The Merchant of Venice Part 3

Act III, Scene 3 Antonio is under arrest. He tries to speak with Shylock, but he will have none of it. He demands to have his bond because of how Antonio mistreated him. After he leaves, Salarino curses Shylock’s name. Antonio tells him not to do that. He understands why Shylock hates him. He also … Continue reading The Merchant of Venice Part 3

The Merchant of Venice

Act II, Scene 6 Gratiano and Salarino wait beneath Jessica’s window for Lorenzo, who is late. They start discussing how new love unfolds. Gratiano insists that all things are chased more persistently than they are achieved. However, they have no real time to discuss the topic because Lorenzo has arrived. He apologizes for being late … Continue reading The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Antonio is sad, but he doesn't know why. His friends suggest that it's because his entire fortune is currently tied up in ocean ventures and the ocean can be pretty unpredictable. He doesn't think that's it. Then, they suggest it's because he's in love. Antonio finds that idea to be completely … Continue reading The Merchant of Venice Part 1

The Merchant of Venice Discussion Guide

Introducing students to The Merchant of Venice is tricky, but directly confronting the issues that make it so can lead to several interesting and necessary discussions. What is anti-semitism and how has it appeared throughout history? It is important to take the time to identify the stereotypes and develop and understanding of how those stereotypes … Continue reading The Merchant of Venice Discussion Guide

Taming of the Shrew Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 Grumio tries to start a fire as he grumbles about how Petruchio is mistreating him. Another servant, Curtis, comes in to see what all the grumbling is about. Grumio asks him to start a fire, but Curtis is too interested in Katherine and other updates. Grumio explains that Katherine used to … Continue reading Taming of the Shrew Part 3

Taming of the Shrew Part 2

Act II, Scene 1 Bianca, with her hands bound, asks Katherine to let her go and she will do whatever Katherine asks. Katherine asks her which suitor she loves more. Bianca insists she hasn't felt a special connection to anyone yet. Katherine asks if she like Hortensio better. Bianca tells Katherine she can have Hortensio. … Continue reading Taming of the Shrew Part 2

Taming of the Shrew Part 1

Induction, Scene 1 Christopher Sly drunkenly argues with the hostess of an ale house as she throws him out of her bar. She wants him to pay for the glasses he broke, but he refuses. He quickly passes out just outside the door. A Lord comes by with his hunting party. He comments on the … Continue reading Taming of the Shrew Part 1

Midsummer Night’s Dream Part 2

Everyone wakes up, the lovers all get married and a play is performed. Act IV, Scene 1 Titania and her fairies are doting on Bottom, who is taking full advantage of the situation. He asks to be scratched and then for the honey bag off of a bee (because that's not crazy hard) and then … Continue reading Midsummer Night’s Dream Part 2

Midsummer Night’s Dream Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Theseus, the Duke of Athens, prepares for his wedding to Hippolyta. He is thrilled to have won such a woman and commands the entire kingdom to celebrate. This is when Egeus drags in his daughter, Hermia. She has it in her head that she can marry the man she loves, Lysander, … Continue reading Midsummer Night’s Dream Part 1

Love’s Labors Lost Part 2

The exciting conclusion of Love's Labors Lost! Will everyone find love? Or will it be lost? Who knows?! Act IV, Scene 3 Biron is still struggling with the fact that he is in love. He is in utter turmoil over it, but still he thinks of Rosaline. He loves her so much that he is … Continue reading Love’s Labors Lost Part 2