the united states of america is fucking horrific and repulsive and people have every right to shit talk it but leave fat people out of it and stop acting like having fat people makes the usa a bad place, when you could focus on idk literally everything else
@2 hours ago with 32333 notes
#fatphobia #it needs to stop #it needs to stop now
Looking at people’s tags it’s become apparent that a lot of people refer to Hamlet and Horatio as “tragic Danish boyfriends”, which I find incredibly sweet, BUT: do we even know for certain that Horatio is actually Danish??
I personally always pictured him as a foreigner. Of course, his status as “outsider” at the Danish court could be solely due to his social rank/class i.e. him being neither royality nor nobility (I assume??); but there are a couple of other things:
- there’s that part in act 1,II, where Hamlet tells him “We’ll teach you to drink deep ere you depart.” (this could of course refer to the propensity for heavy drink at the court,and not in Denmark as a whole).
- cf. act 5,II: “I am more an antique Roman than a Dane.”!? (again: this could be solely a matter of temperament, i.e. his leaning towards suicide as the most virtuous option)
I’m sorry if there’s already been a ton of talk about/meta on this that I somehow missed! But if that’s the case, I’d be most grateful if someone could point me towards anything written on the subject, either here on tumblr or in academic articles (!!) – any thoughts are welcome, really.
I think “more an antique Roman than a Dane” is pretty good evidence that he IS Danish, since it’s obviously a metaphor — he’s saying he’s more like an ancient (antique) Roman than he is like a Dane, which is the kind of thing that only makes sense if the speaker is actually a Dane.
By comparing himself to an ancient Roman, Horatio is saying that he values the same things that the ancient Romans held dear: virtus, dignitas, pietas.
Virtus is literally translated as “virtue,” but it meant so much more than that to Romans. It was THE quality to have. It carried connotations of courage, strength, honor, valor (especially in war), manliness (it’s no coincidence that the word came from the Latin word for “man”, vir), and overall excellence.
Dignitas—well, “dignified” and “dignity” are derived from that. But to the Romans, dignitas was more than simply appearing noble or influential. A man who valued dignitas valued morality, ethical behavior, a good reputation and an unbesmirched name.
Pietas…this one gets misunderstood a LOT, because “piety” in English does not have positive connotations. But to an ancient Roman, pietas meant devotion to and the deepest respect for things of supreme value: the gods, one’s parents, one’s ancestors, the dead.
Shakespeare’s audience would have understood the metaphor, because for hundreds of years—up through the nineteenth century, in fact—comparing a man to an ancient Roman (either in general or a specific one known for being honorable) meant that this was a man of sterling character. By saying that he is more like an antique Roman than a modern Dane, Horatio is saying that his values are strong, old-fashioned ones rather than those of Claudius’s intrigue-filled court. And by saying this, he is telling the audience that he can be trusted, despite being a courtier.
It is, effectively, shorthand. And it is on point; it says quite clearly why Hamlet is willing to trust him throughout the play. It has nothing to do with being Italian.
@6 hours ago with 31 notes
#hamlet #horatio #shakespeare fandom #shakespeare! #roman values #tragic danish boyfriends #emphasis on DANISH
@11 hours ago with 67046 notes
#roseanne #darlene #nightmare on oak street #these are girls' things #as long as a girl uses them
This show did gender roles so right in both directions. You remember when Dan told his son he was “damn beautiful” with a bow n his hair?
These are girls’ things as long as a girl uses them.
As a note, this episode, “Nightmare on Oak Street,” first aired on ABC-TV on February 14, 1989. Twenty-five years ago.
It’s awesome advice. But I’m sorry that people still have to be told this.
(Source: natzcz, via vermin-disciple)