Sunday, March 29, 2009

My oh My

Today, I did my simulated teaching on set induction. It did not went smoothly as I planned. Huh...too bad for me. I did everything wrong today. Even a well planned 5 minutes lesson plan gone haywire. I don’t know what I should say. I lost my line. I lost my concentration. Everything!

God, I mustn’t mess up again. My pre-reading session is due in several days. I will improve. I must. Or I will badly ‘damage’ my carry marks. God help me ;)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Elizabeth: Virgin 'Mother' of the Great Empire

‘Elizabeth the Golden Era’
I had never heard about this film until Dr Edwin decided that we should watch it to enrich our knowledge. Indeed, it is a great movie. I must thank Dr Edwin for exposing me to this additional historical knowledge.

This movie is a depiction from the famous Queen Elizabeth history. She was ‘married to England’. The beloved land she swore to throne and protect from any enemy.
I was touched to learn that Elizabeth (a woman) is a human of ‘steel heart’. She ruled England as if she was a great king. In truth, it is the truth. She was a great leader. She protected her land from the great Spanish armada and Vatican coup to overthrown her. It is amazing to know that a woman can be that strong. Elizabeth even defies her personal needs of man’s touch; a brilliant strength for a woman for their species' well known desires for emotional supports.

Elizabeth strength inspires me to be successful in my career. If she (a single woman) can be that successful, why can’t l; a person who have everything I need match her success in her life?

The First is Always the Hardest

I have always been interested with writing arena. I have had some experienced of writing stories, poems and even Haiku. However, being a playwright is something very unusual for me. It took me days to figure out what do I have to accomplish in order to write a play.

It is true; the first is always the hardest. My first play was ‘greatly’ criticized. It took me several more days to accept that I am this bad. I was unable to distinguish between a simple dialogue and a meaningful plays.

I learned from mistakes. The second one was a lot better. I understand that a playwright job is not easy. It needs massive efforts and thinking strategies. Delivering the messages isn’t simple as it may seems to be. You got to have style and technique to make it interesting. Otherwise, the play would end up being an ordinary play. And being an ordinary play is a pain. It has little value.

Eyes of Blindness

“Character is colours”. In any story, character gives life or killed it if not properly develop.

In Oedipus Rex, I noticed that Teiresias character is one of the most fundamental elements that bring life to the play. His role is fascinating; ‘he sees in the dark’.
Teiresias physically is an old blind man. He does not have the looks of a great wise leader. He does not bear a great title like Oedipus, yet he possesses the power of knowledge. He is spiritually enlightened. He sees truth through wall of lies. And more than that, despite his smallness as an anonymous citizen, he dares to accuse Oedipus as the true culprit of their despair. These qualities are simply ‘outstanding’. It made him a prophet who was burdened with the responsibility to tell truth.

I really love Tiresias magical touch in this play. Without him, we could never know the truth from Oedipus Lies; the king who is famous with the riddle solving, but unable to ‘see in the light’.

King of Plays

Oedipus Rex Play is like a magician show. It is full of surprises. The deeper you study the play, the more it opens up into various knowledge discoveries. I never thought that a play can be so ‘rich’. It overwhelms me in the sense that I feel very small compared to Sophocles. That man lives hundreds of years ago. He never had an A class education system that I have now. Indeed, he was able to invent one of the greatest play ever. I am inspired by this. I am amazes by the way he created ironies, characters and foreshadowing everything. Oedipus Rex is simply great. I am looking forward for day when I could write as good as him.