William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First (William Shakespeare's Star Wars)
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Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: Episode 1 as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.
’Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance . . . all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold on to your midi-chlorians: The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!
still hath much To learn about the Force that liveth, yet More capable in skill and strength there’s none. Like mother bird who sees her fledgling fly, There’s little more I can teach Obi-Wan. I prithee, let him take to wing and soar; Allow room for a new egg in the nest. YODA Young Skywalker’s fate Shall not yet be unravel’d: ’Tis work for later. MACE The present is no time for chirping talk: The Senate shall soon in their chamber vote For their new Chancellor Supreme. This may
and Darth Maul begin to duel. I strike, and cold revenge doth warm my soul, So like a flash of lightning I attack. MAUL With strength renew’d he fighteth for his friend, Avenging this old man with sharpest strikes. He hopes to claim the life that I have ta’en, But little doth he know I shall take two. OBI-WAN Vile foe—I swipe, and this is the result: Your double lightsaber is singl’d out. ’Tis now a fight more even, and shall be E’en fairer when I take the life you owe, The one
destroyed the Gungan city, but because of his radical ideas. Banished to the surface of Naboo, he learned human speech and syntax and sharpened his thoughts about how difference races interact. He recognizes, then, that although Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan may be very useful to him and his people—they are Jedi, after all—they also treat him as a savage. (This recognition is backed up in the movie, with Qui-Gon derisively calling Jar Jar “a local” while speaking to Obi-Wan—right in front of Jar Jar!) In
greatest writers in the English language. GEORGE LUCAS is a film producer, screenwriter, director, and the creator of the Star Wars motion picture saga. He lives in California. IAN DOESCHER is the New York Times best-selling author of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family. Visit him at IanDoescher.com.
t’ward Is not some royal court: it shall be rife With fearsome, base, and vicious characters. It is no place to bring a handmaiden. PANAKA The queen desires it; curious is she About this planet and what lies hereon. QUI-GON This is a course with which I disagree: A queen’s desire’s not rationale enough. [To Padmé:] Remain close at my side. I’ll see thee safe. [Exit Captain Panaka as Qui-Gon, Padmé, Jar Jar, and R2-D2 walk toward the spaceport. PADMÉ What know you of this land,