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Posted in Uncategorized by m.snowe on May 14, 2009
"I come from the future"

"I come from the future"

m.snowe would like to introduce you to a new way in which to size people up. She finds the 12 signs of astrology far too limiting (and totally bogus!), and therefore would like to suggest you judge people by one simple factor: their favorite Shakespeare play or sonnet. It can tell you quite  a bit about a person. What, you might ask, do you do if someone you meet does not have a favorite or (gasp!) has not read Shakespeare? Well, the answer is fairly clear: they’re probably not worth sizing up (elitist, but oh so true).

So although the pantheon is huge, m.snowe would like to try and define some of the more commonly chosen favorite plays and what they say about a person. Please keep in mind: this is a purely fictional exercise, and like astrology, is completely bogus…but oh hell, oh spite! (Disclaimer: this is from m.snowe’s personal observations, and sometimes it seems that the way a person operates and the plays/characters they identify with are completely divergent).

  • Hamlet: Usually a Type A personality, as counter-intuitive as that seems. They come in one of two sets: either they genuinely prefer this play, or they’re saying it because they view it as safe and it’s one of the only plays they were forced to read in school. They likely believe that not only is the “readiness all,” but think that somehow their story will not come to the point of a poisoned sword.
  • King Lear: Slower, usually has an older sensibility (read: “old soul”). They are sometimes overly analytical and tend to compensate for believed shortcomings in overt ways, that sometimes comes off as crass. Will go out of their way to make sure you understand that they are not prejudiced, or a misogynist, and end up achieving the opposite. But they’re lovely to have a drink with, and excellent advice givers.
  • Romeo & Juliet: Not as hopeless a romantic as they might seem, R &J lovers tend to cut to the quick. They like things easy, and tend not to over-analyze. Drug use is a high possibility (“drugs are quick”). They are not, however, very emotional beings. Don’t ever mistake a Romeo and Juliet person for a Midsummer Night’s Dream person.
  • Twelfth Night: Headstrong, but not entirely sure what they want. Don’t know that they’re hypocrites, but would be the first to admit it if given solid proof.
  • Othello: Understands the intricacies of a given situation. Possessive and easily moved, but also easily moved out of emotion in a similar fashion. Devotedly flighty, but endearingly just. Wants to please, and be pleasured, but never satisfied or the vehicle of complete satisfaction.
  • Julius Caesar: Brilliant linguists, they have a knack for conversation. Usually involved in some sort of outreach group or society. Although they take pride in their respectable and noble nature, they secretly worry whether they can live up to it (unlike the Hamlet fans, who are cock-sure). Vulnerable, and loyally honest friends.
  • The Winter’s Tale: Quirky, tragical, and slightly ridiculous. More concerned with the parts, and not the sum of life (i.e. able to isolate thoughts, and enjoy the moment). Tend to be slightly manic with mood swings, but luckily they are positive most of the time. Extremely afraid of bears.
  • Macbeth: Hardcore. They know how to hit the spot. That damned spot.
  • Henry IV (Parts I & II): Fun loving, but also have a sense of responsibility. Depending on whether they favor Henry or Falstaff, they might be a slight bore, or try too hard to be the life of the party. Slight chip on shoulder, sometimes justified. Good work ethic, always willing to go out on a limb (or into the breach).
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Either a foppish aesthete, or an  intellectual  attuned to satire and criticism. Positive outlook, yet deep and sometimes given to tragical introspection. Loves to laugh, but will cry when you’re not looking.

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  1. fictionadvocate said, on May 15, 2009 at 2:28 am

    I saw this concept on your Gchat status before I read the descriptions, so I can say with all honesty that I had already decided Macbeth was my favorite. Romeo & Juliet is the runner-up.

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