Awe of Nature

Thinking of nature, I automatically connect it to my childhood. Although I am a true city girl, I am a country girl at heart (pony and all). Growing up in the country of Frankfort, life as a child greatly reflected the themes of pastoral literature. After spending majority of my younger, only child days running through fields and developing a love for making wishes on stars and dandelions, I became fascinated with my surroundings. Life did seem much more simple at the time, most likely due to how young I was, but at the same time there was more of a carefree nature in the people living outside of the city. Most of them have been there all there lives and farming is just a way of life. No matter how many days I spent outside, the beauty of nature never failed to truly amaze me. Whether it be the changing of seasons or the even just a random butterfly, nature is in fact awe inspiring. Continue reading

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O Brave New World

The opening scene of Shakespeare’s rumored last play, The Tempest, opens with a dangerous, chaotic storm. The opening scene contrasts to the second scene in which you meet Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda. The scene is replaced by a feeling of wonder and amazement, a feeling that is critically maintained throughout the play. Miranda questions Prospero about her past while upholding this admiration of the new world. While Prospero is intentionally made to feel prosperous and godlike, Miranda is meant to seem naïve and full of wonder. Her character, full of whimsical amazement contrasted with the stark ruling attitude of Prospero represents the underlying pastoral tension represented in the play. In the final act, Miranda exclaims: Continue reading