Category Archives: Shakespeare on Mass Psychology and Group Behavior

It is a borderline platitude that a crowd acts according to the standards of the lowest character in that crowd. It is a huge generalization but life is short. Shakespeare offers to us multiple instances to show his topic contempt.

Crime and (un)Punishment

“ … Foul deeds will rise, Though all the world o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.” Hamlet act 1, sc. 2 American visitors to this site will probably know of the event, but here is a summary for our international guests. … Continue reading

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Sex, War and Patriarchy

“… All this the world well knows, yet none knows well To shun the heaven, that leads men to this hell” (SON 129) In the Sinai desert and Paris, we have just witnessed the triumph of horror, the summit of … Continue reading

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Mass-shootings and False Consciousness

“… The undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveler returns – puzzles the will. And makes us rather bear those ills we have, Than fly to others that we know not of.” (Hamlet, act 3, sc. 1) Roseburg is the … Continue reading

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A Deep Divine

“…meditating with two deep divines, Not sleeping, to engross his idle body, But praying, to enrich his watchful soul.” King Richard III, act 3, sc. 7 Sipping an espresso in the park’s cafe’, I looked at the trees, thinking of … Continue reading

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October Surprise

“…With colours fairer painted their foul ends.” (The Tempest, act 1, sc. 2) We are approaching the 35th anniversary of the so-called “October Surprise” of 1980. Given the workings of the inaudible and noiseless foot of time (1) most will … Continue reading

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French Fries & Strange Flesh

Knowing that flattery is the infantry of negotiations, Octavian, on meeting Antony after a long time, starts the conversation by recounting, for the benefit of the audience, one of Antony’s feats, the fame of which reached even Rome, “…on the … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Tsipras

     For one who spent five years of his misspent youth toiling with (ancient) Greek, the recent limelight on Athens feels like a return to the past. For suddenly the ancient Greeks are on the lips of politicians, economists, commentators … Continue reading

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Literature, Life & Baltimore Riots

“Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.” Hamlet, 1.3 Articles published on this site are occasionally posted on other social media outlets, such as, for example, the “LITERATURE” Linked-in group. Some critics in that group have objected to the … 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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