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We are There: Recursive Discussions in ENG 4U

Students in my grade 12 University English class discuss the experience of blogging throughout the course.

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Discussion: Isolation

Amy’s comments during our discussion today prompted me to write about the role of isolation in developing some of Shakespeare’s themes in the play, Hamlet. I thought about the types of isolation in the play and came up with the … Continue reading

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Discussion: Deception

I was listening to this radio program on the weekend about lying. There is an interesting documentary made by CBC called “The Truth about Liars” and it reveals some nasty truths about our deceptive ways. Many of Shakespeare’s plays explore … Continue reading

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Thinking and Rethinking

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

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Texts: Patterns of Representation and Reproduction

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

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Things Matter in Hamlet

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

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The Question of Hamlet and The Problem of Choice

I have a problem that’s keeping me awake. The problem enters my dreams and the constant wrestling with the issue heightens my awareness of the paradox of choice. Too much choice and we are paralyzed, too little choice and we … Continue reading

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Running into Reality?

I run, and like Johnathon, running sends me into a cascade of contemplation. Before my Saturday morning long run, I was listening to the audiobook version of the play, Hamlet, and planning the lessons for our next unit of study. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Re:writing and Re:thinking

There is no escaping it. Writing is difficult. But some writing is more difficult.  Some writing requires hours of quietly wrought deliberation with one’s own thoughts. There’s no doubt, that good writing requires good thinking. Good writing defies formula, defies … Continue reading

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Rewriting?

I have been thinking about my current dilemma. I am the subject of criticism and the object of masochism. My philosophical belief in rewriting assignments has me stuck in a metaphysical game of tug-of-war. In most areas of my life, … Continue reading

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