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Shakespeare: The Baddest Dude on the Planet

Gabriel Ernesto A. Pangalangan. 2006-09672 UP DILIMAN. I do not own any of the photos or songs used in this entry.

Death is no stranger to the tragic plays written by William Shakespeare. Duels, murders, suicides- you name it, Shakespeare has it. Interestingly enough, the duels, murders and suicides in Shakespeare’s plays came in a number of shapes and forms. In his tragedies you’ll find men and women who drowned, stabbed themselves, drank poison, got poisoned (through the ear!) or (in most cases) got stabbed by someone else! And while poison and blades were the weapons of choice back in Shakespeare’s time, today’s media have chosen to execute these duels, murders and suicides using other deadly weapons.

Recently, there have emerged a number of adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays and each adaptation differs from the next in a number of ways. This entry focuses on the differences in weapons used in the many adaptations of the plays. Here, we will focus on three (3) tragedies- Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth. We will look at the different weapons used in these films. By doing so, we will see how weapons are creatively appropriated to the specific rendition of a play, in turn, reflecting the culture, time and place the adaptation was created. In addition to that, a short video made by yours truly will show us how vital weapons are to the plots of Shakespeare’s plays. Enjoy!

Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G31CKePC3uk

All these brilliant plays and all this action leaves me thinking that Shakespeare was once just another bad ass mofo that enjoyed watching a good brawlin’ as much as the next guy. Nevertheless, his eloquent, moving and action-packed plays have transcended generations and have inspired millions. That being said, I think that William Shakespeare is the baddest dude on the planet.

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