I am writing a story and need Shakespearean quotes dealing with death, pain, and/or suffering.  All help would be greatly appreciated.I'm writing a story in the hopes that it will be published. ...

I am writing a story and need Shakespearean quotes dealing with death, pain, and/or suffering.  All help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm writing a story in the hopes that it will be published.  It is a detective fiction and need some quotes to incorporate for my police officer to recognize and explain.

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This question needs to be on the discussion board, where you'll get a wider variety of responses.

Here are a few quotations you might consicer:

"Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once."
Julius Caesar (II, ii, 32-37)

 

"What's gone and what's past help
Should be past grief."
The Winter's Tale (III, ii, 223-224 )

 

I pray thee peace, I will be flesh and blood;
For there was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothache patiently,
However they have writ the style of gods,
And made a push at chance and sufferance.
Much Ado About Nothing Act 5, scene 1, 31–38

 

You can easily find more quotations by doing what I did. Go to the Shakespeare Quotes page here at eNotes( http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes). Then type one of your key words into the search box. You'll get many selections to choose from.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are a few of my favourites. The Macbeth one became the inspiration for Frost's poem 'Out, Out-'

Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing. (Act V scene 5)


I find the quotation regarding the first Thane of Cawdor interesting and have used it as a writing stimulus for students

Nothing in his life

Became him like the leaving it.

Good luck with the writing!

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Look at Macbeth, Act 5.  Macbeth says

Out out brief candle!  / Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage / And then is heard no more; it is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/ Signifying nothing.

This quote is such a rich list of metaphors and connotative language that you could use part or all of it in your story.

I think your idea is clever -- I know for myself that I love feeling smart and catching allusions or allusionary language.  There is no better author to draw from than William Shakespeare.

 

 

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Congratulations on pursuing your writing and using research and other great literature to strengthen it. Intelligent readers will appreciate the use of intertextuality. One of the resources I use when I need to search for quotes is “The Quotations Page.” The following link should take you to the Shakespeare quotes they have. I believe there are at least 200 from which you can choose.

http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/William_Shakespeare/

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You are looking for Shakespeare quotes to incorporate into your story?  I think my favorite Shakespeare quote about death is from Hamlet.  It made a big impression on me as a teenager, and I think of it when I think about death.  I had never looked at it as a long sleep before, with possible dreams.

To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

It's from Act III, Scene 1.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What a delightful treat, to find someone who wants to reflect the great, enduring themes of Shakespeare in a modern writing.  Good for you!

Here's one of my favorites from Hamlet:

How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable

Seems to me all the uses of this world!  (Iii)

 

epollock | Student

You can find particular quotes on Shakespeare from eNotes. They have quotes by passage or grouped by theme. The address is

http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/themes

One very memorable quote is

Romeo:
Hold, Tybalt! Good Mercutio!
[Tybalt under Romeo's arm thrusts Mercutio in. Away Tybalt]

Mercutio:
I am hurt.
A plague a' both your houses! I am sped.
Is he gone and hath nothing?

Romeo And Juliet Act 3, scene 1, 90–9