How Shakespeare Changed Everything Analysis

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Does the violence we watch on TV or play in video games contribute to our violent tendencies in real life? Stephen Marche, author of “How Shakespeare Changed Everything.” seems to think so. In the article “Don’t Blame the Movie, but Don’t Ignore It Either,” published on July 26, 2012 in the “New York Times”. Marche states, “The truth is that real violence and violent art have always been connected.” As violence rises in our country we cannot ignore the fact anymore that an underlying factor to these incidences are violence of the art. Throughout the argument Marche expresses his opinion by connecting his knowledge of famous English literature to real life horrors, such as Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” and the assassination of President…show more content…
President Lincoln’s assassination is one of the most famous murders in history. When Marche makes reference to it referring to what John Wilkes Booth said after he shot him made a powerful push for logos “firing immediately after the line that always got the biggest laugh: “Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal — you sockdologizing old man-trap!” The fact that Booth himself was an actor might play a role in why he said that but why say those words unless it had some underlying meaning? In addition Marche quotes what Booth wrote in his diary after being captured from the police “After being hunted like a dog through swamps, woods, and last night being chased by gun-boats till I was forced to return wet, cold, and starving, with every man’s hand against me, I am here in despair. And why? For doing what Brutus was honored for.” In this quote it Booth clearly states that in his mind during the shooting he thought he was acting as if he were Brutus in “Julius Cesar”. Booth thought his act of violence would get him honored just as Brutus was. Obviously some psychological disorder was present that he couldn’t distinguish real life from the play. Another quote which is influential towards logos is what the killer “allegedly” stated after the Aura shooting “I am the Joker” before opening fire.” This conveys the same state of mind Booth was in when he shot Lincoln. He believed he was in the Batman movie and was playing the Joker. The basic knowledge every human has to differentiate between TV and real life is starting to become more miniscule and it’s extremely
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