Oak Bluffs High School - Beacon Yearbook (Oak Bluffs, MA)

 - Class of 1934

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THE BEACON O15 Gareth and Lynette, C35 Lancelot and Elaine, fill The Holy Grail, C55 Guine- vere, and CGD The Passing of Arthur. The coming of Arthur reveals the fact that there is a mystery concern- ing our birth and death. We come in- to this world not knowing what will become of us. During life we come up against many difficulties which we must learn to overcome, and be able- to surpass. So it was with Arthur. There is a mystery concerning his birth that can- not be solved. When he was old enough, he became king. He was faced with ma11y difficulties, such as the scorn and hatred of the people. In spite of it all, he made himself Worthy of the great title 'tKing". This poem reveals to us the fact that no matter how hard your task may be, that if you possess the qualities of courage, strength, hope and faith, you are bound to succeed and will reach your hoped for goal. Where there is a will, there is al- ways a way. That is the moral lesson one receives from the poem, "Gareth, Zllld Lynette." NVe should know what our aim and ambition is in life and go forward to victory with all that is i11 us. We should not let mere obstacles stand in our paths, but should conquer them all. We all want a chance in this World to prove ourselves worthy. When the chance comes we should be ready to receive it. After attaining our ambi- tion in life, we should prove ourselves worthy of it. XVe should not stop there but keep on fighting and let our merits mount. Gareth, who symbolizes courage and achievement, starts forth on a quest from King Arthur's Court with Lyn- ette, wl1o symbolizes the world and superficial judgment. If he succeeds his place will be firmly established amongst the knights of the Round Table. On the way he overcomes four knights, who are symbolic of life it- self. Morning Star signifies the temp- tations of youth, Noonday Sun, the foolish temptations of maturity, Eve- ning Star, temptations of old age, and the Black Knight represents death. He is horrible to look upon. Upon clos- er inspection he turns out to be noth- ing more than a harmless, attractive youth. When we meet death, its terror disappears. The fearing of death grows to be a habit. Habit is a cable, we weave a strand of it every day un- til it becomes so strong we cannot break it. Gareth went forward in life Zilld achieved his aim. He was ready when his chance came, and he made the most of it. One is always honored at the end of a hard struggle, and so Gareth was made a knight of Arthur's round table. The one main thought that one re- ceives from the ldyll "Lancelot and Elaine" is the fact that one can pos- sess a great deal of physical courage and yet lack moral courage. Lancelot fails to find happiness in the love of a pure and innocent girl, because of his guilty passion for Queen Guinevere. One may have the physical courage to face the dangers of life, but it takes moral courage and will power to face and overcome the big difficulties and temptations in life. To succeed in life, we must do that thing which we can do best. This is the moral one receives from the Holy Grail. If you start to do something that does not appeal to you, the thing to do is to start something that suits you. lt is like taking the wrong roa-1 i11 traveling, if you do not turn back you will never reach your destina- tion. The Holy Grail was the cup from which Christ drank at the last slipper

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14 THE BEACON g him, by foul means. The Queen, while watching the duel, drinks the poi- soned cup intended for Hamlet, and dies. Hamlet, seeing this, turns on the King and stabs him. During the duel, in which Laertes had been using a poisoned rapier, the swords had changed hands and both opponents were stabbed with the poisoned sword. Therefore all the principal characters died. The whole play is intended to show that calculation and consideration ex- hausts the power of action. This play is wonderful in the character descrip- tion of several of the characters, es- pecially Hamlet. Hamlet has a strong character and a very weak will. All through the story Hamlet has, no doubt, a distinction between right and wrong, but he cannot bring himself to do the right things. Hamlet is a thinker and a student. He ponders long on every subject and studies ev- ery side of it. He pondered too long on this subject, as was characteristic of him, and lost the opportunity to revenge the death of his father. Ham- let was very loving. He loved his moth- er sincerely, although at times he ap- peared to lose his patience with her. Hamlet loved Ophelia and believed in her. He didn't realize that he was treating her unfairly. It is Hamlet's character that really makes the play so interesting. The reader is interest- ed in Hamlet and Wants to find out how he works out his problem. The character of Hamlet is very clearly brought out and made very true to life by the author. Ophelia is a very interesting char- acter. She has the usual affection for the members of her family, her father and her brother. She is very obedient and although her love for Hamlet is very great, she gives him up at her father's command. Ophelia has 11ot a very strong character, she is rather the "clinging vine" type. She takes things as they come, not trying to stand them. She had a rather magnetic personality, and draws people to her better them or do her best to under- by her apparent helplessness. Her death left a gap that could not be easily filled because she was so well loved. "Hamlet" is a very interesting play and is very well written, as are most of Shakespeare's plays. In con- clusion, "Hamlet" is good because of the various character descriptions in it. The theme is excellent, the setting is ideal, and above all, the whole play is true to life. However, there are some points which detract from its iu- terest, it is too drawn out, the reader rather loses sight of the plot in some places, as the author spends too much time with petty details. Nevertheless, this play is Well worth reading and it occupies an important place in Eng- lish literature. "THE IDYLLS OF THE KING" Helen Rose The "Idylls of the King" are a. group of poems Written by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The Word Idyll means picture, Hllfl "The Idylls of the King" give the reader twelve little pictures of the life and times of the Arthur of the liegend. The poems tell incidents which are either drawn from the old romances of King Arthur's court, or invented by Tennyson in the manner of the ohi romances. The chief groups, or cycles, of these romances are those dealing with CU The Coming of Arthur, C21

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IG THE B and which was the supreme end of man's desires. It symbolized goodness and the knights were turning good- ness i11to superstition because of the sin of Lancelot and Guinevere. All of the knights went in search of it. Percival had all the things worth having in life, riches, honor, marriage, and many others. He failed to find peace in any of them and didnot at- tain his desire. He saw the Holy Grail over Galahad's head. Sir Galahad was the only o11e to attain it, but was seen on earth no more. Many of the knights were not fitted for the search, yet they persisted, knowing that it was hope- less. They followed "VVondering Fires" and few of them returned to the Court. This cause the dissolution of the Round Table. "He that dances must pay the fid- dler." Whatever wrong We commit in life, We must pay highly for it. The Idyll "Guineverel' shows to us that at some time in our life We may do something, in a moment of Weakness, that makes us ashamed to face ti'e world. Our conscience usually pulls us up again and urges us onward. NVe have to take our punishment with irue courage and spirit. The fact that we regret our wrong later does not wipe it out and we must pay the price. VVhen Guinevere realized that she was the cause of the rumor that had spread, she was overcome with grief and sorrow, which led to her repeat- ance. She Went to Almesbury and be- came a nun. Here she repented for the remainder of her time on earth. This idyll describes the human pas- sions of mankind. It also reveals to us that no matter how small we think a sin is, in itself it is great, and often leads to disastrous results. The "Passing of Arthur" discloses the fact that, whether We do wrong by harming some one or by taking that which does not belong to us, we are EACON bound to harm ourselves. VVe come face to face with the familiar phrase that Hhonesty is the best policy"! In this idyll Arthur is mortally Wounded. He is borne to the island of Avalon, the Paradise of the Celts, by Fairy maidens, who are Faith, Hope and Charity. They take him to the Lady of the Lake, who symbolizes the church, a11d here he is placed in the chancel, the most sacred part of the church. This is A5rthur's symbol of purity. The fairy maidens and the church will restore him to health that he may return to his kingdom at some future time. Arthur's passing is just as much of a mystery as his coming. "From the deep to the great deep he goes." In the symbolism of the poem, Ar- thur, who is termed Perfection, with his sterling virtue, is the central fig- ure. Perfection is married to VVorldIy Splendor and Beauty, Guinevere. For a time all goes well, but eventually Beauty becomes bored with Perfection and carries o11 an intrigue with Physi- cal Prowess, Sir Lancelot. This bad ex- ample corrupts the entire court which soon breaks up. The false spirituality of the knights who so far forgot prac- tical goodness as to follow vainly the Holy Grail alike brought about the dis- solution of the Round Table Hlld all the fellowship of noble knights. The stories are arranged in such a way as to show the gradual decline of knightly ideals through sin. This civilization which Arthur es- tablished is left to crumble. In l1is last words King Arthur declared his faith that this civilization will contribute something to the progress of mankind. The characters of tl1e Arthurian stories represent types women. Those who live the code of chivalry are those who transgress the approved. Thus the stories as a whole of me11 and according to made heroic, code are dis-

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