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  1. Interesting thread. I don't know why people care so deeply, but then it's no secret that I don't understand the WoT discussion boards. This bit made me laugh:
  2. Oh, yeah. The 'donkey in the room' title comes because Bela uses Wizard of Oz-like equipment to help get the right affekt and gravitas. If somebody mentions it, she says 'pay no attention to that donkey in the room!'
  3. I'm not a fan of this kind of interpretation, since one can't really disagree with it. Everything can be explained as being a metaphor or something like that; even when the book doesn't say anything on the subject, it can become an 'unspoken metaphor' or a 'delusion'. That said, seeing the wizard world as a kind of delusion and a way for an abused Harry Potter to escape the grim reality of life is quite compelling in some ways, and a bit depressing. You shouldn't forget that Harry is a teenager, and therefore will have emotional swings and such as a normal part of growing up. A teenager being angry doesn't mean he's insane. The Lumos quote does clearly demonstrate Rowling's concern for abused children, but she does quite explicitly deal with the subject of child abuse in the novels as it is, and so the quote doesn't necessarily support your theory. If she had intended the novels to be interpreted as you suggest, she could have been more overt about it. (As for some of your points I can disagree with: Sirius Black wasn't insane, and nor was Luna. She was just odd. Cedric wasn't killed in the maze, but in the Little Hangleton graveyard; I'm not sure that the main danger of the maze was psychological possession, anyway.)
  4. You missed my point, I'm afraid. The way the oaths work, it doesn't seem to be judged by the recipient, but rather by the Aes Sedai herself. So, it doesn't matter if the recipient of her instruction interprets what the Aes Sedai says as true or not. The only thing that matters is whether or not the Aes Sedai thinks that she is speaking the truth. Thus, while using the Mirror of Mists, as long as she allows the person to believe that she is who she pretends to be, and she does not say "I am this person", then she is not (to the contrary of what you said) lying. I think the thing about switches of air and weapons are similar. If in the Aes Sedai's head she doesn't think she's injuring (but merely correcting or instructing - it's good for children and recalcitrant peasants to be beaten!) whoever she's switching, there's no problem.
  5. Not necessarily. Potential example: Aes Sedai disguises herself using MOM as an important Lord/Lady and gives someone instruction. She is pretending to be said Lord/Lady and ergo lying, even if the instruction itself is not a 'lie' per say, but simply a request or command - as the recipient of her instruction will interpret it as having come from the Lady, which is, of course, not the case, it is a falsehood. So how do you reconcile that with the fact that Aes Sedai disguise themselves without the Mirror of Mists? They go by different names, etc, and thus clearly deceive those who visit them. Yet this doesn't break the oaths.
  6. I quite like the inclusion of Fain in the books. If the premise of the Wheel of Time is that what happens, will happen again, then it follows that the Dragon must be able to seal the bore every time it is necessary. This would be predictable. If Fain is unique to this age, he is a spanner in the works, and thus raises the possibility that the Dark One may win. Thus there is some suspense and perhaps even some surprises to come.
  7. I'm not an English major, but I should imagine that it's perfectly possible to study the WoT in an academic setting. If your struggle is to find something on which to write a dissertation, then you should certainly be able to do that, provided that you can find somebody willing to supervise you. I imagine there's any number of interesting critiques you could do. Most obviously, you could do interesting feminist critiques, or critique the books (and epic fantasy in general?) as a form of mass-media, but I'm sure there's other issues English majors like to argue about too. Basically, all you need is an interesting angle of attack and an agreeable supervisor. Chatting to professors about this sort of thing can help come up with a good idea, since they might be able to recommend related work similar to the subject you want to do.
  8. If anybody's actually interested, I study music composition at the moment and play piano and pipe organ. I'm learning classical guitar but it's very early days yet. For the interesting bits: I don't think so. There would be exercises that you could do while practicing to strengthen it, though. Little kids are competitive. Personally I don't enjoy listening to them play so much as I do adults - when you watch a kid it's all about the spectacle. However, they can't be expected to have that experience and individuality (if modern) and/or scholarly insight (if classical) to play something in a really interesting and worthwhile way. About shaking, I get that sometimes if I'm in front of an audience and haven't performed for a while. It goes away with repeated playing in front of audiences. Most people listening are either worse than you at music and don't notice mistakes, or support you and want you do do well. Finally, I could be considered an adult student of the organ and guitar as well as I came to both fairly late. It's much harder to learn when you're older than as a kid, and I think this has something to do with the fact that our brains are more or less developed once we reach 20. Also, adults are more self-conscious, have generally less time to practice (though need more time than kids do), and tend to be more perfectionist, which makes playing for others difficult. Oh, and Sam! I've heard of your American music education courses where you have to learn most instruments, and it sounds like a really great idea! It should be compulsory for composers as well, I think.
  9. someone forgot the pink, eh Meesha? ;) And people were nice to me? *struggles to keep being a grumpy panda*
  10. Ickle novices in SG's territory = fun. :D *shoves the ickle novice in a cookpot borrowed from the Shadowspawn with some carrots and potatoes, then locks the whole shebang in the darkest cell in the Black Ajah's dungeons with some Dreadlord torturers*
  11. Thank you, oh destroyer of any subtlety that existed. She may choose to die immediately, or she may choose to die a more prolonged death (possibly involving evil smileys). I'm good with either.
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