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  •  I pretty much agree with what you're saying, Ellid (0+ / 0-)

    and appreciate all the knowledge you're bringing in your comments.

    elsaf wrote "I'm a Sherlock Holmes fan from way back. I read the stories for the first time when I was in junior high school". I'm wary of overanalyzing, but in general we make strong emotional connections at that age, so elsaf may be a little in love with the man elsaf first met years ago, just the way he looked then.

    elsaf is welcome to contest or correct this guess of mine.

    Shakespeare's work is the most frequently bastardized, and that's very apt. Shakespeare bastardized all his sources freely, and broke every rule. I don't think anyone, before him, had written a play like Henry IV, part 1, with its radical blend of tragedy, comedy and history.

    So the directors who set his plays in British India, gangster Chicago, or Nazi Germany, are just doing the same things to Shakespeare that he did to his own sources.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 09:12:46 AM PST

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