April 21st, 2016

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Interesting Links for 21-04-2016

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30 days of Shakespeare: Day 3 - your favourite hero

This is actually quite tricky, because Shakespeare's most interesting characters are more likely to be villains than heroes, and if heroes they tend not to be all that admirable. I've written already about Hamlet and Macbeth, nether of whom really fits the bill - Hamlet is fascinating, but one struggles to like him, and Macbeth is certainly on the villain side of the line. I guess in the end the most interesting hero, as such, on the most interesting plot journey in Shakespeare is Prince Hal in Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part II and then in his own play, Henry V. But I'm not sure that this is really the right question in the first place.

Now, having said that, Tom Hiddleston's performance in the role in the BBC's Hollow Crown series a few years back has inspired some pretty good fanvids. Here for instance is "London Calling" by the Clash, illuminating Henry IV Part I:



And here's the story of the three plays, to "Feeling Good" by Muse:



As a side note, I'm really enjoying finding videos to post as part of this series. I hope you're enjoying watching them.

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