Much Ado in the Era of #MeToo

This Friday we will be looking at the culminating scene of Much Ado About Nothing, the wedding scene. For those of you that don’t know, this is when Claudio publicly shames Hero at the altar for her alleged infidelity. Afterwards, Beatrice talks with Benedick and delivers some of her most powerful lines. Beatrice expresses her … Continue reading Much Ado in the Era of #MeToo

The Meaning of Nothing

Much like everything in Shakespeare, the meaning behind his words has multiple layers. The meaning behind the title of Much Ado About Nothing is no exception, especially when you look at the word “nothing”. You wouldn’t think there could be so much meaning behind a word that literally means...well...nothing or no thing or no nonspecific … Continue reading The Meaning of Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 The Prince has sent a message to his good friend Leonato to inform him that he and his soldiers will be coming to stay for a while. Leonato is very pleased at this news, especially since the battle went well and the didn’t lose anyone important. He is eager to see … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing Part 1

Back to the Beginning

Just the other day, the Folger Shakespeare Library sent out a tweet asking how and when followers first found their love of Shakespeare. I eagerly wrote back because I not only could tell you exactly when I fell in love with Shakespeare, but I also am about to return to my first and favorite play, … Continue reading Back to the Beginning

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