, divorced parents lives with her mother. Then on the "ordinary day" as Annie calls it she meets a named Dann, after her soccer game from that day on she's hockedm, all she ver thinks about is him Annie states " Im lying here on my bed going over and over and over the awesomeness of it all. He wants to be my friend! I want to be! i really do want to be! More then i've ever wanted anything in th world in my whole life!" (2). Now mind you this is the first time she's ever met Danny.
This obsetion grows with every day passing, Annie even starts dressing up to school just in case she gets to see him. It even got to the point were she would rather stay home and feel sorry for her self instead of going out with her friends, when they invited her some where. " I can't believe something like this can make me feel so completely world-shattering, darkly empty." (5). Days go by and Annie is finally starting to forget about Danny and going back to her regular rutine, but then Danny comes back and the obsetion starts all over again but this time Danny asks Annie out on a "Date", of course ahe excepts. The date is everything Annie hoped it would be " He's not like any other boy i've ever dated." (10). They've become extremly close atleast from Annie's prospective. Annies gotten to the point that even with her friends she wasn't happy enough, she always wanted to spend her time with Danny. Then Annie finds out about Tanya and Danny , Tanyas an "overt slut." Danny called and cleared everyhing up but she still denied then ever being together

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

collage essay

Nataly Inoa
Ryan Gallagher
12 CP Period 1
19 Oct 2012

Collage Essay

My mom’s style has changed over the years she’s gone from retro, punk to classy, and even a sophisticated look. She’s a little woman doesn’t even look her age just younger; people even thought she was my older sister. She had the longest black straight hair but she cut it to her shoulders now, she’s also a Christian woman only wears skirts no make up or earrings. She’s so bubbly, sweet, and caring; she has all the features of a fairytale mother.
A moment were my mom seemed the happiest was about a year ago when I started picking up my grades in school and doing the things I was suppose to. I had gotten off track with about everything in my life and my mom was very proud of the fact that I achieved passing the 11th grade and being back to my normal self not all gloomy and depressed . She had told me she had faith in me to do what’s right and that she knew I wasn’t going to let her down. My goal wasn’t to let her down n to keep moving forward and that exactly what I did. Till this day she’s still telling me she believes in me and all she’s waiting for now if my High School Diploma and my Collage Diploma.
A time when my family was all together and my mother was like the center of attention was when I was about 11 or 12 and it was her birthday, my sister and I had planned to throw her a surprise little party just for her. The day before we had went to Stop and Shop to get the party decorations and the most important part the cake; we had saved all our money just to get her enough decorations plus the cake, and we waiting till my mother and father were asleep to start decorating the living room and her room door so she would be surprised when she woke up in the morning. My sister and I was to exited to even sleep that night just thinking of my mothers reaction because she had been so clueless. Morning came and we had left her a little trail of arrows on white computer paper directing her to the living room, were all her decoration was. I’ll never forget her face that morning when she seen all the work we put into the decorations just for her. Her being as happy as she was, was the best feeling I’ve ever had about doing just the simplest thing.
There was a time in my life were I thought I was alone, hopeless, lost, and unworthy. Now I think back and see that I was so blind without the guidance of my mother and God, my mother has had a great impact on my life she’s always been the one there for me, and I for her.
My mother has given me a lot of inspiration, she has never let me think as myself of less, her words would keep me moving forward each day as I live and for that reason I love her. My mother has shown me the way to be a better person, not a replica of good, but a person who can make a difference. She has always mentioned certain quotes to me but her famous one was “Respect to earn Respect” which has helped me in the long run to grow with an advanced mentality from other individuals because of my experiences through out my life. Honestly I can say that without my mother I wouldn’t be the person I am today she has been a great part of my life, I don’t think I can really be my self completely without her by my side. She’s like my other half, my best friend, what ever you want to call it that’s what she means to me plus more.
My mother and I share everything we know everything about each other even things you would expect us not to know about each other we know.
I’ve always been the type the type of person to put my mother first when it comes to certain things in my life because she’s always put me first. My mother sacrificed all she’s ever had for my sister and I as well as my father. There for, I give you some reasons to why my mother has been a great impact in my life till this day I can say my mother has never let me down and I honestly don’t think she ever will.