midsummernightdreamquestion#4

In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we see that one of the key concepts in the story is the effect of emotions on the perception and interpretations of events around the characters. In one example, Lysander and Hermia are considering escaping from Athens. Lysander tries to persuade Hermia by telling her, “I have a widow aunt, a dowager/Of great revenue, and she hath no child:/From Athens is her house remote seven leagues;/And she respects me as her only son./There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee;/And to that place the sharp Athenian law/ Cannot pursue us.” (1. 1. 156-62). Lysander tries to persuade Hermia because he feels like their love is worth throwing away everything they have for an opportunity to meet without the cover of night. He neglects his safety as well as Hermia’s because his escape with Hermia is actually illegal. Hermia should be property of Eugus and cannot defy his will. However, Lysander banks on this opportunity and wants Hermia to feel the same. Another example is when Helena follows Demetrius into the forest and night. Although it is unsafe, Helena insists on following him with absolute faith. Demetrius tries to warn her to be more careful with herself by saying, “You do impeach your modesty too much,/To leave the city and commit yourself/ into the hands of one that loves you not;/ To trust the opportunity of the night/ And the ill counsel of a desert place/ With the rich worth of your virginity.” (2. 1. 214-19). Helena, whom is under the influence of love, disregards her safety as well as her dignity by following Demetrius into such a place. Helena is aware of such dangers in the dark forest, but insists on coming due to her love for Demetrius. On top of that, she is also ignoring Demetrius’ will because Demetrius does not love her.

IN-DEPTH BLOG POST

My in-depth project is lampworking. Lampworking is the process of refining raw glass into beads and miniature sculptures. It revolves around dexterity, quick reflexes, patience, and focus. Although it is quite dangerous since you are in close contact with fire when refining beads, this kind of artisan work is very rewarding to both your brain and your hands. I plan on learning the different techniques to lampworking and their own pros and cons. For example, glass blowing can create its own unique effect on the glass artwork but isn’t a requirement to create glass artwork. I also intend to familiarize myself with the processes of working with glass as well as the safety precautions necessary in doing a craft like this. My mentor is Walt Pinder who was the former president of the Maple Ridge Lapidary Club. He now has agreed to mentor me in the art of glass working since he has a great interest in teaching his skills. I will be keeping the glass artwork that represents change in my skill. For example, I will definitely keep my first bead and my last bead to show improvement over time. If I learn a certain skill, then I will keep that bead in commemoration of the event. I plan to show off a display of my artwork by the end of the in-depth project.

ZIP DOL #4

This is the final DOL before the end of the break and may possibly be the last DOL before the ZIP presentation. At this point, I have finished up all my physical preparations and equipment necessary to do my presentation. However, I still need to work at polishing and fitting my presentation into the time constraints. I need to make sure my information is concise and easily relates to acceptable scenarios as well as the core competencies.

When I was building my ZIP proposal, I focused mainly on the information and the concepts I would be looking for. However, I realize that I had an issue with my method of presenting that information. In the end, I chose to do a powerpoint presentation. Although it has been overused and doesn’t bring a totally unique experience to the table, it is a medium which should be able to properly convey the thoughts and ideas that I want to portray.