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Romeo and Juliet Act ll Critical Response

In Shakespeare’s profound play, Romeo and Juliet, we are introduced to two “completely in love” protagonists who believe they are deeply in love with each other. With the evidence provided so far, I believe that Romeo and Juliet’s relationship resembles more of a “puppy love” connection. In the first act, Romeo and Juliet meet one another at a party and as soon as Romeo lays his eyes upon Juliet, he suddenly forgets all about Rosaline and becomes “star-crossed lovers” (Prologue.6). Firstly, Romeo has absolutely no idea the real meaning of love as he is solely basing his love for both Rosaline and Juliet on how beautiful they are. This is already solid proof that Romeo is not fully in love with Juliet quite yet. Romeo is also hopping from one girl to another. After he goes to the Capulet party just to see Rosaline, Romeo meets Juliet and says “  Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night” (l. 5. 52-53).On Juliet’s view of love, we see more maturity than we will probably never see in Romeo. She tends to process her feelings in situations a lot better than Romeo but soon starts to lose focus of her own personality. She begins to fall head over heels for Romeo and ends up making quite similar mistakes.

 

I believe that Kulich’s holds a very strong argument and is quite effective as its historically accurate for the time the play was written. Romeo and Juliet was written late 15th century in England and back in those times, there were no rules, restrictions or laws against underage marriage. In today’s society, we look down on Elizabethans for there particularly cruel ways of living. But put yourself back 500 years, and it would be completely normal. Looking at this idea as a whole, it is quite difficult to judge our history because our morals change drastically the more we live and the more life experiences we get.

 

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In-Depth BP #5

I set a countdown on my phone and guess what! There’s only four million more seconds until indepth night! Now it looks like a lot but actually, it’s only 50 days. Honestly, I am so excited but quite nervous. I really want my photos to come out decent so I can make a published album and for that to happen I need some good weather. So whoever reads this, please pray for me! Just before spring break I met with Ms. Learmonth and she showed me how to enlarge the negatives in the dark room. Kudos to her for falling in love with something that she can teach to other people like me. I can easily tell how much passion she has for Film Photography and I inspire to keep my own passion for as long as possible. Photography is an art that can get you outside and into nature; going on adventures whenever you want!

 

I also handed in my own film to get professional developed until I can learn on my own and after coming back from my vacation the photos arrived! The suspense of opening the package and just hoping for the photos to turn out good is a feeling that everyone should experience once in their life. Apart from some photos that I took of my dog that came out SUPER out of focus, it was a great first batch! I’m actually really proud of some of the photos, especially because some of the best ones were portraits (something I still need a lot of practice on). I’ve already bought loads more film and bought some colour film as well for more Kodak summer vibes later on in April. I hope the weather cooperates!

 

*I have not had a meeting with my mentor last week but will have one this week and this post will be updated with the recorded conversation*

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Is Canada a nation, simply a country, or a “post national” state?

Justin Trudeau claims that Canada is now the world’s first postnational state and has no singular identity nor a mainstream. He claims that the country still has a true “Canadian Identity” and that it is a place where we have “respect for minorities”. However, we are slowly losing the idea of nationalism due to rising immigration trends and therefore, we cannot deem Canada as a nation with a plethora of multiculturalism. I strongly believe that Canada is indeed a post-national state with the number of differences in values, beliefs, religions, history, and ancestry that is now present. Nonetheless, I also strongly believe that this is a problem for Canada’s future. The loss of Canada’s true identity is depleting and has been since Trudeau’s election in 2015. According to The Guardian article, The Canada Experiment, Canada took in 300,000 immigrants in 2016 alone, including 48,000 refuges. In a recent study, Toronto is now the most “diverse city on the planet” says The Guardian, with half of its residents being born outside of the country. Vancouver and other western cities are not far behind with the extreme burst of immigrants since the election. It is morally correct to aid those in need and I always want to help deserving minorities, but Canada has focused so much on other countries such as Syria and Iraq, that we have lost insight on our true Canadians. Douglas Todd in the dangers of a ‘postnational’ Canada quotes, “many average Canadians who are desperate to make a home and livelihood in Metro Vancouver, can’t come close to affording to live here.” This has started to become a reality in today’s society with the upcoming immigration laws. Most immigrants don’t have to pay any taxes making it easier to buy a house and start a life. Even so, housing prices are rising so fast that Canadians who have to pay so many taxes are struggling to live in their country. Canadians who have ancestors dating back to the 1700s when we first landed huge ships in the east. With this information, it shows how Trudeau is correct in the idea of Canada being postnational as it improves the lives of immigrants from “dysfunctional regions torn by corruption and cynicism,” but it also shows how being a postnational country is a detriment to everyone else living here. Geoffrey Taunton-Collins explains that “Healthy nationalism requires loyalty between citizens and leaders” and as of today’s society, we have lost sight and betrayed our true north, strong, and free loyalty to the Canadians who created the building blocks of what we call Canada today.

 

 

 

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