Walt Disney is perhaps one of the greatest men in American history. He created a brand and turned it into an Empire. But not just any empire, he turned it into DisneyLand, “The Happiest Place On Earth”! It’s safe to say that basically everyone knows of DisneyLand, the Disney brand and have grown up watching many of the Disney fairytales. What a lot of people don’t know is the life and the beginning of this great man, Walt Elias Disney. Let us share his story with you!
Walt Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1905 in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised on a farm along with his 4 brothers & sisters. He found a love for drawing early on and began selling his sketches to his neighbors at the young age of 7! In high school he took an interest in Photography and began taking night classes at the Academy Of Fine Arts. He tried to join the military at the age of 16 but was rejected for being too young. Instead he joined the Red Cross and was sent overseas. There he drove an ambulance. Instead of being done in camouflage his ambulance was completely covered in sketches and cartoons!
In 1920 he returned to the states living in Kansas City. There he began his career as an Advertising Cartoonist. In 1923 he decided to take a leap and move to California to live with his brother Roy O. Disney. With little belongings and only change in his pocket he made the move. Once there he and his brother borrowed $500 and started their own production company. In 1928 Mickey Mouse was created. With his endless passion for animation and drawing he continued to experiment with his creations. When technicolor came out he created a film called Flowers and Trees that would become part of his “Silly Symphonies” collection. For this film he won his first Academy Award. From there there was no stopping Disney, he went on to mix real life film with animation when he created the masterpiece Mary Poppins in 1945. From there he continued to stun Hollywood through his entire 43 year career. Probably most so when he opened DisneyLand in 1955. DisneyLand is to this day the most celebrated amusement park on earth and his a National Landmark, and a coveted vacation spot for many.
Walt Disney wasn’t only known for his incredible animation and film production. He also was an advocate to the people. He wanted to improve urban life in America. With this new found focus he set about creating EPCOT in the heart of Florida. Although he died in 1966 long before EPCOT’s opening in 1981 he left behind a legacy and an amazing park for all of the world to enjoy. Walt Disney’s name alone evokes happiness, imagination and tradition to all that hear it. He was a great man way ahead of his time and his visions and masterpieces will forever ;live on in the hearts of all of us throughout the world.
Ive come across some amazing writers over the course of my life. From my parents, to teachers, friends and even acquaintances. Recently I met Sarah D. a great closet writer who is letting me share something she wrote a couple years backs. Strangely enough I met Sarah when I experienced a leak in my house and needed to call a restoration company to come help stop the water damage and check for mold. While she was at my house we had a great conversation and quickly began talking about writing after she saw my papers scattered throughout the house.
Like I mentioned, it turned out Sarah is a writer as well, and when she is not slaying water, fire and mold, she is writing great literary interpretations, and reading. I asked her if I could share a one of her pieces on my site and she graciously accepted. Below is her piece, and you can get in contact with her by visiting her business page at phoenixwaterdamage.org.
For those of you following my previous post, here are my final words.
The lyrics to the song are definitely part of what made it such a huge success. While the song starts with the chorus, the second verse is what gives the song its first hint that it is about the Arthurian tale. The verse states, “And I’ll be wearing white when I come into your kingdom. I’m as green as the ring on my little cold finger. I’ve never known the loving of a man, but it sure felt nice when he was holding my hand.” In the Malory story with Lancelot and the second Elaine, she floats into Camelot, which would be the kingdom in the song. The next lyric can be interpreted as jealousy, sometimes using green as a synonym, which could have led her to the downfall. In the legend, Elaine was jealous of Guinevere because of Lancelot’s affection for her and so when he left she was so hurt she stopped functioning which led to her death. The next half of the verse where it states she’s never known the loving of a man directly relates to the story as well, because Elaine thought she and Lancelot were meant for each other and would live happily ever after, especially after she had his child. While he was there with her, she was very happy and overjoyed because it seemed like her fantasies had a chance at becoming a reality. When he left, everything crashed down and she realized, as the song said, she had never known the loving of a man. It was all just a big tease in a way. Continue reading “King Arthur In Music Continued…”
It has been said time and time again that history has a way of repeating itself. This is no different in the modern era, where a vast number of historical references can be made in many different forms. Whether it be an actual event, a small reference, comparing the contemporary world to that of older times, or even having it be a theme in some form of media, history is always around us. Music is a very important and meaningful way to get a message or a story out, especially since popular music today is so lyrical and story oriented. In combination with that, the stories of King Arthur continuously make comebacks and can appear in seemingly random ways, just like Merlin does in Malory’s Morte D’Arthur. What better way to send a message and tell a story about such an intricate legend than by putting it in music Continue reading “King Arthur In Music”
It’s always fun to have people contact you about guest posts, and recently I had a friend and someone who appreciates literature as much as me ask to contribute to my page. He is someone who’s interests transcend simply famous literature, but also includes keen interpretations of pop culture, media, and music. He is a fascinating guy and I believe his views will be greatly appreciated her at kim-loan. He did ask me to reference his contact information and current business which can be found here. He is an inquisitive soul and someone that brings me great joy. If you find his post interesting than I encourage you to contact him. I’m sure this will not be the last you hear of him, an there will be more opportunities to enjoy his work in the future.
When it comes to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the fate of the female characters within the play displays a rather different expectation for the role of Renaissance women, though there is certainly some overlap. For example, in her article “Glimpsing a ‘Lesbian’ Poetics in ‘Twelfth Night,”‘ Jami Ake makes an interesting case for the notion that the female characters of the play, especially those of Olivia and Viola/Cesario, are not able to move freely unless they, too, are either freed from male control-represented in Ake’s argument by the form of the Petrarchan sonnet-in the way that both the Wife of Bath and Carruthers insist is necessary for genuine female happiness in marriage, or they are successful in somehow aligning themselves with a form of male-centered power. In this case, Ake’s insistence on the concept of male-control’s being represented by the Petrarchan sonnet forms the basis for the idea that the role of women in the Twelfth Night is related to the role of women in Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale” in that both illustrations of women’s roles include the struggle of women to overcome the imprisonment of male control. Ake quotes Nancy Vickers as she explains her reasoning behind her categorization of the Petrarchan sonnet as being representative of such: Continue reading “The Role of Women in Chaucerian and Shakespearean Literature Continued…”
It is not difficult to gather the notion that the role of women in European society became increasingly limited as the Middle Ages progressed into the era of the Renaissance, and while there is an abundance of scholarship to support this concept, perhaps the more intriguing evidence for such a claim can be found in comparing the literature of the Middle Ages with that of the Renaissance. In doing so, a focus on the role of women represented by the various female characters of some major literary works of both time periods may provide a-though somewhat linear—deeper understanding of the complexities behind the gender relations in each era and, ultimately, a better look at the ways in which the representations of women in literature throughout history have either changed or remained the same. In this case, an exploration into the works of two major literary figures-that of Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare-will be provided on the basis of comparing the roles of the female characters in Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale” and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, resulting, as I hope to demonstrate in the paragraphs to follow, in an analysis which suggests that the role of women, in all of its variance throughout the progression of the Middle Ages into the era of the Renaissance, is central in its encompassment and inclusion of the struggle of women to overcome the imprisonment suffered by them under male control, in all its forms. Continue reading “The Role of Women in Chaucerian and Shakespearean Literature”
I love poems, and think many of my readers will relate to this. There is a lot to love about classic poetry, and they overwhelmingly rich with content. Below is my personal take on “My Last Duchess” and the deep sexism that is revealed throughout it. I hope you like!
“Nineteenth-century bourgeois masculinity was characterized by a rigid program of male self-discipline and control necessary for conformity to the hegemonic parameters of patriarchy (151),” argues Tyler Efird, whose study of sexism within Victorian literature examines the works of poet Robert Browning and his dramatic monologues that subjugate women. Browning created male-dominating speakers in his poetry who controlled female characters due to a patriarchal system that controlled Victorian society. Wealthy noblemen were at the center of power during this period and the patriarch led great influence on gender issues. “Significantly, this program required the strict regulation of male sexual desire, thereby “insuring,” according to Victorian patriarchal ideology, the application of male energy towards other purposes – most often those required of work and intellect”(l 51) states Efird believing this is the root of violence directed to females by males in Victorian Literature.
Here is a review of a famous book (Moby Dick) that most of my readers are probably familiar with. It’s not my own personal review, but she does a great job explaining her views on the book and I have similar feelings about the book. Check it out and let me know what you think!
I really appreciate you stopping by! I know there is still a lot that needs to be done and a lot I need to say about myself, so I need to put down the books and begin creating a beautiful place for readers to come together and share in the majesty of reading. Until I have enough information here to captivate my audience please contact me and introduce yourself so I can get a better idea of who my audience is. Thanks again for stopping by and I look forward to meeting all of you.