this dudebro in my english class said that ophelia deserved to die because “she led hamlet on” and my teacher threw her book against the wall
your teacher’s aim sucks
Barack Obama has attained a level of sassiness one can only dream of.
oh my fuck. sass king.
Men still have trouble recognizing that a woman can be complex, can have ambition, good looks, sexuality, erudition and common sense. A woman can have all those facets, and yet men, in literature and in drama, seem to need to simplify women, to polarize us as either the whore or the angel. - Natalie Dormer
she could walk over my body in 5 inch heels like I was a piece of a carpet and I’d probably thank her
In journalism school, you’re taught to look at a whole layout, to see how everything does or does not work together. Here are some reasons why they teach you that.
That last one
Look at her beaut fucking opalescent nails though
the burning or offering of, or perfuming with incense.
Etymology: from Middle English thurybycacyon > Middle French thurification > Latin thurificatus, from thuris, “frankincense” > Ancient Greek thyos, “burnt sacrifice”.
and I have concluded that Park’s life is barely mentioned. His parts are 78% about Eleanor and 22% Park’s life. But what’s sad is that the word count for parts of half of the book that are about Eleanor’s life is 2x longer than those that mention Park’s life. Meaning, if you chopped the book in half and highlighted all the parts that are just Eleanor, you’d come up with 2x more words than anything mentioning Park’s life in the whole entire book.
[Spoilers alert] Park doesn’t really seem to have a character, besides wearing black, being half-Korean and 5’4, listening to music, being thought of as girly because of his Korean-ness by his father, and loving Eleanor.
The emasculation of Park for his half Korean-ness throughout the book was sort of addressed, but nothing seems to have been resolved. Throughout most of the book, Park has a strained relationship with his father because his father emasculates him, but by the end, his father also “gently” gives Park the postcard that just has three words (either “Nothing ever ends” or “Just stop, Park.” I’m going on the latter, but the former is also a possibility). Does this mean that his father has gotten over his emasculation of his son, or has he embraced what he perceives as his effeminate son? Or is he just being nice because of Park’s heartbreak over Eleanor, which seems like the only definite answer I can give to this question.
Park’s mom doesn’t seem to really have a backstory either, and in the end, it seems like all she is there for is to give birth to Park and Josh and to be a plot point in the Eleanor+Park storyline. Is it really just love that brought her to America? Or did she need to get away from cramped, post-Colonization-by-Japan-post-Korean-War Korea, where there were very few jobs, and certainly not enough money for someone who likes to be as nicely kept as Mindae? WHO KNOWS. I don’t even know what her maiden name was. If it was Pak/Park, then Park’s name might be understandable if Mindae wanted her son to carry that on, but her last name (which might have explained Park’s name) is never mentioned. She says that she came from a big family, but that all just came out because of Eleanor. She’s the one who gives Eleanor make up advice and hair advice too, and it’s the very same make up that Mindy gave Eleanor that triggered Richie, Eleanor’s awful stepdad. Everything about Mindae/Mindy seems to point back toward Eleanor.
If we’re going to examine two people of four people who are recognized as people of color, or PoC, in this book, then we might as well examine the other two: black girls Beebi and DeNice. They only appear as the saviors of Eleanor from the attack of the maxi pads on her gym locker. They give Eleanor a good laugh, some advice, and that’s about it. Rowell appropriates AAVE to do this, so Beebi and DeNice can be super-authentic black girls when they’re cheering Eleanor on.
What I’m getting at is that these people of color, Park and Mindy and Beebi and DeNice, are only there to support Eleanor. They are MPDPoC, or Manic Pixie Dream People of Color, and they’re only there to serve as plot points for the White Protagonist. They have very little function on their own. Park’s life is not expanded on in the slightest, Mindy’s backstory is lacking, and Beebi and DeNice are there as Eleanor’s supports.
Everything about this book is centered on Eleanor. It’s either about Park loving Eleanor or hating Eleanor or missing Eleanor or Mindy being mean to Eleanor or being nice to Eleanor or DeNice and Beebi laughing at Eleanor or laughing with Eleanor. They’re flat, undeveloped, and boring characters. And they’re all people of color.
Eleanor, on the other hand, has at least 13,000 words about her life and backstory by the middle of the book, compared to Park’s paling 8k words throughout the entire book. The reader knows a lot about her fear of Richie, her flaky dad, her love and respect for her mom, her disdain for her turncoat brothers and sisters, and her negative body image. All the reader knows by the end of the book is that Park is short because he got all of the Korean genes and that he dislikes being emasculated and he tries to drown out other people with music. Oh, and that he loves Eleanor.
Eleanor continually emasculates Park, when she calls him “pretty” or says that he’s “adorable.” Even though he dislikes being emasculated.
A lot more could have been done with this book. And I’m extremely disappointed that more was not done, and that instead, paper-thin PoC replace real people of color who might have lived in 1986.
Oh my…oh… my……<3 <3 <3
This is beautiful! Um…*steals pic for collection*
Shhh that’s why I reblogged it you dork. Need to reverse search and find the artist when I’m properly awake though.
The artist is Mukesh Singh.
Thank you, Kal.
Don’t Be Sad, Look At These Baby Ducks
If you didn’t already know, baby ducks are pretty much precious little nuggets of joy. They have been clinically proven to cure depression and disease and all other problems because they are perfect.For now we will cure your sadness. In order to do so, you simply have to look at the following pictures of them. It’s an intense journey. Prepare yourself.
All the cuteness via BuzzFeed
Before They’re Jerks: Chronicles of Ducklings
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