Hamlet – Getting a feel of the play

In class, we read an excerpt from the play Hamlet. After reading the excerpt, the class got a task. Here is how i resolved it :

What is the mood?

The mood in this scene seems a bit tense. I don’t know the relationship between the characters here, but it seems like they know each other. Even though they seem to know each other i would not particularly call them «friends». When the ghost appears the mood changes from a tense one to a more ominous and fearful mood. The characters start to fear and wonder who this ghost that suddenly appeared in front of them really is.


How does Shakespeare establish the mood?

The way shakespeare uses the genre and the plot but also the tone like it is his own little playground makes a big impact on the mood. Suddenly it isn’t just a normal text you read in a textbook, but a story with interesting characters and plot.


Why do you think Barnardo challenges Francisco?

I didn’t even realize that Barnardo challenged Francisco in the story, as the way it is written is confusing. So i have no clue of why he did that, but if i have to guess some things i bet they aren’t really keen on each other. What i am saying is that i don’t really think they are friends and don’t really like each other by the way Barnardo challenges Francisco.


In shakespeare’s time the play would have to be staged in broad daylight. Find words and phrases that Shakespeare uses to create the impression of night and darkness.

  • Barnardo : ‘Tis now struck twelve, get thee to bed Francisco.
  • Barnardo : Well, good night.
  • Marcellus : What, has this thing appeared again tonight?
  • Marcellus : With us to watch the minutes of this night,
  • Barnardo : What we two nights have seen.
  • Horatio : What art thou that usurp’st this time of night,






An English-speaking country – Singapore

The Republic of Singapore is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. Singapore is very global when it comes to education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, technology, tourism, trade and transport. The country is a multicultural society because it consists of a lot of different ethnicities, people have different beliefs and the unalike spoken languages there. There are four official languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil and Malay.

Singapore has a dialect of the English language that is lingua franca, influenced by Chinese and Malay. It is also called Singaporean English. The people in the country is also known to another way of speaking which is called Singlish. Singlish and Singaporean English are different from each other, because one is more common to use everywhere, meanwhile the other is used only orally. Singapore English is not the same as Singlish. While the former is a variant of English, Singlish is a language on its own with a different grammatical structure. The reason why English is one of the official languages in Singapore, is because of past history in the country. The colony of Singapore was a British Crown colony that existed from 1946 until 1963, when Singapore became part of Malaysia. When the Empire of Japan surrendered to the Allies at the end of World War II, the island was handed back to the British in 1945. In 1946, together with other colonies, Singapore became its own crown colony.

Since the country is very multicultural, we can find different conflicts in the society. There are a lot of conficts about religious and ethnic matters. The schism between local Singaporeans and foreign workers marks something of a shift in Singapore´s ethnic relations. Historically, social tensions were seen as arising from relations between local ethnics groups, with the 1960s race riots between the Chinese and Malay populations being the most prominent example. Singapore has also tried their best to stay out of other countries quarrels and conflicts such as Iraq and Syria, adding that those battles are not fights for Singaporeans. This is all about keeping the harmony between the different races and religions, but it seems like people are unsure what or who to believe anymore.

Pao Kun Kuo

Pao Kun Kuo was a playwright, theatre director, and arts activist in Singapore who wrote and directed both Mandarin and English plays. He founded three arts and drama centres in Singapore, conducted and organised a number of drama seminars and workshops, and mentored Singaporean and foreign directors and artists. Kuo is acknowledged by both locals and foreigners as the pioneer of Singapore theatre, and was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1990 for his contributions to Singapore theatre. His plays are characterised for their dramatic and social commentary, use of simple metaphors and multiculturalism themes, and have been staged locally and internationally.

Spotlight – Catholic Sexual Abuse Cases


The forgotten children


Spotlight is a movie based on true events that has happened and is also still happening all around the world. Still happening? What do I mean with that? The movie is based on the Catholic church sexual abuse cases that occurred in the Boston area.

The film follows the story of a team from The Boston Globe’s called the “Spotlight”. Spotlight is the oldest operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States. The team gets to investigate a different case after the new editor in The Boston Globe reads an article about a lawyer that freed a priest even though he did something terrible. What the priest did, was that he sexually abused children. The team believes that they are only investigating one priest, but later sees a pattern that there are more priests that have engaged in the same sin. After figuring out that there are 13 priests that have committed to this, they learn through a former priest that tried to rehabilitate pedophile priests that there should be approximately 90 abusive priests in Boston. By researching, they found 87 names and to back up the suspicion they find their victims and interview them about the traumatic experience. Everything is going well until September 11 attacks occur. Spotlight is then forced to stop the case they are investigating and must prioritize the attack that is happening now. The whole case gets almost thrown off and the team aren’t allowed to keep on working with it for some time. This builds irritation in everybody in that team, since pedophiles are still lurking in the streets as if they haven’t done anything illegal.

The main conflict is that they need a lot of proof and something to back up their suspicion to be able to publish a newspaper related to this event. One would think that it would be easy, but the problem is that the church has tried to get rid of all evidence and have a lot of power in the society in general. Taking down the church becomes then so much harder and there is a lot of catholic priests meanwhile Spotlight consist of few members. They need more legal documents that they can use against the catholic church. Another problem in the movie, is that since the September 11 attack occurs, they must put a stop or more likely take a break on the investigation. The consequences they face for doing so is that more children will be involved and the ones that got abused won’t get their justice. Those who have been abused and contacted by the team are starting to get inpatient on waiting for the Globe to speak up and are considering making articles themselves. This can cause a problem since they don’t really have any proof and can destroy this investigation.

The whole thing is resolved by them learning that there are publicly available documents that confirm Cardinal Law was made aware of the problem and ignored it. The people wanting the Spotlight to run the story are stopped by one of the investigators. She tells the people to wait patiently so they can research further, and the problem can be fully exposed to whole Boston. After getting the legal documents they can see the whole picture and have real proof of the whole case. In the end they can publish it.



Hear me


I never knew that this was something that have happened in the past and is still happening according to the end of the film. I have never heard of it before, but that isn’t weird since I got born in 2001. It would be weird if I knew it at that time for sure. But this just shows us how even the purest people can be tempted by their sins. You would have thought that the priests never would have done this to children, but it just shows how wrong our assumptions can be. Even them do stuff like that. It makes me so mad that the priests thought this was okay though. Throughout the whole movie I felt so angry and irritated. How could old (at least most of them were old) men do this to children. So many of them were so young and didn’t even know better. Just the fact that the society decided to ignore the people that tried to speak up about their traumatic experience with the priest when they were younger makes this even worse. It shows how much trust and power the catholic church had before. Yeah, they are still big now but not as much as before, at least in my opinion and according to how it looks like. Many people go through this daily and I just think I realized how hard it really is to be able to be heard by anyone. Just by looking at the film I also realized how easy it is to read something and then ignore it like it never happened. It really changed my mind and how different medias can take a big part in being heard.

Same plot but different

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There is always that one person that comments that one sentence after watching a movie. You are probably wondering what i am talking about. I am talking about the comment «The book was so much better than the movie». Some people just love to put it in our faces even though the statement is true. That does not mean that it is always true though. There are those who enjoy the book much more, but there are also those who prefers the movie over the book. My question is then: Are the movie and the book really so different from each other?

Recently in class we watched the movie, but also read the book to The Kite Runner. We read the book first, which is in my opinion the best thing to do. Trust me, right now i am saving you from not wanting to read the book after watching the movie. The book is so worth it, so give it a chance and take my advice. Afterwards we watched the movie. While i was watching i noticed some details and scenes that did not quite match the story in the book, and also scenes that were skipped. The skipped scenes kind of explain themselves though. It would have lasted forever if all the scenes were included. So the producer then probably took away the scenes that didn’t really affect the storyline that much. Those are just my thoughts. But there were also some scenes that i thought were important that they did include in the book but not in the movie. For example the scene when Amir saves Sohrab from the taliban, he gets deeply injured and ends up at the hospital for many weeks. Meanwhile he was at the hospital, he tried to bond with Sohrab and get to know him. After a while we can notice that Sohrab is starting to slowly open up to Amir. After being at the hospital for weeks, they leave for Pakistan. This is what happens in the book, but in the movie they skip this whole scene and immediately goes to Pakistan. Which is weird to me, because i don’t really think it makes much sense that Sohrab suddenly trusts Amir. But again, that’s my opinion.

In the book you get to hear the characters thoughts, which i think is much better than trying to see them through facial expressions. Something you have to do in the movie. The book makes it also so much easier to understand the characters and choices they make, meanwhile in the movie it’s harder since there really isn’t a voice in their heads telling us what they are really thinking about. We have to look at their actions and the way they interact in the story.

So yeah, there will always be differences between the book and the movie. There may be small changes here and there, but they do this to make it kind of fit. I don’t really think that it would have been that fun if the movie was the same as the book either. It would have been kind of boring in my opinion, because it is so accurate that you will know what is going to happen. So sometimes surprises are the best way to go.

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Paúl Rivas Bravo – an award-winning photographer

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Paúl Rivas Bravo’s last trip was to the border between Colombia and Ecuador. He was the photojournalist for Ecuadorian daily El Comercio and he was on an assignment where he was abducted by a dissident drug trafficking group and killed. He was joined by the journalist Javier Ortega and their driver Efraín Segarra, and sadly they were also brutally murdered.

If I should be completely honest, just the thought of someone doing this scares me. It shouldn’t be okay to be allowed to brutally murder someone just because they are carrying out their job in the first place. Paúl was a 45 year old man and an award-winning photographer, a kind man that fought for freedom through the different pictures he has taken. He didn’t deserve this. No one does.

Multicultural societies


You meet a lot of different challenges in multicultural societies. There are both positive and negative sides living in one. The movie Brick Lane portrays some of these challenges, but mostly about the negative ones. They give us insight and leave us with impressions by showing the life of someone living in a so-called society.

The main character in the movie, which is Nazneen, is a victim of these hardships and challenges. But also I wouldn’t really say that all the challenges surrounds only her. Yes, they affect her too, but you can really see the differences happening in her surroundings. Nazneen is a woman from Bangladesh, that left her home to move to London because of an arranged marriage. The arranged marriage was a doing by her father, after her mother took her own life and disappeared from this world. Now Nazneen lives in Brick Lane with her husband and two daughters. They live in quite a multicultural neighbourhood, something you can tell by observing the different people living there. Just the community and society are showing us that.

Something i really noticed in the movie, was how Nazneen really didn’t go outside alone that often. Almost like she was scared of something. She was more of the observe type and watched most of the things happening outside from her window.  Every now and then we would see people calling out the ones that lived in the neighbourhood to go back to where they came from. They would cuss and use bad words, and sometimes also end up with violence.  So i think one of the things that would be a real challenge living in a multicultural society, would be the fact that maybe you wouldn’t feel that welcome. I don’t really think it’s like that in real life. I don’t know. But the way the movie portrayed it, gave me the impression of that. Them knowing that they really don’t fit in and belong there.

International Day

On International day we have something that we call ‘human library’. In the human library there are people that are either telling their story, experiences, or something related to the theme of the day. Meanwhile these people are talking, we students are allowed to drop in or out of these so called ‘presentations’. The presentations aren’t really that long, they can last from 15 to 20 minutes each. And when the presentation is done, you leave and then find another person to listen to. It doesn’t matter if the person has already begun talking when you get there, because you are still very welcome to listen to the rest of it. You could also wait for the person to finish, or just try to find another person in the meantime.

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The presentation i remember the most, was from a guy. I don’t really remember what his name was, where he came from and why he came to Norway in the first place. I think the reason why he fled was because of some kind of conflict or war in the area he lived in, and left to find somewhere safe and secure. I remember him telling us at the beginning of the presentation that he wanted to apologize beforehand, because his english was not the greatest. But i thought it was very understandable.

He had been living in norway for a while and he had even started his own business. His little business is at the mall Moa, in Ålesund. He told us a lot about how it turned out successful and how people came by his store and bought things. But something he didn’t quite understand happened often in his store. Often the guardians at the mall would walk in and check. You probably think that is normal, two guardians checking that everything is alright. But there wasn’t only two but probably twelve guardians checking the store. They could do this for hours. Customers would then get a negative vibe from the place, thinking that the owner did something wrong and then stop shopping there. The man that owned the place, didn’t quite understand why they needed twelve guardians to check the store. Only two or one guardian checked the other stores, meanwhile twelve of them checked his. He didn’t do anything wrong did he? The only thing he did was to open a store and sell different things. He didn’t want any trouble with them and never complained about it. Because he was happy that he and his family was safe from all the conflict. But he just wanted to know what made him so untrustworthy and sketchy to the other norwegians.