It was strange to read this after just having watching the Green Lantern film – there was a fair amount of heavy-handed ‘hero’ stuff in that, though entertaining enough, so interesting to see these Shakespearean ways of saying ‘at least I’ll go down fighting’. And the mention of ‘will’ is particularly pertinent, given that the Green Lanterns’ power comes from this and is used to combat fear.
Of course, ‘will’ is often a pun for Shakespeare on his own name – and a sexual one at that. Interesting, indeed…
“Fight till the last gasp” ~ This phrase, commonly used today, was coined by Shakespeare in the history play Henry VI Part I.
My lord, where are you? what devise you on? Shall we give over Orleans, or no?
Why, no, I say, distrustful recreants!
Fight till the last gasp; I will be your guard.
What she says I’ll confirm: we’ll fight it out.
Assign’d am I to be the English scourge. (1) …
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