Shakespeare revisited: Mahmoud’s soliloquy

October 28, 2007 at 12:57 pm (1)

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Inspired by Jake and Dinos Chapman, the Britart duo who caused a storm after defacing Goya etchings in 2003 — such as Insult to Injury, pictured — here, with apologies to the Bard, is a defacement of his work. (Most of it was too good to change, though.)

 


HAMLETMAHMOUD:

To bebomb, or not to bebomb–that is thetheir question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind Iran to buffersuffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous amassing fortune
Or to take [nuclear] arms against a sea of troubles shekels
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleepsheep
No more–and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocksstocks
That fleshcash is heir to. ‘Tis a consummationconsumption
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep–
To sleep–perchance to dreamcream: ay, there’s the rub (baba),
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coilquest for oil,
Must give us pausecause. There’s the respectdisrespect
That makes calamityKalashnikov of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels infidels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary hairy life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveller groveller returns, puzzles pizzas the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Lack of Thus conscience does make makes cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolutionUN resolutions
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action. — Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia!Georgedubia! — Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remembered.

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1 Comment

  1. yana said,

    baba you are ginious (sp?) I love it, can’t stop laughing. god gave you more than your share of talent, spare me some baby 🙂

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