Oy, we kan/ddo rreap moorre oov WS trru DH!

“Oy, we kan/ddo rreap moorre oov WS trru DH!” Do you get it? If you did you can officially call yourself a “Scrabble Freak”…smarty pants. If you did not get it, you can call yourself, umm, normal? 

A little bit of an explanation:


 But why would I spend the time (I won’t tell you how much…) putting these letters together? To show how all five tools can cohesively come together…the same way our new groups are coming together for Phase 2 of our projects.  The fact that some groups faced difficulty in the previous phase is actually particularly convenient for me here. Their difficulties are represented by my interesting and “difficult” spelling choices. Obviously I did this on purpose…

In all honesty, I think that it is at this point that some truly interesting and useful discoveries are going to be made within Hamlet.  In Phase one, everyone was trying to figure out their tool and become the “expert” of it. In Phase two, however, it seems we as teams will be dealing a lot more with the text itself (specifically our designated Acts). 

 As a member of the “Act 1” group I am feeling interested but sceptical.  What could our group possibly uncover that could compare to the “Act 3” or “Act 4” group.  We do have a ghost cameo, which is pretty cool, but lets be honest – we all want to rip apart Hamlet’s famous “To be, or not to be” speech.  To dissect that speech with even one tool, Wordseer for example, could prove to be tremendously insightful. I am certainly interested to see what that group comes up with!

 That being said, maybe Act 1 will come out as the Underdog in this project. I am, admittedly, apprehensive of the results we may find in this act; however, perhaps my own lack of interest will spark a higher level of interest for myself: a challenge.  Will being assigned a comparatively less interesting act push me to search for the unobvious?   A Shakespearean “Where’s Waldo”. COOL.


Coming out on the other side of this blog post I am feeling a little more excited about Act 1. What can we, bringing all five tools together as a team, really discover about this act? How much more “kan” we “rreap oov WS truu DH”? Is Waldo hiding in the pages of Hamlet’s Act 1? It’s all about his trademark stripped shirt: obnoxious and begging to be noticed, but also ridiculously easy to overlook.  You can’t see it…until you do.

5 thoughts on “Oy, we kan/ddo rreap moorre oov WS trru DH!

  1. YAY! This is awesome! Thank you for brightening my Friday morning, while also giving me some hope for phase two 🙂 As for being a skeptical member of Act 1, I am an overwhelmed member of Act 3. You wish you had my act, while I wish I had yours! Yes, I have been graced with many HUGE, influential and dramatic moments in the Hamlet text, but where the heck do I begin!?!?

    Keep in mind that each group will encounter equal amount of struggles within their act! I wish you luck and cannot wait to see what more you can discover about Act 1!

    – Carly

  2. Hi, I only wanted to comment because this made me laugh a little, also I just feel like commenting for some reason.
    I know you say, that you aren’t really as excited about working with act one, but personally I think it’s a great act (I might even have chosen it if I had the choice). I mean, for one, you have the ghost, and you get to analyze this very ‘creepy’ scene, I would think that’s rather fun no? And not only this, but you also have the very first interactions of all the characters, and the set-up for the entire play. You have Hamlet and Claudius/Gertrude, Horatio and the others, Polonius and Laertes/Ophelia, Hamlet and the ghost/his father…all of this is great to work with, really nothing to complain about. I mean, also the ‘to be or not to be’ speech is good, but its not the only interesting thing. In fact, all the acts are good to work with, I probably would have been happy with any. If I were you, I would have focused on the ghost/Hamlets interaction with it or something like that, because that is what seems fun to me, but maybe its not for you? But you can also do other things, even looking at Horatio/the guards words would probably be good for something; act one is nothing short/less important than the rest, its actually very interesting. Hope that you can do well, though, and find something to do with it, because act one is really great, or at least I think so anyway.
    Next, and a last quick comment, I found your ‘Shakespearean’ waldo very funny, but I’m not too sure of its purpose… (still made me laugh though with your cut-and-paste). I don’t know why you thought of that, oh well though. Hope things go good for you in your findings later on. C:

    • Haha I guess the grass is always a little bit greener on the other side! As for Waldo, I used him as a metaphor for the insight which may be uncovered in Act one through Phase two. He represents the discoveries we have not yet made, as there is no obvious place to start.

      • Jennifer and Richelle:

        I also “just feel like commenting” due to the fact that this “made me laugh a little” 😀

        Hear me laugh: te he he he he

  3. Richelle gets my vote as one of the most amusing writers in English 203. Everyone else can only try to top her chutzpah; she’s the only one to use a semi-expletive as a blog title. (Okay, no need to out-do that one.)

    I’m a fan of Act 1, myself: Claudius’s speech in 1.2 is one of my favourites, probably because it’s so presumptuous and tries to strike a really difficult balance. Add the ghost’s cameos (two appearances) and the lines about “the book and volume of my brain” and you’ve got a dynamite setup.

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