This month we have been adding to the Taming of the Shrew study guide.
For example, you can now find scene analysis and the original texts for Act 2, Scene 1 and Act 3, Scene 1:
- Act 2 Scene 1 Analysis (Parts 1 and 2), with the original text (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4)
- Act 3, Scene 1 Analysis with the original text
As always, we have broken the longer scenes down into manageable chunks for study. Enjoy!
This month we have continued training the shrew. Our Taming of the Shrew study guide is growing, with:
We hope you find these new study resources useful ... enjoy
People are often surprised when they pick up The Taming of the Shrew and find two extra scenes of so-called "induction" before the play we all know actually begins!
This is a framing device used by Shakespeare to create a play-within-a-play effect ... but for the entire play!
Before Act 1, Scene 1 begins, we are introduced to a mischievous nobleman who hatches a plot to trick a beggar into believing he is actually a lord ... is it possible the beggar can forget himself, he wonders. The actual play begins as a ploy to roll out the plan.
You can read the introductions and original text to the beginning of this unusual start here:
- Original Text: Induction Scene 1 (Parts 1 and 2)
- Original Text: Induction Scene 2 (Parts 1 and 2)
Act 1, Scene 1:
Apologies are due to all fans of As You Like It!
A while back I promised the complete text, but drifted off to other project around the site and left this in limbo - thanks to those who recently urged us to return and complete the play text.
This month we have added the following scenes:
This month, we bring together the final pages of our The Merchant of Venice study guide.
If you are studying the play, we now have a full set of resources to help you unpick this classic play!
This month, we have been growing our Merchant of Venice Study Guide.
Students can now find summaries and analysis for the following scenes:
- Act 1, Scenes 1-2, Scene 3
- Act 2, Scenes 1-3, Scenes 4-7 and Scenes 8-9
- Act 3, Scene 1, Scene 2 (Parts 1 and 2), Scenes 3-4 and Scene 5
- Act 4, Scene 1 (Parts 1 and 2)
Enjoy this classic play with resources from the Shakespeare pages of About.com!
With the academic term just about to restart, I thought it about time to publish some resources on the infamous Merchant of Venice.
Here are my picks for the month ahead:
- Top 3 Shylock Speeches
- 'The Merchant of Venice' Summary: Act 1, Scenes 1-2, Scene 3 and Act 2, Scenes 1-3 and Scenes 4-7
This month, I have been revisiting one of Shakespeare's best crowd-pleasers - As You Like It - and discovered something new!
That famous speech beginning "All the World's a stage..." was reworked from the Latin motto inscribed above the theatre door at the globe.
"Totus mundus agit histrionem" ... or "The whole world is a playhouse"
Some sources suggest that the Chamberlain's Men flew a flag when The Globe first opened featuring Hercules bearing a Globe on his shoulders, together with the motto.
I like the idea that this beautifully constructed, now-famous phrase was actually stolen on William's way to work!
Note: New scenes have been added to our As You Like It: Complete Works. These include:
This has been another busy month for the Shakespeare pages of About.com. I have finally completed analysis of the final act of Measure for Measure (parts 1, 2 and 3) and I have edited the original text to Act 5 of King Lear (Scenes 1, 2 and 3 parts 1 and 2).
For a bit of light relief, there is also a new character analysis of Bottom from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Measure for Measure is impossible to classify. It doesn't fit neatly into the Tragedy, Comedy and History lists that entire Shakespeare pages of About.com have been built around!
Officially, it is classified as a comedy - but this is hardly fitting! Some critics have described it as a problem play; and now I understand why!
Already we've covered the first four acts. Here they are for your delectation:
- Act One (Scenes 1-2, 3-4)
- Act Two (Scenes 1-2, 3-4)
- Act Three (Parts 1 and 2)
- Act Four (Scenes 1, 2, 3-6)