The angel hurtled down to earth, exactly as the Russian satellite had, which had been spying on the movements of the American Tenth Fleet when it suddenly lost altitude from its orbit at 950 kilometres above sea level. And exactly like the US satellite that was also spying on the movements of the Russian fleet … Continue reading El ángel caído – Cristina Peri Rossi (Translation and analysis)
The timeless appeal of Shakespeare’s plays may owe their popularity to his apparent lack of interest in maintaining genre. His plays appear to reject the blasé conventions, as reality does more often than not, that plagued his contemporaries as well as the popular film, literature, and theatre of our current era. However, I would argue … Continue reading Shakespeare and Marlowe: The flouting of magic and genre
"For all his talk, Hamlet’s state of mind and motivations are no clearer at the end of Hamlet than they were at the beginning.” Evaluate this proposition playing close attention to relevant aspects of dramatic technique in Shakespeare’s play, including discussion of at least three of Prince Hamlet's soliloquies. To evaluate Hamlet’s state of mind and motivations … Continue reading Hamlet’s Character Transformation
From the time we are born, our understanding of world is shaped and reshaped. Jean Piaget, a Swiss development psychologist and philosopher, once observed that “what we see changes what we know. What we know changes what we see”. We each have unique experiences, and it is our individual responses to experiences that mould the … Continue reading Memory, nature’s gift or curse?
It begins the time we are born, the time we emerge into the bright light of this world; fear becomes our puppet masters, forcing us to recede into an illusionary world to protect ourselves. It controls us, constantly manipulating the strings of our lives preventing us from truly ever coming to terms with an understanding … Continue reading Our Own Puppeteer
Individuals are like vases forever spinning on a potter’s wheel, constantly shaped and reshaped as time goes on. The unique shape and size of these creative artefacts can be compared to the way individuality is formed. Both experience and imagination, in a range of creative ways, bring about our personal views of life, our own … Continue reading The Endless Cycle of Change
Set in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, Stasiland by Anna Funder, recreates a “land gone wrong” and attempts to explore the lasting influence that the meticulous and pervasive secret police agency, the Stasi, had on its own citizens. Funder focuses on elucidating the harrowing and extraordinary tales of individual … Continue reading Human Courage in East Germany