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English 245: Modern Fiction

a collaborative exploration of pervasive tropes, themes, and concepts in contemporary fiction

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ElusiveMonty

The Matrix Stuff

So, I’m doing my project on the Matrix Trilogy, its heavy amount of allegorical themes, and why stories, like the story told in the Matrix Trilogy, is important in the world of fiction, whether it’s through novels, television or films. I’m posting two links to videos that anyone can watch if they happen to be fans of the series. They are just examples of how in-depth one can go when it comes to analyzing the overall story and lore of the Matrix. I don’t agree with the theories presented in the videos, but they are just entertaining and if you’re a fan they’re interesting to watch.

 

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Master of None crossed my mind today, which caused me to think about the ending as well as what kind of message the show was trying to convey, which also led to a realization that I still have 14 blog posts to make. So yeah.

Dev’s character is one that never really accomplishes what he wants to. This isn’t due to a lack of skill, but rather a lack of seriousness or dedication. He’s usually iffy regarding his life choices, whether long term or short term, and he’s also unwilling to put up with anything he’s uncomfortable with in his acting career. This made me think of the figure of speech, “Jack of all trades, master of none”, meaning someone who is capable of many things, but never becomes an expert in one due to a lack of focus or dedication in any one aspect.

Maybe that’s where the show gets its name, and maybe that’s the whole point of the show. Most people are “masters of none” because they’re expecting constant excitement, things to be perfect or change. People are even afraid of boredom, like how Dev doesn’t want to be married because he thinks he wouldn’t be able to do what he wants and he would be bored. At the end, Dev is reading from The Bell Jar, and he quote from it:

“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked… I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”

To me, this quote, as well as what the phrase “jack of all trades, master of none” means, are what tells us what the point of the show is. The show is about making decisions, the only thing we can do in life, and it’s also about change. We all want great things to just happen to us or we want things to be easy and we don’t want situations to ever become bland or boring. Dev is indecisive and flaky which causes problems in his life. Or, he feels bad for making a definite decision because he feels as though he will miss out on everything else in life. But, choosing to sit at the crotch of the fig tree and not make a decisions is still a choice. In addition, he also claims that his exciting times with Rachel are over and everything will just be bland for the rest of their time together. Things change. Just like what H. Jon Benjamen’s character said, relationships will never be 100%. They will shift, up and down, because that’s just the nature of life. Things never stay the same, and things are never definite.

All in all, it all comes down to making a choice, and he decided to go all in and go to pasta making school. He chose a fig and stuck to it, leaving behind his lifestyle as a master of none. I apologize for any errors in structure or anything else, I just wanted to finish up this post as soon as I could. Also curious about what others took from the show.

What Are Your Project Ideas?

Welcome to my first post, where I procrastinate by asking what everyone else is doing instead of working on my own proposal. I have an idea but it can go many different ways, and I’m not sure what direction to take with it. Anyways, if you feel like sharing that would be neat.

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