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“When I arrived in New York … I went to a movie called Caesar and Cleopatra, with Vivien Leigh and Claude Rains. A strange thing happened. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the flowing garments worn by Vivien Leigh. They were tight-fitting, very form-fitting. They flowed with an exquisite grace. They had a rhythm of their own. I learned later that they were a special pleated Egyptian fabric, and that they fitted so snugly because they were soaking wet and clung to Miss Leigh. I also learned that she had become ill from being wrapped in them. But the vision was one of loveliness.” – Theoni V. Aldredge

MBTI as Shakespeare

ISTJ: Coriolanus, Isabella, Fortinbras, Othello, Shylock, Northumberland, Malvolio

ISFJ: Lady MacDuff, Banquo, Ophelia, Viola, Henry VI

INFJ: Hamlet, Horatio, Friar Lawrence, King Duncan, Antonio

INTJ: Iago, Rosencrantz, Malcolm, Cassius, Titus Andronicus

ISTP: Gravedigger, Feste, Nerissa, Lysander

ISFP: Aguecheek, Miranda, Richard II, Nurse

INFP: Juliet Capulet, Romeo Montague, Hermia, Donalbain, Portia

INTP: The Witches, Osric, Aaron, Macbeth

ESTP: Lorenzo, Belch, Tamora, Brutus, Laertes, Claudius

ESFP: Puck, Orsino, Olivia, Beatrice, Edward IV

ENFP: Benvolio, Falstaff, Bassanio, Jessica, Polonius

ENTP: Mercutio, Helena, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Henry V

ESTJ: Tybalt, King Hamlet, Demetrius, Lord Capulet, Maria, Prospero

ESFJ: MacDuff, Rosalind, Lady Capulet, Lavinia, Gertrude

ENFJ: Desdemona, The MacDuff Child, Oberon, Julius Caesar, Lady Anne

ENTJ: Lady Macbeth, Titania, Guildenstern, Richard III, Benedick

anonymous asked:

Could you please list five or so Shakespeare plays that you'd recommend everyone reads? I'm trying to read more over break. Much love!

for people who are interested in getting into shakespeare, here’s a not-so-serious organized guide to some of the plays!!

starting five (not necessarily “easy”, but best if you don’t like/know much about the bard and want a good place to begin): romeo and juliet, the tempest, macbeth, julius caesar, hamlet

actually amusing comedies: a midsummer night’s dream, twelfth night, as you like it, much ado about nothing

plays with the best (and by best i mean worst) villains: othello, richard III, titus andronicus, king lear

best of the histories (even if two are technically tragedies): antony and cleopatra, coriolanus, henry V, richard II, henry VI part one

makes you think: henry IV part one, the taming of the shrew, measure for measure, the merchant of venice (i still don’t like this play but it should be read critically)

underrated gems: the comedy of errors, troilus and cressida, two gentlemen of verona, cymbeline

10 Songs Tag

I was tagged by @thestudypeach
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rules: put your music library on shuffle, list the first 10 songs and tag 10 people
I. ‘Mantra’ Earl Sweatshirt
II. ‘LUST.’ Kendrick Lamar
III. ‘Chanel’ Frank Ocean
IV. ‘Accidentally In Love’ Counting Crows
V. ‘Cleopatra’ The Lumineers
VI. ‘Homage’ Vince Staples
VII. ‘The Art Of Peer Pressure’ Kendrick Lamar
VIII. ‘Burgundy’ Earl Sweatshirt
IX. ‘Huey’ Earl Sweatshirt
X. ‘Sugar Magnolia’ The Grateful Dead

i’m tagging the following ten people :)

@problematicprocrastinator

@architstudy

@kuroristudies

@emmastudies

@studying-zoo

@pavlovastudies

@haphazardstudy

@noodledesk

@studylustre

@snowystudiess

The Signs as Underrated Male Shakespeare Characters

Aries: Henry Percy (Henry IV Part I)

Taurus: Pistol (Henry V)

Gemini: Thersites (Troilus and Cressida)

Cancer: Enobarbus (Antony and Cleopatra)

Leo: Jack Cade (Henry VI Part II)

Virgo: Berowne (Love’s Labour’s Lost)

Libra: Pompey (Measure for Measure)

Scorpio: Duke of Suffolk (Henry VI Part I)

Sagittarius: Ross (Macbeth)

Capricorn: Philip the Bastard (King John)

Aquarius: Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice)

Pisces: Antonio (Twelfth Night)

On Cleopatra's race

With Angelina Jolie’s Cleopatra biopic coming up, there has been a lot of argument here on Tumblr regarding the portrayal of Cleopatra’s race. This is not a new issue. Folks of various races have been trying to claim her for years (And honestly, I don’t understand why, since she was kind of lame, and the are really awesome Black and White queens who were waaaay cooler than Cleopatra), and I think some historical context is in order.

(Original discussion post here)

Cleopatra VII Philopator, better known as “Cleopatra” was a Ptolemy, meaning that she was at least half Greek on her Father’s side, and while there is no consistent record of who her mother was, many believe it to either be the Greek Cleopatra V Tryphaena , her father’s sister (keeping things in the family, as they say), or a concubine, who would most likely be of African heritage.

That means that 50% of her ethnicity is unaccounted for. Busts and statues aren’t a good source for her true physical appearance, as they differ greatly, and were often highly stylized (Some looking rather Black African, some looking rather European Greek, some looking somewhat Middle-Eastern, some looking classically Egyptian, and many racially-ambiguous).

The only things we really know about her appearance is that most agree that she had a long nose, and was either the most beautiful woman in Egypt, or the ugliest. Reports range from tall to short, and from thin to fat. That’s really all we have to go on. Using various sources we can kinda sorta piece together what her face MAY have looked like maybe:

But it isn’t entirely reliable, and doesn’t really have features that are particularly Black African or European Greek (Remember, any computer renderings of her skin color are based entirely on speculation).

So what does this mean? Well, not a lot, to be honest. She was probably of at least SOME mixed heritage, both Greek and Egyptian, and probably spent most of her time inside, being a royal and all. So she probably wasn’t very dark skinned. However, she probably wasn’t particularly light skinned either. She wasn’t of Anglo or Nordic descent, in any way, Ancient Greeks themselves weren’t as light skinned as some like to remember them, and the terms “Aryan” and “Caucasian” are so vague that they don’t really describe anybody, physically speaking (Fun fact, there is no such thing as a “white” race, but more on that another day).

So what would an “accurate” depiction of Cleopatra be? Nobody really fricking knows, but she probably wouldn’t be what modern folks would consider “White” or “Black”. She’d be something different entirely.

deutschemark  asked:

Could you post Cleopatra's family tree? ;)

You mean the family bush that turns in on itself a million times because of all the incest and makes the Habsburgs look normal?

This is what it is according to most credible scholars, though there is some doubt over Cleopatra’s mother, it’s assumed by almost everyone that she was Cleopatra V, who was some sort of cousin to her father. (I’d try to figure it out exactly according to the tree but it hurts my head).