Julius Caesar Part 2

Act II, Scene 1 Brutus calls for his servant, Lucius, who was sleeping soundly. Brutus wants a candle lit in his study, so Lucius runs off, leaving Brutus alone with his thoughts. Brutus acknowledges that he has no personal reason for killing Caesar. However, he worries what crowning Caesar will do to his nature. Great … Continue reading Julius Caesar Part 2

Julius Caesar Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 The Roman people are celebrating in the streets and resident party poopers Flavius and Marullus are quite perturbed. They stop a group of tradesmen and ask why they aren’t working. They question why the carpenter doesn’t have his leather apron and rule on hand. They turn to another tradesmen. He’s a … Continue reading Julius Caesar Part 1

Merry Wives of Windsor Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 Mistress Page asks Mistress Quickly if Falstaff is already with Mistress Ford. Mistress Quickly confirms that if he is not already there, he will be shortly. She also explains that Mistress Ford wants Mistress Page to arrive as quickly as possible. Mistress Page will go straight there after she drops her … Continue reading Merry Wives of Windsor Part 3

Merry Wives of Windsor Part 2

Act II, Scene 2 Falstaff refuses to lend Pistol any money. He cites, as his reason, that he has been nothing but generous to Pistol and his friends, and in return they refused to carry his letters to the married ladies. He mocks that Pistol hid behind his honor. Mistress Quickly comes in with a … Continue reading Merry Wives of Windsor Part 2

The Merry Wives of Windsor Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Robert Shallow, esquire is quite upset. It seems that Sir John Falstaff has wronged him greatly. Of course, before we can get to the crux of the matter, we have to understand all his many titles that he inherited and that he will pass down to his descendants. His cousin, Slender, … Continue reading The Merry Wives of Windsor Part 1

2019 Plans

As we walk into the year 2019, I want to be more deliberate about the blog. I have some pretty big plans. Plans to improve what I am doing now and plans to expand into new territory. I took some time over the holiday break to work ahead, so that the new setup wouldn’t seem … Continue reading 2019 Plans

Much Ado About Nothing Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 Leonato brings his daughter to meet Claudio at the altar. He asks the Friar to keep it brief and tell them what to expect in depth later. The Friar begins by asking if Claudio intends to marry Hero. He says no. Leonato laughs it off because Claudio will be married to … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing Part 3

Much Ado About Nothing Part 2

Act II, Scene 2 Don John is quite dismayed that his plan didn’t work, but Borachio has a plan B. He can ruin the wedding, but it will involve a covert operation. You see, he and Hero’s gentlewoman, Margaret, have been getting intimate on a regular basis. Don John doesn’t really see what that has … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing Part 2

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