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 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

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 1

Prologue Chorus starts off the play by lowering our expectations. He makes it clear that the play can’t really do justice to the glory of the history being portrayed, but hopefully we can use our imagination and still enjoy it. Act I, Scene 1 The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Ely are up … Continue reading Henry V Part 1

Children’s Shakespeare Adaptations

I had to write all of this while my one month old was occupied, so proofreading is sorely lacking...apologies 🙂 Since I just had a baby and most people in my life know that I’m a giant Shakespeare nerd, I find myself with a decent collection of Shakespeare books for children. Shockingly, I do not … Continue reading Children’s Shakespeare Adaptations

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

1 Henry IV Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1 Hotspur showers Douglas with compliments, which he graciously accepts. Just then, a messenger comes in bearing the unfortunate news that Hotspur’s father, Northumberland has taken ill and won’t be able to bring his army to meet them. They worry that this will dampen the spirits of their men and look like … Continue reading 1 Henry IV Part 3

1 Henry IV Part 2

Act II, Scene 4 Prince Hal has recently returned from a night of drinking with some random men. He argues that this will be good for him because, as King, he will be able to talk with anyone in his kingdom. He thanks Poins for joining him in tricking Falstaff and plans to kill the … Continue reading 1 Henry IV Part 2

1 Henry IV Part One

Act I, Scene 1 King Henry IV reflects on the positive direction of the kingdom. Following the turmoil of Richard II’s reign, which ended in his usurpation, the country is at peace. Neighbor no longer fights neighbor and they can all get behind the cause of driving those darn pagans from their Christian lands. Unfortunately, … Continue reading 1 Henry IV Part One