Shakespeare in Popular Culture by christopher minster

Julius Caesar and Game of Thrones

DECIUS BRUTUS Great Caesar,-- CAESAR Doth not Brutus bootless kneel? CASCA Speak, hands for me! [CASCA first, then the other Conspirators and BRUTUS stab CAESAR] CAESAR Et tu, Brute! Then fall, Caesar! [Dies] CINNA Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead! Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets.

Macbeth and Lord of the Rings

MACBETH: Thou losest labor. As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air with thy keen sword impress as make me bleed. Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests; I bear a charmèd life, which must not yield to one of woman born.

MACDUFF: Despair thy charm, and let the angel whom thou still hast served tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb untimely ripped.

But Théoden was not utterly forsaken. The knights of his house lay slain about him.... Yet one stood there still: Dernhelm the young, faithful beyond fear; and he wept, for he had loved his lord as a father. Right through the charge Merry had been borne unharmed behind him, until the Shadow came; and then Windfola had thrown them in his terror.... Merry crawled on all fours like a dazed beast, and such a horror was on him that he was blind and sick.... He dared not open his eyes or look up.

Then out of the blackness in his mind he thought that he heard Dernhelm speaking; yet now the voice seemed strange, recalling some other voice that he had known.

'Begone, foul dwimmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!'

A cold voice answered: 'Come not between the Nazgûl and his prey! Or he will not slay thee in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy flesh shall be devoured, and thy shrivelled mind be left naked to the Lidless Eye.'

A sword rang as it was drawn. 'Do what you will; but I will hinder it, if I may.'

'Hinder me? Thou fool. No living man may hinder me!'

Then Merry heard of all sounds in that hour the strangest. It seemed that Dernhelm laughed.... 'But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund's daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.'

Macbeth and The Lord of the Rings

Third Apparition: Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him.

Henry V, Lord of the Rings and Glory

YORK: My lord, most humbly on my knee I beg the leading of the vaward.

KING HENRY V: Take it, brave York. Now, soldiers, march away: and how thou pleasest, God, dispose the day!

SHAW: General Strong, the 54th Massachusetts requests the honor of leading the attack on Fort Wagner. 

Romeo and Juliet and the Hunger Games

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