Antony and Cleopatra Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1Caesar laughs at Antony challenging him to one-on-one combat because he has better ways to die. Mecaenas tells him to not pay Antony any mind because he is clearly failing. Caesar decides to let the army know that some of Antony’s men have come to their side. He also decides to let... Continue Reading →

Racism in Shakespeare

The other day a google document was shared on the Shakespeare 2020 Project Facebook page. In the document was a breakdown of different words used in Shakespeare that may be considered offensive today. The document was presented as a guide for editing Shakespeare to remove any offensive language. I was intrigued by the document, but... Continue Reading →

Antony and Cleopatra Part 2

Act II, Scene 6Pompey, Caesar, Antony, and Lepidus meet to negotiate terms. They have prisoners to exchange, so they will spea before the fight. Caesar, Antony, and Lepidus have sent terms beforehand. Pompey either needs to agree to those terms or they will go to war. Pompey acknowledges that his father has been largely avenged... Continue Reading →

Antony and Cleopatra Part 1

Act I, Scene 1Philo and Demetrius are disappointed in Antony. He used to be so full of manly war feelings, but now all he wants to do is dote on Cleopatra. Antony and Cleopatra are discussing how great their love is when a messenger arrives from Rome. Antony doesn’t want to hear it, but Cleopatra... Continue Reading →

Expertise of the Doubters

I believe that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the plays attributed to him. At the beginning of the year, I wrote a blog post explaining why I feel it is worth understanding the arguments behind the authorship debate and why the debate is worth having. My intent is to go through the arguments and key... Continue Reading →

The Complex Family Dynamics of King Lear

TW: emotional abuse, violence, dementia As I was watching the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s recent stream of King Lear, I was confronted with a feeling I didn’t expect: empathy for Goneril. This was my first experience with King Lear and all I had heard was that Lear was horribly abused by his two evil daughters. I... Continue Reading →

King Lear Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1While reflecting on his sorry state, Edgar sees his father being led by an old man. It quickly becomes clear that Gloucester has no eyes. The old man is one of Gloucester’s tenant farmers. Gloucester doesn’t want his help for fear that they would punish the old man. They notice “Poor Tom”... Continue Reading →

King Lear Part 2

Act II, Scene 2Kent, the King’s messenger, meets Oswald, Goneril’s messenger, outside of Gloucester’s castle. Oswald appears not to recognize Kent as he asks him where to tie up his horse. Kent does not take too kindly to this and unleashes a barrage of insults onto Oswald. (Probably unleashing years of bottled up contempt.) He... Continue Reading →

King Lear Part 1

Act I, Scene 1Kent and Gloucester discuss which of the King’s son-in-laws will likely inherit the kingdom. At first, it seems he preferred the Duke of Alban, but now it’s hard to tell. Kent turns to Edmund and asks Gloucester if that’s his son. It’s not. It’s his wife’s son though. Gloucester uncomfortably rags on... Continue Reading →

Domestic Violence in Othello

TW: emotional abuse, physical abuse, and murder In the wake of the #MeToo movement and a growing awareness of domestic violence issues, it makes sense for recent production of Othello to highlight the abuse Desdemona endures. It makes sense because of our current societal discourse and because Othello provides a great look into what abuse... Continue Reading →

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