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“Who besides Shakespeare can continue to inform an authentic idea of the human?”

Conclusion to The Play’s the Thing Part One By Dennis Abrams It’s hard to believe it’s been two and half years since we started our journey through Shakespeare’s plays. For me, it’s been incredibly educational, fulfilling, inspiring, and downright fun. … Continue reading

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“I saw her first.”

The Two Noble Kinsmen Act Two By Dennis Abrams Act Two: In jail in Athens, Palamon and Arcite are busy consoling themselves with the closeness of their friendship when Palamon suddenly sees the beautiful Emilia (Hippolyta’s sister) gathering flowers outside. … Continue reading

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“On the desert island the history of the world has been performed. The performance is over; history begins once more.”

The Tempest Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————— I want to conclude our examination of The Tempest with this, from the great Jan Kott: “Who is Prospero and what does his staff signify? Why does he combine knowledge … Continue reading

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“But this rough magic/I here abjure.”

The Tempest Act Five, Part One By Dennis Abrams ————————— Act Five:  Ariel reports that the spirits of Alonso and the other Neapolitans have been broken, and Prospero instructs him to release them. Ariel leads the group in by magic, … Continue reading

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“Here we meet the truly extraordinary thing: we are now considering as possible something directly contradicted by our own experience.”

The Tempest Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————— From A.D. Nuttall: “Meanwhile the civilizing agents in the drama are a morally dubious lot. Stefano and Trinculo are vulgar as Caliban himself could never be, and even Prospero is … Continue reading

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“The isle is full of noises,/Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.”

The Tempest Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Act Three:  Prospero has enslaved Ferdinand and made him carry logs, but the young man does so willingly in order to serve his beloved, Miranda.  Secretly watched by Prospero, the … Continue reading

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“But what the world is cannot be said in a sentence. Or even in a poem as complete and beautiful as ‘The Tempest.’”

The Tempest An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ——————————– The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s most cherished works.  Yet, at the same, it can seem his most abstruse, and even at time unfathomable. It recounts the story of an exiled Italian … Continue reading

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