A couple of days back, I tweeted out to the four major presidential candidates (yes, I included Libertarian and Green party noms), asking them to name their favorite Shakespearean character and why, spurred on by an article in the UK paper The Guardian last week citing US Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement that his fave is Rosalind from As You Like It.
Alas, no responses yet (of course, these are busy people, and I really wasn’t expecting any).
Well, now it’s your turn…
Author (and frequent commentator on this blog) Jean Hegland posted a great idea, one that opens up the idea to you, o readers of this blog. She wrote:
In the meantime, can we post our guesses on their faves? (Though I suppose that could actually be two games, couldn’t it?: First, there’s who we imagine the candidates’ favorite characters might be, and then there’s who we think their favorite characters should be, given how we interpret the candidates’ backgrounds and personalities…)
I love the first part of that suggestion!
(NOTE: I like the second part, too, but I fear that there may be some — let us say — “emotional leakage” that might end up with flame-wars, hurt feelings, and tears…but heck, as we get closer to election day, I may just “go there” anyway…)
So, here’s your assignment, my imaginative intrepid interpreters:
Pick a candidate. Suggest a character that you think the candidate would favor, and a quick note why. Attach it to this blog entry as a comment. (or if you’re shy, you can email them to me at bill “at” thebillshakespeareproject.com) I may just read them in a future podcast! I might just get in on the fun, too…