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My name is Emily Alvarez.
I am a high school senior in my last semester, and this blog is for my personal reflections on assignments in my dual-credit British Literature class.


I game, I watch anime, my favorite color is purple, and I love lasagna.
My zodiac sign is Cancer the Crab, and I drink a lot of tea.
I also love dachshunds, and bun buns.
My favorite game right now is: Rainbow Six Siege
My favorite anime right now is: Hellsing Ultimate


This is a real image of me 24/7
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This is a ACTUAL image of me (in le black hoodie holding THE TEA <3)
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 And Snape is my main bae.
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And that’s all I’ve got for now.
Stay as long as you’d like. Grab a nice cup of coffee, a blanket, maybe some cookies, and enjoy my blog!

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Orlando is from White Chicks

Orlando is a novel written by Virginia Woolf, published October 11, 1928. It tells the tale of a young man named Orlando, who is beautiful and rich. He makes it to his 30’s, until suddenly stopping the aging process. He suddenly transforms into a women, and lives for 300+ years. The novel is written as a biography, and talks about Orlandos adventures.

White Chicks, on the other hand, is a 2004 American comedy film about two disgraced FBI cops that take on a new assignment; to protect two white sisters from kidnappers. The cops end up having to dress up as the sisters when the sisters refuse to be seen in public.

Orlando could very well be a third cop in this movie.

First of all, the most obvious similarity is that Orlando, and the cops, take on the form of women. Orlando biologically changes into a female, while the cops merely dress as them.

Secondly, they both learn what it’s like to be a women. Orlando realizes how restriced women are, and that they are seen as possessions. He also sees how romanticized women are, and the routines they must do to keep up the demands. He even notices the romantic and sexual power a women has over men, and even other women.

The cops from White Chicks learn very similiar lessons. They see how “douchey” men can be towards women, and how sexualized they are. They also learn the physical demands of what’s classified as feminity, and they even begin to understand female emotions (i.e., although it is exaggerated, the cops see the struggle women go through when feeling the pressure to look good in expensive clothes). This helps their relationships with their female partners, and helps them appreciate women.

Thus, Orlando could have very well been another cop in White Chicks. He could’ve even starred in the film, seeing as he has lived 300+ years so far.

 

The Importance of Being Earnest: Coming Soon

This time around, I absolutely couldn’t think of anything that reminded me of this play. I tried, I really did. I went through my minds library of anime, music, books, video games…nope. Sure there’s plenty of themes in this play that could relate to something else, but nothing was as exact as I wanted it to be.
So, let’s talk about how The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) could possibly relate to its authors personal life, Oscar Wilde. After all, his unfortunate fate happened soon after his release of the play. Little did he know that his death would be coming soon.


The Importance of Being Earnest tells of a adopted man named Jack, who regularly escapes daily life under the name Earnest. In a twist of events, Jack’s real name ends up being Earnest.
His friend Algernon claims that Jack is a “Bunburyist,” which he defines as a “person who leads a double life.”
Jack takes the name Earnest when he visits town, and this “alter ego” allows him to run free from social norms.
Jack is in fact, very much like his creator, Oscar Wilde.
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Oscar Wilde was born October 16, 1854 in Dublin. He was a author, playwright, and poet. He was a popular literary figure in late Victorian England, known for his brilliant wit, flamboyant style and infamous imprisonment for homosexuality.

Wilde was in fact, married to a woman named Constance Lloyd. They married in on May 29th, 1884. They had two sons in the following two years.
It is not known when Lloyd found out that her husband was engaging in homosexual acts. Although, she did meet his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas in 1891 when Wilde brought him to their home for a visit.
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[Lloyd with one of their sons]    [Lord Alfred Douglas]

After the birth of their second son, they had become estranged. Wilde was living in hotels more often than home.
The Importance of Being Earnest premiered on February 14th, 1985.
Then, on May 25th, 1985, Wilde was convicted of “gross indecency” by Lord Douglas’s father, and sentenced to two years in prison. He had written several love letters to Douglas, which was used as evidence against him.
It was then that his wife cut off contact with him, with the only exception to deliver the news that his mother had died. She changed their sons names to dissociate them with Wilde. She also forced him to give up parental rights, and chose not to affiliate him once he was released from prison.
Oscar Wilde died of meningitis on November 30, 1900 at the age of 46.
Constance died on 7 April 1898 five days after a failed surgery at age 39.
Douglas died of congestive heart failure in Lancing, Sussex, on 20 March 1945 at the age of 74. He had married soon after Wilde’s death, and stated that he regretted meeting Wilde.

So how does this play relate to Wilde’s life?
Well, Jack had a double life. One that followed social standards (Jack) and one that let him experience life’s adventures (Earnest), free of social constriction.
Of course Wilde didn’t have a name for his alter ego (that is known of at least), but he did have a different side to him other than what he was trying to portray. Wilde 1 had married a women, had children, and was a celebrated writer. Wilde 2 did what he wanted and loved who he wanted, unaware of his fate.
Jack’s “Earnest” side ended up being his real side.
Wilde 1’s “Wilde 2’s” side ended up being the real him.

Perhaps Wilde didn’t intend to portray himself in one of his most famous plays, but it is common knowledge that writers tend to leak parts of themselves into their stories.
I can’t help but feel my heart break for Wilde.
He wanted a happy ending, like Jack got. Jack got to live as his “Earnest” side, and ended up loving who he wanted to love. Everyone in the play got a happy ending.
But Wilde didn’t get to live as his second side, his real side. And he unfortunately did not get a happy ending. His mother died, his kids were taken from him, and his lover regretted him.
Let us remember Oscar Wilde for his beautiful literary work.


 

Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest. Pennsylvania State University, 2012.

Call of Duty: Advanced Frankenstein Warfare

Frankenstein (The Modern Prometheus), written by Mary Shelley and published in 1818, tells the horrific gothic tale of Victor Frankenstein’s monster. The creature is made from the parts of human corpses, and is brought to life by the strike of lightning. He goes on a killing rampage because he is alone in the world, and demands Victor to create a wife for him, which Victor denies. The monster then goes on to kill everyone Victor cared about, thus leading to Victor chasing the monster in seek for revenge. The novel ends with Victor passing away, and the monster to never be seen again.


Now, Frankenstein reminded me of the video game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a first person shooter released in 2014.
The story takes place in the year 2054, thus the game introduces several ideas, such as advanced prosthetics. The main character, Jack Mitchell, has a advanced prosthetic arm.

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Now I know Frankenstein doesn’t necessarily have “prosthetics,” but he IS made up of different parts.
The concept of “adding” to a body is pretty Frankenstein if you ask me. I feel that if there was an updated version of Frankenstein, the story could possibly be focused on prosthetics.

There is also a device that the soldiers use called Exo Suits (Exoskeleton Suits).

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These Exo Suits increase the soldiers abilities, such as advanced strength, increased speed/stamina, and tactical purposes. Different Exo Suits also exhibit different abilities, such as invisibility (cloaking) and silence (mute).

This strengthened my idea that these soldiers are related to Frankenstein’s creature.
Although they were not brought back from the dead, the concept of “creating” a better human is present. The soldiers have had these advancements attached to their bodies, much like Frankenstein’s creature.


Now, there is ALSO a DLC game mode called Exo Zombies.
There has been a zombies mode in almost every CoD game since CoD: World at War.
In this game mode, the basic story line is that a bioweapon was used on rioters, but instead of permanently killing them, it reanimated them.
Although Frankenstein’s creature isn’t technically a zombie, the concept is the same.
Previously dead humans reanimated. Although they do not have as much thought as the creature, they have enough to distinguish survival. Some of the zombies even have Exo Suits so that they’re movement can be improved.

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I think that the similarities between Frankenstein and CoD: AW further support the idea that people are obsessed with the idea of longevity, youth, and the elimination of death.
Perhaps one day there will be a creature brought into the world like Frankenstein.
Perhaps there will be prosthetics so advanced that they could nearly create another life form.
Only time will tell.

Jane Austen’s Tartuffe

So before I reveal the comparison, let’s review Tartuffe.

Basically, in the shortest way that I can explain, Tartuffe is a “holy” beggar that was taken in by a wealthy man named Orgon. Tartuffe then lives with Orgon, his wife Elmire, his daughter Mariane, and his son Damis. Elmire’s brother Cleante, a vocal maid named Dorine, and Orgon’s mother Madame Pernelle also reside in the mansion. Orgon and Madame Pernelle worship the very ground Tartuffe walks on, and claim that he is the ideal holy man. Everyone else in the house doesn’t see him that way. So, when Orgon decides to bring Tartuffe into the family by marrying him to his daughter Mariane, everyone loses their shit.
They decide to set up Tartuffe, by allowing him to be alone with Elmire (while Orgon is hidden). Tartuffe tries to seduce Elmire, and his true character is revealed. Orgon decides to kick Tartuffe out, BUT dumb Orgon had already passed the estate onto Tartuffe.
Suddenly, when things aren’t looking too good, Tartuffe is arrested on the account of being a well-known criminal. Everyone lives happily ever after.


While I was sitting here trying to think of who Tartuffe reminded me of, it hit me.
Tartuffe is really the French 17th century version of Jane Austen’s John Willoughby.


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[This is John Willoughby played by Greg Wise in 1995, my preferred version]

John Willoughby is a character from Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811.

Now, let me explain Sense and Sensibility.

The Dashwood sisters, Elinor, Marianne, and Margret, along with their mother, are forced to move out from their luxurious home after the death of Mr. Dashwood.

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[From left to right: Mrs. Dashwood, Marianne, Margret, and Elinor]

Marianne is very passionate, and believes that love conquers all. One day she decides to go out into a field on a rainy day with Margret, when she slips and sprains her ankle.
And of course, a young handsome man comes to save her.
And his name is John Willoughby.

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The two end up falling madly in love. He believes in the same things Marianne does, and he is nearly as passionate as her. The whole family is practically in love with him as well. Every time Willoughby is around, they squabble over his attention.
Since Willoughby and Marianne are very passionate about each other, they do things that weren’t normal back then for unmarried couples, such as sneaking off unaccompanied, or holding hands, or anything similar. Although her family is fine with this, because they all love Willoughby.

As the weeks pass, Willoughby becomes more distant with Marianne, until finally telling her that his aunt requires him to move to London forever.
Marianne is heart broken, and so is her family.
In short, Marianne ends up also travelling to London.
She runs into Willoughby at a party, and it is revealed that he’s marrying a VERY wealthy women.

Later on in the story, it is revealed that Willoughby had in fact had a child with another women, and had squandered his money. The only inheritance he’d have was what his aunt would give him when she died.
Willoughby’s true intentions were wealth, not love.


It is in this way that Willoughby is very similar to Tartuffe.
Both men weaseled their way into a family, and both were loved and admired.
Tartuffe’s act was the “ideal man” in Orgon’s eyes, just like Willoughby’s act was to Marianne.
Both Tartuffe and Willoughby were after money, and estate. They both lied, or simply did not reveal their origins, in order to create their image in the way they wanted it viewed.
There’s Tartuffe’s and Willoughby’s every where in our lives.
I think the lesson that both stories tell is to not always believe what you see, or even what you feel. There are deceptions everywhere.


Work Cited:

Moliere. Tartuffe. Edited by John Berseth, Dover Publications, 2000.

“Sense and Sensibility. 1995.”

 

SPOILER: Iago is…a scarlet macaw?

Othello, written by William Shakespeare, is a play written in 1603. It tells the story of a Moorish Venetian Army General named Othello living in Venice, Italy (of course). Othello marries his love, the gorgeous Desdemona, who is the daughter of politician Brabantio, without permission.
Meanwhile, a fellow named Rodrigo had been pursuing Desdemona with the help of a man named Iago.
Now…Iago HATES Othello, AND wants his position in the army, so he pretends to go along with the act of “helping Rodrigo.”
So, they alert Brabantio and the Duke of Venice of the elopement, in the hopes that Othello will be taken away. Othello and Desdemona manage to leave happily.
Iago now formulates a new plan:
1) Tell Rodrigo that the only way is to sell everything and make money to seduce Desdemona, except the money will be for Iago’s benefit.
2) Get a trusted army friend of Othello (Cassio) framed for having an affair with Desdemona by getting Cassio kicked out of the army, in which he’d HAVE to talk Desdemona to convince Othello to let him back in.
3) Tell Othello that he’s seen Cassio and Desdemona sneaking off together (planting the seed of jealously).
4) And by using his wife to steal a handkerchief from Desdemona to plant in Cassio’s hands to confirm Othello’s suspicions.
SO that in the big finale, Othello suffocates Desdemona out of jealousy, while Rodrigo (still after Desdemona) is killed by Cassio in a battle, and Cassio is injured. Othello also kills himself. No surprise there Shakespeare. Iago survives, and is cast away to torture. The end.

The name Iago might sound familiar to any fan of Disney Princess movies, because this animated scarlet macaw shares the same name-

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YES. THAT’S RIGHT. THE BIRD FROM ALADDIN IS NAMED IAGO. And he fit’s Shakespeare’s Iago perfectly. Actually most of Disney’s 1992 Aladdin adaptation fits Othello.
Basically in Disney’s Aladdin (ignoring the subplot about the lamp), Jafar (the dude with the beard) is the Sultan’s right hand man. Iago is Jafar’s talking macaw. Iago advises Jafar to marry Jasmine (the Sultan’s daughter) so that he may become the new Sultan.
Of course, by this point, Jasmine’s heart is already stolen by the poor flying-carpet boy named Aladdin (including monkey side-kick named Abu).
So to solve this problem, Jafar attempts to drown Aladdin.
While Aladdin is gone, Jafar tries hypnotizing the Sultan into agreeing to the marriage, but Aladdin intervenes.
Jafar then sends Aladdin to a frozen waste-land, and wishes that Jasmine would fall in love with him.
His plans fall apart, and he is wished away into a lamp. Thus, Aladdin marries Jasmine.

So let’s sit back and compare.
Aladdin- Othello
Abu- Cassio
Jasmine- Desdemona
The Sultan- Brabantio
Jaffar- Rodrigo
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Do you see the similarities?

Aladdin is basically a much happier version of Othello. Iago still uses his manipulation on Rodrigo/Jaffar. The Sultan/Brabantio is against both marriages at first. Rodrigo/Jaffar is still after The Sultan/Branbantio’s daughter, only to lose her to Aladdin/Othello. Only in this Disney musical, the couple Jasmine/Desdemona and Aladdin/Othello live happily ever after while the evil one is trapped in a lamp.

Who knew a 1992 Disney film based on an 18th century addition to The Book Of One Thousand And One Nights could have so much in common with 17th a century play written by William Shakespeare.

Dr. Faustus meets…BLACK BUTLER?!

In short, Doctor Faustus is a play written by Christopher Marlowe. It was first performed in 1592. The play is basically about a doctor living in the 16th century that wishes for ultimate knowledge…which he obtains by selling his soul to Lucifer. For 24 years, Faustus is provided services by Lucifer’s main demon, Mephistopheles. On several occasions, Faustus is confronted by “Good Angels” to repent, but he’s too far down his hellish past to fix his actions. After his 24 years are up, Faustus’s soul is taken by Lucifer (a gory version involves Faustus being torn apart into several pieces).

Now, onto Black Butler!
Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) is a Japanese manga series released in 2006, written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. It was adapted into a two-season anime of the same name, along with an extra season (Black Butler: Book of Circus), and a movie (Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic). It even has a live-action adaptation.

Black Butler is pretty much about a boy named Ciel Phantomhive.
(This guy)
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Ciel is a young boy who is in charge of his family toy factory. When he was just a boy, his family was murdered, and his mansion was burned to the ground. He summons a demon, whom he names Sebastian Michaelis, to do everything he asks.
(This is Sebby)
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Sebastian takes on the form of a butler (hence black butler) to hide his real form. The anime consists of crime mysteries the two solve together in Victorian England (Did I mention Ciel works for the Queen of England?).
Their contract is that once Sebastian helps Ciel find who murdered his family, and exact revenge, he may take his soul.

Is this sounding familiar?

Perhaps it is because Ciel signed what is referred to as a Faustian Contract.
A Faustian Contract is “a link and bargain between a human and a demon whereas the latter offers specific services and fulfills the human’s wish, and is rewarded the human’s soul after the contract is complete.”

There is even more evidence of a Faustian Contract being in use because the Faustian symbol is LITERALLY in Ciel’s eye.
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And on Sebastian’s hand.
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There is a clear connection between the two, although they are both very different. One is about an old man wanting black magic and knowledge, while the other is about a boy wanting revenge for the murder of his family. They both involve a demon servant submitting to their will for a taste of their master’s soul.
This connection further supports the idea that old tales weave their ways into today’s modern stories. Although, instead of saying stories never change, the old has instead inspired the new!
If you took a particular interest in the story of Faustus, Black Butler might be the next best thing that you could look into!