The Player’s Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet — (ACT 1/SCENES 1-5)

Romeo & Juliet: The PlayI read this knowing what it had been a play as a play, to not study this as a novel or a historical narrative, patterns of speech and movements of an artistic whole. The characters, dialogue, imagery and a certain point of view from the play, as I always wanted to read this, but I had been putting it off for many years now. But now, I’ve finally gotten used to this thing, but however, I’ve finally read it three times now. The text is light and conveys a flow of speech, even with ‘sir’ or ‘my lord’ the point of grammar, in the 2nd or 3rd person. It was interesting to think what I was reading but I really enjoyed it so much. Introducing something not so plural or singular, I don’t know how it goes anymore. The second thought of knowing what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s not known when this was written, what was criticized of Romeo & Juliet isn’t so much concerned to point out what the play is not, as a prototype of the idea of tragedy isn’t always a failure, the war is liturgically and not imperative, too much had depended on the bad luck it struck. There were other moments of Shakespeare’s tragedies that didn’t really work out as his characters had weaknesses, into this design, especially Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra. Something to remind the audience of what love is, what it means to die for the ones you love, or so to speak out of the term, Juliet and her beauty is what drew Romeo towards her. Yet for the actors to connect themselves with the audience it is to remind them, what love is what can be sad of what love should be. This lover’s tale is hysterical by irony, delight and despair. || PROLOGUE: The CHORUS sing with my version of this verse, those who know what is meant to be read or what was written by Shakespeare as I’ve summarized it with my poetry, it is a lot darker than what I had thought it would sound like. “Two houses in similar distinction, in the fairest of Verona as it laid its scenery; an oldest feeling of resentment has broken into new rebellion, where the civil war drew its blood to make our hands prove uncontaminated. Onwards the lethal loins of two rivals, these two lovers took their lives, no more accidental shattering severs that caused the downfall of, both with their demise, put in the ground their blood relations’ enmity. The hesitant means of access of their death-marked love, and the persistence of their parental wrath, as it be their children’s’ conclusion, zilch may well eradicate, is at present the two hours’ interchange of our theater; which if you amid enduring ears paying attention, what at this juncture shall fail to see, our labor shall do your utmost to put back together” ~EXIT

|| ACT ONE: SCENE #1; It opens with Sampson and Gregory, of the house of Capulet, carrying their swords and bucklers. Sampson talked to Gregory about coals, choler; he’d strike Gregory being moved. A dog he liked from Montague moved him, Gregory responded with to move is to stir, valiant to stand, thou art being moved, thou running away. Sampson would not take the wall of any man nor maid of Montague’s, as Gregory called him weak to go to the wall, as to think he was a slave. Women were the weakest vessels, to the wall as Sampson would push the men to the wall and his maids as well. The quarrel between masters and men, all one, showing a tyrant, when fought with the men, not to be cruel with the maids – but Sampson would cut their heads off. Gregory questions Sampson, and personally for me. Wow! Maidenheads been chopped off is like saying I want to chop my head off, like it was some sort of game. Perhaps a gibe that Sampson is not the man he makes himself out to be. He felt while he was able to stand, as he’s known to be just a pretty piece of flesh. Gregory ended with not thou art-fish, oh poor-John, drawing his tool, here comes the house of Montagues. Entering other serving-men, Abraham and Balthasar – Sampson revealed his exposed weapon, and he argued that he would back thee. He didn’t fear it, he took the law into his own hands and begun; he dares them all, in disgrace to them if they bared it. Gregory tried to back up and run away, he had feared marriage, he had frown his lips as they passed them by, as they fought as they took it. Abraham questioned Sampson thumb biting, Sampson ignored to say, “Ay”, but Gregory said “Nay.” Sampson did not bite his thumb at Abraham or Balthasar. Gregory asked Abraham if he quarreled, he said; “No, sir.” Sampson told Abraham, if he did, that he was for him, he served as good of a man as Abraham. Although, Abraham knew Sampson was no better than him, Sampson challenged Abraham as Benvolio arrived. Sampson and Gregory argued some more. Abraham called Sampson, a liar; he drew his weapon to Abraham and Balthasar. Gregory tried to stay away from this fight, as it ended with Benvolio who had just walked in and to place up their swords, just as Abraham was fighting with Sampson. Tybalt entered next, as he sneered at Benvolio, he was a leaderless deer and those two idiots were cowardly servants. Soon the Officer and Citizens with clubs and partisans intervened with this quarrel. “Clubs, bills, and partisans; Strike! and beat them down! Down with the Capulets! Down with the Montagues!” said the Officer. The old Capulet himself and his Lady as he wanted his sword to join and stop the madness, he wore his gown as he saw old Montague called him a thou villain, as his Lady tried to hold him back from fighting old Capulet. Soon Escalus, the young Prince of Verona entered with his train. He said, in my tone of voice, ‘Escalus’ spoke as I rewrote, “Disobedient subjects, foe to reconciliation, depraved of this neighbour-stained strength – will they not have the sense of hearing? – What ho! You men, you beasts, which satisfy the flames of your obstinate rant and raves with amethyst fountains issuing from your veins, on throbbing of agony, from that blood offer, toss your distempered weaponry to the ground, and hear the verdict of your moved Prince. Three civil come to blows strain by old Capulet and Montague, have thrice bothered the silence of our streets, and made Verona’s old general public transmit by their crucial beseeming bits and pieces, to manipulate old partisans, in hands as not getting any younger, cursed with peace, to branch your cankered abhorrence. If you constantly upset our streets once more, your existence shall pay the sacrifice the end of war, for this point in time all they disappear, not here. You Capulet shall go along with me and Montague come you, later on at hours of daylight… to know our supplementary satisfaction in this case, to old Freetown, our frequent judgement-place. Once more, on impair of bereavement, every one of men must leave.” ~EXIT.

They all scattered, but Montague, his Lady and Benvolio. Montague questioned, “Who sent this ancient quarrel new-tangled action?” He asked his nephew, he asked what in full swing this fuse. Benvolio replied, “Here be the servants of your foe, and yours, close hostility, ere I did draw near. I drew to branch them, in the immediate come the scorching Tybalt with his sword equipped, which as he exhaled insubordination to my ears, he dangled about his skull and cut the storm, Benvolio had nobody hurt withal hissed Tybalt in scorn. While we will be swapping force and gust, drew closer extend and more, and fought on measurement and its’ part, till the Prince came, which parted both parts.” Lady Montague was concerned, “O where is Romeo? Benvolio, did you see him? I am glad; he was not at this divergence.” Benvolio explained himself, “My Lady, an hour before the devotion sun peered forth the golden window of the east, a troubled mind ‘drove’ me to walk abroad, where below the orchard of sycamore maples, whose trees have established them to the west of the city. Yet, I did see your son. But towards him, Benvolio made as Romeo was aware of him, as he stole into the concealment of the wood. I measured his feelings, which at that time desired most to be where there were fewest people, in solitude.” The antithesis and the pun on ‘most’ are for emphasis. “ i had pursued this inclination as it formed an elegant conclusion.” The old Montague with dew and clouds were also an image of tears, Romeo is here linked with night and darkness, an association that persists in this speech and throughout the play. The shady curtains in classical myth, in Aurora’s bed she was the goddess of dawn. Or shunning daylight and company, threatening and foreboding must be the outcome of this state of mind. Romeo was banished was melancholy from society foreshadowing his despair hen the Prince exiled him. Benvolio explained to his uncle, even Montague told his nephew, that along he counsels his own feelings. The ironic cankered hate, it echoed of the fued that would prevent the bud of the envious worm. The bud of Romeo’s love by summer’s ripening breath, from dedicating its’ beauty to the sun. Oh wasn’t he a envious maggot, which had been unseen that destroyed the heart of this bud. Montague changed his mode of words, speech and dialogue, which some found out of character. Although from Benvolio II his speech about Romeo spoke into term of him, change in tempo and mood from earlier on with the violence, though the audience knows its’ doom that hangs over Romeo. Montague was anxious to know how to cure his melancholy acts that describe his ironic sense of humor. || Enter ROMEO. Benvolio and Montague finish, as Benvolio wondered where he’d go, as he stepped aside. His grievance and was denied. Montague stayed to hear a true confession. But he soon left with his Lady.

To Be Continued… in ACT TWO!

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MARVEL’s Thanos: Rising #1-5 (Book Reviews #2)

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Those of you who know or may not know, that I am a HUGE fan of Marvel Comics, as well for …well, we can’t discuss that yet. Maybe later. However, I wanted to start reading comics again, or anything I could get my hands on from the local libraries around where I live, there’s only two places I could go, well, three now that I mention it. To start off, since the Guardians of the Galaxy movie came out. I enjoyed it, but because there were parts in the film that could’ve been extremely dialed down a little tiny bit, but overall. It was a good film. Especially, anything with Rocket and Root was hilarious, but this is not why you’re here reading this. My review will be about reading Thanos: Rising #001. I started reading it and realised this was such a page turner. The world that once was Utopia as Thanos left his world Titan in ruins as he thought his closest companion was Death, herself. He doesn’t gloat about, he tried many conquests,  On the largest moon of Saturn, Thanos, son of Titan as his late-mother Sui-San once said, he was born perfect and strong, he was the child that refused to die. Her darling, Thanos. But somehow, knowing what I was reading wasn’t what I had expected, seeing Thanos in the Galaxy film had me skeptical at first, but it explained so much about the character in the end of the movie, how he just abandoned Ronan, whatnot. You know what I mean. Josh Brolin, portrays Thanos perfectly, I loved how in the movie, they made Thanos look exactly like Brolin, and I knew I was impressed with how it turned out. It scared me… half to death but let’s continue. Later on, I realise Sui-San never wanted Thanos, she tried to kill him, sliced to bits because his eyes looked like death itself, it was heartbreaking. She called her son a monster. Thanos grew up been the smartest kid in school, the son of Mentor. His brother Eros, was the one who actually liked being around people as Thanos would just draw in his book during play time with the kids. For a science project, he wanted to show the other children why he was different from the rest of them, because he wanted to know more about himself, why he was… so different. I think him been ignored by his father was bad enough, no one would suspect Thanos of murder, altho everyone did and his father, A’Lars refused to believe Thanos was a Murderer. Thanos kept having this recurring dream that when he was a newborn, only few months old, a woman tried to stab and kill him with a knife. Not realizing while visiting his mother, who he wanted to come home, he was having this dream for the past four years and she looked all cut up about it too. Oddly enough, he wants Cythera to be his girlfriend, he meets another girl, who I’ve forgotten her name and it’s not even 10am. When Thanos and those children went to those caves and he fell through, when he came back up after three days gone missing, he found out they had all died except for him. Everyone thought he had murdered them all, the monster that was inside him finding its purpose in life, but they were only 50/50 wrong and right. But he did, he took that knife, similar to that dream had when he was all grown up and he did!!! Thanos killed his friends.

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Many Years Ago, in the Eternals on Titan. Thanos was explaining what it was to dissect a lizard that lived in those caves where those children died many years before when he was a child, he explains well enough to his professor that even I don’t understand. I still don’t think I do, all I heard was it died off as one of the lucky ones as so he put it. It took meaning to me knowing, I never really liked Science, it was always a mystery to me and that I had struggled the most with this subject even when I was in high school. I was never really good at math, either. However, overlooking what I was reading here, so many big words that I still need to comprehend finding a conclusion of what was been written or in lame-English terms, what is the explanation of an explanation to explain what has been said in this two page, 8 panel comic strip. Makes sense, but I am still unclear of who this girl is, who has the IQ of the same level as Thanos, that she’s always finding ways to keep herself busy because whenever she sees Thanos, she’s never bored anymore, her boredom fades away into the night like a rose petal falling down on a thousand more thorns in case, you were all wondering what the heck I am on about… well, I don’t even know. Where was I? Uh, yes! Let’s continue, shall we? Thanos leaning towards an outcome of the huge jump in between his experiments from green tails to ice rats, to now hoping his next one with a Cave Ape will suffice a much better outcome than the last ones that have failed him miserably. A moment of weakness in those caves when he was a boy, and the most greatest shame he held on for many years. He is no mindless savage, he is a scientist, his hunger is not for blood, but for knowledge. His conquests for knowledge can be sometimes a little messy, even for him to handle. For at least, 5 years he accomplished so much. Why is he different? What is his destiny? What in creation are the answers to his questions, not answered? He doesn’t like to spill blood, but he may have no choice but to. The answers he heard in those screams, in the end, he’s only left with a butchered Ape. No more answers when he started, and I was starting to think, what the heck was going on? She tells him that he’s looking in the wrong place. So when he makes his move, she’s afraid this would not be what he was seeking. He’s tired of been defied at every turn, searching for those answers to be found and no luck. His parents failed him, his school and his science and now, where is there to look left, right and center? The frustration of him, is putting it all on me and now I’m confused. Where was I? Then he kidnaps Sogarth and Loktus, tortures and then later kills them. No crime of passion, executions or acts of war. He once again got away with murder, the concept of murder never existed until Thanos invented it on Titan. His father, A’lars argues with his father, Kronos about the murders on Titan, one would think it was simple enough to find out who it was. I found it interesting to know that it was Thanos who had done it, and not even his parents or his grandfather had any recollection of the one fact in their minds, Thanos was the one responsible for abducting the children and then killing them when he was through with them, like blood could ever be spilled like that. Sui-San was home for dinner and Eros was being an idiot as A’lars and Kronos parted ways, she looked at Thanos and knew, what he was. Thanos was through with his discovery, the more he learned, the more he realised that some questions are better left unanswered. He vowed that he would never kill again. But two weeks later, this mysterious girl proved him wrong, he enjoyed it all. He wanted to run away with her, but in the end, she smacked him across his face, told him, Love is not the lost or for the weak as love is not for children or for cowards. She doesn’t want him to love her, she just wants him to bury the rest. Later, he tells someone that he killed 17 people, children mostly, girls and boys, as some of his professors as well. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. The gruesome, WOW! Just, WOW!  All he ever wanted was someone to love and return the favor of loving him back. He told all of this to his mother, Sui-San, he said he was sorry but he had to know why he was, the way he was. He had to cut it out of her and then he would have all the answers he needed to know who he was, so he wouldn’t have to kill anyone else and not be a monster anymore.

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Thanos sometimes thought that he remembered the day he was born, how horrified Sui-San was when she saw Thanos, his eyes dark like death and his skin, worse than any other child on Titan. He wasn’t like the others, she told A’lars to kill the boy, but she was sedated before anything else mattered. She picked up that scalpel and tried to murder him, he was sorry, they couldn’t let her do it. Many, many months later, Thanos had a wife and a son, when Sui-San died he left Titan and no one ever saw Thanos again. He took a menial job, on a pirate ship called Horkos bound for the planet’s unknown. He saw things he never thought existed, encountered aliens he never imagined. Soon enough, he watched them all die. He grew weary of becoming a pirate as he did for the same moment of becoming a father, when his son was born, he didn’t want his son to be like him. He didn’t believe he would love again, like he did once before, to feel anything, to feel love for someone as he did. No matter the planet, no matter with what alien race he chose to mate with, the offspring of Thanos were born healthy and strong. They all looked like their mothers, but NONE would never remember their father. He didn’t for a care in all the worlds, Thanos had lost count of how many women he loved, how many children he had left behind, he knew that it wasn’t enough. The more pirates he met, the more times he had pitted them. He tried to forget his mother, his home-world, Thanos tried to not think of her at all, he really and truly tried. Wherever his mind goes, you would not wish to follow. Once and for all to see what he is now. Thanos fighting the Captain was one thing, but the other to meet him halfway, as he closed his eyes. Remembering why he had suffered so much, why he killed so many and abandoned all the others in his life behind. Thinking as Thanos killed the Captain, the boy, his son, he does look familiar. I just can’t put my finger on it. But then he went back to Titan to see his mother and then he saw her. He killed for her, he killed his wife and his son, in her name. WOW!

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After all these years, this one really got to me. Thanos barely remembers how many people he killed, just to please her, to be the only man in her life.. the only woman who would bore him his child. He stopped keeping count the moment he strangled the last of his children. No one would believe him if he told those why he killed so many people on those planets, he did it out of his love for her… not only did she finally make him suffer, but she enjoyed the screaming. Okay, we’re getting off topic. Back on Titan, A’Lars still struggles to accept that Thanos, his son killed his wife, Sui-San, mother of Thanos. Kronos tries to make him see sense and go after his butcher of a son and deal with his punishment. A’Lars can’t hurt Thanos, he is his son. Kronos doesn’t want what’s left of Titan, the Eternals to die once more because of his grandson killing them all. Yet, A’Lars still refuses to believe Thanos is a murderer, he asked Kronos, his father to leave, he left by saying for A’Lars to make his own grave, because when Thanos does come home, he will bury his father inside it. He’s been arguing with the same face, the same girl since he was a boy, yet no one else can see her, but him, his men can not and I didn’t realise until now. The only thing he ever loved, was DEATH! herself. The only being in all creation that could love him back. He shot her the face with his arm of fire, his torch. One step, was all it took. Thanos of Titan hadn’t hesitated when he killed all of his children and every woman he had loved. He had shown no pause when putting many worlds to the torch, or when eviscerating his own mother. But finally, he had found someone he could not kill… HIMSELF! He was foolish, as she knew suicide is never the answer, Death had said, only murder was. Death made him a monster, he had it all a long, the most wonderful thing Death had seen in centuries. Death would love Thanos as long as whoever had to die. He set a course for Titan, he was going to blow up his home world… once and for all.

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For my final review and I’ll try and make this one quick. From reading this one, it had me thinking as Thanos had the order to fire at will by eradicating his home world to nothingness. But those who lived for even an instant knew right away… Thanos had not come to broker surrender. Not to conquer or pillage or enslave, because Thanos had returned his home on Titan to kill. Thousands had perished in the first wave, those who survived, had suddenly died without needing to be told that they were going to be murdered. Thanos, son of Titan, son of A’Lars, the Mentor, as the prodigal son had come home to kill his people. A’Lars had finally seen what his son had become, a true monster, he was. Death had controlled him for so long, it wasn’t funny anymore, not that any of this is, it isn’t. He sent his men back to their quarters, Titan was his world to kill off one by one to destroy what was left of it. Those who dared to turn their backs on him, they should have bowed down to him when they had the chance, as Thanos was the heir to Titan. It did not have a Hell, it had a God, and it was Thanos. Many, many, many murders later. Death congratulates her love, his ambition to allow himself to be the monster she had made him become, to be reborn in fire and genocide.  He had one last life to take, and that was A’Lars. He was such a fool to realise his own son was The Murderer everyone told him he was. The Monster of Monsters. For many lives Thanos took, for many more he will take afterwards. A’Lars knew it was time, but he couldn’t kill his son, he wasn’t Thanos, and he agreed, so Thanos took it upon himself to end his own madness. A’Lars watched as Thanos had finally lost his way, mumbling and screaming to himself like he couldn’t see Death was at his feet. He wanted to wed her, but A’Lars says, Death is not there! All he sees is his son arguing with his father, no one can defeat his science, for five thousand years, he explored so many planets. He tried to tell Thanos, Death isn’t real, there is no woman, but he will not be denied love by Death. Even if she was his imaginary friend since he was a boy. Thanos would make his father, Mentor of Titan watch, torture him in front of Death. A’Lars soon, prayed to his father, Kronos to kill Thanos. Thanos had always been alone. But she convinced him of love, they shared a kiss and from then on, they both left Titan. Thanos knowing one thing, her kiss was cold, so very cold. He wondered? What next? — TITAN in Present Day. Thanos still comes to visit his home world, what’s left of it, the ruins he made with Death so many years ago. He would visit Sui-San’s grave every time, because Thanos, the Destroyer had come home to Titan, to remember who he once was.  A boy who once loved, and that everything he had done since every world he had conquered, every dark miracle he had conjured, every life he had taken… he had done so. Alone! This made alot of sense because in the end, Thanos finally ignored Death altogether. YAY!

Here ends, my review.