Othello’s Downfall…

Hello reader,

Recently I have read the tragedy of Othello, and it was a great book. However, one question lingered in my mind at the end of the book. Who or what was responsible for the events that occurred? The main person who popped into my head was  Othello, the tragic hero and general in the Venetian army. However, Iago also had a part to play in the tragedy.

Othello had a high rank in the Venetian army as a general. He also had a lot of pride and reputation. However, over the course of the book, he showed himself to be easily swayed by other people’s statements, even though most of them were not confirmed. He took people at their word, not thinking to verify their statements with others. As a result, he got information that threw his reasoning askew and sent him into fits of rage. Othello was shown to be gullible in many instances throughout the book.

However, the individual who started the whole process was Iago, Othello’s adviser. He disliked Othello greatly because he was overlooked for the lieutenant position which Cassio got instead. He wanted to exact revenge on Othello for his decision and made a plan to make it look like his wife was cheating on him. Iago kept up the guise of loyalty with Othello, while being able to further his plan in the background. He was able to play Othello like a puppet and convince him that his wife was cheating on him with Cassio in a clever way that made him seem innocent.

The combination of Iago’s crafty scheme and manipulation of Othello as well as Othello’s own gullible attitude and pride led to the tragedy of Othello.

Why Do I Write?

Hello reader,

Expression is an important aspect for us to have in the modern world. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to have as many platforms to write or speak with. Think of a world without expression. This blog wouldn’t exist. There wouldn’t be a Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, etc. There wouldn’t be events like open mike nights, talent shows or concerts. We would live in a world in which it would be impossible to speak our minds to a wide audience, be it online or not.

To me, writing is a form of expression. Writing allows me to release what is in my mind onto a piece of paper or computer screen. It also allows me to have a sense of freedom in what I can say, not being restricted to certain words or phrases and being able to explore the different types of literature inspired by writing.

When I was young, I was a shy kid. I didn’t really talk to anyone and when a friend or relative tried to talk to me, most of the time I would hide behind my dad. I didn’t know how to express myself at all. However, writing changed all that for me. In writing, I found comfort and solace in being able to express myself in a way that was genuine and personal.

However, with most, if not all things, writing is a journey. There are still many things that I don’t know about writing. I welcome the opportunity to learn more about writing throughout the rest of my life and I am committed to making the most of each experience that comes my way.

I now want to pose a question to you, dear reader. Why do you write? Is it for school? Is it for a job? Or is it a form of expression that you like to explore? Think about it.

-Kinya

Perfection vs. Creativity

Hello reader. Have you ever worked on a project for many hours into the night because you felt it must be perfect? Did you feel that if the project wasn’t perfect, the purpose and meaning of all your work would be a waste?

I recently read a part of Anne Lamott’s book ‘Bird by Bird’ and in it, she declared perfectionism the enemy of creativity. That statement rings true for me in many ways, but specifically in music. When trying to come up with harmonies for a song, in my head I always wonder if it sounds perfect with the rest of the song. I want it to sound so perfect that it sends a chill up and down my spine. However, I soon realize that sometimes you just have to wing it and get creative with the notes. Often times, the result ends up better than I thought it would be.

Perfection is important, but sometimes it may take the fun out of a project that you planned to do. If, for example, you have an art project and are given two and a half weeks to complete it, you want it to be great, right? You have an image in your head, and want the piece that you produce to look just like that same image. As time goes on, you work hard to make sure it looks perfect, but when it comes to the final stages, you start to panic. The piece isn’t looking like the way you envisioned it. When that happens, don’t think that you’ve failed in reflecting the purpose of the piece, but instead think that you have been able to convey a message in a creative way.

Don’t discount creativity as a valuable asset to whatever you do and don’t let it get clouded up by thoughts of perfection. Using creativity instead of perfection may end up giving you a better or more interesting product than what you originally envisioned.

The Importance of a Voice

Hello reader. I have recently been reading Wayne Booth’s essay titled “Boring From Within: The Art of the Freshman Essay”.  Within it, I saw many aspects such as the importance of rhetorical purpose, general ideas, and the problems with assignments that have a purpose of correcting the problem of bad grammar. However, the aspect I would like to focus on in this post is the influence of the teacher on student thought and writing.

Think for a minute about a teacher who you think helped you grow the most in your thinking style. Did his or her teaching style encourage ideas? When giving an assignment, did it feel like his or her purpose was forced upon you or was it open to interpretation in your own special way?

Teachers can have a lasting influence on students in many different ways, positive or negative.  Depending on how he or she teaches, it may feel like your opinions and thoughts will either be thrown out and disregarded or be received and acknowledged in a welcoming manner. The teacher’s opinion may either be forced on you, or you may be given your own space to develop your own thinking style in a way that is unique.

When the teacher gives you an assignment to write about a certain subject, based on how the teacher has taught the class, you may be wondering what to write about and whether it will be accepted by the teacher or not. While writing, remember that you have a voice that is solely yours and it holds many ideas that possibly no one else has thought of and a perspective that no one has possibly seen through.

Let your own unique voice come out, and you may even surprise the teacher with an idea he or she may not have seen before. Never underestimate the power your voice has.

-Kinya

 

Why Music?

Hello reader. I am a 16-year-old student who is in an AP Lang class. As you came to this site, you may have wondered, “Hm what an interesting blog title. I wonder why it’s called that.” Well, here’s a bit of background information to help unfold the mystery.

When I was about 7 years old, I first got involved in music. I went to a classical concert with my dad, and I really liked the instruments that were used and how they blended together to make a beautiful song. The instrument that I liked the most was the piano, because it’s notes were both soft and soothing, while it also could be intense and exciting. The piano was the defining instrument that made the whole concert come together for me and made me interested in the power of music.

Another defining moment for me would be when I first discovered jazz music when I was 10. My music teacher told me to look around the house for some jazz music and listen to it. My 10 year old brain thought, “Okay, let’s just get this over and done with so I can play some video games.” And so I looked around the house and stumbled upon an Ella Fitzgerald CD. I listened to it that night and it was like music heaven to my ears! The way Ella sang with the instruments sounded like a story being made with every word and note. I listened to her every night for the longest time and to this day, she is still my favorite jazz artist.

Now what does any of that have to do with writing? If you think about it, writing has many parallels with music. The introduction, an instrumental leading into the beginning of the song. The paragraphs are the singer’s lyrics to make the audience tap their feet to the music. The conclusion is the ending of the musical number. Depending on the performance, the artist may even get an encore.

Writing and music are two of the most powerful means of communication that have lasted to this day and remain intertwined to this day.

-Kinya