True Friends Stab You in the Front

Everyone has heard of the expression, “stabbed in the back.” Someone you thought was your closest companion suddenly betrays or abandons you out of nowhere. Whether it be something big like Julius Caesar begin betrayed by his long-time friend Brutus, or something minuscule, like your best friend talking crap about you behind your back, no […]

To Read or Not to Read: Views on Shakespeare

When the word “Shakespeare” is mentioned, people often have one general emotion about it. They either abhor his writings, or they adore his works. Students in school generally dislike his literary pieces, even though they are considered masterpieces of time, because they are forced to read it and are graded on it, and because it […]

The Colored Pencil of our World

Everyone knows of the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Through just one shot, a picture can easily convey a complex idea or story to anyone. But if there’s a saying that says a picture is worth a thousand words, there should definitely be one that says a song is worth a thousand […]

Reality

How do we know our perception of reality is… real? I started thinking this after reading a blog post that my English teacher had written about anosognosia, the idea that we don’t know that we don’t know some things. As a realist, I like knowing that I have control over my life and that I […]

Iago – Taking Ideas to the Next Level

In our AP English 4 class, we are currently reading Shakespeare’s play, Othello. If you’ve ever read Othello, you probably know Iago, the villain and antagonist of the story, is the most focused on character in the whole book. To me (and probably to many others too), Iago, with his scheming tactics and clever manipulation, […]