Oedipus, Lysistrata, Hamlet & Ernest Meet For Dinner
Updated: 7/17/2020
Oedipus, Lysistrata, Hamlet & Ernest Meet For Dinner
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  • Welcome, dear friends, to my country estate for my dinner party. As you may know, my name is Ernest. It is so nice to see you all. Hamlet, it pleases me to see you escorted Lysistrata.
  • Good Lord, I thank you for this invite.
  • Of course good sir. She's metal more attractive.
  • A man doesn't like it unless the girl cooperates. I shall not cooperate with dear Hamlet
  • Hamlet! How can one speak of death when there are husbands. Fathers of children. Always off at war possibly dying.
  • Ay, thy food looks great, yet I am still torn. "To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer...
  • But...How can you sit there calmly eating when our dear friend Hamlet is in this horrible dilemma?
  • 'Tis strange to be so daring, but it would be my clothes that suffered more than myself if I consumed agitated
  • To eat or not to eat? This food is now simply to be decomposed matter
  • Panel 1: Hamlet is greeting his guests to his dinner party. The guests are Hamlet, Lysistrata and Oedipus Rex.
  • *Sarcastically* I meant under the circumstances, but very well. Like Oedipus, I too led a double life. Jack in the country, Ernest in the city. My love Gwendolyn: I adore her, and she adores the name Ernest so that's who I will be.
  • Ernest, men like you simply won't stand still! We women know how to make you listen, with sex especially. Each man be kind to his woman, and love and sex shall be received.
  • Panel 2: While eating, Hamlet immediately gets talking about the conflicts going on in his head about death. Lysistrata shoots down the idea because of the experiences with men going to war in Greece and how it isn't good. Oedipus is thinking about King Laios and how that death/death in general brought a great plague and misfortune to the land he rules. He was unintentionally living a double life as king and killer.
  • Anyways, there is vital importance of being Earnest: I spoke my truth to Gwendolyn about my names, to find out that my real name actually is Ernest because of my father upper class father! The truth can be quite crazy yet necessary for support!
  • When the clues to my true life and birth are in my hand, I seek. I do not listen. I desire the truth to be known, causing downfall & ruin.( my tragic flaw) I failed my people: Married my own mother, being my own father's murderer.
  • Panel 3: This is meant to recreate the funny scene of Ernest and Algernon arguing about eating muffins. The others like Oedipus simply state that it would ruin their clothes if they ate with anger. Therefore, there is a little parody to the scene. It is a little break of comic relief.
  • This dinner party didn't end too well! We should try and make peace
  • Well, I must say that I think that there are a lot of better things he can be doing right now!! 
  • Shall I avenge Claudius this way?
  • No more! No more shall you look on the misery that is me! The horrors of my own doing!
  • Panel 4: Ernest reveals his double identity and how he is in love with Gwendolyn. Lysistrata, who can be portrayed as a form of feminist, reacts to that by noting how powerful women are because they can make a man do so much. Hamlet is kneeling and he is overly self-reflecting; something he does very well.
  • Dost thou think I possess a tragic flaw? 'Tis true I do. I think and I think. Avenging my father was my deed, but I never acted on it.
  • Panel 5: Ernest reveals the importance of being earnest, while Oedipus and Hamlet explain their tragic flaws in a way. Lysistrata is a comedic play, so Lysistrata interjects some comedy here that it's tragic that men are always at war and not with them doing other things.
  • You know what else is tragic? Men of Greece have been in Thrace the last five months keeping an eye on that General!
  • Panel 6: The end of the dinner has come, and Oedipus became so shameful after talking of his tragic flaw, that he stabs himself in the eyes, just like he did in the actual play. The others react with horror, and with sarcasm in Ernest's case. Hamlet is still getting in his head too much, not taking action.
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