Category Archives: William Shakespeare

The Elephant in the (Class)Room: Straight Talk About Act Five of Macbeth (by Bethany)

The first four acts of Macbeth come close to being the best play Shakespeare ever wrote. They don’t quite live up to Hamlet, but they’re better than Othello, better than Lear, better than Richard III any day. The banquet scene. … Continue reading

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Take that, Shakespeare! Jill’s haphazard thoughts on Much Ado About Nothing

Yeah, so I read this play in like July, and apparently into August.  What the hell was I doing last summer that it took me six weeks to read a Shakespeare play?  I have no idea.  And I’ll probably never … Continue reading

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Enter Bastard: Final Thoughts on Much Ado About Nothing (by Bethany)

I think the bottom line is that I just don’t like Shakespeare’s comedies very much. I do generally understand where they are coming from in a philosophical sense: all of Shakespeare’s comedies on some level are devoted to exploring the … Continue reading

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Pre-Reading Notes on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (by Bethany)

You may have noticed that I am taking my own sweet time with the A.P. Challenge. This is only partially my fault, since when we started this challenge back in June of 2012 I was mostly unemployed. Beginning in January … Continue reading

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On a day that looks more like February than April, I finally finish up February’s AP Challenge: final thoughts on King Lear (by Jill)

Shakespeare has never been an easy thing for me to write about, not ever.  I once fell asleep on my computer keyboard trying to write a paper about Shakespeare.  Or maybe that was Faulkner.  Let’s say it was Shakespeare.  It’s … Continue reading

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Pre-Reading Notes on King Lear (by Bethany)

We’ve already told you about the time the human cruelty in Light in August made Fr. Murphy throw up. Now I’m going to tell you about the time Fr. Murphy got angry because the human cruelty in King Lear DIDN’T … Continue reading

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Pre-Reading Thoughts on Shakespeare’s King Lear, February’s AP English Challenge. Yes, I’m posting this before finishing my The Portrait of a Lady review. (by Jill)

I read King Lear once in college and I actually remember the gist of the plot and the names of many of the characters, which is more than I can say about the first Shakespeare play we read for the … Continue reading

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