04
MAR
2015

English Tuition Bolton Manchester: Dylan Thomas, King Kong and the Minotaur- Writing tip- SYNTHESIS makes analysis real.

Synthesis brings together separate elements to make a new and coherent whole.   Our  ability to synthesize different ‘readings’ or experiences help us make sense of our world. Synthesis helps our sense of orientation as in literary analysis, synthesis helps us find our way around a text and offer a reading that is compelling.    Synthesis helps us to  coalesce our understanding. It makes it real! Today I have been exploring the different readings of the Minotaur, who like Medusa seems to be one of the most vilified, grotesque figures in mythical history. The Minotaur’s terrible incarceration in the labyrinth, a place where he seems as ‘lost’ as his sacrificial victims themselves,  appears a metaphor for our hidden selves, our repressed secrets, our ‘buried’ mourning. His status as prowling, ‘buried’ monster preserved in time as if he was trapped  in amber!    And as I was examining paintings by Picasso, Maggie Hambling and even a contemporary opera dedicated to the Minotaur, I was aware of the underlying rage of this mythical creature forever condemned by history to be a monster, just awaiting’justified’ slaughter by the’ courageous’ hero Theseus. Beneath the Minotaur’s rage however , there lurks despair and this despair and impotency perhaps I think filters on throughout culture metamorphosing into other narratives and texts. For can’t  we all recognize the loneliness and  des
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