William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare in "Fern and the Case of the Stolen Story"
Gender Male
Animal Aardvark
Hair color Gray
Job Playwright
Cartoon debut "Fern and the Case of the Stolen Story"
Voiced by Bruce Dinsmore (s16)
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright. His work has been referenced multiple times in the Arthur series:
  • Catherine was trying to read Shakespeare when Francine was turning the lights on and off. "Francine Frensky, Superstar"
  • Mr. Ratburn remembers his one-man Hamlet puppet show in "Elwood City Turns 100!".
  • In the opening of "Kiss and Tell," D.W. appears as Juliet from Shakespeare's famous Romeo and Juliet. D.W. continually waits for Romeo on the balcony, but Prince Charming shows up instead.
    • Also in "Kiss and Tell," it is mentioned that Arthur's class is reading Romeo and Juliet. Arthur tells D.W. a bit about the plot, and the book and a picture in it is seen.
  • A line from Shakespeare's Hamlet, "To be or not to be.", is referenced in the titles of "To Beat or Not to Beat" and "To Eat or Not to Eat".
  • Buster mentions that he has a yam named "Yamlet" in "Prunella the Pack Rat," a reference to Hamlet. Also, when he receives a beet from Prunella, he remarks "To beet or not to beet."
  • The episode MacFrensky has a plot line similar to Macbeth, with its name also referencing the play.
    • In that same episode, Mr. Ratburn quoted William Shakespeare, saying "truth rolls out, as the Bard says".
  • Fern imagines seeing the Bard several times throughout "Fern and the Case of the Stolen Story". He criticizes her work and tells her it's OK to sometimes get writer's block.
  • In the opening of Popular Girls, Arthur, FrancineFern, and Sue Ellen were shown performing MacBeth.


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