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Shakespeare, Language, War and Madness

“Mad call I it; for, to define true madness, What is’t but to be nothing else but mad” (Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2) That language continuously evolves needs no demonstration. It is commonly overlooked, however, how certain words or expressions … 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, Religion, Tolstoy and Martin Luther King

“…and sweet religion makes A rhapsody of words.” Hamlet, act 3, scene 4   Say “Tolstoy” and most of us think of “War and Peace”, “Anna Karenina” and maybe of some of his short stories. Few, however, would associate Tolstoy … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, America and the Superbowl

“Mad I call it; for, to define true madness, What is ‘t but to be nothing else but mad? But let that go.” (Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2) This article may irritate or alienate some American Internauts who regularly visit … Continue reading

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Finding Shakespeare in Unusual Places

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatch’d, unfledged comrade. (Hamlet 1.3) Relatively few people know of the War of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Hard Road of Justice

“ … Foul deeds will rise, Though all the world o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.” (Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2) Comment. A victory, or even a partial victory for justice are uneasy accomplishments in the age of unrestrained imperialism and … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Suspension of Belief

Sit down awhile; And let us once again assail your ears, That are so fortified against our story… (Hamlet, act 1, sc. 1) Comment. There is a common theme in American history that is impossible to ignore and it affects … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Thatcher, Chavez,Two Funerals and One Abyss

“A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.” (Hamlet, act 4, sc. 3)   Comment. Nothing can better represent the chasm, the divide, the … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, the Boston Bombing and Truth, Hidden or in Plain View

“If circumstances lead me, I will find Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed Within the centre.” (Hamlet, act 2, sc. 2) Comment. It is too early to know the whole story behind of the Boston bombing – … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Thatcher and British Society

“Thou know’st ‘tis common – all that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity.” (Hamlet, act 1, sc. 2) Comment. That Margaret Thatcher would make as much noise with her death as with her life was expected and inevitable … Continue reading

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