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Shakespeare Intro

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on 29 January 2014

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Transcript of Shakespeare Intro

Not just some dead white dude.
William Shakespeare:
William Shakespeare and Donald Trump
were/are both businessmen.
Do these four look familiar to you?
Shakespeare's style of language and
intricate use of rhythm and rhyme have inspired quite a few of the musicians on
the hip hop charts today...
Shakespeare's works deal with the entire range of human emotions as well as universally relevant subject matter. Shakespeare's plays explore HOW and WHY humans do what they do. THIS is why Shakespeare's work has continued to be so popular even
hundreds of years after publication.
Shakespeare and the Human Condition
Shakespeare may have lived hundreds
of years ago, but he really
wasn't that different from the people
you and I are familiar with today.
Not believing it?
BELIEVE.
I'll prove it.
Recognize this guy?
If you guessed Ashton Kutcher, you'd be correct.
William Shakespeare
and Ashton Kutcher both
married ladies older than them.
William married Anne Hathaway (not the actress) when he was 18 years old. Anne was 26 at the time. She was pregnant with their first daughter.
Here's another comparison.
Which reality TV celebrity is known for the catchphrase, "You're Fired!"?
If you guessed Donald Trump,
you are correct.

But what does he have in common with Shakespeare?
These four guys form the rock band THE BEATLES!
But what could THEY have in common with Shakespeare?
The Beatles performed for Queen Elizabeth II.
Shakespeare's company performed frequently for Queen Elizabeth I, who was an avid supporter of the theatre.
Shakespeare was a partial owner of The Globe theater, the creator of the acting troupe called The Chamberlain's Men (later changed to "The King's Men for King Edward I), and, as we now know, was a ruthless businessman.
Jay-Z...
Eminem...
The Wu Tang Clan...
They all use beats and language
inspired by Shakespeare's work.
Did you KNOW...
The phrase "HIP HOP" means more than the words suggest at face value.

The "HIP" part comes from the word "hippy" and means "to open one's eyes and see." It refers to an intellectually enlightened state of mind.

The "HOP" part, obviously, refers to movement.

SO.... when we put the two together...
HIP HOP actually means "intelligent movement."

Kind of like poetry...Shakespeare's poetry.
LET'S
A
GAME
!
HIP HOP
OR
SHAKESPEARE??
"To destroy the beauty
from which one came..."
HIP HOP OR SHAKESPEARE??
HIP HOP.
Lyrics by Jay-Z
"Maybe it's hatred I spew;
Maybe it's food for the spirit."
HIP HOP OR SHAKESPEARE?
HIP HOP.

LYRICS BY EMINEM.
"Men would rather use their broken
weapons than their bare hands."
HIP HOP OR SHAKESPEARE??
SHAKESPEARE.

LINE FROM OTHELLO.
"I was not born under
a rhyming planet."
HIP HOP OR SHAKESPEARE?
SHAKESPEARE.

LINE FROM MUCH ADO
ABOUT NOTHING.
"The most benevolent king
communicates through your dreams."
HIP HOP OR SHAKESPEARE?
HIP HOP.

LYRICS BY THE WU TANG CLAN.
"Socrates' philosophies and
hypotheses can't define me."
HIP HOP OR SHAKESPEARE??
HIP HOP.

LYRICS BY WU TANG CLAN.
HOW DID YOU DO??
Are you surprised by how similar
HIP HOP is to SHAKESPEARE??
So, as you can see... William Shakespeare and
his work are much more relevant than you may have thought.

His plays weren't just written for the "elite" or "posh" crowd-- they were written for everyone from peasants to queens.
Estrangement
Love
Power
Hidden Identity
Resentment
Suicide
Greed
Betrayal
Madness
Loyalty
Fear
Supernatural Appearances
Justice
Inadequacy
Reputation
Self Esteem
Trust
Youth
Age
Magic and Sorcery
Temptation
The Afterlife
Envy
But WAIT! There's more...
Let's look at another comparison...
ONE more to go...
Ok...This one is more of a CONNECTION than a COMPARISON.
Ashton married Demi...she's a bit older than him, too.
The ORIGINAL hipster.
O.K.
Now next time you hear someone say,

"Shakespeare?? Whatever. He's just some dead white dude."


You can tell them. . . . .
P.S.~ Most Shakespearean scholars can't even get those all correct...
PLAY
(Other than being fellow Brits, of course.)
Apparently,
Ashton and William
both like the
"Cougar" types...
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