Jane Eyre vs. Diablo III: Heroine vs Heroine?

The premise of the video revolves around four strong female characters living in the same apartment.  Two characters from Jane Eyre and two female characters from Diablo III have defied the rules of time and space and have found themselves cohabitating in our present day world.  While comparing and contrasting characters within a research paper is now a tried and true method, the medium of a video provides a comic element, while still highlighting the differences of the characters.  The video is based off of the hit MTV show, The Real World, in which strangers live together and have their lives documented.  In the video, as in The Real World, the participants reveal their true thoughts and feelings to the camera and the world in a confessional area.  All four characters take part in this and use the confessional to vent about their fellow housemates.

Initially, the characters find their differences overwhelming.  Being thrust together in a confined space brings out their personalities to the extreme and causes confrontations among them.  Droog and Jane Error stick together because they are from the same place and possess the same values.  They are both female heroines and they have trouble understanding and sympathizing with what they see as “weakness” in the characters of Mrs. Rochester and Georgiana.  Both of them poke fun at Mrs. Rochester and Georgiana, calling them “vickies” because they come from the Victorian Era and have themselves a hardy laugh at their dependence on men.  Jane Error and Droog approach living in the house as another mission that they would complete in Diablo III.  Their guards are up, and their hostility towards the other women is apparent.

Georgiana also approaches this experience as a mission, although unlike Droog and Jane Error, her mission is to find a wealthy husband.  As a character, Georgiana has not changed much from how she appears in Jane Eyre.  She is very selfish and indulgent; the only transformation that she has made by the end of the video is that she has found a husband.  The characters from Diablo III find her to be the most repugnant housemate because she has no self-reliance.  She is a flat character who has lived with her mother her entire life and now she is in search of a man to take care of her, which perplexes her fiercely independent roommates.

Unlike Georgiana, Mrs. Rochester is able to bridge the gap between the Diablo III characters and herself because as a young girl she became a heroine in her own right and shaped her own destiny.  Jane Eyre was able to escape Mrs. Reed’s home, go to school to receive an education, and find her-self a job, all before she decided to settle down with Mr. Rochester.  While at first Droog and Jane Error were weary of her, they came to realize that as heroines, they are similar in many ways, despite the fact that Mrs. Rochester has settled into domestic life.

Having three resilient female heroines taking up residence together, highlights the importance of independent and powerful women figures in all types of works, across the centuries.  While at the same time, Georgiana acts as the female anti-hero because her only goal is to procure herself a husband of means.  The fact that these three unique and formidable women have found common ground amongst each other shows how unchanged the important aspects of the female heroine are, even in our modern society.  Our culture has valued the presence of self-assured female protagonists for centuries, while we continue to mock characters like Georgiana Reed for her deviation from these values.  While the mediums in which these characters are found has greatly evolved over the years, the strong female characters that inspire generations have not.

In our modern society, we associate with strong female characters because we have been groomed to do so.  We look to heroines to guide our own actions.  Thus we ask ourselves “what would Jane Eyre do?  When Jane Eyre frees herself from Mrs. Reed, acquires a fortune, and marries her soul mate she has achieved an epic win.  Droog and Jane Error also experienced their own epic win when they defeated the Skeleton King.  In following the journeys of these heroines, we are going on our own search in order to achieve our own epic win using the tools given to us by our female idols.  These characters have become part of our collective unconscious, so we use their decisions to model our actions in the modern world in order to try and achieve our own epic win.  However, our modern society is dissimilar from the environments in which these characters achieve their epic wins in every way.  So if we implement our heroines actions into our own lives and use their reasoning to achieve our own gains would we end up being successful, or would our success hinge on emulating a heroine who understands our modern culture?  The video takes this idea a step further.  Challenging these heroines to replicate their epic wins in our society on a reality show.  The images we have of these women in our minds, guiding us through our own journeys are suddenly real, and as we know from many reality shows, people are often more than they appear.

While upon first watching these heroines interacting with each other, it may not appear that they have achieved and epic win, in our modern society they have.  At the center of most reality show is the squabbling that goes on among the residents.  These four women also had their fair share of petty arguments, mostly centered on Georgiana.  However, by the end, Mrs. Rochester, Droog, and Jane Error had resolved their differences, found a common ground, and formed a united front.  In our modern society achieving peace and unity with people you do not immediately identify with is an epic win, even if it is not defeating the Skeleton King.  Therefore, it is evident that these heroines, even though they are not from our time period are women we should look to in order to guide our own actions so that we can achieve our own epic win.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeK75N8YeHs

Angela and I choose to work together on this project because we worked on the collaborative project together and we found that we work really well together. We were determined to make sure that we contributed to the success of the project equally. We filmed the video together and shared the acting duties. I wrote the script for the video—which was nearly 4,000— and sent it to Angela to edit and approve. I also edited the video because Angela have never edited a video before. Angela wrote the project essay and sent it to me so she could proofread it and approve, and make any necessary adjustments to the final draft. Angela and I both acted out two roles in our video, which proved to be more difficult than we expected (needless to say, acting is not in either of our futures). We both feel that we had an equal part in making this project a success, and worked together very well, never expecting the other to do all the work.

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Jane Eyre vs. Diablo III: Character vs. Character

For the Final Project, Angela Martin and I decided we wanted to team up and make a video. Characters from earlier in the semester are different characters introduced in later books. The protagonist in Jane Eyre, is a strong female character in her time. While the setting of Diablo III appears to take place in an earlier century, the female characters are strong, both physically and mentally. There is a large gap in the character Jane Eyre’s way of thinking and they way the Witch Doctor or Wizard thinks in Diablo III. In order to emphasize their differences, Angela and myself would like to create a video that will be somewhat of a play on reality shows today. Often times there seems to be a confessional room, in which people can enter and complain about their housemates. We would like to place Jane Eyre—and perhaps another character from the novel, such as Georgina Reed—and our two Diablo III characters in this setting, where we can have them discuss the flaws they see in one another. Characters from both texts are strong in their own ways, and having the other point out what they believe are weaknesses can in turn emphasize, or in other words contrast, the change from 19th century to the 21st century.

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Diablo III: Utilizing Caillois’ Typology of Play?

Caillois’ Typology of Play is used in many video games, including Diablo IIIDiablo utilizes a linear world, in which you accomplish the objectives leading to the ultimate goal. The game Diablo III ties into Caillois’ Typology of Play in the way the game as structured as far as limitations, rules, and uncertainty.

Within Diablo, gamers are given the option of different heroes and what gender they want the hero to be. As the game begins, there is an introduction, which people who through themselves into games may stop to watch, while others might ignore it altogether and wait for the play to actually begin. Once the hero is at the starting location in the game, a player cannot wander around aimlessly hoping to achieve goals without the aid of others, in the game the player must interact with the characters the creators placed in the game with specific instructions. While, like Caillois’ Typology of Play, players are not obligated to play, so in a sense they have that freedom, they are not able to do whatever they please in the game either since the story line of the game is linear.

Other limitations exist in the game, as far as the capabilities of the hero and by the knowledge of the player. Each hero posses certain powers and can acquire other powers along the way, but they cannot do everything. They have boundaries, which can be tested, but they are not perfect. Also, within the game itself, the player only knows what they are told or through other sources they find in different locations in the game.  From the start the player must interact with other characters to discover what they need to do, where they need to go and what  is going on in that point of the story. Characters, like Leah, exist to enhance the story line, but additionally to aid the player with background information that is useful in exploring an unfamiliar world. The suspense the player is left in as they try to move up levels seems to be an incentive to do what is necessary to continue advancing in the game.

In Diablo III, just as in many other games, there is a degree of uncertainty. While the player knows they ultimately have to defeat the evil forces leading up to killing Diablo. The player must do their best to achieve all that is needed to move forward in the game. Time does not seem to  exist in the game, but levels indicate progress. When constructing this game, the developers’ knew they had to create certain rules, limitations, expectations and so on, so that the game would be appealing. One of the more obvious objectives right from the beginning is killing the undead. Thereby indicating that death, or killing, will be a major part of playing Diablo. The developers’ purposefully set up a world with other characters there to assist along the way, just like the fairy in Zelda games would call the attention of the player to assist them throughout the game. Overall, the developers’ applied aspects of Caillois’ Typology of Play, since it seems to be part of the formula to a successful game.

Jane Error: Angela’s Diablo III hero

What is the significance of your partner’s hero?
·JaneError, a female wizard, according to description when choosing a hero:
-posses both temporal energy and elemental energy, which “power creation itself”
-has the ability to regenerate resource to cast spells
·The attribute associated with this hero is intelligence.
·As a wizard, she is able to cast spells, making the hero powerful.

Did your partner listen to the Lore, Quests, Journals, and townspeople?
·Yes, she clicked on every person she found and heard some of what they said more than once.

What are the rules of this game—that you can discover so far?
·The most obvious rules seem to be: kill, survive, and follow the quest objectives.
·Also to listen to the advice provided by the characters in the game since they give you hints.
·Acquire anything that may be useful also seems to be an unspoken rule.

At what level did your partner conclude the play? How much money had his/her hero found?
·Angela ended at level 2.
·She ended with 90 gold coins.

What’s in the inventory?
·inferior chest armor
·inferior boots
·3 minor health potions

Was anything sold, repaired, or bought with the merchant?
·Nothing was bought or sold, in part because we weren’t sure how exactly how to do so, however some of her inventory was in use.

What skills are available to your partner’s hero?
·She began with a magic missile.
·At some point during her play, she acquired a new skill labeled as ray of frost.

What makes your partner’s hero a “hero?”
·The female hero possesses the same amount of power as male version, and is able to utilize special skills in order to achieve objectives.
·The real life attribute of intelligence allows the hero to be more personified, and less like only a graphic creation that you play.
·”Arcane power” (stated in description of the hero), being able to change a resource to something beneficial to achieving objectives.
·The hero is able to utilize spells to protect and inflict damage.

How can this kind of gaming “save the world?” (McGonigal video)
·to possibly solve real-world issues
·people don’t feel as though they are as good in real life as they are in the games they play
·motivation to cooperate with others in game world
·challenges in games are “on the verge of what you’re capable of” and others are there to help
·positive feedback
·according to the speaker, there are four things games make a gamer good at:
-urgent optimism
-social fabric
-blissful productivity
-epic meaning
·McGonigal claims that games make gamers “super-empowered hopeful individuals”
·using the game to make you think how you would try to solve these problems in real life
-challenging survival
·with Diablo III, gamers are given a set of objectives of tasks to complete
-list isn’t overwhelming, it gives objectives to meet the bigger goal of winning game
-involves listening to other characters within the game itself, they help along the way
-motivates gamer to achieve the objectives since they seem manageable
·which can be applied to real life situations

Nox: Visual and Verbal

“8.1.       Because our conversations were few (he
phoned me maybe 5 times in 22 years) I study his
sentences the ones I remember as if I’d been asked to
translate them.”

On this page of Anne Carson’s epitaph Nox, there is an image of shadows cast on what appears to be a yard along with the text above. This page occurs in the last third of the book, after much of the story is already told. The page immediately before it contains the definition or explanation of more, stating it is “an established practice, custom, usage.” Situated on the next page, after the page with the image and the text, the page is “blank” but has what looks to be an imprint of the definition of more with the picture and text overlapping it. Considering the page with the definition of more and the page with the image and text are so close, the author must have intended to create some sort of connection between the two.

The strip of an image on this page seems as though it were an image from the author and her brother’s childhood, a memory when they were still together. Both the visual aspect and the verbal can connect on this page since the author could have chosen this particular image to go with the text to demonstrate something to the reader. It is apparent that Carson and her brother had little contact over a large amount of time, therefore she cherished her word they spoke, no matter how insignificant, and put it to memory. Since her brother and herself lived in such different worlds and hardly knew what was going on in each other’s day to day life, the memories and absence can be symbolically represented by shadows. A shadow can be cast with the light falling on the object or person at a certain angle. Perhaps the image paired with the text emphasized their lack of a full relationship, Carson can be casting a light on her own relationship, with the shadow reflecting the absence that had existed. Or, the author can have simply paired an old memory with a more current one of how distant they had become.

Regardless, the image and text contributes to Anne Carson’s overall story. There may be meaning behind the choosing of each photo and verbal used in connection to her brother, and her way of stringing it together to tell a story also is in a sense, a way of her mourning the loss of him. This image, like various images throughout Nox is not a full image, but a strip of an image. The usage of a strip may make it more like an image in a scrapbook, tailored to fit into the space it would make the most logical sense, or it may just be the part of the photography that Carson wants the reader to focus on. Each decision on this page, as well as the rest of this accordion-like book, are the artistic decisions of Anne Carson to deliver her story, her message, and perhaps her closure.

Tweeting as Georgiana Reed, A Modernized Gold Digger

Throughout  Jane Eyre, the audience is introduced to a wide variety of characters, each with their own distinct personalities. While some characters, such as the protagonist Jane, develop over the course of the work, others are more static or flat. At the start of the novel, the audience is introduced to Jane’s family, one which is her cousin, Georgiana Reed. From the start, it is quite obvious that Georgiana is neither kind nor considerate of others, and as the novel progresses, that same general attitude is amplified. Constructing tweets from Ms. Georgiana Reed’s perspective would involve understanding what she cares about most and the way she feels about others. In order to capture Georgiana’s demeanor over twitter, it seemed best to emphasize her selfish nature, as well as her inconsiderate attitude toward others.
One of the first things to consider when tweeting as Georgiana was whether to embrace the language of the book or turn it into a more modern version. It is apparent throughout the novel that Georgiana’s main concern was always herself, even when others around her were suffering from mistreatment or loss. In the modern day, there are characters just as selfish, not only in books, but in television shows, movies, social media and within one’s own life. Through the usage of modern language as opposed to the language of the book, it is much easier to show Georgiana’s self-centered nature and her lack of caring for those around her, including her own family. The tweets composed to portray Georgiana can be divided into three categories that intertwine with each other across Jane Eyre. These categories are: her self-absorbed moments, her attitude toward other people, and her beauty.
Georgiana’s egotistic tendencies is a broad subject in and of itself, but it can be further divided into her desire for a wealthy husband, her love for herself and her general disregard for others. One of the reoccurring aspirations for Georgiana is her want of a rich husband. This desire displays her obsession with the material world as opposed to the natural or spiritual world like her sister, Eliza. In order to capture this through a tweet, it had to be blunt, since it does not seem as though she is oblivious to how others perceive her. For example, the tweet from October 24 states “I’m not shallow. I just want a rich husband that will buy me everything I want.”  At one point in the novel, Georgiana had planned on marrying Lord Edwin Vere, but this potential union was ended by Eliza’s sabotage and perhaps also by Georgiana’s lack of consideration for anyone other than herself. This lack of consideration is apparent during her interactions with other characters, specifically with Jane.
As with most conceited characters on television or books, her favorite subject is herself. Georgiana’s obsession with herself and disregard for others well-being is perhaps most apparent during a time of sorrow in her family. Her mother, who fell ill after John Reed’s death (Georgiana’s brother), was nearing death each day, but Georgiana’s main concern was still herself. Jane Eyre, her cousin, came to see her aunt, and at first Georgiana treated her just as poorly as she did in the past, and she only began talking to her like another human being when she was talking about herself. The entire time she talked to Jane, she only spoke of herself, never once inquiring about Jane’s life. In order to portray this lack of consideration through a tweet, again it seemed best to be very straight forward. The tweet from October 26 reveals her typical disposition. It states “Let’s get one thing straight here…it’s all about me, all the time. Don’t interrupt me with petty things such as your life.” This tweet literally spells out Georgiana’s temperament. Throughout the novel, it is seen that she is lacking in compassion through her uncaring and conceited attitude, but this is further established in her opinion of others.
Georgiana’s demeanor towards others is portrayed in the way she address them. Since Jane is the protagonist, the interaction between Georgiana and Jane is the most apparent. As stated earlier, Georgiana lacks compassion for those around her, but she is particularly mean to her cousin Jane because she believes her cousin is below her. To represent the dislike of Jane on Twitter, it seemed appropriate to touch on Georgiana’s jealousy and obsession with herself. In the tweet from October 35, the tweet states “Wah, wah, wah. Jane has such a hard life. She has had it so easy. I mean, come on. Being plain is easy, being gorgeous is exhausting.” Although Georgiana knows how others perceive her, she is oblivious to how her words and actions come across as well as the struggles others endure. When her mother was dying, she was more concerned about herself and getting away so she could find a rich husband. Despite the awful treatment Jane had endured during her childhood, she put it behind her when her aunt was ill. Georgiana on the other hand, who has had a life with all she wants put in front of her, resents anything and anyone that stops her from living in her self-centered world. Her concern for herself above all else is evident in every chapter that she appears in. Rather than caring for those around her, she treats them as though they’re below her, and therefore a burden to her. Utilizing modern language as opposed to the book language allows the immature conceited nature of her to be less obscured by my formal speech.
Everyone around Georgiana is well aware that she is beautiful. Even her own sister, Eliza, realizes it, and is envious and spiteful because of it. Her beauty seems to be where her self confidence is drawn from, although her actions and inconsiderate remarks seem to stem from a self conscious place. Like many, her character may be trying to over compensate for what she feels she lacks by treating others poorly and embracing her beauty to the full extent. To portray Georgiana’s self confidence and self conscious through a tweet, the tweet from October 30 states “Today, I fell in love. Every feature was perfect, a personality you would die for, and beauty like no other. I ❤ me!”. While stating this in the language used in Jane Eyre would have likely sounded much more beautiful and poetic, stating it in modern language allows the usage of the characters “<3” which allows Georgiana’s conceitedness to be more up front and understandable, rather than the long winded approach.
Through the usage of modern language as opposed to the language of the time period, communicating Georgiana Reed’s selfishness, attitude towards others, and her fixation on her own beauty becomes more direct, rather than indirect. As social media becomes more and more integrated in today’s society, language often has to adjust as well. Tweeting as any entity comes with its challenges. One has to capture the overall character and hope they are portraying them in the correct fashion. While Georgiana’s exterior seems hard, cold and uncompassionate, perhaps there is a more vulnerable side that the author chose not to expand on. Regardless, considering Georgiana’s demeanor over the course of Jane Eyre, tweeting as the shrew she came across as, fit the depiction of her through the eyes of the protagonist.

Tree of Codes & Nox

Both Tree of Codes and Nox present their contents in a unique way. Tree of Codes, by Jonathan Safran Foer, creates  a story  through the use of the authors favorite book with words cut out to create a story. Nox, by Anne Carson, on the other hand begins with text in Latin, with the story and definitions of various Latin works mixed together in a book that is somewhat like an accordion in appearance. While both approaches are far from traditional books, making them more visually intriguing, the creativity aspect might not suit of everyone.
Considering each page of Tree of Codes only contains a few words, and the rest of the page is cut out in different box-like shapes, there are a few possible distractions. First, and perhaps most obvious, when reading each page, the reader can see other pages through the cut out areas, which is a fairly distracting. One can place a blank piece of paper behind each page to prevent the distraction, but that is time consuming. A reader can also just lift the page at an angle where they can read what’s on the page. It is tempting to read the story by reading in a straight line across the page through the cut out areas to see if the story makes sense when read that way. While this may be amusing for some, it is not for everyone. This book can be a nightmare for people who cannot stand bent corners. There are many more opportunities to accidently bend a corner in Tree of Codes, which may detract from a person’s reading experience.
Nox, with its accordion-like appearance, also has a different format than a traditional book. Upon opening the box that Nox comes in, the book is actually one long piece of paper folded up inside. On the first page of the book contains a paragraph in Latin, with the definitions of each word spread out across the book intertwined with the story. The way in which Carson tells the story of her deceased brother through the few letters that had been exchanged and pictures. Nox seems to be Anne Carson’s way of accepting her brother’s death, and maybe also trying to understand it. Through using this unique book structure, it seems like a box full of memories that are significant and paint the connection, or lack thereof, between Carson and her brother. Unlike Tree of Codes where one is distracted by the gaping holes throughout the pages, Nox takes the readers through the mind of someone in mourning, which is something almost everyone can understand.
While both Tree of Codes and Nox may be attempting to be a book and artwork at the same time, the materiality of the book itself can have a positive or negative impact on the reader. Each approach has its advantages and disadvantages, and they both can detract in some way from the readers experience, simply because their physical appearance contrasts with a typical book.