Merchant-of-Venice

Shakespeare modern translation.

Hamlet: *Pretends to be insane and accidentally becomes insane*

Romeo and Juliet: 1st world problems with twelve year olds.

Julius Caesar: Can I have a Caesar salad?

Merry Wives of Windsor: Midlife crisis.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Inception.

Macbeth: How not to get away with murder.

The Taming of the Shrew: Don’t know whether to be offended or to laugh awkwardly. Proceeds to do both.

Much Ado About Nothing: Everyone wants everyone.

Merchant of Venice: Well that escalated quickly.

Othello: A break up song gone wrong.

Every single sonnet: *One arm draped over eyes* The angst that is my life.

As most of you probably know, the U.S. held its midterm elections yesterday. I generally aim to keep post-Stuart politics off of this blog, but I thought it might be fun to interview some of our favorite characters and find out what issues were important to them in this election. 

It turns out none of them are U.S. citizens, and thus are ineligible to vote, so this entire comic was an exercise in futility. Oh well. 

SHAKESPEAREAN ASK GAME

SEND A LETTER TO ME (feel free to reblog and play too, I’ll send you an ask!)

is for Ariel: Who does a lot of crud for Prospero. What is the most important thing you’ve ever done for a friend? What is the most important thing a friend did for you?

B is for Beatrice and Benedick: What is something you expected to suck but turned out really great?

C is for Caliban: Do you dislike being told what to do?

D is for Dogberry: What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done? Also: are you an ass? (PS: you’re as pretty a piece of flesh as any in Messina)

E is for Edmund and Edgar: Do you and your siblings get along (cuz these two sure don’t). If you don’t have siblings, pretend you do and answer.

F is for Friar Lawrence: What is the worst you’ve ever fucked up? Like hardcore “you done messed up”

G is for Ghost of King Hamlet: If you were to die and had one chance to talk to someone after death (so in ghost form), who would it be?

H is for Hamlet and Horatio: Are you a little gay with your best friend  Who is your best friend in the world?

I is for Iago: Have you ever done something mean or bad just because you can?

J is for Julius Ceasar: What would you do first if you were put in charge of an empire

K is for Katherine: Can you not be tamed? B)

L is for Lear: You have to write your will now. Who’s getting what?

M is for Macbeth: Have you ever been pressured into doing something you really really really don’t want to do?

N is for Nurse: Do you know someone who’s always got your back?

O is for Orsino: Do you generally like poetry? (sorry lame question)

P is for Puck: Best prank you ever played on someone?

Q is for Queen Gertrude: What is the worst thing you’ve ever tasted (and don’t say poisoned wine, if you’re answering questions it means you’re alive.)

R is for Romeo: Do you fall in love quickly?

S is for Shylock: Do you tend to hold grudges?

is for Titania: Do you fight for what you want or do you tend to be passive and give in?

is for Ursula: Write a backstory for a minor character who you think deserves more

V is for Viola: What gender do you define as?

is for Watchmen: What is the most important thing you’ve ever been entrusted with?

is for PoliXenes (i tried, okay?): On a scale of 1-10 how ridiculous do you think “A Winter’s Tale” is (for better or for worse)?

Y is for Yorick: Do you want everyone to remember you when you’re gone or are the people close to you enough?

is for Zebsastian (Yes I know it’s spelled with an S be quiet I tried ok): What is the craziest thing you and your sibling ever did? (if you don’t have one talk about something you did with another family member or friend)

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A very special find in our stacks is this copy of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, translated into Siamese/Thai by the king of the country formerly known as Siam.  Now we call it Thailand.  This copy was gifted to our library by that same king - His Majesty King Rama VI Vajiravudh of Siam. 

Merchant of Venice : a comedy / by William Shakespeare ; translated from the English version and put into Siamese verse by His Majesty King Rama Dhipati of Siam. 1916.  MU Ellis Special Collections Rare PR2796.T52 M5 1916

- Amy S.