Famous last words can be funny, inspirational, prophetic or simply memorable. These are the lines of dialogue that seem to click in your mind and they become part of your life experience.
Even those students who do not particularly care for Shakespeare often remember the pained final words of Caesar “Et tu, Brute?” (and you too Brutus) as he died at the hands of assassins. Today these words are still used by people who want to describe a feeling of treacherous betrayal by someone they trusted. This is just one instance that shows how well chosen words can live on through time.
How many times have you heard someone describe WWII General McArthur saying, “I shall return”? Although these words were apparently paraphrased, more people are able to recite these words and credit them to this famous general than can actually tell you where or when he supposedly made this statement.
Other people easily remember the scene in “Streetcar Named Desire” where Brando begins to bellow out the name, “Stella! Stella!” They may not even remember the plot of this movie, but many movie fans act out this one last scene with amazing passion.
Such is the power of some famous last words. They can sometimes take on a life and existence of their own.
Sometimes you can read a book or watch a movie and the one thing that you truly remember about the experience are the last lines spoken by one of the characters. In many instances these words have the ability to speak to your heart and soul. This allows you to instantly identify with the real message that is being delivered.