A reminder for today that supporting the idea that Oxford or Sir Francis Bacon or whoever wrote Shakespeare’s works is inherently classist and undermines the very essence of what makes Shakespeare great: the universality of his writing.
Shakespeare didn’t write to impress academics or to become reknown in literary circles, he wrote because he loved it and he loved acting and the theater, because he liked showing people up and he liked getting paid.
Shakespeare wrote a lot of plays where the main characters are noble, yes, but he wrote actors too — and teenage kids and poor grad students and nurses. His nobles aren’t memorable because they are grand but because anyone can relate to them, Hamlet’s not special to us because he’s a prince but because many of us can see our struggles in his thoughts and actions.
Do not let Oxfordians or Baconians take away what is special about Shakespeare: that he was an ordinary man writing plays not just for nobles or kings, for landowners or the highly educated elite but for ordinary people — for apprentices and butchers and merchant’s wives and maids. His company performed at court, but they also performed at the Globe, where you could get in for a penny if you didn’t mind standing in a crowd.
The Authorship Question isn’t really about discovering “who really wrote Shakespeare,” it’s about elitists being upset and confused and angry because the greatest works in the English language were written by the son of a well-off tradesman who never went to college.
- tywin: what did all of these kings lack
- tommen: kittens
- tommen: a good king needs kittens
- tywin: no that's not --
- tommen: bring me a kitten
the ending of romeo and juliet is so amazing, a huge public wedding for romeo and juliet and they have four kids, mercutio and benvolio spend many happy years together before dying as old men, tybalt goes to anger management and becomes a pastry maker, why on earth do people call this a tragedy
There’s something seriously wrong when a tv network believes that it’s audience would rather see Jaime Lannister rape Cersei instead of enjoying consensual sex with the woman he loves. HBO’s insistence on adding extra violence towards women in the series is truly disgusting.
like i honestly can’t even be disgusted or surprised because this is just so in character of d&d way to miss the fucking point of the entire fucking nature of the cersei/jaime relationship
like not only did you miss the fact that robb stark’s story is fundamentally catelyn’s story you also missed. the point. that cersei/jaime is fundamentally a relationship rooted in consent?????? like that is literally the WHOLE POINT of this relationship; this is the one person in the world that cersei chooses to be with, that she wasn’t sold to or commodified by. she was sold to robert baratheon when she was 16 and was raped and physically abused for the entirety of their marriage pretty much, and has had to use her sex to consolidate her power in the aftermath and through it all jaime is the only person she EVER chooses to have sex with
and you come up with this
like god how hard is it to follow the template of something that’s ALREADY EXPLICITLY SET OUT FOR YOU but hey you gotta have material to jack off over right and nothing’s better than rape huh
- Book one: a life-affirming story about pretentious teens with superiority complexes who have experiences and give nauseatingly quotable musings on philosophy and what it means to be alive, which often involves their enjoyment of books and tea and their condescending view of the popular kids as sheep
- Book two: the same exact story, except this time it's being narrated by the teacher who has to deal with these asshole kids on a daily basis but is legally barred from saying "are you fucking kidding me" when they say some pretentious bullshit about how they prefer the smell of old books to the taste of alcohol. The teacher is re-telling the story to her friend at the bar, and her friend refuses to accept that these children could POSSIBLY be as pretentious as she makes them sound
it’s a metaphor; you put your fingers on the keys but you don’t actually do any writing