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Who’s Who in Sons of Anarchy and Shakespeare!… and a gratuitous Whedon Easter Egg!

March 27, 2012

Clay Morrow / King Claudius – The rise and fall of both characters hinges on the murder of a family member which occurred prior to the curtain even opening on the first act. They both seem noble and capable leaders at first. It is not until we hear of these past transgressions does the audience ever even suspect that these men could be capable of such evil. Both also married their brother’s widow. In Clay’s case, it was a brother in the biker family sense.

Gemma Teller Morrow / Queen Gertrude or Lady MacBeth? – Gemma shares that she married her husband’s killer with Gertrude in Hamlet, but at no point does Gertrude hint that she knew of the murder. That is where the characters differ. Gemma is in on ALL of it, all the wrong doings of SAMCRO. In most cases she doesn’t even need to ask Clay. She just knows. Her willingness to be complicit in crimes seems much more Lady Macbeth-like to me…

Wayne Unser / Dogberry – In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare enjoyed a few comical jabs at the incompetence of the police force. The same can be said of S.O.A.’s writers’ use of Sheriff Unser. Neither seems entirely capable of performing their appointed tasks. But, both characters contribute in the resolution of their respective stories by relaying very important pieces of information when desperately needed. They both exist merely as bumbling story catalysts.

He's so rebellious that he wears white to a funeral! *read with snarky sarcasm.

Jax – Jax is the embodiment of quite a few of Shakespeare’s leading men. The obvious one is Hamlet. On occasions he is bit MacBeth as well, particularly when he is around his mommy. Around the ladies though, of course he is their Romeo. But I like to hope he’ll end up being Henry V.

Lastly, John Teller / Hamlet’s Father’s Ghost – Just like The ghost in Hamlet, John Teller directs and influences his son from beyond the grave.

I’m really enjoying this show and highly recommend it. If you have a Netflix account, the first few seasons are streaming.

Tomorrow I start season 2.


P.S. – There is a hidden Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse) related Easter Egg link in this post. You’ll know it when you click it, and you’ll be happy you did.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2012 10:47 am

    My brother watches this show, but… I just can’t make myself watch it. I have to say, though, this helped spark my curiosity, because I’m a rabid Shakespeare nut. Kudos to you, sir. He’s been trying since the show came on the air to get me to watch it, and you got me interested in, what, 500 words?

    • June 14, 2012 2:24 pm

      Thank you very much for the compliment. I’ve seen so many productions of so many Shakespeare plays that I’ve lost count. I too am a nut. SOA’s first two seasons were wonderfully inspired by the bard. There are many other peripheral characters that you can draw parallels to. Season 3 saw a bit of a writing decline. It was still good, but lost the subtlety of the inspiration evident in the first two. They start referring to the Hamlet character as “The Prince” which is a little heavy handed. If you have netflix, seasons 1 – 3 are available streaming. Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!

      • June 14, 2012 4:22 pm

        Will do! Oh, and speaking of Shakespeare, I am SO excited for Joss Whedon’s new movie. Do you know if it will have a theatrical release?

      • June 14, 2012 7:52 pm

        I really have no idea… Joss is trying to do for movies what he did for online films with Dr Horrible, prove that a high quality product can be produced for a reasonable budget. I also can’t wait for it! Last I heard, it was looking for distribution. I bet it will get an art house release in the major cities, and then off to DVD. Btw, I checked out your site. Your “everything about me” page is awesomely written. Very funny stuff and good taste in movies!

  2. June 14, 2012 9:29 pm

    Thank you very much! By the way, I love your banner picture from Local Hero. Such a great movie.

    • June 14, 2012 11:02 pm

      Thanks. Local Hero is a favorite. Probably a top ten. Kudos to you Sir for recognizing it.

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