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 →

Troilus and Cressida Part 1

Act I, Prologue The Greeks have come to ransack Troy because Helen, Menalaus’s wife, is sleeping with Paris. Now the Greeks are camped outside of Troy and we are going to start in the middle of the war and cover the little bit that can be covered by a single play. Act I, Scene 1... Continue Reading →

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 →

Henry V Part 3

Act IV, Scene 4 Pistol captures a French soldier. He attempts to demand a ransom, but since he doesn’t actually speak any French and the soldier doesn’t speak English, there is quite a bit of confusion. Pistol calls the boy in to translate and they discover the the French soldier is a gentleman and will... Continue Reading →

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