English IV AP: 

Fragmented Nostalgia

 

An Autobiography by

 

Michael Hodak

 

The Congo River, the site of my ill-fated journey.  

The whited sepulcher.

"... but I have a voice, too, and for good or evil mine is the speech that cannot be silenced."

These surrounded Kurtz' outpost, a very grim welcoming.

Rivets: my lifelong passion.  

Heart of Darkness is a terrifying reminder of the potential evil that is latent in all men's hearts. Even the sublime power of the natural world has no choice but to bend to man's will. 

"This book gave me a new perspective on colonialism by giving a voice to those that are traditionally suppressed" - Jack Reynolds 

Jocasta's golden brooches. They're much more red now. 

Tiresias, the blind seer. I should've listened to him much sooner. 

"My destiny, my dark power, what a leap you made!"

My plague-infested city of Thebes. 

I wish my feet looked this nice. 

"It's amazing that a book written over two thousand years ago contains themes that are just as relavent to our modern world"- Thomas Stephenson

 

Oedipus Rex tracks the tragic downfall of a once great man. This is a key part of an Aristotelian tragedy, and this voyeuristic aspect is one of the major reasons why this play is still so intriguing today. 

 

The greatest wingman of all time...

A picture of me and my girlfriend. 

"'Tis true ; then learn how false fears be;
Just so much honour, when thou yield'st to me,"

There's no way her parents won't like me after reading this poem!

... and this is all it took for her to kill him.

" The Flea caught my attention among other poems we studied, due to both the surprising subject matter and the view into the social standards of that era"- Thomas Stephenson

The Flea subverted my personal stereotype that poetry, particularly poems which were written quite some time ago, almost always covers bland subjects. It is interesting to see a topic such as sex addressed in a 17th-century poem. 

"Against the Grain", my personal code of ethics. 

"How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June. . . . If it were only the other way! "

My favorite opium den!!! :)

I broke my good mirror... I can't remember the last time my actions actually affected me. 

Watching Sybil perform in happier times. 

"Dorian's complete unpredictability and moral ambiguity kept the novel interesting all the way through" - Jack Reynolds

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a fascinating study of a formerly innocent soul's descent into corruption. I was horrified at Dorian's moral transformation, as his physical countenance remained untouched. Much like Heart of Darkness, this story touches on the evil that is inherent in all humans.