Saturday, November 30, 2013

Shakespeare References in Going Down by Jennifer Belle

Lately I have been finding Shakespeare references in almost everything I read. It’s kind of wonderful. In Jennifer Belle’s novel Going Down, there are two Shakespeare references. The first is related to Romeo And Juliet and the theatre: “I was also forced to take Tech, where you have to work behind the scenes. You have to walk around in a flannel shirt and pretend that you’re just as happy to build Juliet’s balcony as to be Juliet because that is how much you love the theater” (page 72). The second reference is a bit odd. Belle writes, “She had frizzy Shakespearean hair and overalls” (page 77). I’m not sure exactly what she means by “Shakespearean hair.”

This book was published in 1996.

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