Tag Archives: English
Students in my grade 12 University English class discuss the experience of blogging throughout the course.
Hamlet is a play about what it is to live and to die. Hamlet, the character, explores notions of the moral life while recognizing the complications of mortality. I think Shakespeare must have been worried about death. Hamlet certainly worries about … Continue reading
I was listening to the radio on the weekend, and there was this interesting piece on Spark. I can’t recall if it was the CBC program or some news story, but my interest was sparked when I heard this story … 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 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
Can you imagine having to perform the most famous soliloquy in the history of modern literature? Hamlet’s iconic speech in Act 3 is often interpreted as suicidal ideation, though there is more than enough evidence to suggest otherwise. The lines … Continue reading
Kurt Vonnegut was a great writer. He is considered by many to have been a skeptic, an aetheist, and a humanist. He studied anthropology, he wrote, and he taught writing, before he died in 2007. Though he wrote under the … Continue reading