The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1592 Monday, 11 August 2003
Date: Sunday, 10 Aug 2003 09:11:10 -0400
Subject: Billy and Whitey Bulger and Shakespeare
"As the [Bulger] brothers rose in the ranks of their chosen areas of
endeavor, their story invited decades of comparisons. The Bulgers were
likened to Cain and Abel, to tragic figures from Shakespeare or to
denizens of Greek drama. But [novelist Dennis] Lehane, whose seven
novels are set in fictional neighborhoods not unlike the clannish realm
of South Boston, rejected the notion that the Bulgers represent some
"grand, epic saga" of the city.
'The whole idea that they are fighting for the larger themes,
Shakespearean themes, is ridiculous," he said. "It gives them too much
Another Bulger's Fall Echoes in 'Southie' One brother's a fugitive and
the other has lost a seat of power. On the streets where they once
ruled, the end of their influence is debated.
--By Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
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