The first thing I have to mention is that it was very difficult to get through the first two acts, but I believe that is what made reading the play all the more enjoyable. I have a penchant for books that are related to wars and coups and things of such nature. As such, although the book was difficult to get through, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
It is quite obvious from the play that Richard is neither a competent nor a wise leader. He is rash, impatient, and quick, and generally does things he pleases. In addition, he also does not have much care for his subjects or for those who have been loyal to him. For example, when Richard heard the news that his uncle, John of Gaunt, was lying in his deathbed, he had a sense of joy and happiness rush through him, as he realized that he could now seize John’s estates once he is dead, considering Bolingbroke is now in exile. Act II concludes with Richard’s large Welsh army dispersing, as they believe Richard to be dead. As such, the audience now knows that Richard is left without an army to fight Bolingbroke, who has seized the entire northern half of Richard’s kingdom. I am looking forward to finishing the play and would like to see what is to become of both Richard and Bolingbroke if they are to meet in battle.
A walkway so vast and large
yet so elegant and profound.
A walkway that’s filled with a green garden
but one that overlooks a concrete haven.
A perfect blend of nature’s beauty
and the towering buildings of the city,
A paradox so overwhelming,
a juxtaposition so awe-inspiring,
the union of two contradicting forces,
By James Thomas
I have never really been an aesthetic person, and therefore, I have never really taken the time to understand what it is about art that captivates certain people. I have had friends who were superb and spectacular artists, but I always believed they were born with a natural inclination for drawing and painting. I never grasped the fact that many of them spent hours everyday perfecting this talent. Any raw talent has to be refined and sculpted so it looks appealing to everyone else.
When I got up to the part where it was quite obvious Robert had a social disorder, a small smile crept upon my face, as I knew, sooner or later, either Patti or Robert would show some signs of a disorder. Extreme and obsessive passion over anything can lead to a person dedicating all of his/her time to that passion. This results in the breakdown of the social harmony that is necessary for living a healthy life. Patti got back some of her social life when she ceased being overly obsessive about art. She started going to her friends’ houses an started doing things besides art. As such, every time she came back home, she could see the provincial and parochial world that was Robert’s. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and I would like to see where the memoir takes me.
However, Shaun Tan brings into light a different kind of America: an America that torments you if you don’t work hard, an America that destroys you if you don’t have the right papers, and an America that murders you if you don’t grab every opportunity you see. Such a cynical America is non-existent in the minds of anyone living outside of America. This America is a brutal, cold-blooded, and blood–thirsty monster that will suck the life-blood out of you if you cease to work hard. After witnessing this reality, most immigrants are often placed in a state of utter confusion. They can’t go back to wherever they came from, but neither can they rest and relax, for if they do, they’ll lead lives worse than those they lead back home. When a situation like this presents itself, one can do nothing but blankly stare and attempt to choose the choice that might be better in the long-run.
The previous paragraphs are my justification to why all the pictures in the book appear gloomy, monotonous, and depressing. When I first opened the book, the first thing that came to my mind was that this is a very depressing theme. After looking at a few images, especially the one with the woman crying after giving a hug to a man, I realized that this book’s theme acquiesced completely with the way immigrants felt after they came into the U.S – gloomy, monotonous, and depressed.
We must understand that when we force ourselves to remember 9/11 every single day of our life, and we forcefully try not to forget it, we are also inviting unwanted thoughts into our minds. For example, after 9/11, a concept I’d like to call “religionism” erupted. While racism is discrimination based on the race, religionism is discrimination based on religion. Many of us started inviting hostile thoughts about Muslims throughout the world and started acting strangely and suspiciously around Muslims. Such shameful thoughts could potentially lead us to act in a manner that is not only inappropriate, but ultimately illegal. It is when not being able to forget gets to this point that one must finally have the volition to forget.
In addition, it is important to understand that when we forget about an event, particularly something as traumatizing as 9/11, we are not letting go of the importance of that date, nor are we letting go of the people who died that day. Rather, we are training our mind in such a way that this day does not hinder us from our daily activities and does not impede us from successfully completing our lives. This is one reason why memorials are so important – they remind us that 9/11 happened and that we will not dare let go of all the people who died that day. By enacting memorials, we are able to live our lives normally and remember the tragedy of the day and mourn for those who died that day.