Category: shakespeare

whatareyoureallyafraidof: A Shakespeare shelf…


A Shakespeare shelfie for National Book Lovers Day.

PS: Yes, I have a Shakespeare bobblehead and a Shakespeare action figure. It’s OK, you can be jealous. 😉





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.


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.

dukeofbookingham: Don’t invite me to your big…


Don’t invite me to your big day





You, a time traveler, accidentally introduced twenty-first century slang to Shakespeare.

‘Harry Potter’ star pulls double duty in Pa. S…

‘Harry Potter’ star pulls double duty in Pa. Shakespeare Festival’s ‘Richard II’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love’ – Philly: undefined



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

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))



“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



“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)