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“We look back at Shakespeare and regret our absence from him because it seems an absence from reality.”

Conclusion to The Play’s The Thing Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- Honestly, I can’t believe it’s over. For two and half years, We’ve been reading and talking and thinking about Shakespeare. And to help bring this to a close, … Continue reading

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“Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea./Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.”

Pericles Act Two By Dennis Abrams ————————————————- Scenes 5-9:  As news arrives regarding Trailart’s plot, Pericles once again leaves, but is shipwrecked in a storm. He is washed up on the shore near Pentapolis, where he is looked after by … Continue reading

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“Uncover, dogs, and lap.”

Timon of Athens Act Three By Dennis Abrams ———————— Act Three:  One by one, Timon’s so-called “friends” refuse to help him, all making the feeblest of excuses.  As the servants of Timon’s creditors move in pressing their claims, Timon enters … Continue reading

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“No care, no stop; no senseless of expense/That he will neither know how to maintain it/Nor case his flow of riot”

Timon of Athens Act Two By Dennis Abrams ———————– Act Two:  Timon’s creditors are getting restless and send their servants to request that he pay off his debts. Flavius is attempting to stall them when Timon appears and demands to … Continue reading

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“Such harmony is in immortal souls,/But whilst this muddy vesture of decay/Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.”

The Merchant of Venice Act Five By Dennis Abrams ————————– Act Five:  Returning in triumph to Belmont, the men are met by their wives, who are not all impressed to learn that Bassanio and Graziano have given away their wedding … Continue reading

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“I am glad that Shakespeare made Shylock a Jew.” — W.H. Auden

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Before we move on to Belmont, Act Five, and the absence of Shylock, there’s a little more I’d like to talk about concerning Act Four and…Shylock.  First I’d … Continue reading

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“Which is the merchant here and which the Jew?”

The Merchant of Venice Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————————- As much as I appreciate and respect Harold Bloom on all things Shakespearean, I think when it comes to The Merchant of Venice, he is too wrapped up … Continue reading

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