Week 4, Blog 1 – Write a prose soliloquy in which you are either Hamlet or Ophelia commenting on the world around you in 2020

Ophelia’s thoughts of 2020

Oh, what a year thus far! Three months in and already it feels like the world has come crumbling down. January, what we thought as the beginning of the new year, a time of change and resolutions, oh but no! Rather a scorching hellfire. Raging bushfires, toxic air, thick blanketing smoke. Our lungs, our precious lungs! Oh, how they suffered. Then, of course, February. The gates of hell remained open, pouring destruction all over our nation. The month of floods, oh how mother nature was so cross with us! Our beloved earth, who cares for us so tenderly, oh how we failed you! But alas, what can we do? What can I do? I am nothing but helpless, a tiny speck, a grain of sand amongst this vast ocean. 

And the disease! Oh, how this coronavirus is so close. For the fear looms over me. Am I next? What can I possibly do to protect myself? It’s too late! Countries in lockdown, entire nations divided over toilet paper, oh how the world has gone absolutely mad! Madness I say! 

Two thousand and twenty (2020), must you have brought forth hysteria to the start of a new decade? Not even a quarter through the year and we are almost undone, hanging by a thread, about to snap. No bandages to patch us up just yet. Oh two thousand and twenty (2020), for I hope you offer us assistance. We are in need, the world has come undone! Ridden with madness, controlled by selfish desire and not a shred of light in the horizon. 

Please, two thousand and twenty (2020), for I ask you to save us. Save us from your reckoning and help us to understand the consequences of our actions. For we are the result of our undoing. But, my woes are yours and yours mine. We can only hope the final three-quarters of the year are a time of rebuilding and saving. Saving us from ourselves. 

Image of Australian Bushfires sourced from: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/world/australia/bushfire.html

Image of Australian Floods sourced from: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/17/raindouses-australian-bush-fires-flash-floods-now-threaten-wildlife/

Image of empty shelves sourced from: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-03/toilet-paper-production-boosted-amid-coronavirus-concerns/12020230

3 thoughts on “Week 4, Blog 1 – Write a prose soliloquy in which you are either Hamlet or Ophelia commenting on the world around you in 2020

  1. Hi Isabella,

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the soliloquy you wrote from the perspective of Ophelia. Your word choice was carefully thought out and your language was firm, capturing my attention from the beginning. I especially liked your line, “I am nothing but helpless, a tiny speck, a grain of sand amongst this vast ocean”. It truly cemented the concept of Ophelia being an onlooker, viewing the destruction within the world but unable to help. A lot has occurred this year; bushfires, floods and this terrible pandemic and I was able to hear the cry for help within your writing.The images you included also complemented your soliloquy very well.

    I look forward to reading more of your work. Good Job!

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