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“O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars.Are in the poorest thing superfluous.”

King Lear Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————————————– Act Two:  Edmund tells Edgar of their father’s anger and persuades him to flee, at which point Edgar decides to disguise himself as a beggar.  Meanwhile, Kent has attacked Goneril’s … Continue reading

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“In cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond crack’d ‘twist son and father…We have seen the best of our time.”

King Lear Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————— A couple of things to watch for and think about: 1.  Patterns of verbal imagery in the play, including those related to seeing, blindness and insight; the use of terms … Continue reading

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“Twas pretty, though a plague,/To see him every hour, to sit and draw/His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,/In our heart’s table – heart too capable/Of every line and trick of his sweet favour.””

All’s Well That Ends Well Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– MAJOR CHARACTERS Countess of Roussillon, a widow Bertram, Count of Roussillon, the Countess’s son Helena, a doctor’s daughter and the Countess’s servant Lavatch, a clown in the Countess’s service … Continue reading

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“Villain, be sure thou prove my love a whore,/Be sure of it; give me the ocular proof:”

Othello Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————– Othello persuades himself that he is acting rationally by demanding “some proof” of Desdemona’s infidelity, but he fails to take into account Iago’s skill at manipulation – or the mysterious workings … Continue reading

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“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!/It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock/The meat it feeds on.”

Othello Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Three:  When Desdemona intervenes on Cassio’s behalf, Iago suggests to Othello that she is doing so for reasons that go beyond mere friendship. Othello is resistant to Iago’s suggestion at … Continue reading

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“I do not know any other eminent work of Western literature that is nearly as nihilistic as ‘Measure for Measure’, a comedy that destroys comedy.”

Measure for Measure Act Five By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- Act Five:  At the city gates, the Duke (no longer in his Friar disguise) meets Escalus and Angelo.  Isabella is brought before him – unaware that he and the friar are … Continue reading

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“Say what you can, my false o’erweighs your true.”

Measure for Measure Act Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Act Two:  The practical problems of Angelo’s puritanical clampdown are exposed when the doltish constable Elbow attempts to have Pompey and Froth tried for corrupting his wife. Isabella is then brought … Continue reading

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