The Hairy Ape: An Illustrated Blog
Last night I took an hour long bubble bath, during which I thought of what I would write about in the blog, and when I got out of the bath, I decided that I was too tired to write it all, and so would postpone it until today, and now that itís today, I canít remember what I was going to put in. All that I remember is that it was to be very Deep and Philosophical.
Right now in Theater History, weíre looking at the different -isms of the early 20th century and the philosophies behind each one (expressionism, symbolism, futurism, etc) and all of this philosophy has put me into a philosophical mindset, and it got me thinking about The Little Bear Theory of Life (the self-help book I began to write a couple years ago, but abandoned while I wrote the chapter on the Different Planets Theory of Life, which, if true, would prove that the concept of self-help books is worthless and so thereíd be no point in writing it, and, if untrue, would prove that that particular self-help book is worthless and so thereíd be no point in writing it).
Going back to
Theater History, for class on Friday we read the Eugene
OíNeill play The Hairy Ape, which is in the
expressionism ism. As I was reading it, I kept
thinking of sweet visual things that could be done with
it, and so earlier today I decided to try my hand at
expressionism drawing (where rather than realistic or
aesthetically pleasing images, the pictures would be
designed to express emotion, and create a strong gut
reaction in those viewing them). About halfway through
the play I decided that I really donít like the play
enough to put all the work into finishing it considering
the vast amounts of work I have to do this weekend and
which I have not yet begun. But since I did put a couple
hours into drawing the first half, I didnít want to
waste them, and so have put them below.
Thatís as far as I got with the pictures. After that point, in the play, Yank vows to get revenge against Mildred for insulting him, and he goes to the High Class part of town and tries to fight people, but they ignore him, until he ends up making one man miss his bus, and for this he is arrested. While in his jail cell he hears about the International Workers of the World, and they sound very violent, so when he gets out he goes to join in so he can blow up the steel company that Mildredís dad owns, but the IWW think heís a spy for the government, and so they kick him out and call him a hairy ape as well. He then goes to the zoo after closing time and sees the real hairy ape, and sets it free, but when the ape gets out of his cage, he grabs Yank and squeezes him so hard that it pretty well crushes him, and then throws him into the ape cage, where he dies. Indeed, most of these ism plays arenít very cheery. But they make for some interesting stylistic things, which is what inspired the drawings.
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