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)
With summer just around the corner, I thought it prudent to bring together some resources on A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Easter is once again upon us - which means that the Shakespeare birthday celebrations will soon follow.
Shakespeare was born and died on 23 April - and over 400 years on, we are still celebrating his birthday with lavish events around the world. Start preparing for the day over Easter by dipping into our Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday.
If there is one Shakespeare play that sticks in my mind, it's A Midsummer Night's Dream ... I think because it is so visual.
Fairies in the wood and the head of an ass stuck on a poor fool - no other play can match this in terms of iconic visuals.
Perhaps the infamous eye gouging scene from King Lear, or Juliet on the balcony are the only close contenders?
So, this month I have turned my attention to building the study guide for A Midsummer Night's Dream, as follows: