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

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

Much Ado About Nothing Part 1

Act I, Scene 1 The Prince has sent a message to his good friend Leonato to inform him that he and his soldiers will be coming to stay for a while. Leonato is very pleased at this news, especially since the battle went well and the didn’t lose anyone important. He is eager to see … Continue reading Much Ado About Nothing Part 1

Back to the Beginning

Just the other day, the Folger Shakespeare Library sent out a tweet asking how and when followers first found their love of Shakespeare. I eagerly wrote back because I not only could tell you exactly when I fell in love with Shakespeare, but I also am about to return to my first and favorite play, … Continue reading Back to the Beginning

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 Henry V Part 3

Henry V Part 2

Act III, Prologue We are now to pretend that we watched Henry V embark on his ships from England and sail to the coast of France at Harfleur. We should also pretend that we saw the French King offer Henry his daughter Katherine and some useless Dukedoms in an attempt to appease Henry. Twist ending: … Continue reading Henry V Part 2

Students Don’t Know Shakespeare?

I came across a news article today that said a recent study found that one-third of British students didn’t know who Shakespeare was. I was immediately incredulous because frankly most journalists are terrible at covering scientific studies, so I decided to give it a closer read. Basically, the study gave 1,000 students aged 11 to … Continue reading Students Don’t Know Shakespeare?