Over the weekend I watched an episode of Doctor Who called “The Shakespeare Code.” Since we’ve read Macbeth in class it was interesting to see their take on the three witches. Since it is Doctor Who, the witches were a type of alien trying to take over the planet.
These witches used the power of Shakespeare’s words to try to cast a spell. I liked this idea because it played with the concept of the pen being mightier than the sword. Of course, we all know just how powerful Shakespeare’s words were, since they’re still around today.
There were also some funny lines where the Doctor would quote Shakespeare plays and then give Shakespeare himself permission to write the lines. I wouldn’t have gotten those references if I hadn’t had to read Shakespeare plays for class.
For class this week we read The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell. I thought the story was really creepy, the idea of someone hunting people is horrible. Reading the story reminded me of an episode of the show Supernatural called “The Benders” (season 1 episode 15). The episode was based off the same concept. It’s about a family who hunts people for fun. The characters’ motives seem to be different, though.
According to General Zaroff he hunts people because they are smart and it makes hunting less boring: “No other hunting compares with it for an instant. Every day I hunt, and I never grow bored now, for I have a quarry with which I can match my wits.”
However, the father in “The Benders” only seems to hunt because he’s cruel: “I’ve hunted all my life. Just like my father, his before him. I’ve hunted deer and bear—I even got a cougar once. Oh boy. But the best hunt is human. Oh, there’s nothin’ like it. Holdin’ their life in your hands. Seein’ the fear in their eyes just before they go dark. Makes you feel powerful alive.”
Comparing the surroundings is also interesting. The General lives in an opulent house and spares no expense to stay “civilized,” while the Benders live in a run down house that is falling apart and they’re all poorly-groomed. They’re nowhere near civilized.
Both stories have a similar resolution, the heroes escape and the villains are in no state to hunt again.