Saturday, September 22, 2012

Shakespeare References in Francesca Lia Block's The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man, a novel by Francesca Lia Block, has a couple of Shakespeare references. The first: "We decide to have a Midsummer Night's Dream full-moon party. My mother brings out all her white tulle and we hang it in the trees. We cut out paper stars and glue blue and pink glitter onto them and scatter them in the tulle canopies among white Christmas lights" (pages 57-58).  The second: "She is wearing a full caftan and her arms look like wings. She is quoting Shakespeare: 'So quick bright things come to confusion'" (page 59).  That line, of course, is from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Lysander says it to Hermia in Act I Scene i.

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