Witches, Ghosts, and Murder Most Foul

The Best Shakespeare Scenes for Halloween Today’s the day, Halloween! It’s time for trick or treat and spooks and scares. What better way to celebrate than by reading some Shakespeare?! I know what you’re thinking “I have candy to eat. I don’t have time for Shakespeare.” Don’t be silly, of course you have time for … Continue reading Witches, Ghosts, and Murder Most Foul

Book Review: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt

“Why would anyone, he asked himself, be drawn to a leader manifestly unsuited to govern, someone dangerously impulsive or viciously conniving or indifferent to the truth? Why, in some circumstances, does evidence of mendacity, crudeness, or cruelty serve not as a fatal disadvantage, but as an allure, attracting ardent followers? Why do otherwise proud and … Continue reading Book Review: Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt

From Confusion to Rage

Why Are the History Plays So Hard?! There is little doubt that the Henriad is much better than the Henry VI plays. There’s little doubt that pretty much all of the history plays are better than the Henry Vi plays. Despite being well-written and largely entertaining, they can still be quite difficult to work through. … Continue reading From Confusion to Rage

Decontructing the Tudor Myth

By usurping Richard III in 1485, Henry Tudor (now Henry VII) brought about the end of the Wars of the Roses, decades of turmoil for the English people. The Tudor Dynasty meant a long period of peace and prosperity for England...at least that is what they wanted us to believe. Unfortunately for the Tudors, Henry’s … Continue reading Decontructing the Tudor Myth

Richard III Act 5

Scene 1 Buckingham is led to his death, but is not allowed to speak with Richard. He reflects on all those who have been killed before him. There are a lot: Hastings, the two Princes, Rivers, Grey, King Henry and his son, Vaughan... He doesn't even mention Clarence. He thinks they're probably laughing at him. … Continue reading Richard III Act 5

Richard III Act 4

Scene 1 All the important ladies of the play assemble before the Tower to go and meet the young Princes. Unfortunately, the guard denies them access by order of the King...uh, he means Richard...the Lord Protector...definitely not King...nope. Queen Elizabeth protest because they are her sons. The Duchess of York protests because she is their … Continue reading Richard III Act 4

Richard III Act 3

Scene 1 Richard, Buckingham, Catesby, and Cardinal Bourchier escort Prince Edward into London. At first, the Prince is perturbed that more of his uncles - specifically on his mother's side - aren't there to greet him. He is a King now after all. Richard explains that Edward shouldn't worry about them because they're sneaky and … Continue reading Richard III Act 3

Richard III Act 2

Scene 1 King Edward rejoices in his ability to reconcile all the feuding parties. He makes Hastings and Rivers hug, promising that they are being earnest. He doesn't forget the Queen he makes her hug Hastings too and Dorset. Then he moves to Buckingham, who also agrees to forgive and forget though more long-winded than … Continue reading Richard III Act 2

Richard III Act 1

I have been looking forward to reading this since Henry VI Part 2. I saw the movie with Ian McKellen in college and loved it, but I'm really looking forward to reading it outside of the classroom setting. Richard is such a compelling character. Here we have a lead who is also the villain. Last … Continue reading Richard III Act 1