birthday to William Shakespeare, born on 23 April in 1564. Here are
some of my favorite Shakespeare books: a huge Globe Illustrated
Shakespeare, my beloved Complete Pelican Shakespeare (which was used in
my university Shakespeare course), some vintage hardcover Shakespeare
editions from the ‘40s, and The Merchant of Venice (1892). What is your
favorite Shakespeare play?
am studying shakespeare’s henry iv part one in class and it just struck me how alike it is in spirit to the lion king, in fact much so than hamlet
like both are essentially coming-of-age stories, with the main character as a young prince (hal and simba) who is led astray by these comic side characters who are warm-hearted layabouts (falstaff and timon and pumba) before recognizing the need to go back to court and defeat treasonous forces (scar + hyenas, and hotspur + the rebel army,) and in so doing accept the mantle of leadership, eventually taking his place as king in the “circle of life.” whereas with hamlet there is really only a superficial resemblance in terms of similar plot/characters.
‘So, when this loose behaviour I throw off And pay the debt I never promised, By how much better than my word I am, By so much shall I falsify men’s hopes; And like bright metal on a sullen ground, My reformation, glittering o'er my fault, Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes Than that which hath no foil to set it off. I’ll so offend, to make offence a skill; Redeeming time when men think least I will.’