OK – So a few weeks ago at school we were talking about something and my teacher said –
if you cut, me I bleed, if you tickle me I laugh – whatever, everyone is the same
I said – OK Shylock
He asked me what I was talking about.
Here’s my problem…if you are gonna misquote Shakesphere, know you are misquoting it. You might not know the play (Merchant of Venice) or the character (Shylock) or the exact quote
Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, heal’d by the same means, warm’d and cool’d by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.—Act III, scene IBut know that you are getting the idea from Shakespeare.He then made a comment that he graduated high school to long ago to remember that stuff. I was like dude you graduated in 1987….I graduated in 1988 and I remember the lines.Ok – Merchant of Venice- Fine you don’t realize where the quote came fromDo you knowRomeo Romeo wherefore art thou RomeoorTo be or not to beHe didn’t. I was sad.But it got us talking at work (ok I was telling two of my friends about the sadness) and we decided to watch Kenneth Branagh’s version of HamletIt is AMAZING It has fantastic cameo’s Jack Lemmon, not even attempting to pretend to be English. Billy Crystal as the gravedigger, spot on.Kate Winslet as Ophelia was fantasticBut PUT ASIDE HOURS TO WATCH THIS really -it’s unedited so it’s every word in the play and it’s very long.But the body count is the highest in all the plays and it’s really really amazingI watched the Ethan Hawke version today also. My favorite version.