Good Guys and Bad Guys

Julius Caesar used to be a common text for high school english textbooks (is it still?) I had read just enough about the play by the time my class read it in high school to know the basic hero/villain classification - Brutus was the tragic hero and Mark Antony the villain. But I fell into…

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War Noises

I've thought on this recording for several days, unable to wrap my head around it. Henry V gives me the same uneasy feeling as Merchant of Venice - the sense that it's pitched for a very specific audience that no longer exists. Shakespeare takes a familiar popular theme and scrambles it, adding elements that appear to…

I got nothing

Stuck. Stuck and ashamed. I can't think of anything to say about Much Ado About Nothing. I have no hook to tie together a short essay, no vaguely relevant memoir of my personal life, no obscure theatrical figure to research. The play is one of Shakespeare most nearly perfect compositions. The deft interweaving of serious…