My Year Of Shakespeare Shakepeare

My personal journey into the world of William Shakespeare

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

I have always been aware that there was this dude named Shakespeare and that he influenced, well, everything. It seemed like a good time to read up on him and read what he wrote.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Shave and a Haircut....2 Bits

From Romeo and Juliet, Act5, Scene3, Line 173 (or so)
"Pitiful sight! here lies the county (Romeo) slain,
And Juliet bleeding, warm, and newly dead,"

Now, that is a most sad and dusturbing scene.
The lovers dead.

Not a dry eye in the house.
Wait, what's this? Ta dah!!!
Here comes a foppish scaliwag, cavorting about the stage, jeering, leering, sneering and the like, singing and dancing and making merry to be sure. A Jig. Yes, at the end of plays in the Elizabethan era, a funny, lively, most often, very sarcastic and politically incorrect jig took place after the end of the play.
This was the Elizabethen Era version of the Daily show.
These jigs were probably very sarcastic and politically incorrect, to say the least. In fact, I read that people actually just came in after the play was over, without paying of course, just to see the jig.
I believe that this would have been my type of entertainment. I'm sure today the ineffectual leaders of some powerful, "super"power, let's call it "America" would be properly lambasted in a jig. Jigs for all, I say.


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