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 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 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

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

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