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Character Sanity Index

A ticker characters can look at during a tragedy to determine how crazy the the lead character is.
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I was reading over some Shakespearean tragedies, and noticed that it's pretty obvious to the audience, and not to any of the characters, just how homicidally nuts the main characters get. I suggest a something like a stock ticker that a secondary character can check during the play so as to avoid angering the main character and getting cacked in the final scene. "Whoa, Dad's hubris is up 2 points," thinks Goneril (King Lear). "Maybe I'll wait on kicking his troops out of my castle." Could make for some very short, uneventful plays, but would significantly reduce the body count.
kitsune, Apr 06 2001

Exploding Shakespeare http://www.halfbake...oding_20Shakespeare
Pass the sack ... [Aristotle, Apr 06 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

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       Quite similar to a movie in which the characters can hear the soundtrack. "I wonder what's behind this door..." BA-dum, BA-dum, BA-DUM! "... actually, no I don't."
centauri, Apr 06 2001
  

       "Scary music! Don't open that door!"   

       Could be amusing for a comedy, but this sort of thing has been baked for at least 50 years. A Bugs Bunny cartoon has him speaking 'island' language, with subtitles <30 seconds of gibberish for 'How are you?' and 'Meee-oh' for 'Now is the time for all good men...'>, another character replies in English and a lot of 'oo-hee ugh' subtitle, and a third says 'Gosh, did you say that?' while pointing at it.
StarChaser, Apr 07 2001
  

       And halfway through each performance of Hamlet the damned thing keeps blowing up.
sirrobin, Apr 07 2001
  

       the halfbakery ticker...'whoa, i didn't know the scale went that high.'
nick_n_uit, Apr 07 2001
  

       What we really need is a ticker that shows us how sane the people we deal with on a daily basis are....
Susen, Apr 10 2001
  
      
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