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Tesco, Jennifer Lawrence & Semantics | Fit for a Fool

By November 28, 2014 No Comments

As I write this it’s Thanksgiving, or at least on one side on the pond. And it will be thanksgiving here too just as soon as I’ve got that pumpkin pie in the oven. But this week there’s definitely a lot to be thankful for – especially in the Shakespeare sphere. Heard about the First Folio find anyone? If you want to read more why not check out this post. This discovery has sparked many responses and all round general excitement. Several of these responses have been comic, and all round good content for you foolery lovers out there, like this um comic. Agreed definitely exciting stuff and of course exactly how the identification process went. The way it was reported was in itself comic, as though a first folio could be lurking behind a couch, underneath a bed (with that monster) or even at the bottom of a garden. That’s academic excavating for you start at home, a bit like searching for dinosaur bones, but different.

First folio’s aside, in other foolery news this week, Jennifer Lawrence, grammar debated by Macbeth and Macduff star and showcasing Tesco’s poetry slam skills.

First up Jennifer Lawrence

Late last week a video emerged of little Jennifer Lawrence and one of her first performance (fear not – no naked selfies feature) and lo and behold Shakespeare features. More specifically she’s playing Desdemona in Othello. Intrigued to see the fresh-faced fourteen year old Hunger Games star in another setting where there’s also a killing game at play. Check out the clip here.

Grammar Police, Shakespeare style

It’s an argument between Macbeth and Macduff and it’s all about semantics. From debates about what it means to be born:

MACDUFF: I think, technically, to be “born” you need to pass through the birth canal.

MACBETH: No. If you exist, then you were born.

MACDUFF: I grant you it’s a bit of a grey area.

Which only gets Macbeth worked up, Macduff is unimpressed, as captured in his line: “Okay, thou hast no need to get snippy.” Brilliant and very Shakespearean. They even check with a doctor what it all means (because of course when you don’t know what to do about Shakespeare you should always call someone with a PhD!) but he’s not much help either.

DOCTOR: Yeah, I don’t know. This is like the thirteenth century. Medical science isn’t really… I mean, if you’re feeling sick, maybe you have a demon inside you and you could swallow a snake to find the demon and then the snake will eat the demon and you won’t be sick anymore, but then, yeah, how do we get the snake out, right?

MACBETH: Well, thank you very much; you were of no help at all.

Such a mess, a hilarious mess of course and well worth a read, to read it in full click here.


Shakespeare Soul Mates

Because let’s face it you’ve always wondered which Shakespearean character would be your soul mate, what do you mean what a ludicrous thought. Ok fine, maybe you haven’t but satisfy your curiosity with Buzz Feed’s latest quiz with questions ranging from your favourite movie, how you think you might die and even your ideal date. I’m told my soul mate would be Benedick. Who is, in the words of Buzz Feed:

“The headstrong, clever one of the bunch. He won’t always admit it, but he will care for you more then you know.”


Tesco and Sonneteering

My favourite story of the week I spotted in The Telegraph just the other day, it stars Tesco and two disgruntled popcorn loving students from a University up in Scotland St Andrews (remember the one where Kate and William met?). Apparently these two struggle to communicate as Isabelle told the paper: “We couldn’t express our feelings in prose so we resorted to the only thing we really know, Shakespearean sonnet”. This is the future folks, Shakespeare sonnet sprouting students!

Well, as promised they crafted a sonnet all right, the letter is in the article. (And all because they wanted some popcorn, Butterkist to be specific, they had to settle for the salted variety).

Sonnet dispatched presumably they didn’t expect a poetic reply but kudos to Tesco two months later they replied with their own poetry and a gift card – you see sometimes poetry writing even if it’s only popcorn disappointment inspired pays off.

Shakespeare of course only features briefly in this article but as a sonnet themed tale it’s well worth a read.

Finally on a lighter (sorry) note, today saw the beginning of the Birthplace Lightshow over in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Until December 14th this takes place every day from 4:30pm and is well worth checking out if you’re anywhere near Stratford. Read more about it here.


Who’s there?

And to wrap things up because I know you haven’t quite had enough, and it’s thanksgiving the holiday where you eat your fill and more, though not this kind of turkey..

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.. Here’s a final spot of Shakespeare themed foolery fun, well it’s animated and it’s all about Shakespeare’s Words. Knock knock! That’s right Shakespeare’s there full of naked truth and other such excitements. Click here for a spot of educational fun with your chums like Don Armado.

Until next week foolery lovers keep foolin’ around with Shakespeare!

Author Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is a PhD student at Oxford Brookes University, England where she is currently researching female melancholia in the early modern period (as presented in Shakespearean and early modern drama and proto-medical treatises) and contemporary female depression. She is interested in all things Shakespeare related, particularly contemporary Shakespeare adaptation and appropriation.

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