With the seasons, the new semester, and the changing of the clocks, my thoughts have shifted away from the ghost of Hamlet and Gatsby to the ghosts of media where corporate barons and would-be princes have greater global influence. I’ve … Continue reading
Students in my grade 12 University English class discuss the experience of blogging throughout the course.
The semester is over for my ENG 4U class, and now I have time for reflection. Tania Meldrum and I decided to offer an English PD Day Workshop Friday, February 15th about our experience with Grade 12 Blogging and Talking … Continue reading
Meaning Beyond Death I love the grave digger’s scene in Hamlet. Irony abounds as the audience explores life in death. But the play never really dies. Shakespeare finds immortality in Hamlet. Digging through Shakespeare is not unlike archaeology whereby the reader excavates the … Continue reading
Academics continue to analyse and debate the meaning of “the rest is silence” and the ambiguity of the words is certainly fitting with the ambiguous wordplay of the protagonist, Hamlet. John Russell Brown argues that it may mean “All that … Continue reading
Look for the patterns in everything. Every text, even this one that you are reading right now, is a media text. Texts exist as the middle ground between the author and the audience. They are the means through which thoughts, … Continue reading
Students often ask why we continue to read Shakespeare when there are so many good books written in this century. I certainly agree that there are many great contemporary novels, but the classics offer something different. In this Big Think … Continue reading
The echoes of Hamlet in the present continue as I watch the news. It mediates between our experience of the real, and our thoughts about the real. How are we to act in the face of tragedy? Acting quickly can … Continue reading
The words “something”, “nothing”, “anything”, and “thing” appear in the text of the play 74 times. Even though this is a huge play, I think “things” matter. The play begins with Marcellus referring to the ghost of Hamlet as a “thing” and … Continue reading
Poor Polonius – the fool finally meets his end doing what he does best – hiding behind a curtain trying to get knowledge – “by indirections, find directions out”. Adding “insult to injury” in the one and only moment that … Continue reading
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