On Saturday, October 14, 2000 I choose to go to Othello at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI. The sad thing to say is it was my mom s birthday I felt obligated to go with her, but after all I kind of enjoyed myself at the performance. Although I really wasn’t into seeing a play on a Saturday at twelve o clock, I went for my mom and IAC.
One of the most intriguing characters in the tragic play “Othello,” by William Shakespeare, is Othello’s “friend” Iago. At first glance, Iago seems to have no motive for the destruction he is causing. However, despite Iago’s unquestionable malignancy, the motivation behind his actions lies more in Iago’s quest for personal gain, as opposed to just being evil for evil’s sake. In order to achieve his personal gain, Iago manipulates Rodrigo, Cassio, and, most importantly, Othello.
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Iago’s main interest is the destruction of Othello. The reason being that Othello has chosen another man, Cassio, as his second-in-command, preferring him to Iago. This resentment, accompanied by Iago’s fabricated accusations of adultery and his blatant racism, causes Iago to despise Othello, and shortly thereafter, begin to conspire against him. Instead of just killing Othello, Iago proceeds to attack him emotionally. Iago begins to manipulate the people around him in order to hurt Othello and make him think that his wife, Desdemona, and Cassio are having an affair.
The first to fall victim to Iago’s manipulation is Rodrigo. Iago knows Rodrigo has feelings Desdemona and would do anything to make her, his own. Iago tells Rodrigo that the only way to win Desdemona’s love is to make money to procure gifts for her.
However, Iago is just taking those gifts intended for Desdemona and keeping them for himself, and in doing so, making a substantial profit. Rodrigo eventually starts to question Iago’s honesty. When faced with this accusation, Iago simply offers that killing Cassio will aid his cause and the gullible Rodrigo falls for it. In doing this, Iago keeps Rodrigo in the dark and continues to profit from him monetarily.
Cassio, like Rodrigo, follows Iago blindly, thinking the whole time that Iago is trying to aid him, when in-fact, Iago, motivated by his lust for power, is attempting to depose Cassio of his position as lieutenant. Iago does this by getting Cassio drunk and causing him to get in a fight and disturb Othello, Othello then demotes Cassio of his rank as second-in-command thus securing the position for Iago. Cassio also serves as the “middle man” in Iago’s plan. Not only does Iago get Cassio demoted but he makes him the main focus of Othello’s rage by making it look like he is having an affair with Desdemona.
When Othello begins to believe that Cassio and Desdemona are having an affair he is so consumed with grief that he sends Iago to kill Cassio and he himself kills Desdemona. Instead of Iago Killing Cassio, he sends Rodrigo to do his dirty work. This is where Iago’s plan begins to fade. Othello murders Desdemona, however, Cassio never dies. Othello then confronts Iago, finds out what really happened. Othello is then so consumed with guilt that he killed his wife and he kills himself.
Othello, Desdemona, Cassio, and Rodrigo, are all innocent victims that die because of the selfishness of one man. It becomes clear at the end of the play what is that Iago wanted. He wanted the promotion that Cassio got and he wanted to hurt Othello not only for giving the promotion to Cassio but also because Othello is a black man who has a high rank. Iago was not evil for the sake of being evil. His evil was driven by jealousy and greed that he couldn’t control.
If asked to recommend this play to others I would with no hesitation. With this being only a play you actually learn about a lot of cultural matters like racism, love, and violence.
Culture refers to ideas, social behavior, and customs of specific people or society. It’s an element that is widely used by different ethnic communities to define them. Culture can be expressed in different versions and this includes music, dances, food, arts, child naming methods and even dressing code.
A cultural event, therefore, is the one that comprises of live music performance, drama, dance, artwork demonstration, and food display as well as poetry recitation. It can as well be a visit to a museum or art gallery.
In Los –Angeles, culture is highly appreciated and different ethnic groups use it to define themselves in various events and occasions. These events include Cuban music festivals, festivals of Philippine art and culture, French Bastille day festival, Chinese and Vietnamese New Year event, Ecuadorean festival, the Bengali festival, and Asian Pacific Islander Lotus festival. I happen to have attended such a cultural event in Los Angeles during this semester and I learned much about the culture.
This event goes by the name Anatolian Cultures and the food festival. It is an art and cultural occasion that includes concerts, live performances, salsas, art crafts, trade fairs, and food. The event is usually attended by people from different countries and continents. It is a four days event that is held annually in different locations.
This year the event will take place in OC Fairgrounds from the 16th to 19th of May, 2013.
During the event period, visitors use the civilization’s path to transit the festival area, which has 14 gates. Each of these gates represents different civilizations. Throughout history, Anatolia has been a support for these civilizations.
There is assembling of three-dimensional big-size reproductions representing the five cities of Anatolia, which has panoramic backgrounds. Demonstrations and displays of traditional handicrafts such as calligraphy, filigree, arts of water marbling, and handwoven carpets are done by artisans from Turkey during the fourth day of the festival.
The Traditional coffeehouse ensures that visitors enjoy themselves with glasses of tea or a cup of Turkish coffee. This coffeehouse is located at the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul which is able to house 130 booths with art exhibits, handicrafts, and food. Visitors are given an opportunity to enjoy different types of foods (like desserts, the world-famous tough and the stretchy Maras’ ice-cream) from several cultures.
The warm and incredible welcome of the Turkish citizens adds spice to this event and helps the visitors to be more enthusiastic throughout the festival. My unforgettable memories during this festival are the excellent and different kinds of food offered, the superb artwork displayed, lovely and enjoyable music played, different dancing styles enhanced, the attractive and stylish attires worn during the event, and the diversity of languages used by both the citizens and the visitors.
This visit enabled helped me to understand the diverse offering of artistic displays and culture in Las Angeles. It broadened my horizons and gave me an exclusive insight into my culture and a global aspect of the diverse cultural practices in the world at large.
In conclusion, every one of us is entitled to cultural appreciation, since this is a tool that helps us understand ourselves better and appreciate who we are. Attending this event will enable me to understand various cultural heritage and have the opportunity to taste their food.
This paper is to discuss my experience on a trip to Orlando, what I saw and what value those experiences had for me as an expression of 21st-century culture in this country. Some connections discovered between the event and the different topics we have been reviewing on this course will also be discussed.
Cultural Event As a great fan of visual arts of any kinds with a special interest in sculpture and figurative art painting, I visited a place called “Holy Land Experience” in Orlando, Florida because of what I’ve heard about the place, how they showcase ancient Jewish architectural designs, the ancient history of Jerusalem and key biblical histories.
It was meant to be a vacation trip with the intention of giving the family a treat; however, the visit to this Christian theme park ended up being educational for me more than it was a thrill for the family. Beautiful buildings bringing to life ancient Jewish architectural designs, what with all the workers dressed in traditional Jewish attire even men wearing gowns and covering their heads with scarves exactly as described in some of the books read in the past on Jewish cultures.
With their long beards, those men made the place looks almost like a modern-day bible story land and getting to the Jerusalem street market, we had an opportunity to travel back in time to an ancient land that is 2000 years old and thousands of miles away from the United States. Passion dramas and live religious shows emphasize the rich Jewish ancient culture of Passover, which is the eight-day festival celebrated in the early spring from the 15th to the 22nd day in the Hebrew month of Nissan.
This festival is to celebrate the deliverance of Jewish people from Egypt after many years of slavery. Local foods from traditional Seder favorites like brisket and matzoh ball soup to kosher-for-Passover, yeast-less cookies, and brownies were all displayed during the live shows, to again make visitors experience nearly as real as possible. They also have a scriptorium museum; center for Christian Antiquities where some defaced historical items are kept for display.
Among these antiquities found in this scriptorium, museums are parts of the remains of Noah’s ark. It is just an imitation of the real but constructed in such a way to make it look as real as it can be. Despite we are in the 21st century, most people in this country still connect or relate with one religious value or the other. So as a Christian, who has never been to Israel to see firsthand these historical sites, the art impressions at “Holy Land Experience” reenact biblical histories.
Some of the histories like the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ who is the founding figure of Christian faith and other histories that surround him as recounted in the bible and other literature I’ve read in the past are more real after visiting this site. I discover that since I have visited the “Holy Land Experience” my connection with Christian faith has been stronger than ever and now the image of those historical sites visited lingers in my memory.
We now also take communion at home on a regular basis in remembrance of how Jesus Christ broke the bread which symbolizes his body and shares the wine which symbolizes his blood with his disciples before his crucifixion. Conclusion Relating this experience with ideas and themes we’ve been talking about on this course, I can conclude that though Christianity has evolved in many ways, there are still a lot of similarities in the Christian cultural patterns and traditions when compared with the early days.
The Spoleto Festival is held every year in Charleston, SC during late May and early June. This event lasts 17 days long and includes opera, dance, theater, classical music, and jazz from different cultures around the world. During my stay in South Carolina, I had the opportunity to attend this event and broaden my cultural horizons.
This 17-day event brings the arts from different cultures into one and presents a learning experience for all. Many forms of dance are presented to event attendees which is quite an experience.
Not many cultural events allow different forms of dance from many different cultures in one event.
During my visit to the Spoleto Festival, I was able to view many forms of art. Musical performances can be attended 24 hours a day for 17 days. This event presents something for everyone and is held in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Jazz performances take you back to the early times when music was so simple and relaxing.
The evolution of music is brought to you as you experience classical music all the way up to rock and roll.
Comedians are also highlighted as a form of art and culture. Many performances from many different eras are scheduled. The theater is well represented during this event which was started in 1977 to complement a similar event held in Italy during the time period.
Cultures continue to change and grow as many factors contribute to this change and growth. The Spoleto Festival is a classic example of this growth of the cultures. Performers are young and old, male and female, as well as from different walks of life. You can witness the evolution of dance, art, and music as you watch different performances.
In conclusion, the Spoleto Festival is an event like no other that I have attended before. In encompasses many different forms of art, including theater, music, and dance. Many cultures are represented allowing attendees to experience many cultures in one event. A visit to Charleston, SC during the early summer should include the Spoleto Festival to experience different art forms from different cultures.
For my cultural event, I decided to go and visit the Orlando Museum of Art. There were a lot of different types of art on display. My favorite exhibits had to be the ones on the American landscape and the Tony Robbin exhibit. Those both really captured my attention. I also saw all of the art that the Aztecs created. It’s crazy how people from such a long time ago can create such wonderful art.
There was a really cool exhibit by David Isenhour and instead of actual paintings, it was very unique looking sculptures that actually made you stand there and think about them and what the artist was thinking when he created them.
I really loved the American landscape exhibit and when I first got to the museum I didn’t know that it was on display, but when I saw it I got so happy! I was happy because I am constantly taking amateur photos with my cell phone’s camera of the landscapes that I see, and I know that these were paintings but I felt somehow connected to the exhibit cause I love to take pictures of the same kinds of things. The other exhibit that I really enjoyed was the Tony Robbin one.
I really liked it because back when I had a MySpace, I would always look for pictures that were like his. I think that they are called abstract paintings and they are literally one of my favorite types of art. I like them because you can look at them from different angles and I always see the paintings in a new perspective. One of the last exhibits I saw was the one on Aztec art. I was never one to be interested in Indian art, but these art pieces were so intricate.
The detail that these sculptures had is amazing and I would have never thought that that could be possible. Before I left the museum, I had to check out the David Isenhour collection because I knew a few people who had already seen it and they said it was really cool.
They were definitely right because the sculptures would take ordinary things and just add something that isn’t supposed to be there. For example, there was this tree that had no leaves and at the end of the bare branches, there were hands instead of the end of a branch!
It was crazy and at first, I didn’t notice it, but then my mother pointed it out and I found it amazing. The trip to the Orlando Museum of Art definitely helped in my understanding of the humanities cause first of all I never knew the Aztecs were so intricate and also all of the different landscapes made me better understand how the United States actually looks and the different kind of things that are out there. The experience I had really was a great one and it will most definitely be repeated in the near future.
Example #6 – Interesting ideas
Travel information on the French capital’s best sporting, film and cultural events, such the marathon and the Nouveau Festival International de Danse. Expect fireworks…
Paris, France, is one of the world’s best festival cities, and there are always two or three events going on at any time. Picking the best five is a tricky task, but the last leg of the Tour De France, the Paris Marathon, Bastille Day, the Festival de Cinema en Plein Air and the Nouveau Festival International de Dance are certainly up there. Here are some facts and information about each one.
The last leg of the Tour De France
La Tour is the world’s biggest, hardest and most popular cycle race, and tradition dictates that the end of the final stage is raced down the Champs Élysées, Paris’ main street.
Before they enter the French capital, the riders have spent three weeks cycling round France, including gruelling slogs in the Alps and Pyrenees mountain ranges. For many, the overall race is long lost, but there is the last chance of glory, crossing the finish line first in front of the world’s media. The Tour De France, which actually started as a newspaper publicity stunt, takes place in July every year.
The Paris Marathon
While the Tour De France finishes on the Champs Élysées, the Paris Marathon starts there. Held every April, the 26-mile race is the biggest in France and attracts thousands of entrants. It finishes on Avenue Foch.
Generally regarded as a celebration of the storming of the Bastille, this isn’t actually the case. July 14th was originally designated as a national day a few years before. Paris is the best place to join in the fun, especially if you fancy getting your dancing shoes on and heading to the Place de la Bastille. Other highlights include the Fireman’s Balls and the fireworks display at the Trocadero.
Festival de Cinema en Plein Air (Festival of cinema in the open air)
Paris is a bit of a film hot spot – and some would argue that it is also the birthplace of cinema – so there are few better places to go to the flicks. However, for a real movie magic atmosphere, you should take a picnic and head out to the Parc de la Villette and watch films in their original version under the stars. Even if you’re not all that keen on the film, it’s the ambiance that counts, and it’s the perfect spot for a romantic date.
Nouveau Festival International de Danse de Paris (International New Festival of Dance)
If dance is your thing, then it doesn’t get much better than this. This October event takes place all over the city, with performances from some of the world’s best dance companies in various venues. Expect some excellent, innovative productions.
It’s the biggest national sporting event of the year. So many advertisers put all their big money in advertisements for that game. It’s probably the most-watched event on television. They put in millions of 30-second airtime during the super bowl. People still tune in even if their team isn’t playing.
People put in the most money on this game and throw the biggest parties ever. Stores advertise massive sales of junk food and beer because consumers go crazy during this time.
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