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Sources: Social Sources (homies)
I posted to Facebook with ideas about responsibility in Shakespeare plays, pleading for a scholarly discussion in a place recently filled with political tension. Many of my friends responded well, and I may talk with them more about their ideas!
Ethan is a friend of a couple years that I still see every week. He brought up a great point about responsibilities in the plays that clash. Some plays, like King Lear, show the French and the British, with differing responsibilities that meet in the battlefield, while other plays show these clashes in different ways. It was an intriguing idea that I could talk further with him about.
Dakota is a coworker and friend. She suggested that Hamlet shows how responsibility to one's self can overtake the responsibility to the greater good. This is an idea that I think I will explore in my paper.
Connor is a friend from my mission. He mentioned the importance of humility, noting that sometimes in the plays authority is good and sometimes it is corrupt.
Jewel is also a friend from a few years ago, and who I haven't seen in a while. So it was good to hear from her. She mentioned that in Macbeth, Macbeth gives the witches a lot of authority. Is this because of their title? It was an interesting thought. How much authority and responsibility just comes from a title?
Sala is a friend and previous coworker. She shared some examples, but basically narrowed it down to the fact that power and authority don't mean anything by themselves. I'll have to look further into this idea for sure.
Disguised King Henry and the Common Soldiers, pbs learning media, utah.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/hc13.ela.lit.henking/henry-v-what-makes-a-king/.
This performance is from the scene in King Henry when the soldiers and the King talk about the responsibilities of the soldier. This scene is one of the only times Shakespeare seems to address this issue head on and directly, and therefore is very useful to me.
I don't want this next performance to seem like a cop out, but after discussing these ideas with my friends, a few of them mentioned Hamlet. As I've been reading it, it does seem to involve itself more in my paper than I had at first assumed. Hamlet is facing different responsibilities—a duty as the prince of the kingdom, and a duty as the son of a murdered king. Does his revenge overtakes the first set of duties, or is it a part of them? Because of these questions and this application, I want to use the Hamlet play I'll be viewing tomorrow night as a source.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. National Theatre, London.
(sources in MLA 8th ed.)