Can you suggest any speeches by Shakespearian characters about the importance of appreciating one's family, or one's good fortune, or love in general?I am a screenwriter working on a story that...

Can you suggest any speeches by Shakespearian characters about the importance of appreciating one's family, or one's good fortune, or love in general?

I am a screenwriter working on a story that involves an actor who in middle age finally comes to grips with how his life really is, as opposed to what he hoped as a youth that it would be.  Basically he learns to appreciate what he actually has -- his family, friends, etc.  I would like to end the story with him on stage in a Shakespeare play, giving a speech that in some way reflects this lesson that he has learned.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Expert Answers
shakespeareguru eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Do you want a touching, dramatic tone, or something more of a comic self-comment?

Here's Lear when he is finally reunited with the daughter he has scorned.  He learns a lot through the course of the play about family and love...

We two alone will sing like birds i'the cage,

When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down

And ask of thee forgiveness.  So, we'll live,

And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh

At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues

Talk of court news.  And we'll talk with them too,

Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out;

And take upon's the mystery of things

As if we were God's spies.

Or how about Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing (for a more comic approach):

I'll tell thee what.  A college of wit-crackers cannot flout me out of my humour.  Dost thou think I care for a satire or an epigram?  No.  If a man will be beaten with brains, he shall wear nothing handsome about him.  In brief, since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it.  And therefore, never flout at me for what I have said against it.  For man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.

Good luck with your screenplay!

 

shaketeach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Why not check out Hyman's wedding speech speech in Act V, scene 4 of As You Like It.

Another possibility is Oberon's speech in Act V, scene 1 of A Midsummer Night's Dream when he blesses the marriages.

Does that help?

Good luck.

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question