Category Archives: Shakespeare in Politics

Shakespeare is an almost endless source of befitting situation for any occasion. The opinion on King Lear on authority may not be very orthodox, a dog obeyed in office. The quote may be included in a variety of situation, even during a business presentation or after dinner speech as an ironic self-effacing statement by a recognized authority.

Syriza, Not So Greek to Us

CASSIUS Did Cicero say any thing? CASCA Ay, he spoke Greek. CASSIUS  To what effect? CASCA (I don’t know)… but those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads; but, for mine own part, it was Greek … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Heroism and ‘Heroism’

“Either our history shall, with full mouth, Speak freely of our acts; or else our grave, Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth, Not worshipp’d with a waxen epitaph.” King Henry V, act 1, sc. 2 For the following … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Islam and Charlie-Hebdo

“…For mine own good, All causes shall give way: I am in blood Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er” Macbeth, act 3, sc. 4) First of all, I should … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Torture, Ideology and Ridicule

“If that be right which Warwick says is right, There is no wrong, but everything is right.” (King Henry VI part 3, act 2, sc. 2) Historians have written at length on the ideas that inspired great events. Take the … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Disbelief

“Most noble sir, That which I shall report will bear no credit, Were not the proof so nigh.” Timon of Athens, act 5, sc. 1 At the United Nations, a motion was recently tabled to condemn the glorification of Nazism. … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and One Medal Too Many

“What a god is gold, That he is worshipp’d in a baser temple Than where swine feed!” Timon of Athens, act 5, sc. 1 This week, with the customary pomp and circumstance, Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Islam and ISIS

“…but now the bishop Turns insurrection to religion: Suppos’d sincere and holy in his thoughts, He’s follow’d both with body and with mind.” (King Henry IV, part 2, act 1, sc. 1) Anyone who lived, visited or worked in Iraq … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Murder and Video Games

“…the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape” (Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2) Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist with a creative talent. A critic of video games, she analyses how women are therein portrayed, and how the implicit messages … Continue reading

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Shakespeare & the Dizzying Number of US Enemies

“…I know, to divide them inventorially would dizzy the arithmetic of memory” Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2 That America has enemies is a truth ascertained by the eminent George W. Bush in 2001. However questionable and suspicious the whole 9/11 … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Geography and Education

EVANS. I pray you, have your remembrance, child; Accusativo, hing, hang, hog. MISTRESS QUICKLY. Hang hog is Latin for bacon, I warrant you. (Merry Wives of Windsor, act 4, sc.1) Even the regime media had a good time in reporting … Continue reading

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