Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shakespeare at Large

Tat Lit Crit

OK, so evidently I'm the last person on earth to know about Megan Fox's King Lear tattoo: "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies." A mentally far-gone Lear says this to his only faithful daughter, Cordelia, at the end of the play. He's got this fantasy of them happily imprisoned together, laughing at all the greedy jerks who have done them wrong.

I decided to do a little "research" on what people thought Megan meant by this allusion. Here's what I came up with:

"A gilded butterfly is superfluous, since a butterfly is beautiful on its own -- why does it need to be gilded, that is, trimmed or covered with a thin layer of gold?

A gilded butterfly also cannot fly, weighed down as it is by the gilding -- so it is not only decorated to excess, but it is also decorated to the point that it has lost its freedom. . . .

Does Megan Fox identify with King Lear, Shakespeare, her audience, or her critics in sporting this tattoo? Possibly she is showing uncommon wisdom as a member of the Hollywood scene, knowing that in reality the glitz and glamour of Hollywood are more amusing than important." (

"This sentence so represents the illusion of love among relatives and how easily this love can be faked and manipulated. The gilded smile on Megan Fox' face, just like the one of every other celebrity, is just an illusion. It's probably a way for Megan Fox, not to lose contact with reality." (

"Megan has the words We will all laugh at gilded butterflies on her back. It is a a Shakespeare quote from King Lear meaning to not get too caught up in Hollywood because people will end up laughing at you." (

Finally, I think that The Sun's cheesy-pun caption for their piece on Fox yesterday" "Take a Lear at Sexy Megan" also has real potential as the title of a book on Megan's tattoo. Dissertation project, anyone?

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