William Shakespeare, Hamlet.
This is how Hamlet first speaks to Claudius who is now both his uncle and step father.
"Kind" here can be interpreted in two different ways. It could be taken at face value since Hamlet knows that Claudius killed his father. It can also be understood as "natural" since it is in Shakespeare’s habit to use "kind" in that sense. It is, of course, unnatural during the Elizabethan era at least for a man to kill his brother and marry his sister-in-law.
"during the Elizabethan era"?
Is it natural now and I missed a memo? (JK)
He didn’t know at that point though, did he. Those are the first words Hamlet says to Claudius in the play, and even after he met the ghost he isn’t entirely sure if his father was actually murdered. Still an interesting analysis. After all, murdering his father isn’t exactly the only problem Hamlet has with Claudius.
So I know Richard II so well that I can watch a foreign language production and understand every bit ofit, but there’s still so much about the play that I haven’t thoroughly contemplated yet or that hasn’t even crossed my mind. I LOVE SHAKESPEARE!
A couple of years ago during the Globe to Globe Festival they livestreamed all the productions on the internet, and I was able to watch Richard II done by a Palestinian company in sporadically-subtitled Arabic, and it was still perfectly clear — and completely amazing. Sami Metwasi’s Richard is one of the best I’ve seen, even though I couldn’t, strictly speaking, understand a word he said.
(I have a photoset of it somewhere; I should reblog it, just ‘cause)
Also, I still notice new things about this play sometimes and I’ve been obsessing over it for 14 years!
I’ve read about this production. It got amazing reviews. I wish I were able to see it.
russian literature: a summary
ivan ivanovich ivanov is an upper middle class student who is madly in love with maria petrovna petrova!
BUT maria petrovna petrova loves dmitri dmitrivich dmitrov who is a nihilist upper middle class student!
ivan ivanovich ivanov goes through a long soul-searching journey before realizing all life is petty and meaningless and eventually dying alone and unloved of tuberculosis
while dmitri dmitrivich dmitrov marries maria petrovna petrova