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Shakespeare in Modern Culture

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Shakespeare in Modern Culture
2nd hr
Based on: King Lear

Akira Kurosawas's late masterpiece retells King Lear's story in Japan's warlord era and replaces the plays 3 daughter with 3 sons . The king divides his kingdom amongst his sons, but later on they turn against each other. The movie sticks to the same issues as King Lear, which are addiction, pride and power. They both also include the last bloody downfall.
The Talented Mr.Ripley
By Patricia Highsmith
Like Macbeth, Ripley wants what someone else has. Just how Macbeth murders Duncan, Ripley bumps off golden boy Dickie Greenleaf, seeking to take his place.Then the body count rises as Ripley attemps to secure his postion. Its not a direct retelling, but much like how Macbeth "borrows" robes, Ripley literally steals Dickies clothes and identity.
Although Manbeth may have sounded crazy, Riley is actally an actual Psychopath.(he didn't feel any remorse)
Based on: Macbeth
Taylor Swift -Love Story
On a balcony in summer air
See the lights, see the party, the ballgowns
See you make your way through the crowd
And say hello
Little did I know

That you were Romeo
You were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet,"
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you, "Please don't go,"
And I said

Romeo, take me
Somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting
All there's left to do is run
You'll be the prince
And I'll be the princess
It's a love story
Baby, just say yes

Based on: Romeo and Juliet
Although Taylor changed somethings up, such as the ending, she did keep the same concept.
Allusions used by Shakespeare
It it refers to many allusioins, from Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology.
Luke 15, the story of the prodigal son (1.1)
Robin Hood (1.1)
Helen of Troy (3.2)
Atalanta and her race with Hippomenes (3.2)
Lucretia (3.2)
Troilus, of Troilus and Cressida (4.1)
Hero and Leander (4.1)
Cupid (4.1)
Noah's ark in Genesis 6-9 (5.4)

In the following passage from Henry VI Part III, Gloucester uses both allusions and direct references to boast about the evil schemes he will execute in order to gain the crown.

I'll drown more sailors than the mermaid shall;
I'll slay more gazers than the basilisk;
I'll play the orator as well as Nestor,
Deceive more slily than Ulysses could,
And, like a Sinon, take another Troy.
I can add colours to the chameleon,
Change shapes with Proteus for advantages,
And set the murderous Machiavel to school.
Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?
Tut, were it farther off, I'll pluck it down. (3.2.190-199)

Allusions to Homer's Odyssey.
- Here feel we but the penalty of Adam,
The seasons' difference, as the icy fang
And churlish chiding of the winter's wind,
As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 1

Refers to the consequences of the original sin of Adam.
Biblical Reference: Roman 5: 12-14

As You Like It
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