Shakesy-P and Semitics

Out of the multitude of Shakespearean plays I’ve read, The Merchant of Venice is one of the more interesting ones. In modern media, anti-Semitism is something that is actively frowned upon and not commonly broadcasted. With the Holocaust . . .  read more

“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings”: Comparing Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’s Koba to Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Macbeth is a play defined by agency. The question at the heart of the narrative is, “who is really in control here?” It is a play defined not only by the human desire for control but also the human fear of responsibility that comes with that control. Macbeth is about the coexistence of two opposing fears: the fear that we lack . . .  read more

Macbeth and the Question of the Astrologaster

Videogames and Shakespeare? Thought you would never see the day, did you?

But first, let’s talk about Macbeth and the supernatural.

Within Macbeth the question often becomes what drove Macbeth to regicide; his own ambition, his wife’s ambition, or is it the witches who set events into motion with their prediction of Macbeth’s rise to power?

Simon . . .  read more

Killer Ladies of Macbeth

When you watch a TV show or a movie where the main character kills someone, do you secretly hope they get away with it? Have you ever caught yourself trying to justify their reasoning in your own mind to make this secret hope not so horrible?

I know that when I watch Criminal Minds re-runs, I always find myself rooting for the unsub (unknown subject) . . .  read more

Kill the Body and the Head will Die

After I read the Ghost of King Hamlet recounting his demise to his son Hamlet, I begin to analyze the strategic nature of the symbolism of his murder at the hands of Claudius,

“With juice of cursed hebona in a vial and in the porches of my ears did pour the leprous distilment.” (1.5.62-64)

After the poison went into his ear, his whole body was plagued with leprosy and its “loathsome crust.” King Hamlet’s whole body being destroyed from the disease reminded . . .  read more

Mental Illness in Hamlet

When reading Hamlet, I could not help but notice Hamlet’s drastic mood swings between depression and mania and his inconsistent sense of time. These happen to be signs of Bipolar disorder. It made me want to look deeper at the mental history within some to the characters in the play. The show begins with Hamlet in a depressive state . . .  read more

Who the Glip Glorp is Hamlet?

Greetings from the Sol System! This message is intended to introduce all life forms to the Galaxy’s most interesting but still wildly misunderstood race: Humanity. To do this, we will use the only surviving (complete) artifact from these people: Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Now, most of you have . . .  read more