3 Matching Annotations
  1. Mar 2018
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    1. I say this house is as dark as ignorance,though ignorance were as dark as hell.

      Malvolio's attitude causes Olivia's staff to think little of him because he doesn't know his place in the household, causing everyone to tease and fool arounfd with him. This is after Olivia declares Malvolio mad, and sends him to a priest, who is disguised as Feste. This quote is explaining how Malvolio believes the house is so dark, comparing their ignorance and rudeness to hell. What the staff has done to him is unforgivable and ruthless. "Dark" and "ignorance" go hand in hand with one another because when one is ignorant, they are unclear of people's true intentions. Or this can mean that ignorance is the darkest trait, and that the house is tainted with this unforgivable attribute. Group 6

  3. Jun 2017
    1. O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet! Thy spirit walks abroad, and turns our swords In our own proper entrails.

      In the play, Julius Caesar dies early on in a very mundane manner, with not much being revealed about his character to the audience, lest that he was extremely overconfident in his position and status, and believed his eternal status and power in public life could protect him against any dangers to his mortal life. Ironically, Caesar is killed only moments after he gives a speech about his mightiness and how he was the world’s only ‘constant man’.

      Though Caesar’s faith in his infallible power and status was incorrect, he was ultimately correct in his belief that his public position would remain eternal and everlasting. His spirit and others’ memory of him is used by Antony to rile up the crowd in Act3 Scene1, and his ghost appears to Brutus damning the conspirators for their actions. Brutus ultimately acknowledges his failure in separating Caesar from his clout and influence in Roman society in Act5 Scene3, when he states “Caesar, thou art mighty yet”. In fact, Caesar’s aura is seemingly elevated and boosted by his mortal body’s death. When Octavius later assumes absolute dictatorial power (After removing the other two members of the 2nd Triumvirate), he takes the title of ‘Caesar’, establishing Caesar into Roman society perpetually.

      Shakespeare uses Caesar to show how the most important aspect of a person is not their mortal self, but rather the memory of oneself, with how history and others remember a person the only lasting remnant of one’s character.

  4. Nov 2013
    1. I have decided not to use up the greater part of my discourse against these by teaching that they are stupid and false

      Good Lord, this guy is arrogant!