Frankly, given how much Shakespeare I learned from Captain Picard and General Chang, I never felt that my education was lacking.
Boy howdy, however, is it.
On Monday, I went to this lecture at the Folger’s Shakespeare Library. I’d seen an ad in the Post and it said “Free lecture: ‘How Shakespeare Made History.’” And I thought to myself, “What a great way to brush up my Shakespeare / start quoting him now / brush up my Shakespeare / and the women, I will wow.”
The speaker (from
Uproarious laughter from the crowd. Except from yours truly, who didn’t get the joke or even know who Fleance was. And the lights were out so I couldn’t check his Wikipedia entry on my Blackberry.
Highlights of the lecture:
- The archetypal knight errant specializes in fornication and murder
- Brutus is the legendary founder of
- Edward the confessor was important for some reason
- Midway through Shakespeare’s canon he switches monarchs from
to James Elizabeth
- Falstaff is in Henvry IV and Merry Wives of Windsow
- MacBeth, as a monarch, has so much to appeal to the vanity of King James