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Stage Direction of the Day

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by tarnok, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. tarnok

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    Stage Direction of the Day

    "Exit, pursued by a bear."

    Or as it appears in the old folio "Exit pursued by a Beare."

    One of the most famous stage directions in history, this comes from Act III Scene III in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.
     
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    It's fairly straight-forward really. Stage directions are instructions on what actors should do. In this case the character leaves the stage being pursued by a bear. I'm not certain why it has become so famous, but I can see three factors that might have contributed to it.

    One, Shakespeare didn't include many stage directions. Two, on the face of it this one is kind of funny. Three, the difficulty of pulling such a thing off believably on stage, particularly during Shakespeare's time.
     
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    No, I realize the meaning behind the post content... I just don't realize the point of the thread itself. :D
     
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    Just my ________ of the Day series. I talked about the purpose behind it in the first one.
     

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