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I love the quote I found to illustrate today’s #ShakespeareSunday theme of Doctors, Medicine & Mortality, chosen this time by @teenytinyflame for event creators @HollowCrownFans.

"Your doctors ... thought it good you hear a play And frame your mind to mirth and merriment, Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life." Messenger, Taming of the Shrew - Prologue

The full section this quote is taken from reads:

“Your honour’s players, hearing your amendment,
Are come to play a pleasant comedy;
For so your doctors hold it very meet,
Seeing too much sadness hath congeal’d your blood,
And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.
Therefore they thought it good you hear a play
And frame your mind to mirth and merriment,
Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.”

In other words, Shakespeare is prescribing the arts to combat depression – a great prescription and one which we can all do with being aware of in our times!

Of course, he – being a playwright (and I an actress) – could be said to have a vested interest in prescribing plays for the good of our health, but that makes them no less effective as wonderful medicine.

Plays have long been known as cathartic, uplifting and enlightening – and long may that continue!

 

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“Welcome to another #ShakespeareSunday! Today’s theme has been chosen by @shakesofthrones: WAR, WEAPONS and BRAVERY!” – @HollowCrownFans

My first thought for creating a tweet brought to mind women’s weapons, despite those having often been called tears. Exploring the words ‘woman’ and ‘weapons’ – on that ever useful site opensourceshakespeare.org – led me to one of my very favourite plays, the Scottish one, and the quote I chose led to my exploring ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘born’ within Twitter’s gif options.

The result was this tweet with Game of Thrones gif and my creation of this image…

War, Weapons & Bravery - Macbeth - 23rd July 2017, Shakespeare Sunday - smaller

Both quotes, from Macbeth and from Game of Thrones (Season 3, Episode 3: Walk of Punishment), are spoken by warriors.

Macbeth’s words relate to a Witches’ prophecy, which he believes keeps him safe from being killed.

Daenerys Targaryen replies to the common Braavos saying “Valar Morghulis” – “All men must die” – with her own newly minted phrase, one that seems to carry hope for her and for Missandei (also pictured here).

War requires weapons and bravery, the former usually supplied physically, the latter requiring internal bolstering, often via words, often based on beliefs.

Does it matter which words, which beliefs?

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