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Reading Notes: Sita Sings the Blues Part B

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Reading Notes: Sita Sings the Blues Part B
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Sita Sings the Blues --- by Nina Paley (Question Copyright)
So, I actually ended up watching all of the film last night because it was so enthralling that I couldn't put it down. I got notes on the main plot points last night, but I wanted to jot down some more thoughts about storytelling devices and just give general impressions about the film now that I've had some time to let the content sink in. 
I absolutely loved this film. My biggest critique of the Ramayana was how unsatisfying the ending was. I felt this way solely because of how the relationship between Rama and Sita died at the end. While it would be disingenuous and would actually damage the story (in my opinion, I'll get to that in a bit) to have their relationship be magically repaired at the end, it was refreshing to consider things from Sita's point of view. Realistically, it shifted the protagonist from Rama (as it would be in a more traditional rendering of …

Reading Notes: Sita Sings the Blues Part A

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Reading Notes: Sita Sings the Blues:video - by Nina Paley
I really enjoyed the opening scene, with the anachronism of the record player. It was also really cool how the lotus petals where used as lilypads in the opening scene. After the intro, I'm rather confused --- why are there two people in San Fran with a cat? Oh this is such an accurate representation of how loud Tux is in the morning. The animation style is very different here. The way of using three different narrators is fascinating! Especially when they comically bicker about the details of the storytelling. They definitely start in the story in media res though. Rama has already met Sita and he his facing exile at this point. Animation style change, and now it's a musical number, an interesting way to switch narrative method. This is used to tell their time in the forest. The overlying theme of anachronism as Sita sings the blues is not lost on me. Their perspective on Rama is interesting (how evil really is he?)    …

Tech Tip: Canvas Calendar

Tech Tip: Canvas CalendarStarting my sophomore year of college, I got hooked on using Google Calendar to manage my daily tasks. It's been super helpful and I would recommend this to every body looking to organize their college tasks. That said, learning how to export the canvas calendar into other calendars was super useful.

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Story Lab: Week 4

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Week 4 Story Lab
1. Crash Course: What is Myth?
2. Crash Course: Theories of Myth3. Crash Course: The Hero's Journey and the Monomyth
1. I loved that the writers of the show made it a point to distinguish between myth and religion. If we separate myths from their religious background and treat them as stories that have been passed down, we can critique and analyze them a little more objectively. I also loved the codified approach to discussing myths. What exactly is a myth? According to the folks at Crash Course, their working definition is as follows:    "A myth is a special type of story that has two primary characteristics: significance and staying power"Furthermore, their generative approach defines significance and staying power.  "A myth having significance means that the subject matter is about something important, usually something about how the world works. how the world itself got going, or how things came to be. A myth having staying power means that it is a…

Reading Notes: Ramayana Part D

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Reading Notes: RamayanaPart DSources used: M. DuttR. DuttGouldGriffithHodgsonMackenzieNiveditaOmanRichardson, and Ryder.
61. Rama and his army consult Nala to build a bridge so that they may cross from the mainland to Lanka. Thus Rama's Bridge was created. 62. As Rama's army approaches, Ravana attempts to worry Sita by creating an illusion that Rama has been captured and killed. Sita sees through Ravana's deceit.63. Indrajit has done quite some damage to our heroes. Rama and Lakshmana are quite injured by Indrajit's Nagastra (Naga-weapon). However, Garuda, the vahana of Indra, comes to their rescue and heals the brothers back to full capacity. 64. Ravana, getting desperate, wakes his brother, Kumbhakarna. Kumbhakarna, one of the fiercest warriors on Ravana's side, charges out on his chariot to confront the ape army. He fells many an ape, including Hanuman, and captures Sugriva. When Kumbhakarna finally faces Rama, Rama discharges flaming arrows and …

Reading Notes: Ramayana Part C

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Reading Notes: RamayanaPart C
Sources used: M. DuttR. DuttGouldGriffithHodgsonMackenzieNiveditaOmanRichardson, and Ryder.
41. Rama and Lakshmana wander in the forest in pursuit of Sugriva, the ape king. Sugriva notices the two and sends his right hand man, Hanuman, to investigate. Hanuman meets the pair and after introductions, escorts them to Sugriva.
42. Rama and Lakshmana meet Sugriva. Sugriva tells the pair that he has been similarly exiled by his brother, Vali. Rama agrees to challenge Vali in combat to clear Sugriva's name. 
43. The wife of Vali, Tara, consults with her husband. She pleads with him to reconcile with his brother and not fight Sugriva and Rama. Vali, ever stubborn, plans to continue with the fight.
44. Vali and Sugriva fight. Rama is waiting for Vali, catches him off guard, and injures him. 
45. Vali mourns her dead husband. Sugriva mourns his brother. He is installed as the new King. 
46. Now that Sugriva is King, he agrees to use his new power to h…