Monday, December 26, 2011

Dark Thoughts and Twisted Minds

Shakespeare's Richard III
And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds
To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,
He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber
To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks
Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;
I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty
To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion,
Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time
Into this breathing world scarce half made up,

...  And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous,
By drunken prophecies, libels, and dreams, 

Nope. The above words are not the musings of a Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino the Third. Students of Shakespeare could easily recognize the lines are part of Act One, Scene One of "The Tragedy of King Richard The Third."

But I won't fault someone should he or she attribute the words as Noynoy Aquino's. For like Richard III, BSA III has proven that he can be "subtle, false, and treacherous."

What made Richard III particularly interesting is Shakespeare's attempt to bring the audience into the villain's twisted mind and see his dark thoughts. Through asides, Richard III revealed to the audience his dark plans.

Aside is a theatrical device wherein the character reveals his thoughts to the audience, expressed in a form of a monologue. This is, of course, different from a public speech like ones where someone cleverly weaves his desires or what's going on through his mind like when BSA III hinted that his predecessor will be locked before the end of the year. Or when he charged that the Supreme Court is standing on the way of his reform agenda (if there's any) so that a change in its leadership is necessary.

In the beginning of the play, Richard III made known his plot to disrupt the line of succession by having Clarence, King Edward's successor, murdered. During medieval times, democracy and the principle of co-equal branches of government are still non-existent. Richard III has no choice but to leave to modern-day sickos the business of messing up democratic processes and institutions.

Ambitious and scheming he believed that it was his fate to rule over the land. He walked in a way many find awkward. Women did not find him physically attractive. But he did used a woman to gain political power only to subsequently discard her. And I am still referring to Richard III, not someone else.

So, is Richard III deranged? A mad man? Lunatic? It's hard to tell for throughout the story, despite the darkness of his thoughts, Richard III has shown clear vision of what he wanted to happen and accomplish, until Richmond ended his life and rule.

If Richard III isn't twisted what about BSA III? Same answer - hard to tell. Only a shrink who has actually held sessions with him can ascertain.

But here's something that's been drawing attention in the Internet for quite some time now:

Portion of Noynoy Aquino's alleged psychiatric record

This alleged psychiatric record is dated 1979

Findings of Noynoy Aquino's alleged psychiatric record dated 1979


  1. Interesting that you should see a Richard III in Noynoy Aquino. But I beg to disagree. In Shakespeare's version of the misshapen king, we see a tragic figure who has been compelled by his deformities to be the villain. In Noynoy Aquino, we see nothing more than simple mind expressing simple greed. Very elemental. If you take a banana from a monkey, you would know what I mean. Nothing for Shakespeare to write about.

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