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I hoped you enjoyed all my Shakespeare, I had a lot of fun writing it. Right now I am in the process of a big transition and move so I won’t be posting for a while. I however shall soon return so keep me in your thoughts.

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AJ Reeves

Posted in 3 star, Book Review, Literary Analysis

Thoughful Potential: A Review of Tempest

A man and his daughter outcast, alone, and given an oppurtunity for revenge. Prospero once a great Duke one fo the few inhabitants of an island where through his skills in magic and intelifgence he gains dominion over the spirits and one other resident of there tiny island home. When one day Prospero sees the ship his brother, the man who betrayed and stole his power, on the ocean. With his great powers he causes a ship wreck and the survivors now find themselves at the mercy of Prospero and the spirits he controls. This plot is the creation of Shakespeare in his play The Tempest.

Let me start this off by saying of all Shakespeare’s plays, and I am a general fan, I was incredibly…disapointed by this play. Now if you are a big fan please read ahead and listen to my reasons and then leave your counter argument in the comments I’d love to discuss your thoughts. Also warning this review possesses a few more spoliers than my previous works, so if you want to be completly surprised read the play first please. Continue reading “Thoughful Potential: A Review of Tempest”

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20 Questions Book Tag

How exciting I get to talk about my favrotie thing….me! Just kidding it’s obviously books, I am no megalomaniac, definitely not. In all serious I am super stocked to do this, I was tagged by the wonderful Remants of Wit, her blog is beautiful, her posts are lovely and she was my comment challenge partner for the month of June, and I had a wonderful time. I highly recommend checking her blog out, utterly worth it. I mean her tagline is “Books at the Intersection of everything!” Clearly she knows whats she’s talking about. Now read on to hear me ramble about books. My favrotie pastime.

20 Questions Book Tag


To be honest I feel like there is no accurate answer to this question, its very case sensitive too me, like The Ranger’s Apprentice Series turned inot a 12 book series and I enjoyed them all. However, in general I definitly enjoy a triology I feel thats a solid number of books, but I often love stand alone books as well as longer, like Percy Jackson, and series that each book is about a different character can definitly be longer. So if you put the time and effort to make each book well developed and interesting go as long as you want. Freedom of speech and all that.

Can you tell when I caught up with the publisher?

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A Broken Sense of Identiy: Part 3 Cassio

Cassio’s character is used and manipulated throughout the play, he is used as a motivation, a tool, forced into the role of Desdemona’s lover. The other two men use their own conception and realties to mold him into a character of their own making, ignoring and at times destroying Cassio’s own identity. As the play starts Cassio is confident in his reputation, in his position and as such in his identity, but it is precisely this seemingly unwavering knowledge of self that turns him into a weapon against Othello and a tool for Iago. Cassio’s established identity as a gentleman breaks apart Othello’s faith in his identity and increases Iago’s self-hatred. Wood remarks that, “[Cassio] seems to be possessed of an inner essence that allows him to be independent of the structure in which he exists…Yet, more than Othello, Cassio is dependent on networks of belonging to know himself, and his idea of himself as human seems to depend on his understanding of his place” (Wood). Continue reading “A Broken Sense of Identiy: Part 3 Cassio”

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A Broken Sense of Identity: Part 2 Iago

Iago is a character at once simple and complex, he has a clear objective to destroy the Moor but no clear motive, he has a set identity and yet a malleable one; he is made all the more fascinating for this reality. Unlike Othello, Iago’s identity is not one built up around the constructs of society, it is entirely one of his own making. Iago is a man unpleased with his identity but not without one. He knows who he is and as such needs no push or motivation to take action. There are those he believes below him, who have made their way above him and he wishes to bring them chaos and so he does. Wood describes, “Iago’s perception of himself in relations to others” his fear that others think Othello slept with his wife, how Cassio’s beauty makes him ugly, Iago perceives his identity by comparing it to the identity of others (Wood). Othello and Cassio have set public identities, that give them power and respect, but also constrain them with their demands of behavior. Despite this, Iago wishes to possess such an identity. Continue reading “A Broken Sense of Identity: Part 2 Iago”

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A Broken Sense of Identity: Part 1 Othello

Ones comprehension of their personal self is crucial to their confidence, to their psyche, and their interpretation of reality. A sense of identity is how one defines themselves, and when ones identify is put into question, the results can be disastrous. Without a clear sense of self, one lacks a filter with which to comprehend and distinguish reality. In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello, identity is a key theme and a large motivator of action. Othello is the tale of a Moor who marries a white women and because of the machinations of his ensign, Iago, Othello succumbs to jealousy and ultimately tragedy, but more than that, it is the tale of the outsider, of a desperate search to fit within the confines of society, not just that of a black man, but of faulty, imperfect humans. Each of the three main male characters Othello, Iago and Cassio, struggle with their own personal sense and reality of identity, and it’s what motivates and defines their decisions throughout the play. In a world of societal norms, expectations, and pressures, the role of identity is extraordinary.

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A Weakness of Character

In William Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago is able to get the other characters to dance to his tune with clever manipulation and an ability to improvise upon the opportunities that arise before him. His actions lead Othello to doubt his wife’s faithfulness and ultimately kill her, before killing himself when he realizes the mistake he has fallen prey to. Iago’s machinations are so effective because he plays on Othello’s insecurities and character weaknesses. The conductor of Othello’s downfall is without a doubt Iago, but he is manipulated and deceived because of his own flaws. When warned of Brabanzio’s anger at Othello having eloped with his daughter, Othello responds, “Let him do his spite:/ My services which I have done the signory/ Shall out-tongue his complaints” (1.2.17-19). This is a man supremely confident in his professional role, in his role as a military power and leader, and his place in society, as such. He knows his role and his value; however, as an outsider he struggles to find his place in a more personal setting. Continue reading “A Weakness of Character”

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Complex Cliches: A Review of Othello

Othello, a Moor trapped in Venetian society, a respect member and yet an outsider, unable to full bridge that gap. A women who see beyond skin and society a marries Othello anyway. A passed over underling, desperate for a promotion and sans it, desperate for revenge. Temptation, lust, jealous and revenge. The full range of human emotion. Characters who fulfill tropes and yet are flawed and real.

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“Disguise, I see thou art a wickedness”

Viola, the plucky heroine of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, is much distraught to learn Olivia, the lady of a great house and the object of Viola’s masters love, has fallen in love with Viole, disguised as man by the name of Cesario. Viola, as Cesario, has found employment in the house of Duke Orsino, who trusting her greatly has sent her as an intermediary to win the love of Lady Olivia, who rejects his every advance. Things are further complicated for the stranded Viola by her own love for Orsino, who thinks her a man. This speech does a marvelous job of summarizing the plot as it stands while interweaving the complexity of Viola’s emotions and fear with her unwavering optimism. She comments on the deceitful and unfortunate nature of disguise as it sways Olivia to love her, whom Olivia can never have, and as it separates Viola from Orsino who will never have her, since she is portrayed as a man. Continue reading ““Disguise, I see thou art a wickedness””

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Optimisim Leads to Greatness: A Review of Twelfth Night

Viola washes up on shore, and decided the clear course of action is to disguise herself as a man and join the court of the eligible bachelor Duke Orsino, who has set his heart on the grief-striken Olivia, who basically hates Orsino. But that’s fine cause she has a thing for Cesario th handosme page Orsino sent to woo her in his steady, only Cesario is Viola, and she kind has a thing for Orsino. So I am sure no confusion or mistakes will take place. A plot basically built for humor, Twelfth Night is full of delightful scenes paired with supringly dark realities and musings. Which of course endears it too me greatly.

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