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led astray

January 2013

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struck by the muse (dramaturgy geeking)

Sometimes, the best ideas come when we're not thinking about anything related to what we're supposed to.  I don't know how it works, but your brain sometimes needs to stop trying to figure something in order to figure something out.  Rest and relax.  And thus, while drinking and watching Ron White with the roommies, it came to me; the paper I won't hate writing.  OMFG!!!  It was staring me in the face the whole time.  But it took making it the furthest thing from my mind to see it.  We touched on it in Lublin's class, but I didn't see the connection to the larger Shakespeare canon.  The big problem I was having was not being able to find anything I gave enough of a shit about to make me spend 7 pages on the fucking Bard.  Some joke Ron White was telling reminded me of something that reminded me of something else, and so forth, until I got to a preview I had seen for The General's Daughter.  In one scene, one man asks another, "What's worse than rape?"  And that question is the answer to my topic.  Clearly, in Shakespear's England, rape was not seen as the worst of all things.  So I got to wondering where in The Bard's moral heirarchy did rape fall?    Thus, I have a thesis.  And that, ladies and gents, is the hardest fucking step.  Now I just have to check and see that no one has done this aleady.


Ayup - the more you think directly on the subject, the harder it is to come up with an answer. It's neurochemistry at its finest. Glad to hear you've been inspired!
Thanks for the support. The only sad thing is having to reread the Shakespeare. hehehe