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Shakespeare explains the 2016 election

"In the early 1590s, Shakespeare sat down to write a play that addressed a problem: How could a great country wind up being governed by a sociopath?...Shakespeare’s words have an uncanny ability to reach out beyond their original time and place and to speak directly to us. We have long looked to him, in times of perplexity and risk, for the most fundamental human truths. So it is now..."

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nocturnus33
Oct. 9th, 2016 03:09 pm (UTC)
Excellent analysis, I really enjoy reading it.
mundungus42
Oct. 9th, 2016 06:01 pm (UTC)
Love it love it love it! My well-thumbed and frequently bookmarked Norton Shakespeare (edited by the author of that article) occupies a permanent space in my sphere. Just goes to show: people have always been vulernable to a strong man.

I think it's worth noting, at the end of Richard III, the villain is killed offstage, and we never see his body. It's as if the entire play wants to forget what happened and sweep it under the rug. May our current Richard III end up the equivalent of forgotten underneath a Leicester car park.
weird_little
Oct. 9th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's very well done!

When people talk about Richard III, I usually see people comparing Shakespeare's version of the character with the actual king and complaining about the character assassination. But this, damn, this is brilliant.

Thanks for the pointer.
iulia_linnea
Oct. 10th, 2016 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for linking. :)
haruhi_fan
Oct. 12th, 2016 09:06 am (UTC)
I find anime explains it best-here comes the manipulative government like in Samurai Flamenco or Neon Genesis Evangelion in some giant monster/mecha form that is even far worse than what we see. Now only if some teens with attitudes could should up to help out...
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