Saturday, August 20, 2016


Update: One should read the essay first.  Here, there's a great piece on the Tudor myth that is Richard III and some other points. Good backstory.

I just finished watching Richard III, an impeccable performance by Montana Shakespeare in the Park here in Spokane. It was a beautiful evening and I find that such a performance only enhances the word play and other subtleties in Shakespeare's work. 

In the end, it's not the overarching story that matters. For with Richard the 3rd we have a cartoonish villain, and yet even with that it reaches greater heights than many similar modern day movies and books that have similar cartoonish villains. [1] Why is this? The subtle wordplay and the hints at the frailties of human nature seem to do the trick [2]. 

I wonder why we can't see this more, and perhaps I need to go back to novels to give this a try: to have a better parallel story done through other means. Are there any good stories like this out there?

[1] Though many today would have such a villain in contrast with our hero who must fight and win (focusing on the hero, whereas here Shakespeare focuses on the villain, Richmond a sad sap in the back). 

[2] Again, even if some of this is trope, and this story was nothing more than a Tudor foundational myth. One even gets the sense that this was over the top on purpose. Some of the people "fooled" seem to almost be naive to a fault. This doesn't appear to be Shakespeare's style. Though I'll leave my questions out for later.

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