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Remember Who You Are: Shakespeare’s Lion King

Simba, son of the strongest lion king of the animal kingdom Mufasa and his wife Sarabi, will inherit the Kingship of the Pride Lands. But his jealous uncle Scar wants to take away from him what is rightfully his—his family, his kingdom, his pride. After the long years, the Ghost of Simba’s father tries to point him the right way… Continue reading

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We Will Show Our Duty: The Avenging Sons in “Hamlet”

JULY / AUG 2016: BY RACHEL KOVACINY

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Early in the first act of Hamlet, Claudius chastises his nephew for continuing to mourn his dead father, the late king. He says, “‘Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, To give these mourning duties to your father.” He acknowledges that sons are “bound In filial obligation for some term To do obsequious sorrow.” But enough is enough, Claudius insists. Hamlet has fulfilled his obligations and should move on with his life now.

Hamlet, of course, disagrees. Continue reading

Femme Fatale: The Female Fatality

HALLOWEEN 2015: BY RACHEL KOVACINY

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There tend to be two approaches to portraying Gertrude, mother of Prince Hamlet, recent widow of King Hamlet, new wife of King Claudius. One is that she’s completely innocent, unaware that her second husband murdered her first, though perhaps she may suspect something is rotten somewhere. The other is that she is deeply involved in Claudius’s schemes. I favor the first option, as I think it makes her a much more tragic figure and works better with my own personal interpretations of the play. However, this issue of Femnista is about villainesses, so in this article I’m going to explore the implications and consequences of portraying Gertrude as a femme fatale. Continue reading