Hamlet, King Lear and a torrent of abuse
My Shakespeare theme continues…………..
Now written on a lovely English bone china mug. I spent what seemed like forever trying to find suitable speeches to adorn the outside of the china. That Shakespeare chap certainly wrote a lot of amazing words. The speech needed to be of a certain length in order to fit nicely around the space. And that was no mean feat.
I wanted to find speeches that would be meaningful and might hit a chord with folk. So I chose two speeches to start with, my research continues.
The first is the evergreen, very popular To Be or Not to Be speech from Hamlet. I knew the first couple of lines, but couldn’t remember the rest of it. Can you? This could be one way to show your prowess – learn the lines whilst drinking your tea, or coffee.
Then onto the next speech, there is a wonderful insult hurled by Kent to a poor chap called Oswald in King Lear. He certainly didn’t take any prisoners with that abuse! The words are ones we just don’t use any more, but hey, that’s language for you, it has to evolve, otherwise it would be thee and thou all over the place.
The insult goes like this:
A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited,hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition.
Now doesn’t that pack a punch! You wouldn’t get up after being on the receiving end of that. (Spell check is going into overdrive)