Archive of Shakespeare

14Dec2018

Book #63: King Henry IV, part 1

I’ve never read a history play before and with the new plan to study both a tragedy and a history in my Shakespeare class, I wasn’t quite sure where to start.  Luckily, my oldest is obsessed with Shakespeare and quite knowledgable, so I just asked her.  Where do I start?  She recommended either Richard II or Henry IV part 1.  Which is funnier, I asked?  Henry.  So that’s what we did.

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12Dec2018

Book #62: Romeo and Juliet

This year, I’m teaching Shakespeare at our homeschool group with the kids ages 12-17.  It’s my third year teaching and it still hasn’t gotten boring.  There’s so much to Shakespeare, it’s far more likely I’ll get tired of directing the spring play before I get tired of talking about the plays. The first play we studied was Romeo and Juliet.  I love this play and I’ve read it se

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11Dec2018

Book #48: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The sum total of what I knew about Two Gentlemen of Verona was that it is Shakespeare’s shortest comedy.  I listened to an interesting audio about it, though it wasn’t a summary, so I went into it with fresh eyes. Wow, it was so misogynistic.  Shakespeare usually writes pretty strong female characters, but this play was the worst in that department.  Also, I know that during this time ma

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