The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1023 Friday, 7 May 2004
Date: Thursday, 6 May 2004 17:01:51 -0400
Subject: Julius Caesar in Mean Girls
In the excellent recently released teen film Mean Girls, two classroom
scenes involve Julius Caesar. In the first, the teacher quotes the line
"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world Like a Colossus." There are
also references to Romeo and Juliet on the blackboards. The shots are
very short, so it's hard to make them out. Neither Shakespeare's name
nor the play's title is mentioned. In a voice-over, the teacher says at
the end of the scene. OK. Back to Caesar.
In a later scene, one of the popular girls turns on the Queen Be by
siding with Brutus and stating that it's time to stab Caesar (the
dictator Queen Bee).
The film is extremely well written, up there with Heathers.
Whiteness and Africa come up frequently as issues. What Shakespeare has
to do with them and vice versa is beyond me.
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