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approximately 400 years after his demise, Shakespeare permeates our daily lives: from the phrases we converse to the teenage heartthrobs we worship to the political rhetoric spewed by way of the twenty-four-hour information cycle. within the pages of this wickedly smart little e-book, Esquire columnist Stephen Marche uncovers the hidden impact of Shakespeare in our tradition, together with those attention-grabbing tidbits:
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21-2; 35-6. Parsons' fears concerning the wisdom of vesting absolute power in a king are shared by the conspirators in julius Caesar. If the course of action which Brutus proposes in the first line of his soliloquy at the beginning of Act II seems a desperate one, he makes it clear in line three that his motive is not personal advancement, but the welfare of the state. It must be by his death; and for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general: he would be crown' d. How that might change his nature, there's the question.
But if there be any that are content to think more modestly, howsoever they grant somewhat to God, lest they should seem arrogantly to take all to themselves, yet they so part it, that the principal matter of glory and confidence always remaineth with themselves. Now is there some talk, that with her allurements tickleth the pride that already of itself, itcheth within the bones, there is nothing that may more delight them. Therefore as any hath with his extolling most favourably advanced the excellency of man's nature, so hath he been excepted with the well liking rejoicement in manner of all ages.
3 Pleb. Where do you dwell? 4 Pleb. Are you a married man or a bachelor? Forms of Government 49 2 Pleb. Answer every man directly. 1 Pleb. Ay, and briefly. 4 Pleb. Ay, and wisely. 3 Pleb. Ay, and truly, you were best. Cin. What is my name? Whither am I going? Where do I dwell? Am I a married man or a bachelor? Then to answer every man directly and briefly, wisely and truly: wisely, I say I am a bachelor. 2 Pleb. That's as much as to say they are fools that marry. You'll bear me a bang for that, I fear.