The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0289  Friday, 14 February 2003

From:           Susan C Oldrieve <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 21:18:39 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        The strangest thing happened....

I'm not trying to reopen the argument about children and Shakespeare,
but I thought some of you would be interested in this message that I got
today from an adult undergraduate student with whom I am doing an
independent study about Shakespeare's "rebellious women."  Her sons have
been resentful of the time she spends with Shakespeare, and both they
and her husband have, up until now, spoken of the bard with great
anti-intellectual scorn.

Susan Oldrieve
Baldwin-Wallace College

---------- Forwarded message ----------
I was watching "Cleopatra" last night in my family room as part of my
independent study, and my 12-year-old son came in and became entrenched
in the story.  Soon after, my husband meandered in.  He, too, became
interested on what he saw on the TV screen.  To top things off, my
youngest son appeared and got involved in the story, too.  Isn't that
amazing?  It wasn't sports, Sponge Bob Squarepants on Nickelodeon, or a
reality TV show...AND THEY WATCHED IT ANYWAY!  You said to try playing
the tapes in front of these guys...and it works!  I was absolutely
stunned.  Thanks for suggesting it.  They never even made any sarcastic
comments about the story.  Miracles DO happen....

P.S. The movie (which starred Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison, and
Richard Burton and was a whopping 4 hours long) gave me a lot more
insight into her relationship with Caesar, the nature of her rebellion
against society, and the deep love I think she truly felt for Antony,
even after he deserted his army and seemingly lost his power over the
people of Rome.  It was a great movie...even if it is 40 years old.
They don't make 'em like they used to...

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