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COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAYS AND THE DANGER OF MORAL DEFINITION

March 18, 2013

LUCAS KNIGHT AND THE HARVARD JACKASS, MANO A MANO

OK, HERE’S THE HOMEWORK:

Interpret this triangle; and if you haven’t read Macbeth, just read the first two scenes of act I (preferably in original version), then look at a Wikipedia summary (for example) for the rest of the story. In what way are all three points of the triangle related, being the answer the reason why they in fact form a triangle?

….……………….….………TRAITOR
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….THANE OF CAWDOR…………………….MACBETH

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What is the relationship between this triangle and the structure of the whole story of Macbeth itself?

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What is the purpose for establishing this triangle, in a visceral way, at the beginning of the play as the function itself of the first two scenes?

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Ever heard the literary term, foreshadow?

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Given that establishment of the structural base of the whole play is done through graphic -brutally graphic-images through words-but not conceptually-, is it fair to assume that somebody like Spielberg (film director) has most surely read Macbeth?

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Would it seem accurate to you that given Spielberg’s preference for the production of non critical films with regards to power in American society, that he seems to have been more interested in Macbeth (or any other example of serious literature and the use of images through words) in the artistic –poetic-power of images over human perception and the mind-and not with the underlying moral arguments made by Shakespeare in the play itself?

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Does it frustrate you to understand that the use made of images in the visual mediums (that actually originates in literature) of consumer society is subordinated to an essential function of psychological manipulation of the mind essentially towards utilitarian ends-either political or economic?

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Is it not outrageous, finally, that the understanding this use of images implies has never lead to a serious revision and modification of our intellectual understanding of thought itself and to potentially important changes in education and modes of culturally sanctioned expression?

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Is it clear to you, from this standpoint, how pernicious the personal and institutional drive towards economic profit as the foundation of power is with regards to social evolution and human well being, overall?

NEXT QUESTION

Have you come across, out there in the street, Eisenhower’s “insolvent phantom” yet?

Get ready ‘cause now you can see him, and he all around you.

He everywhere!

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Begin your college application essay now; you have 40 minutes.

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