Author: I'm 99.9% Sure I'm a Shakespearean Prince

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the-mad-prince-of-denmark:

definitly-not-a-spy:

the-mad-prince-of-denmark:

Professor: Who is Hamlet in love with?

A het: Hamlet is only in love with Ophelia, no one else.

A different het: No one, he just wants to bang his mom.

Me, a gay homosexual who has read Hamlet and remembers the intensely homoerotic ride-or-die bond that he and Horatio had, and also that bisexual is a thing people can be:

Me, knowing historical context and that more close platonic actions where a thing back in the day and not every country, especially a few houndred years back, had such a “you hug once you are gay” code of the US: Yeah, no.

Yea, you’re right. Not every romantic friendship can or should be read as explicitly gay by modern standards, and the US does have a tendency to point to any act of affection between two men and label it as gay, which is incorrect.

However

I made this joke because A.) I am a lesbian, and B.) I have actively studied Shakespeare, both his life and his work, for the past several years. And while using a modern term like ‘bisexual’ probably isn’t the most accurate way to describe either Billy Shakes or any of his characters, there is a reasonable amount of evidence (primarily in his sonnets but also some in his comedies) that points to him, on some level, being attracted to men.

In terms of the actual text itself, Hamlet contains more than enough evidence that Hamlet and Horatio’s relationship extends beyond the purely plutonic. And it’s not just us assuming modern Americans who think that. The book ‘The Mystery of Hamlet’, which argues (with some really sexist logic) that Hamlet can’t possibly be a MAN™ because he TALKS TOO MUCH, actually uses Hamlet and Horatio’s relatonship as ‘proof’ arguing it’s too romantic for Hamlet to not be a woman. …Ok.

And if you want a more recent, equally non American example, I’d point you in the direction of the 1960s BBC made for tv version of Hamlet, with Hamlet being played by Christopher Plummer and Horatio being played by Michael Cain. Plummer and the films director famously wanted to highlight the ambiguously romantic nature of the two characters relationship, to the point where Cain was actually encouraged to NOT be in it. But he did anyway.

Even if you don’t believe that Shakespeare intended for these characters to be gay, changing cultural ideals and hundreds of years worth of in depth character studies have lead to this interpretation bring incredibly popular, especially among (shock!!) gay people. Who exactly is it hurting to interpret these characters as gay. It’s certainly better that fruedian interpretations of the play. And it helps young, queer kids better understand and relat to this 400 year old character. And that’s pretty fucking cool.

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astronomifier:

realanimeboy:

what if people wrote author notes in essays like people do in fanfics

A/N: omg here comes the thesis statement!! >_<

A/N: almost at the minimum word requirement this was soooo hard

professor: shut up and write idiot -__-

me: eep o_o!!

Op im proud to annouce that im legally allowed to kill you now

Hey!! I just wanted to say I'm so happy y…

Hey!! I just wanted to say I'm so happy you did the questions! I really love your blog, but I'm kinda shy about asks and stuff. But yeah, just wanted to say thanks and that your blog is great!!

Hello! It was fun doing this Q&A, so thank you for tagging me in it! It’s alright: I’m shy too when it comes to asks and whatnot, so I totally get that. Thanks again for the tag, and thank you for the blog compliment! 🙂

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Q&A Session!

I was tagged by: @love-you-a-lottle

Rules: Answer the questions, then tag blogs you’d like to know.

Nickname(s): Brittonius Maximus

Zodiac: Pisces ♓

Height: 5’ 1 ½" (1.56 m)

Time: 11:12 EST

Favorite band/artist: Requin Chagrin and 猫 シ Corp. (French indie band and Vaporwave artist, respectively).

Song stuck in my head: La grenade by Clara Luciani

Last movie I saw: The Incredibles 2. It was so worth the wait and hype!

Last thing I Googled: “what happens when you get fired in story mode sims 2 ps2.”

Other blogs: shakesbeanieinstationhouseno4 for more of an eclectic overview of my fandoms and etc.

Do I get asks: On occasion, yes. I appreciate every one of your asks! 🙂

Why I chose this username: Hamlet is commomly associated with wearing black, and I wear nearly all black, soooooo yeah.

Average amount of sleep: BOI. When I’m at uni, it’s probably between 4 to 10 hours give or take? It’s super unpredictable. During the summer when uni isn’t in session, probably 12 or more.

Lucky number: Don’t have one really.

What I’m wearing: Black athletic shorts and a black t-shirt from my uni that I wear for pajamas. You see? Wearing all black.

Dream job: Full time vocalist

Dream trip: Sightseeing Canada, with most of my trip seeing Québec.

Favorite food: Chipotle! I’m a regular where my uni is and they recognize me.

Instruments: Does singing in choir count? I’m a classically trained vocalist.

Eye color: Blue with a hint of green.

Hair color: Dark brown (passes for black when not in light).

Languages spoken: English (I also am trying to self-teach myself French.)

Most iconic song: Too many to list, but some include, but are not limited to: Macintosh Plus by Vektroid and Ailleurs by Grand Blanc.

Random fact: I love playing The Sims and watching gaming videos on YouTube.

Tagging @mr-craig, @redlips-sinkswifts, and anyone else who would like to participate! 🙂

this isn't a question but hamlet changed …

this isn't a question but hamlet changed my life too now and i adore your blog ok bye <3

Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! Glad to know there’s another Shakespeep who adores Hamlet like I do! 🙂

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millennialfirebird:

sarcastic-and-witty-username:

My friends got me the best (and worst) present ever

It’s one of those sequin pillows where you can turn the sequins. And this is how they look like from both sides.

Please someone make it stop.

Nic Cage is haunting me in my dreams now.

I mean, it was a free pillow but AT WHAT COST!!!!

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historyfemme:

whether or not romeo & juliet’s marriage would have worked out is not the point. rather, the point is that love cannot flourish in a world filled with hatred and an unwillingness to change, which is the main reason why modern adaptations would benefit from being about a gay couple. in this essay, i will

odinsblog:

odinsblog:

Libraries are one of the few remaining public goods that haven’t been completely privatized and profitized. Libraries are virtually free to the public, regardless of race, class, gender, religion or sexual orientation. And it needs to stay that way. Capitalists need to keep their dirty, grubby little HANDS OFF libraries.

sir-dullahan: Shakespeare

sir-dullahan:

Shakespeare

My BA project – 5 posters inspired by famous stage plays of William Shakespeare. I decided to mix traditional elements, such as dark background and portrait poses with a touch of contemporary aesthetic and my personal painting style. 

This project took me ages and it feels so weird to post 5 posters saying “yup, here goes last few months”, but that’s what happened. Creating a new aesthetic, learning to use it, basically taking my style to a new, more refined level – it all took time and work, more than it looks like. I feel that I learned a lot here, especially about actually finishing my paintings and more important – making them look like they are finished xD

It’s been also a big challenge for my perfectionism. I always feel that my art is unfinished. That I could do something more. That everything is a step or two or ten from being complete. Always. No matter how many hours I spend on one piece, there i always something to fix, to hone, to be done better. Especially when it’s some official project or a commission. 
During these months I realised that said perfectionism is something that holds me down a lot. If I had no time pressure, I’d still be working on the first one of these posters, changing the whole concept for the 100th time. I do it a lot. I draw something, I leave it unfinished, feeling that it’s not good enough, or finish it, but never post it, feeling that it doesn’t meet my own expectations or just make a sketch and leave it bee, not feeling good enough to even start more ambitious pieces. Even now I feel reluctant about posting my other drawings, because I feel that I just set some new standard with these posters, and that everything after them needs to either keep it, or be better, never even slightly worse -if it happens, I treat it like a personal (and even public, since it’s on the internet) failure. Every art account I create, no matter how casual it begins, inevitably turns into another portfolio. And it takes me months to create something “good enough” to post.
It’s something I’m working on, slowly getting more relaxed about my art. I know it’s just in my head – things can always be *better* and there always details to fix – but I can’t spend eternity on each drawing or painting, in hope of making it perfect. It’s much better to draw more, to make another. One bad drawing doesn’t make me a bad artist. The world won’t fall apart if I won’t make every piece I create as good as the best one I did so far. It’s hard to remember it sometimes, but I’m trying))

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dukeofbookingham:

“It’s amazing how, age after age, in country after country, and in all languages, Shakespeare emerges as incomparable.”

— M.H. Abrams (critic), b. 23 July 1912 (via macrolit)