If Shakespeare Were to Write Comics+Did you Know The Avengers is based on Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida?

I posted this to a Shakespeare Course Blog (Shax Lives), but thought I’d add it to my personal blog, as well. :)

Shax Lives

[Actually, The Avengers isn’t based off of Troilus and Cressida, but hey, it got your attention, right?]

Has anyone ever compared Shakespeare with a comic strip? Let’s think about it for a minute—the two are almost completely opposite, right? William Shakespeare’s use of ornate language would not work well in a comic. Just imagine the scene in Titus Andronicus where Marcus goes on and on about Lavinia’s lost limbs. We discussed in class how the average American today would have no idea that Marcus is bewailing his niece’s misfortune. If someone has just lost their hands and tongue, we just don’t say:

Why dost not speak to me?

Alas, a crimson river of warm blood,

Like to a bubbling foundation stirred with wind,

Doth rise and fall between thy rosed lips,

Coming and going with thy honey breath. (II.iv.21-24)

At least, if someone just cut my tongue off, I am…

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