Sederi 29 — 2019
María José Mora
Sánchez-García, Inmaculada N. “Uneasy lies the heart that wears a badge: James Gray’s We Own the Night as a Gen-X Henriad.” SEDERI 29 (2019): 135–60.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34136/sederi.2019.6 Download PDF
This article analyses James Gray’s We Own the Night (2007) as a cinematic retelling of Shakespeare’s Henriad that presents Hal’s story not as the chivalric redemption of a national hero but as a tragic fall from happiness. Through close comparative reading of these texts, I explore how We Own the Night rewrites Hal’s story as a (post)modern tragedy which addresses the concerns of the so-called Generation X. Hal’s liminal position—caught between opposing social worlds of crime and law—presents the narrative’s major conflict, which itself echoes Jan Kott’s tragic vision of Shakespeare’s play.
Keywords: James Gray; Henriad; Prince Hal; Generation X; Filmic Shakespeare
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