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 →

Shakespeare Gift Guide

As we get deeper and deeper into the holiday season, the quest for that perfect gift can be a challenging one. It can be especially challenging to find a gift for that one person in your life with unique and particular interests. You don’t know anything about Shakespeare. How are you supposed to be trusted... 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 →

Alls Well that Ends Well Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 The Countess is quite upset that her son has to leave when she just lost her husband. Bertram, her son, is equally torn up about this turn of events, but he has been called on to serve the King. There’s no turning down the King. Lafeu assures them that the King... Continue Reading →

Troilus and Cressida Part 3

Act IV, Scene 3 Paris tells Troilus to go and say goodbye to Cressida. Troilus promises to deliver her to the Greeks, but he’s not happy about it. Paris feels sorry for his brother’s lost love. Act IV, Scene 4 There’s no way around it. Cressida has to go and the two lovers will be... Continue Reading →

Troilus and Cressida Part 2

Let's continue our work through Troilus & Cressida by covering Act 2, Scene 3 through Act 4, Scene 2

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