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New Year Resolutions for Shakespeare's Characters

By January 5, 2010

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As we bound into 2010 it's customary to make some weak-willed resolution for the year ahead. How are you going to change? Drink less? Read more? Be kinder?

I'm sure that many of Shakespeare's characters would also have resolutions to make. Here are a few of my favorites:

Juliet: "Stay off the drugs."
Hamlet: "Try and get things done."
Lady Macbeth: "Be happy with what I've got."

Join in! Pick a character, write a new year's resolution for them and share with others on About.com.


January 6, 2010 at 9:43 am
(1) Robin Weatherall says:

Richard III – family first

January 6, 2010 at 11:10 am
(2) Gary Ishler says:

Macbeth:Ignore anything witches have to say.

January 6, 2010 at 11:36 am
(3) Sarah Tron says:

Caesar-listen to my wife and stay home from work

January 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm
(4) Nikolay says:

Claudius: Stay away from brother’s wife!

January 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm
(5) Bill Moen says:

Beatrice & Benedick; “Don’t fight!”

January 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(6) Bill Moen says:

Beatrice & Benedick; “Don’t fight!”

Henry VI; “Stay out of foreign quarrels.”

Falstaff; ” Get home before the chimes at midnight.”

King Lear; “Behave yourself!”

January 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm
(7) Tony Balangue says:

King Lear: I’ll never let my kids sweet-talk me again.

January 7, 2010 at 2:35 am
(8) Mary says:

Othello: I’ll never give an ear to anyone slandering my wife again!

January 7, 2010 at 7:43 am
(9) Andrés says:

Polonius: This above all: to thine own self be true

February 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(10) Gary Ishler says:

Polonius: Keep my nose out of other peoples’ business.

Hamlet: Stop being such a wishy-washy pinhead!

February 11, 2010 at 9:47 am
(11) Rob Cerello says:

Caius Marcius (Coriolanus): “I will lighten up and show some respect to the poor–after all it’s an election year this year.”

Polonius (hamlet): “No more eavesdropping for me–and I need to spend more time supervising my kids. Ophelia’s gone on some guy and Laertes looks mad enough to kill someone…”

Hamlet (Hamlet)L “About that swordsmanship–practice, practice practice! Also, I want to lose some weight, and
then stop worrying about losing dad all the time–Note to myself–be kinder to Ophelia too.”

Dromio of Ephesus (Comedy of Errors): “Wear an ID bracelet–who wants to be mistaken for my rascally brother all the time?”

Imogen (Winter’s Tale): “Sweetly creep into my lover imagination while in a shift–in other words I need to make shit to capture his attention more often! Note o myself: check sexy shift collection tomorrow”

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