MacBeth Part 3

Act IV, Scene 3MacDuff has come to see Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne. MacDuff urges Malcolm to fight and take Scotland back. Malcolm is suspicious of MacDuff though. It wasn’t that long ago that MacDuff loved MacBeth. In addition, MacBeth has not done any grievous wrong to MacDuff. AND he left his wife... Continue Reading →

Did Shakespeare Smoke Pot?

And more importantly, does it matter?   Recently a 2001 study has resurfaced that found evidence Shakespeare may have smoked pot. The study seems to come back into the mainstream every few years, so that the Bardolators can clutch their pearls and insist he didn’t, or the marijuana enthusiasts can voice their support. The evidence... Continue Reading →

Hamlet and Grief | Breaking Bard Episode 16

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!95126   Hello, and welcome to another episode of Breaking Bard, I’m your host Sara. You may have noticed a distinct lack of a cold open. That is because this episode is very long and my fluff was deemed unnecessary...by me. On today’s episode I am joined by Dr. Lisa Grogan, a clinical psychologist and... Continue Reading →

MacBeth Part 2

Act III, Scene 1Banquo is concerned that MacBeth acquired the crown through nefarious means. However, since the witches were right about MacBeth, they should be right about him. That should make him happy, shouldn’t it? Macbeth, Lady MacBeth, and their royal posse enter. MacBeth invites Banquo to dinner. Banquo is going riding, but promises to... Continue Reading →

Troilus & Cressida Sources | Breaking Bard Episode 15

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!f757a   “For now will I go straight to my matter, In which you may the double sorrows hear Of Troilus in loving of Criseyde, And how that she forsook him ere she died.” Troilus and Creseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer   Troilus and Cressida is one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, and I kind of... Continue Reading →

MacBeth Part 1

Act I, Scene 1The witches set their plans to meet MacBeth at sunset on the heath after battle. Act I, Scene 2The King gets reports on what happened with the battle. MacBeth and Banquo defeated the Norwegians, even when hope seems lost. They were pretty much just the best. That sergeant needed to leave though... Continue Reading →

The Essex Rebellion |Breaking Bard Episode 14

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!a2691   “The swooning lover crashed into Elizabeth’s chamber in his filthy travelling clothes ‘so full of dirt and mire that his very face was full of it’ to confront his fair mistress, barely out of bed, her wrinkles brutally exposed in the morning light and her wig off.” Lisa Hilton, The Renaissance Prince  ... Continue Reading →

Romeo & Juliet: Love or Lust? | Breaking Bard Episode 13

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!dd1ea   “Two households both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; Whose misadventured piteous overthrows Do with their death... Continue Reading →

Othello Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1Iago is trying to calm Othello down, who is absolutely certain that Desdemona and Cassio kissed. Iago doesn’t seem the harm in a kiss or even laying naked together if nothing happened. This, understandably enrages Othello. It’s hypocritical to give into temptation just enough to not actually sin. Iago tries a new... Continue Reading →

Othello Part 2

Act II, Scene 3Othello instructs Cassio to keep the watch. Cassio knows Iago already has instructions to do so. Othello leaves his men to it and takes Desdemona to bed. Iago comes up and tries to convince Cassio that they don’t have to start the watch just yet. Othello just wanted to shoo them off... Continue Reading →

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