What films are you watching right now?


In this sense the Dionysian man resembles Hamlet: both have once looked truly into the essence of things, they have gained knowledge, and nausea inhibits action; for their action could not change anything in the eternal nature of things; they feel it to be ridiculous or humiliating that they should be asked to set right a world that is out of joint. Knowledge kills action; action requires the veils of illusion: that is the doctrine of Hamlet, not that cheap wisdom of Jack the Dreamer who reflects too much and, as it were, from an excess of possibilities does not get around to action. Not reflection, no–true knowledge, an insight into the horrible truth, outweighs any motive for action, both in Hamlet and in the Dionysian man.

Now no comfort avails any more; longing transcends a world after death, even the gods; existence is negated along with its glittering reflection in the gods or in an immortal beyond. Conscious of the truth he has once seen, man now sees everywhere only the horror or absurdity of existence; now he understands what is symbolic in Ophelia’s fate; now he understands the wisdom of the sylvan god, Silenus: he is nauseated.

Here, when the danger to his will is greatest, art approaches as a saving sorceress, expert at healing. She alone knows how to turn these nauseous thoughts about the horror or absurdity of existence into notions with which one can live: these are the sublime as the artistic taming of the horrible, and the comic as the artistic discharge of the nausea of absurdity. The satyr chorus of the dithyramb is the saving deed of Greek art; faced with the intermediary world of these Dionysian companions, the feelings described here exhausted themselves.”


Note: Wittgenstein watched film any kind on the silver screen during his ‘ illness’ and in fact any disjunctive sequence of impression that still, flows, is the film of reality we are so drawn to, *

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nice vid on Kierkegaard & applying / living truth


Here is something quite relative to what them all was talking about imagination a better self image kind of thing



Meet Joe Black
Jerry Maguire
Merlin (Hallmark)
Vanilla Sky
Oceans 11
Mission Impossible 2 The Chimera Virus
Somewhere in Time
Sound of Music
Short Circuit
Sleepless in Seattle
Lost Boys
Skater Boys
Face Off
Kill Bill 1 and 2

Thought of terrific : grabbing snow scene in ‘orson wells’ ‘The Stranger, and then this occurred .


Dr. Faustus and Hamlet: Appearance vs. Reality Part I

MAR 23, 2014

Faustus and Mephistopheles


What is reality and from whose reference point does it exist? Philosophers and men of all ages have struggled with what appears to be reality, and what has proven to be so. Many times people see the world, themselves, and their circumstances one way, while everyone around them perceives the same in the opposite fashion. Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and Hamlet by William Shakespeare employ the uncertainty of reality and obscurity of fact within their stories. Appearance vs. Reality is the unifying theme between these stories; it is exemplified by Hamlet and Faustus*’*perverted desires, their distorted views of themselves, and their indecision to make morally correct choices, which eventually seals their fate.

Dr. Faustus by Marlowe is one of the most durable myths in Western culture and one of the first English tragedies. Faust, who has become a popular motif in literature, is an educated doctor who sells his soul to the devil for his own bit of salvation: knowledge and power. It appears to Faust that the admiration of his peers is worth risking a lifetime in Hell, that is, until he realizes that nothing is worth an eternal life in Hell. Faustus may see himself as a semi-God simply for his ability to stun people with magic, but the reality is that he becomes an object of pity. Dr. Faustus contains florid visions of an enraged Lucifer, dueling angels, and even the Seven Deadly Sins. There is one point where Faust calls upon Christ to save him, but he ultimately rejects salvation for the embrace of Helen of Troy, an object of seduction and desire. Not only a battle between good and evil, Dr. Faustus is a story about a man whose arrogance and pride obscures reality.

Faustus’ false deception of reality begins by that which he desires: knowledge of the black arts. Faustus is a very educated man who carries the respect of his fellow peers; however, simply scholarly knowledge of life is not enough for Faust. What Faust wants is “a world of profit and delight, of power, of honor, of omnipotence {which} is promised to the studious artisan”(Marlowe, 1994 pg. 5). Faustus has examined all the orthodox religions and chooses magic instead. The uncertainty of the existence of both heaven and hell justifies to Faustus his want to learn the black arts: “This word, ‘damnation’ terrifies not him, for he confounds hell in Elysium; his ghost to be with old philosophers” (Marlowe, 1994 pg. 13). Throughout the story, Faustus is constantly asking his slave, Mephistopheles, whom he bought with his very soul from the devil, all the unsolved mysteries of the world. He gains knowledge of heaven, hell, space and time. All the knowledge in the world, however, does not change his fate. Rather than bringing Faustus to a life of freedom from ignorance and mediocrity, he is brought to despair and eternal death.



Hamlet, written by Shakespeare, is a tragic mediation of human existence and the earliest of Shakespeare’s four great mature tragedies. Hamlet is a deeply and reflective man compelled by justice and filial duty to avenge his father’s death, the King, who was murdered by the hands of his brother, Hamlet’s uncle. A ghost of Hamlet’s father appears to Hamlet and reveals to him that appearances can be deceiving: the King did not in fact die from a poisonous snake as everyone thought, but from the poison of a power hungry brother. The reality is the betrayal of Hamlet’s uncle who becomes King after Hamlet’s father is murdered, and even goes so far as to marry his brother’s widowed wife, Hamlets mother. Hamlet also contains two sorts of madness, one that is genuine and one that is feigned. Shakespeare develops the theme of appearance vs. reality extremely well and very thoroughly through the mind of Hamlet, who is constantly in a state of confusion, trying to figure out not only what is morally right, but also what is actually real.

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Hamlet’s desire for revenge due to this father’s murder is most understandable, but still holds a false sense of justice. A father’s murder by his brother and the subsequent and incestuous marriage of his widowed wife to the murderer is enough to distort Hamlet’s mind and drive him to actions he would not normally perform. In fact, the moment Hamlet learns the reality of his fathers fate; his whole world turns upside down. Rather than having thoughts of love and youth, he has thoughts of revenge and death: “Haste met o know it, that I , with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love, may sweep to my revenge” (Shakespeare, 2005 pg. 1182). Hamlet must avenge his fathers death to restore his fathers lost honor. Hamlet, however, is not the only character who desires revenge in this story-Laertes too vows revenge on Hamlet for the suicide of Laertes’ sister, and the eventual murder of his father. Laertes’ sister, Ophelia, goes mad and commits suicide when Hamlet rejects her after once pursuing her, and also from the terrible words Hamlet spits upon her. Laertes father is Hamlet’s uncle, and the man Hamlet places his vendetta upon for the death of his own father. In a conversation with Hamlet, Laertes reveals his intentions of revenge: “I am satisfied in nature; whose motive in this case should stir me most for my revenge….I have a voice and a precedent of peace to keep my name ungored” (Shakespeare, 2005 pg. 1189). Although both Hamlet and Laertes appear to get the revenge they desire, they end up destroying their family, whose honor they sought to avenge.


Kennedy, X.J. & Gioia D., (2005). Literature; An introduction to fiction, poetry and drama. 9th Ed. New York: NY. Pearson Longman

Marlowe, Christopher (1994). Dr. Faustus. New York: Dover Publications Inc.

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