Coriolanus Part Two

Act II, Scene 2Two officers discuss the upcoming elections for consul. Coriolanus is sure to be one up for nomination. He is, of course, the one they discuss. He’s proud and clearly hates the common people, but at least he’s honest about it. Plus, he’s fought valiantly for Rome. He will probably get the consulship.... Continue Reading →

Coriolanus Part One

Act I, Scene 1The plebeians are hungry. Grain (referred to as corn) costs too much and they blame the patricians (leaders), especially Caius Marcius. They have decided to revolt and hopefully kill Marcius. Their reasoning being: if they kill Marcius, they can have grain at whatever price they want. One citizen mentions that Caius Marcius... Continue Reading →

Antony and Cleopatra Sources | Breaking Bard Ep 22

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!28f00 “Now Antonius was made so subject to a woman’s will, that though he was a great deal stronger by land, yet for Clepatra’s sake he would needs have this battle tried by sea.” - Plutarch in Parallel Lives We cannot underestimate the role Shakespeare played in establishing Antony and Cleopatra as one of the... Continue Reading →

Antony and Cleopatra Part 3

Act IV, Scene 1Caesar laughs at Antony challenging him to one-on-one combat because he has better ways to die. Mecaenas tells him to not pay Antony any mind because he is clearly failing. Caesar decides to let the army know that some of Antony’s men have come to their side. He also decides to let... Continue Reading →

Antony and Cleopatra Part 2

Act II, Scene 6Pompey, Caesar, Antony, and Lepidus meet to negotiate terms. They have prisoners to exchange, so they will spea before the fight. Caesar, Antony, and Lepidus have sent terms beforehand. Pompey either needs to agree to those terms or they will go to war. Pompey acknowledges that his father has been largely avenged... Continue Reading →

Hamnet Shakespeare | Breaking Bard Ep 20

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!74992 Trigger Warning: Child Loss “If William Shakespeare wrote about his son’s death at all, he concealed it in the lines of his late sonnets and plays that reveal a depth of understanding about grief.” - Vanessa Thorpe, Alas, Poor Hamnet, The Guardian Because there is so little known about Shakespeare’s private life, we are... Continue Reading →

Antony and Cleopatra Part 1

Act I, Scene 1Philo and Demetrius are disappointed in Antony. He used to be so full of manly war feelings, but now all he wants to do is dote on Cleopatra. Antony and Cleopatra are discussing how great their love is when a messenger arrives from Rome. Antony doesn’t want to hear it, but Cleopatra... Continue Reading →

Expertise of the Doubters

I believe that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the plays attributed to him. At the beginning of the year, I wrote a blog post explaining why I feel it is worth understanding the arguments behind the authorship debate and why the debate is worth having. My intent is to go through the arguments and key... Continue Reading →

Does It All End Well? | Breaking Bard Ep. 19

https://radiopublic.com/breaking-bard-a-ripe-good-scholar-G3DxPV/s1!94aef “Shakespeare’s unpleasant young men are numerous. Bertram, as a vacuity, is authentically noxious.” - Harold Bloom in Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human As I reached the end of All’s Well That Ends Well, I found myself asking: but does it all end well? Helena, by all accounts a wonderful woman, ends up married... Continue Reading →

The Complex Family Dynamics of King Lear

TW: emotional abuse, violence, dementia As I was watching the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s recent stream of King Lear, I was confronted with a feeling I didn’t expect: empathy for Goneril. This was my first experience with King Lear and all I had heard was that Lear was horribly abused by his two evil daughters. I... Continue Reading →

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