ENG240Y1 Lecture Notes - Serah, Miguel Street

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2010 World of Discourse and power relationship
Waiting is an awareness of being brought on by an absence of doing—it’s unbearableage of
depression after age of anxiety
We used to belive ‘essence ‘ or the ‘soul’ preceded existence
We used to belive that the purpose of existence was to discover the worth of the ‘essece’ the soul
The events obliterate(destroy) this notion of ‘essential goodness’
’essence’ was henceforth (from now on) seen as retrospective(reviewing past) myth of origin, set up
to bestow (give ) a fictional(untrue statement) coherency on the otherwise debilitating(weakening)
randomness of experience
Why this transition is happening?
--because science and technology become the twin myths of origin in our time and they exert a
constant influence on current reality, and plans for the future
--how they exert such influence?they ( science and technology) appear to be sth that
sets upa way to ‘pregress’ into the future.
--technology is not really about gadgets, it si away of thinking that can only view the
surrounding as a recource to be used up in order to become ‘productive’
and hence humanity( essence) becomes just another resource to be broken
down and processed
Try to explain this light of formulation by addressing the three quotes from the three plays ,
Godot: ‘we got rid of them’
Balcony: my being a judge is an emanation of your being a thief; you’d deprive me of being
Miguel street: there is no ball, and bolo got depressed
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Symbol, fantasy, and reality.
Agency-
2009
1 in the context of divine judgement and certitude,
1. we had an essenceie, the soul
2. the purpose of existence is to learn of it( the essence, ) to honor it , and to become
worthy of it
2 then the crisis arrives in the divine view of the world, the sould and the essence it represents
1. --we are left only with existence,
2. So we build up mth of our essence, a myth of our origin. And allow others to do so for
usin order to have something to live by and to live forat least to free ourselves from
the anxiety
3. Anything can be made to look like a myth of orginespecially the blind worship of
technological advances and national politics based on different notions of racial or
religious purity.
4. hence, ‘meaning’ itself is supect. It is no longer hwat things mean, but how they mean
that interest artists
a. hence, artists show us that power depends on manipulating myths of origin in
such a way people submit to power ystem as ‘inevitable’ and as ‘just the way
things are’
b. GOdot:ask us examine what you are witing for and why you are wait ing for this
c. Genet: ask us what are you fantasizing about and how does it shape your reality
d. Miguel street: asks have you interinvalize what oppress you as evidence of your
own faiure .
5. The coomon denominator for all three is : how we have displaced the problem of being
into various ways of doing?
2008
Devastation of WWII is made possible through a modern application of scientific knowledge and
technology. In the aftermath of thw ar, this precipitated crisis regarding belief in the ‘presumed
essnese’ of : subjectivity, meaning , knowledge, truth or values.
There used to be an assumption of ‘essense’ from which existence preceded to develp itself. ( ie your
essence is the base or the source of your existence, and your existence is to experience and to disocer
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