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 →

Why the Authorship Question Matters

Over the holidays, I was discussing the Shakespeare Authorship Controversy with my father in law. He is an admitted novice when it comes to Shakespeare, but - like most of us - he has some basic experience with the plays. He was unfamiliar with the fact that there is a group of people who doubt... Continue Reading →

Reading Shakespeare

The other day I was perusing the Shakespeare 2020 Facebook Group, like I frequently do these days, and saw an interesting question from one of the other group members. (I can’t find it now, but thank you!). Any she was fairly new to Shakespeare and wanted to get opinions from other members on how best... Continue Reading →

Othello Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 Roderigo is quite perturbed to hear the news that Iago has. He can’t believe that Iago actually dislikes Othello. Iago reassures him by explaining that he was due for a promotion. In fact, he had three influential men trying to persuade Othello to promote him. Othello didn’t seem to care though... Continue Reading →

Measure for Measure Part 3

Act IV, Scene 2 The provost proposes a deal to Pompey. If he serves as an assistant to the executioner, he will get a shorter sentence and avoid a whipping. Pompey refuses to give a straight answer because that’s the function of his character. In the end, of course, he agrees and the executioner is... 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 →

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 →

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