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    The Shakespeare plays and the U.S. elction

    We've seen in Forbes magazine that Donald Trump is like the character Falstaff. Professor Greenblatt, in the New York Times, suggested that Trump is a sociopath like Shakespeare's Richard the third. I don't think we know yet, for Trump is also like Hamlet(antic disposition) and Kate from THE TAMING OF THE SHREW(the musical version would be titled DON'T KISS ME DONALD). We have what some call a representative democracy for government now instead of a monarchy. So, Mr. Trump will not be be free to perform badly. Therefore, I think Trump's campaign has been interesting(see my notes in the Shakespeare section).

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    That shows all too well that not much has changed in the last several hundred of years. I'm afraid to say, several thousand of years... Cavemen/women with smartphones...

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    I think Shakespeare's characters are more subtle.
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    Trump might have certain Falstaffian characteristics, but Clinton is pure Lady Macbeth.
    "L'art de la statistique est de tirer des conclusions erronèes a partir de chiffres exacts." Napoléon Bonaparte.

    "Je crois que beaucoup de gens sont dans cet état d’esprit: au fond, ils ne sentent pas concernés par l’Histoire. Mais pourtant, de temps à autre, l’Histoire pose sa main sur eux." Michel Houellebecq.

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    This may be unfair to Mrs Clinton, but a better analogy might be Volumnia in Coriolanus - a hawkish matriarch with relations highly placed in the political sphere.

    Falstaff - a pathetic old man totally inappropriate to advise a potential head of state.
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    Donald Trump: Caliban

    Hillary Clinton: All three witches
    And this from a man in a bunny suit.

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    Hillary Clinton: All three witches
    I just don't get these Hillary haters. For me, give the alternative, she was clear through an angel.
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