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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0485  Thursday, 13 March 2003

From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Mar 2003 10:09:36 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.0465 Pop Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0465 Pop Shakespeare

Don't forget Gangs of New York. Firstly, I found some ambiguous and
slight parallels to Hamlet in the plot, at least until the midway point.
Amsterdam, the son, wishes to avenge his father's murder in a power
struggle. He becomes "adopted" in a way by Bill the Butcher, who teaches
him how to get by in his court, antebellum Manhattan. Thinking I was
going crazy, I put such ideas out of my mind as pure coincidence. But
then Amsterdam says he must make his vengeance public and he chooses to
attempt the assassination during a variety show which commemorates the
murder of his father, Priest Vallon.

At one point, Amsterdam is also confronted by someone who is on to him.
This man asks him, "Do you know who Shakespeare is?". Amsterdam does not
know, and the assailant answers himself, "He's the guy who wrote the
King James Bible". I rolled in my chair.

Brian Willis

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