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dr barbara a mowat

  • Named for the twelfth night after Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, Twelfth Night plays with love and power. The Countess Olivia, a woman with her own household, attracts Duke (or Count) Orsino. Two other would-be suitors are her pretentious steward, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Onto this scene arrive the twins Viola and Sebastian;...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2015
  • In Romeo and Juliet , Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud. In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers? final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2014
  • Henry VI, Part 2 presents a kind of story that was popular before Shakespeare began writing, tracing the fall of powerful individuals to their untimely deaths. The first to go is the Duke of Gloucester, Lord Protector of England and the most powerful man in the kingdom, who is murdered after his wife goes into exile. Next to meet a bad end is the...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2014
  • Henry VI, Part 3 is dominated by a struggle between two military forces, neither of which can achieve victory for long. Until the end, the Yorkists and Lancastrians strive for the English crown. The conflict between these two families began under Richard II. Half a century later, during the reign of Henry VI, it moved toward civil war. Now, in Henry...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2014
  • Hamlet is Shakespeare?s most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a ?revenge tragedy,? in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father?s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties. Among them: What is the Ghost?Hamlet?s father demanding justice,...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2014
  • Readers and audiences have long greeted As You Like It with delight. Its characters are brilliant conversationalists, including the princesses Rosalind and Celia and their Fool, Touchstone. Soon after Rosalind and Orlando meet and fall in love, the princesses and Touchstone go into exile in the Forest of Arden, where they find new conversational...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2015
  • In A Midsummer Night?s Dream , Shakespeare stages the workings of love. Theseus and Hippolyta, about to marry, are figures from mythology. In the woods outside Theseus? Athens, two young men and two young women sort themselves out into couples?but not before they form first one love triangle, and then another. Also in the woods, the king and queen...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2015
  • In Othello , Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona that begins with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and death. Shakespeare builds many differences into his hero and heroine, including race, age, and cultural background. Yet most readers and audiences...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2015
  • Much Ado About Nothing includes two quite different stories of romantic love. Hero and Claudio fall in love almost at first sight, but an outsider, Don John, strikes out at their happiness. Beatrice and Benedick are kept apart by pride and mutual antagonism until others decide to play Cupid. The authoritative edition of Much Ado About Nothing...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2015
  • Shakespeare?s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents. Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others. Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks. What, then, keeps bringing us back to King Lear ? For all the force of its language,...

    Publisher : Simon & Schuster
    published : 2015