Category Archives: Shakespeare

SHAKESPEARE: Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is a comedy that was first performed in 1602. It tells the story of a love triangle between Duke Orsino, Olivia, and Viola, who is disguised as a man named Cesario. Duke Orsino loves Olivia, Olivia loves Viola disguised as Cesario, and Viola loves Duke Orsino. At the end of the play, the love triangle is resolved when Viola’s twin brother, Sebastian, arrives in the city and marries Olivia, who believes that Sebastian is Cesario. Viola casts off her Cesario disguise, and Duke Orsino asks her to marry him. Although the play is a comedy, it explores the serious theme of social climbing. Continue reading SHAKESPEARE: Twelfth Night

SHAKESPEARE: The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare’s, The Taming of the Shrew, was first performed in 1594. It tells the story of an Italian nobleman named Petruchio and his courtship, marriage, and taming of a shrewish Italian noblewoman named Kate. Some modern scholars who are intimidated and corrupted by modern feminism are highly critical of the play because of its misogynistic elements. The play, however, has an important and insightful message. The play’s message is that happiness can be attained only when men and women perform their proper roles. Continue reading SHAKESPEARE: The Taming of the Shrew

SHAKESPEARE: As You Like It

William Shakespeare’s As You Like It was first performed in 1603. It is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies. It tells the story of the amusing courtship and eventual marriage of Rosalind, the daughter of the Duke, and Orlando, the son of a Knight. Although the play is a comedy, Shakespeare explores many serious philosophical themes, such as those of love and pastoral life. Continue reading SHAKESPEARE: As You Like It

SHAKESPEARE: Comedy of Errors

Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s shortest play and one of his funniest. It tells the story of two sets of twin brothers who were separated at birth while sailing on the Mediterranean Sea with their parents during a tempest. The play begins 25 years after the shipwreck. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio of Syracuse arrive in Ephesus, searching for their long-lost twin brothers. By chance, their twin brothers Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant Dromio of Ephesus live in the city. Continue reading SHAKESPEARE: Comedy of Errors

Claudius’ Deception

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The Great Conversation

After discovering that his uncle Claudius killed his father, Hamlet exclaims,“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain!” Shakespeare’s works often explore the theme of appearance versus reality, and the Tragedy of Hamlet is no exception. Claudius discovers just how difficult it is to conceal the truth. After all, “Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak. Augurs and understood relations have By magot pies and choughs and rooks brought forth The secret’st man of blood.”

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SHAKESPEARE: Macbeth

I wrote an essay titled The Macbeths’ Fall, in which I discussed the parallels between the Biblical Fall of Man and the story of Macbeth. The essay can be found on my other blog at the following link: The Macbeth’s Fall. I think that the analysis of such a theme is apt considering that I will be reading Milton’s Paradise Lost after this play. Continue reading SHAKESPEARE: Macbeth