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Wednesday Shakespeare: Enter Three Witches

Wednesday Shakespeare: Enter Three Witches

Ahh, who knows where I’m going with this?? Yes, yes you are correct! Today’s post is about the Witches of Macbeth, the three original mean girls and powerful inspiration to the likes of Regina George, Blair Waldorf, Cirsei Lannister, and all those major bi-atches we love to hate. Let’s face it, despite some obvious differences in hair and facial waxing priorities, they all take perverse delight in goading people into doing things that ultimately have some pretty disastrous results. And they do it in

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Wednesday Shakespeare: You Are My Muse

Wednesday Shakespeare: You Are My Muse

Today I’m taking just a bit of liberty with my Shakespeare theme and writing about one of my favorite Valentine’s Day movies, Shakespeare in Love. If you’ve never seen it, then you absolutely must. Tonight, if you can. Or this weekend. Plan a date around it. It’s intelligent and sweet and beautifully shot, and it has, hands down, some of the most romantic lines about love ever spoken. The film tells the tale of an imaginary love affair between William Shakespeare and Viola de Lesseps, played by

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Wednesday Shakespeare: Fool’s Truth

Wednesday Shakespeare: Fool’s Truth

King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s major tragedies, considered by many to actually be his greatest. It features some big Game of Thrones level drama that truly has a little something for everyone in it. There’s family dysfunction, sibling rivalry, British history, major gore, and a mad king who has a penchant for taking off his clothes. It’s difficult to sum up the plot action of the play without getting carried away, but the basic storyline involves Lear wanting to divide up his kingdom among his

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Wednesday Shakespeare: Infinite Jest

Wednesday Shakespeare: Infinite Jest

For those of you who are familiar with Shakespeare’s Hamlet, you know exactly why there is a skull in the picture above, and you know exactly which character I’m writing about today. For those of you who did not read the play or were not necessarily fans of Hamlet’s histrionics, I’ll explain in just a few minutes. Many of Shakespeare’s tragedies deal with the concept of death, but none has a main character that ponders the subject quite as much as Hamlet does. The play opens with him having

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Wednesday Shakespeare: The Apothecary

Wednesday Shakespeare: The Apothecary

Today I’m starting a new Wednesday series that will focus on some of my favorite minor characters from Shakespeare’s plays. First up, the apothecary from Romeo and Juliet. Why do I find this emaciated man with the bushy-eyebrows and tattered clothing to be so fascinating? For starters, he is absolutely crucial to the way in which the play tragically ends, so much so that many Shakespeare scholars consider him to be more of a plot action device than a real character. If you’re struggling to

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