Arguably this was the best English Literature lesson I’ve had. Rephrase: this is the first good english literature lesson I’ve had for the year.
The main subject was on Archetypes — how it is part of human nature regardless of culture to gravitate to certain images and attach certain values to them, such as the hero archetype.
Or: the woman archetype — where they are either Mothers or “Others” , Mo or Ho.
I was told that it did not reflect well on me based on the observations I made:
1. that in the subconscious mind of American Women, they were seeking an adulterous lifestyle and hence found escapist appeal in Desperate Housewives. Much like how children are seeking superheroes and teenagers are drawn by romance movies/soap operas. (Jung!)
2. the unicorn does not necessarily typify the values we thought it used to be. It is up to the viewer to decide what he wishes to label it with: it could be said to be majestic or virtuous, but i preferred to pick on the horn and said that it was violent and vicious — much like how the World War 2 occupants pierced babies with bayonets. This led to the interpretation that the Unicorn is a Phallic Symbol. (Freud!)
In which case, it is disturbing that many girls like unicorns (at least in USA). I wonder what it means….
It is interesting to note that beulah does not know what Phallic means, nor does she know what voyeuristic means. In response, I told her that Phallic is derived from the word “Fallacy”. Oh well, maybe she might mis-use the word without knowing the meaning like voyeuristic, something like:
“It would be phallic of the proposition to want to legalise prostitution!”
Hrm, the Fallus phallacy.