He liked privacy, which is no surprise, as he was one of the most talked about,and well known faces in all London! That he hardly paid his taxes, moved house several times, and, as a Roman Catholic, avoided the clutches of men such as Sir Frances Walsingham, gives credibility to his constant staying … Read more
Irrespective of the witch's prophecies, Macbeth, from the very beginning, is betrayed by the incantations of the three weird sisters, as was Christ betrayed by Judas Iscariot, in the garden of Gethsemane.
Judas told the Sanhedrin, that he would welcome Christ with a kiss on the cheek and the words "HAIL master", … Read more
In 1979, Universal showed a TV show called, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century". In it, Buck, who had been launched from Earth in his spacecraft and somehow been 'up there' for 5 centuries! Returned to Earth, and found us still speaking English as an International language, and with our main weapon, still … Read more
Originally, Shakespeare would have first seen plays enacted in his own little town of Stratford on Avon, as his father would licence travelling actors to perform in an inn yard, or some such other place, and young William would go along with his parents, to watch the performance. Later, as he learned Latin, in … Read more
Any playwright has to, 'balance', the characters of his plays, against each other, so that their individual traits and predilections are equally versed. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare presents the former as "Verona brags of him to be a virtuous and well governed youth" (Note the "youth!", suggesting that Romeo is quite young, … Read more
Shakespeare, was a playwright, and he wrote for the most prestigious company of actors that has ever been, therefore he was only interested in providing the sort of materal they liked to present to an audience, His reading was quite something, as he was able to read French, Italian and Latin, as well … Read more
Even before this play has begun, we are told, by Chorus, of the two "star crossed lovers", who take their life! Therefore, Chorus is already preparing you for death!
Chorus tell us of the warring faction between Montague and Capulet, by stating the, "ancient grudge", (which is never explained), and broodingly … Read more
In several Shakespeare plays, characters like Benvolio are ever present. If anything, they embody the earnest, trying to be helpful "hanger on", that often gets in the way of the plot. However, if they were NOT there, then the plays would not move as sweetly as they do, for Benvolio, et al, makes up … Read more
Well, they could go to the cockpit, where roosters with iron claws affixed to their talons, ripped each other to pieces, or, go along to the bear pit, where the bear, after having its teeth and claws extracted, would be thrown into the pit, where three mastiffs would tear it to bits, or, if you … Read more
The play highlights the warring factions in England at the time of the Cousin's War, what history now calls, The Wars of the Roses.
Both Montague and Capulet can be seen to represent either the House of York, or of Lancaster,, Henry V1 or Richard 111. Romeo and Juliet as the confused English … Read more
If it wasn't for your country, and the people who inhabit it, Russia and China would smother the world, and dominate it under their heel.
Shakespeare never visited Venice! If he had, then the canals and the gondolas would most certainly have been mentioned in the two plays he writes about the city. The Merchant of Venice, and Othello the Moor of Venice. However, only briefly, in one line, are gondolas mentioned.
The street fight mentioned, occured in 1587, when Shakespeare was, it is presumed, holding the horses of the gentry who had come to see the play. William Knell was the newly married juvenile lead of the Queen's Men, and he got into a fight with John Towne, a hired man, that is, not … Read more
During his time at school, he would have mainly been taught Latin. Other subjects, such as Greek, were to come later. In the senior years, he, and his contemporaries, were forbidden to speak English, and had to converse in Latin. A 'smidgen' of this occurs in King John, were Constance says "Grief fills the … Read more
The word "nothing" in Shakespeare's time, was Tudor slang for the vagina.