August 21st, 2005
|ladylaurelote||01:11 am - D'oh!|
I feel rather stupid because I should've posted this ages ago, but it only just occurred to me that it'd fit in this community. See, one of the last assignments we had to do in my senior AP English class last year was to come up with a song that fit 'Hamlet' in one way or another, whether it described the theme, plot, setting, a character, or whatever, and write a paper explaining why it fit. Almost everybody in the class handed in the assignment - though it was towards the end of the year and some people got lazy, so my teacher supplied a few supplemental songs - and then my teacher compiled mix CDs for all of us with the songs on them.
I obviously can't provide detailed explanations for each song, seeing as only one of them was my choice, but I think some of them are clear... I'll provide the track listing under a cut as well as a brief explanation for my song. :)
1. 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' - Green Day
2. 'Styrofoam Plates' - Death Cab for Cutie
3. 'cao dai blowout' - The Mountain Goats
4. 'A Rush And A Push And The Land' - The Smiths
5. 'My Descent Into Madness' - Eels
6. 'Something Pretty' - Patrick Park
7. 'She Drives Me Crazy' - Fine Young Cannibals
8. 'A Maid in Bedlam' - Windharp
9. 'Steven's Last Night in Town' - Ben Folds Five
10. 'Good to Know That if I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die' - Brand New
11. 'Don't Fear The Reaper' - Blue Oyster Cult
12. 'Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't' - Brand New
13. 'All These Things That I've Done' - The Killers
14. 'In The End' - Linkin Park
So, my contribution was #13, 'All These Things That I've Done.' In my essay, I cited the lines "I wanna shine on in the hearts of men / I want a meaning from the back of my broken hand” and related it to Hamlet because it seemed to me that by killing Claudius and avenging his father's murder, he thinks he'll be able to 'shine on.' Also, he wants all of his actions, and all of the tragedies that they eventually cause, to finally have a 'meaning' and a purpose - the revenge he wants so desperately to carry out.
Another line I chose was "I need direction to perfection" because I thought it could apply to the use of Fortinbras as a foil; if Hamlet could only follow Fortinbras's example, he might be able to finally act on his desires and carry out the revenge.
The lines, “Help me out / Yeah, you know you got to help me out / Yeah, oh don’t you put me on the back burner / You know you got to help me out” can refer to the fact that Hamlet feels betrayed and abandoned by his friends; for example, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern end up being spies for the King and Hamlet eventually realises that he can't trust them anymore.
One of the most applicable lines is “While everyone’s lost, the battle is won," in my opinion. To me, this can easily be applied to the idea that nearly everybody dies in the tragedy [everyone's lost] yet Hamlet has somehow managed to accomplish his ultimate goal, killing Claudius [the battle is won].
Obviously my paper included a more in-depth analysis of many more lines, but that's just a smattering of my reasoning behind choosing the song. :)
Anyway, that's all... I just thought I'd share.
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What a fantastic assignment! I'm curious to know which songs the teacher picked.
I believe he put on tracks 3 and 4, although the Smiths one had a double meaning for our class since we'd read a book that was all about the Smiths earlier in the year.
Wow, that's great. Which book was it? It wasn't the 33 1/3 book on Meat Is Murder, was it?
No, it was actually called 'How Soon is Never' by Marc Spitz. It's the coming-of-age story of a boy who falls in love with the Smiths and wants to be just like Morrissey, for a while at least.
Hey, thanks! I'd forgotten all about that book.
No problem; it was one of our summer reads last year. :)