Ok, best opening lines was fun, now let’s do best ending. I don’t think I’ll stick with “ending line”, that might be a bit tricky to pull off. Might not always work as just a single line, in other words.
Here’s the rules :
- Must be the actual ending. Work backwards from the definite end of the play. You can take as much of the last scene as you want, but it has to include the actual end. So, in other words, I can’t have the big fight scene in Macbeth, I’d be restricted to Malcolm’s final speech, which isn’t nearly as interesting.
- “Best”, for the purposes of this game, has more to do with particularly memorable or poetic aspects of the actual words. Not because the scene was particularly cool.
Romeo and Juliet’s got a good contender with the Prince’s line, “For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
Puck, of course, knocks it out of the park for Midsummer. His whole closing speech, from “If we shadows have offended” all the way through to “Robin shall restore amends” is note perfect.
I think this category is interesting because it brings up those opportunities where we think Shakespeare should have ended, but didn’t. The obvious case there being Hamlet, where “The rest is silence” has been the closing line for many a film version, but in the script Shakespeare has Horatio and Fortinbras go on for a few dozen more lines.
UPDATE: Did everybody see this? Digg.com picked up a story that Gunaxin did on 20 best closing lines – days after we decided to do it :). I wish I could figure out how to get some of that Digg traffic, I’m tellin ya!