1. gnimmelshouseofmaps:

    Some explanation may be due. Back in the day, I did readthroughs with a group of people who, over the course of a number of years, worked their way through the entirety of Shakespeare’s plays. Doing this sort of thing is a) awesome, b) inculcates a certain amount of Shakespeare geekery, and c) gives one a strong sense that sometimes the great bard liked to reuse a plot point or two. So I thought I’d have a go at trying to condense down some of those reusable plot points into a sort of flowchart, vaguely based around the idea of asking Shakespeare for advice on your play-like dilemmas. I don’t claim to have shoehorned in every plot point he ever wrote, but there is at least one plot point from all the plays here. Including some of the ‘maybe Shakespeare contributed 5 lines of verse in act 4’ plays.

    The click for bigness aspect here is complicated. Tumblr resizes stuff to 1280px wide, which is big enough  to read, well, most of it. So click on the image for a a mostly readable version. If you want a fully readable version, I’ve put one up here, but please be gentle with the server!

     

  2. bloodpactgirlscout:

    we take a short break from attempting to make a reasonable amount of romeo and juliet comics to actually post in order to bring you the contents of my western lit notes, featuring the biggest loser in denmark, who i have possibly started a war with my teacher over the relative whininess of. (or, me standing up and shouting “YOU’RE A GROWN MAN AND I’M NOT SURE EVEN YOU COULD HANDLE YOUR DEAD FATHER FORCING YOU TO MURDER YOUR INCEST-LOVING UNCLE-STEPDAD WHILE A WHOLE COUNTRY IS ON ITS WAY TO ATTACK YOU, SO I THINK THIS KID IS DOING PRETTY WELL.” He wasn’t happy, but said he appreciated that I clearly did the reading.)

     


  3. nobodytoldthehorse:

    I’ve already talked about this with Mel, but omfg I really need a fic where the lone survivors at the end of Shakespearean tragedies meet up at a bar or something and just

    Benvolio: All my friends are dead
    Horatio: All my friends are dead
    Cassio: All my friends TRIED TO KILL ME AND THEN DIED AND TO BE QUITE HONEST I’M STILL NOT ENTIRELY SURE WHAT WAS GOING ON THERE AND I CAN’T EVEN DRINK AWAY MY SORROWS BECAUSE I HAVE PROBLEMS WITH ALCOHOL

    (via thepurposeofplaying)

     

  4. thepurposeofplaying:

    blackpaint20:

    Student Shakespearean by Jonathan Wolstenholme 

    2003

    oh so THAT’S what it’s like to study Shakespeare whilst on acid

     

  5. kittyinva:

    Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in “Romeo and Juliet”.

    (via jamiethemime)

     

  6. dark-haired-hamlet:

    Literally the only thing you’ll ever need to know about Shakespeare.

    (via ladyspirits)

     

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    1. mercutio: i can see what's happening
    2. benvolio: what?
    3. mercutio: and they don't have a clue!
    4. benvolio: stop
    5. mercutio: they'll fall in love and here's the bottom line -- our trio's down to two
    6. benvolio: people are dying
     


  8. carriagelamp:

    So if anyone was wondering what Titus Andronicus is about, suffice to say it is essentially the theatrical embodiment of “WELL THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY”

    (via abstractandbriefchronicles)

     


  9. Summary of Hamlet

    teamfivey:

    horatio is slightly concerned

    horatio is concerned

    horatio is highly concerned

    (via motherhenvolio)

     


  10. bloggerslut:

    Oh dear god, I just described Hamlet to someone by saying “It’s kind of like having really great sex”.

    I’ve never seen anyone look so terrified.  

    (via bornunderadancingstar)

     


  11. gaymergirls:

    you know, i was mercutio in my middle school’s romeo and juliet, so some of you can go to bed with a smile tonight because at least one production existed where mercutio was a pakistani lesbian

    (via pouncingpumpkin)

     

  12. Actual fanboy Tom Hiddleston [x]

    (Source: hiddlestatic, via tom-sits-like-a-whore)

     


  13. megaparsecs:

    A reminder for today that supporting the idea that Oxford or Sir Francis Bacon or whoever wrote Shakespeare’s works is inherently classist and undermines the very essence of what makes Shakespeare great: the universality of his writing.

    Shakespeare didn’t write to impress academics or to become…

     


  14. 142. Hamlet’s mother will not be played by a woman who could have gone to high school with the actor playing Hamlet.