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“Only that name remains. The cruelty and envy of the people,/…who have all forsook me, hath devoured the rest.”

Coriolanus Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams  —————————————————- Act Four:  Although the tribunes do nothing to hide their joy at Coriolanus’s departure, it isn’t long before rumors spread that the Volscians will take advantage of his absence and launch … Continue reading

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“I banish you…There is a world elsewhere.”

Coriolanus Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————————– Act Three:  Coriolanus is about to be invested when the tribunes gleefully and triumphantly inform him that his popularity has evaporated. Furious, he declares that the people don’t deserve him, at … Continue reading

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“Welcome ever smiles,/And farewell goes out sighing.”

Troilus and Cressida Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————————- Aeneas breaks the news to Troilus: Diomedes has arrived with Antenor, who is to be exchanged for Cressida With little time left, the couple tearfully exchange love tokens, and Troilus begs … Continue reading

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“I think it is wise to confront both the play and the prince with awe and wonder, because they know more than we do.”

Hamlet An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Here we go – the first of the major tragedies.  Hamlet.  The longest of Shakespeare’s plays, it is also arguably his very greatest (although I’m not altogether sure of that), but undoubtedly a … Continue reading

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The Fortunes of Russian Hamlet

To conclude our look at Shakespeare’s Hamlet as seen through the eyes of different cultures, I’d like to post this piece by Alexey Bartoshevitch.  I thought it was fascinating. And as a reminder, my next post will be Sunday evening/Monday … Continue reading

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“Caesar, now be still,/I killed not thee with half so good a will.”

Julius Caesar Act Five By Dennis Abrams —————————– Act Five:  As news reaches Antony and Octavius that the enemy is approaching, the two men quarrel.  As the battle commences, Brutus attacks Octavius’s troops but Cassius, believing that his own forces … Continue reading

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“The strings, my lord, are false.”

Julius Caesar Act Four By Dennis Abrams —————————— Act Four:  Antony, Octavius Caesar and Lepidus have assumed the leadership of Rome.  Meanwhile, Antony and Cassius combine their forces at Sardis, but the two men quarrel when Brutus accuses Cassius of … Continue reading

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“Presume not that I am the thing I was.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Act Five:  As reports spread that Hal has inherited the throne, the courtiers question his ability.  Falstaff certainly believes that his friend has no intention whatsoever of reforming, … Continue reading

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“How I came by the crown, O God, forgive! And grant it may with thee in true peace live.”

Henry IV Part Two Act Four By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Four:  York, Mowbray and Hastings, commanding the rebel forces in Gaultres Forest, are unimpressed by Northumberland’s flight to Scotland.  When they address their grievances to Hal’s brother, Prince John … Continue reading

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“We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow,”

Henry IV Part Two Act Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Three:  The pressures of kingship (as well as the guilt of the usurpation) are obviously taking their toll on King Henry.  Unable to sleep, he reflects ruefully with Warwick … Continue reading

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