Othello Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Roderigo is quite perturbed to hear the news that Iago has. He can’t believe that Iago actually dislikes Othello. Iago reassures him by explaining that he was due for a promotion. In fact, he had three influential men trying to persuade Othello to promote him. Othello didn’t seem to care though... Continue Reading →

Who Will Believe Thee, Isabel?

“Who will believe thee Isabel?” The words rang in my ear from the moment they were uttered by Angelo in Measure for Measure. I didn’t need to ask myself why. I knew why. I still know why. Those words are the exact words every woman dreads to hear. In that moment, I became Isabella. My... Continue Reading →

Measure for Measure Part 3

Act IV, Scene 2 The provost proposes a deal to Pompey. If he serves as an assistant to the executioner, he will get a shorter sentence and avoid a whipping. Pompey refuses to give a straight answer because that’s the function of his character. In the end, of course, he agrees and the executioner is... Continue Reading →

Measure for Measure Part 2

Act II, Scene 3 The Duke, disguised as a friar, goes to the prison to speak to the condemned. First, he speaks with Juliet. She explains that she is in fact pregnant with Claudio’s child. She is sorry for her sin, but she loved him and will love the child. She’s upset to learn he... Continue Reading →

Bertram, Entitlement, and Toxic Masculinity

The term “toxic masculinity” is an emotionally charged one that can lead to a lot of heated arguments, but I feel it is one that fits Bertram from All’s Well That Ends Well perfectly. When folding these buzzwords into an academic discussion, it is often best to start by defining the term. Generally, toxic masculinity... Continue Reading →

Measure for Measure Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 In the most confusing way possible, the Duke tells Escalus to rely on his own judgement and knowledge to follow the laws of Vienna to the letter. The Duke has decided to appoint Angelo as the leader of Vienna in the Duke’s absence. Escalus thinks there is no man in Vienna... Continue Reading →

Alls Well That Ends Well Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 The conspirators prepare their plot against Parolles. They are certain he must come by them and when he does they will capture and blindfold him. It’s important that he thinks they’re the enemy. Unfortunately, he speaks most of the local languages, so they will have to speak nonsense and pretend they... Continue Reading →

Alls Well That Ends Well Part 2

Act II, Scene 3 Lafeu comments on how logic has transformed the supernatural into something familiar and so we have lost all wonder at what should be seen as the hand of God. Parolles agrees the whole time, insisting that he was just about to say the same. They are discussing this because the King... Continue Reading →

But, Was Helen Worth It?

Every time I come across a story about the Trojan War, I find myself thinking the same two thoughts: 1) Paris is the WORST, and 2) was Helen really worth all this? Today, I will be examining the latter. I could go on a rant about Paris, but I think that is a much less... Continue Reading →

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