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Shakespeare Studies

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The Tragedy of Macbeth

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow Knows!” These lines, accompanied by ominous laughter and music, opened the 1930s pulp fiction series-based radio program. Who knows, indeed? The Shadow knows, and apparently so does Shakespeare. … Continue reading

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Love’s Labor’s Lost

Love’s Labor’s Lost forced me to think about how we perceive art. Most often it is as the artist intends for us to experience it (I intentionally do not say “see”). Plays are unique in that it seems we most … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

KRII tells the story of the decline and deposition of that king by Henry, son of John of Gault, who assumes the throne as KHIV in a bloodless coup. While not entirely historically accurate, Shakespeare’s portrayal of KRII raises interesting … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of King Lear

Lear is a complicated, complex, heartrending play. It has raised very different questions and evoked very different emotions for me as a 55-year old mother of two young adults, than it did when I first read it as a 20-year … Continue reading

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The Life and Death of King John

Spoiler alert: King John dies. That fact, revealed in the title, leaves us just the where and when and how to wonder about (another spoiler alert: poisoned by a monk in an Abbey). Along the way, Shakespeare introduces several interesting … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

If I wait much longer to write about JC (duly noted initial coincidence) it will be the ides of January, and I need to pick up the pace. The play’s opening presciently foreshadows the impending troubles. Two tribunes, who shortly … Continue reading

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