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TOPIC: Best Death Scenes?

Best Death Scenes? 7 years 3 months ago #4383

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Shakespeare Geek mentions an article on the best death scenes...

http://blog.shakespearegeek.com/2009/06 ... cenes.html

What are your favorites in the canon?
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Best Death Scenes? 7 years 3 months ago #4394

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I like the death scene where Romeo and Juliet die.
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Best Death Scenes? 7 years 1 month ago #4658

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Hamlet: "The rest is silence."

There are so many connotations here to consider. One can look back to the "To be or not to be soliloquy" and the way Hamlet draws a connection between sleep and death. The words in this four word sentence are interesting, as well, when you consider the dual definitions of the word "rest," the active tone of the word "is," and the oxymoronic nature of the word "silence" considering the play is Hamlet's eternal epilogue and considering the role of Horatio.

Much more to consider here, as well. Chime in if you're so inclined. I, like Hamlet, must rest.
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Best Death Scenes? 7 years 1 month ago #4659

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i find it hard to go past Mercutio in R&J
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Best Death Scenes? 7 years 1 month ago #4660

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Yes, Rusty, Mercutio is a tough one to pass by, likely because he's the one we really don't want to see go. Without Mercutio, the entire dynamic of the play changes to pure tragedy.
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Best Death Scenes? 7 years 1 month ago #4661

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What about Ophelia? That's a tough one, likely because her death takes place offstage, is reported, is "questionable," and is poetically "beautified" (if you will) by Gertrude. But we're invited into the horrific tragedy in her subsequent mad scene and upcoming burial.
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Best Death Scenes? 7 years 1 month ago #4663

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Mercutio's death changes the entire play - from that point onwards a play rich in humour becomes very different and no longer funny. I'm directing R&J in March and will end the first half at his (or in my version, her) death - coming back with a vastly different lighting scene, pace and emotive expectations. I avoided those that die off-stage or would have loved to have added Timon of Athens - a personal fav of mine. To throw a left-field entry in I do enjoy Oldcastles fake death in the first part of Henry IV.
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