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“Othello’s tragedy is precisely that Iago should know him better than the Moor knows himself.”

Othello Act One, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ——————————————— First off – a few interesting points (or at least hopefully so): 1.  What prompted Shakespeare to write Othello?  One intriguing possibility is that the ambassador of the King of Barbary … Continue reading

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“Of all Shakespeare’s tragedies…not even excepting King Lear, Othello is the most painfully exciting and the most terrible.”

Introduction to Othello By Dennis Abrams While it might not have the cosmic or philosophical heft and resonance of Hamlet or King Lear, Shakespeare’s second great tragedy, Othello, is often felt to be his most gripping – and tormenting – … Continue reading

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“I say we will have no mo marriage…”

Hamlet Act Three, Part Five By Dennis Abrams ————————————— I’d like to continue today with more from John Dover Wilson’s What Happens in Hamlet, starting in particular with the “nunnery scene” which, I think, can present certain difficulties (is Hamlet … Continue reading

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“To be, or not to be; that is the question…”

Hamlet Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————————– Act Three:  Listening in on a meeting between Hamlet and Ophelia – at which Hamlet seems, frankly, unhinged – Claudius plots to send him away to England.  The court gathers to … Continue reading

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“This is, unambiguously, the happiest of Shakespeare’s comedies.”

As You Like It An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Although written during the roughly the same period as Twelfth Night (the play following our next play, Hamlet), As You Like It has little of the obvious darkness of Shakespeare’s … Continue reading

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“All this the world well knows; yet none knows well/To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.”

Shakespeare Sonnet #129 SONNET 129 The expense of spirit in a waste of shame Is lust in action; and till action, lust Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame, Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust; Enjoy’d no sooner but … Continue reading

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“‘Tis better to be vile than vile esteem’d,/When not to be receives reproach of being,/And the just pleasure lost which is so deem’d/Not by our feeling but by others’ seeing.”

Shakespeare Sonnet #121 SONNET 121 ‘Tis better to be vile than vile esteem’d, When not to be receives reproach of being, And the just pleasure lost which is so deem’d Not by our feeling but by others’ seeing. For why … Continue reading

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