Wednesday, February 17, 2010


She had promised to wait for him. It had been an easy promise and she had smiled at him as he pleaded with her to wait for him. “I’ve waited for you for so long,” she remembers saying. “What is a little longer when we have forever?” With that and a sweet kiss to seal the promise, she sent him on his way, watching as he sailed away from her. Days turned to weeks, weeks to months, and months turned into years. Day after day, year after year she waited for him, knowing in her heart that one day they would be together again.

Fifty years she waited. Fifty long years of knowing deep down that it was more likely that he had died at sea, no longer able to return to her. But she never wavered, waiting for him until the moment she passed away. Her friends gave her the simple, beautiful funeral she had wanted. Everything was perfect, down to the songs they sung. But the moment they all talked about for days after was when her little grandson stood at the podium. “Grandma always said that love makes it easy to do things for others. Grandma waited for Grandpa for so long, I know God will help them find each other in heaven.”

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Introductions and Emotional Theory

This week was our first week in Major Critical Theories. Right off the bat we were asked to create a theory based on what we felt was the “single most important thing to consider when analyzing or interpreting a text.” With ‘text’ meaning any creative work be it writing, music or acting, I was left with feelings or emotions. The feelings or emotions trying to be brought forward, even in so-called “emotionless” pieces, are the most important. When the writer or creator was giving life to the piece, there were feelings and emotions he or she went through based on passions on the subject that were then put into words, or passions drawn out because of the words as they were being written. Being able to not only identify the various emotions within, but also understand the importance that it plays on the work makes for a deeper understanding of the work itself.

Applied to this video, the feelings within the text can be seen both as the ones portrayed by the characters, as well as those that can be inferred from the situation. Starting with the woman on the music box, it is fairly clear she is supposed to be seen by her audience, in this case the court, as a toy, something mechanical, simply from the way she held herself and keeping as much if not all emotions from her face as she sings. Listening to the words of her song, we hear a sad longing to be “free” of her toy prison. It can also be interpreted as a longing to be free of whatever has forced her to act like a doll. The man’s part is not truly evident until his interactions with the woman. When he begins to wonder at his reflection in the mirror, the king’s face contorts in confusion for the briefest moment, and the “doll” hits the man almost imperceptibly. Combining these together, we can see the story behind the scene: these two have been forced to act like dolls in this company and are hiding that they are really human.

Whether you have ever seen the actual movie or not, this conclusion can be drawn simply from the emotions the characters display purposely, and those they don’t seem to realize they are displaying.