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  • The late Rod McKuen's musical and entertainment accomplishments are undermined by his claim to the title of "poet"; his so-called "poems" exemplify the work of a poetaster—not a poet.

    Rod McKuen:  An American Success Story

    Rod McKuen: An American Success Story

    by Linda Sue Grimes0

  • Madame Butterfly is one of the most popular operas of all time. But the ending has a twist—the final chord is unusual. So why did Puccini choose to end his own favourite opera this way?

    Madame Butterfly—the Final Chord

    Madame Butterfly—the Final Chord

    by Frances Metcalfe4

  • A study of Comedy, the sources of the comic and the devices used by comic playwrights to arouse laughter, referring to the theories by H.Bergson on the social and individual element of comedy.

    Comedy: The Sources of the Comic

    Comedy: The Sources of the Comic

    by Monami0

  • Dance, exercise, and body language can be written down in a special script called choreology or movement notation. How does it work?

    What Is Choreology?

    What Is Choreology?

    by Juliette Kando FI Chor7

  • The balcony scene serves to develop the characters of Romeo and Juliet so that the audience can begin to sympathize with them. The balcony scene is critically important to the development of the plot of the play because it is during this scene that the lovers' secret marriage is decided.

    The Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene

    The Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene

    by Jule Romans4

  • They called her “The Divine Sarah.” She went from the daughter of a courtesan to an internationally known actress to a legend. Sarah Bernhardt was a primadonna who could’ve taken over the world.

    6 Reasons to Remember Sarah Bernhardt

    6 Reasons to Remember Sarah Bernhardt

    by Catherine McMahan1

  • "To be or not to be" is one of the most famous lines in all of English literature. It marks the beginning of Hamlet's "To be or not to be" speech which is a soliloquy. The speech and the line reflect some of the existential questions that Hamlet the play and Hamlet the character are interested in.

    What Is the Meaning of "To be or not to be," Hamlet's Famous Quote?

    What Is the Meaning of "To be or not to be," Hamlet's Famous Quote?

    by Adam Kullman8

  • About Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet. Benvolio is a member of the Montague household and a good friend to Romeo. Benvolio's advice to Romeo. Benvolio's personality and character traits. Does Benvolio die in Romeo and Juliet?

    Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet

    Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet

    by Jule Romans0

  • 'How all occasions do inform against me' [Act 4 Scene 4 Audiences can access Hamlet's thoughts, emotions and feelings via a soliloquy. Here, Hamlet feels lost; defeated; a failure, and he cannot understand why. He has tried to do the right thing; yet nothing has gone right for him. He is disgusted with himself; contemptous of his own weak inadequacy and fearful failings. We learn about Hamlet's confused emotional state; his depression and guilt.

    Analysis and Commentary on Hamlet's Last Soliloquy:

    Analysis and Commentary on Hamlet's Last Soliloquy: "How all occasions do inform against me"

    by Tricia Mason4

  • Some classic pieces of literature (or in one case, a cult classic movie) seem too good to be changed. But musical versions of these classics happened anyway.

    5 Surprising Musical Adaptations of Classics

    5 Surprising Musical Adaptations of Classics

    by Catherine McMahan0

  • I have chosen to create a blog to communicate the racial issues demonstrated in the literary work ‘’Master Harold and the boys’’ by Athol Fugard, a short play set during the apartheid era (a system of racial segregation that was practiced In...

    "Master Harold and the Boys": A Racial Awareness Play

    "Master Harold and the Boys": A Racial Awareness Play

    by Meggie Mufowo0

  • Why did Shakespeare call his play "The Tempest"? Is it just a casual reference to the storm raised in the beginning, or does it hint at far deeper connotations? Is the title Justified? Let's find out.

    The Tempest: Significance of the Title

    The Tempest: Significance of the Title

    by Monami0

  • In the Romeo and Juliet death scene, Juliet is lying in the tomb, under the influence of a sleeping potion that makes it appear that she has died. Romeo finds her in the tomb. Before entering the tomb, Romeo kills Paris in the graveyard.

    The Romeo and Juliet Death Scene

    The Romeo and Juliet Death Scene

    by Jule Romans3

  • In the classic Marlowe play, Dr. Faustus makes a bargain with Mephistopheles: for twenty-four years of unlimited power he trades his soul. Unfortunately, Faustus learns too late that he got the raw end of the deal, but he turns his back on any chance of redemption.

    Doctor Faustus vs. Mephistopheles, or The Unfair Bargain

    Doctor Faustus vs. Mephistopheles, or The Unfair Bargain

    by Brittany Rowland7

  • The Nurse is a bawdy, overly talkative, and humorous character in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. She teases, but is completely devoted to Juliet. She eventually betrays Juliet's wishes by giving her unkind advice. Even so, the Nurse is completely grief-stricken by Juliet's feigned death.

    The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet

    The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet

    by Jule Romans0

  • An introductory study of contemporary women poets of India, identifying dominant and recurrent traits which make these poets individualistic yet connected by a unique bond of creative sisterhood.

    21st Century Indian Women Poets: An Introduction

    21st Century Indian Women Poets: An Introduction

    by Monami0

  • People can perceive Shakespeare’s Macbeth in different ways. This page discusses whether Macbeth’s character is a villain or a victim

    Is Macbeth a Villain or a Victim?

    Is Macbeth a Villain or a Victim?

    by flighty029

  • Many Shakespearean scholars have differing opinions of Lady Macbeth. These opinions range from viewing Lady Macbeth as evil and malicious to others who see her as a victim of her devotion to her husband. Any of these opinions must be closely...

    The Concept of Femininity in Shakespeare's Macbeth

    The Concept of Femininity in Shakespeare's Macbeth

    by Barbara Hendershott2

  • Walsh by Sharon Pollock is a contemporary Canadian play. It focuses on the real-life conflict between General Walsh and Chief Sitting Bull in Alberta.

    Walsh Play Summary

    Walsh Play Summary

    by Molly Layton1

  • Did you ever think Shakespeare used the 7 deadly sins as a basis for his plays? He could have. This article gives in depth analysis of the way he portrayed these sins without saying them directly.

    Shakespeare and the Seven Deadly Sins

    Shakespeare and the Seven Deadly Sins

    by Chanin Storm0

  • Shakespeare did not have much faith in traditional gender roles. His constant subversion of these roles in the submission of men to dominant women illustrates Shakespeare’s feelings that much was amiss in society’s typical dictation of the...

    Gender Roles in Macbeth and What It Means to Be a Man

    Gender Roles in Macbeth and What It Means to Be a Man

    by mikesweetwater3

  • Hamlet's soliloquy in Act four scene four, of William Shakespeare's epic masterpiece, is one of the most thrilling speeches of the entire work. This article breaks the entire speech down by sentece, anylising each point individually, and explaining the deep character arcs which happen of ther course of this single speech.

    Hamlet Soliloquy Act 4 Scene 4 (How all occasions do inform against me...) Analysis

    Hamlet Soliloquy Act 4 Scene 4 (How all occasions do inform against me...) Analysis

    by witnessing1012

  • Hamlet; The Prince of Denmark is a play consumed with images and symbols of death and over the course of the play Hamlet considers death from many perspectives pondering the spiritual and physical aspects.

    Hamlet and The Mystery of Death

    Hamlet and The Mystery of Death

    by belleart0

  • Hamlet's tragedy stems from a number of origins. The obvious one is the death of his father. Hamlet is a tragic figure from the moment the audience encounters him, dressed in 'solemn black'. The second cause of Hamlet's tragedy is his mother's behaviour. Instead of sharing her son's grief, and supporting him through it, she has remarried with indecent haste.

    Hamlet: The Sources of His Tragedy

    Hamlet: The Sources of His Tragedy

    by Tricia Mason0

  • This article explores how to teach drama using several different, easy concepts. Gain confidence in your lessons when you use any one or a combination of these tools. A clear guide for how to use drama lesson plans, drama games, improvisation games, and monologues.

    How to Teach Drama to Students

    How to Teach Drama to Students

    by Jule Romans4

  • It’s often said there are only seven types of jokes but among those that expound on this theme there seems little agreement on exactly what those seven are.

    How Many Jokes Are There?

    How Many Jokes Are There?

    by Rupert Taylor2

  • Of all the characters in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Fortinbras is perhaps the strangest. Oddly enough, though, Fortinbras is a stabilizing force in the action of the play, and he also functions as a framing device for the play itself.

    Fortinbras as a Foil for Hamlet

    Fortinbras as a Foil for Hamlet

    by Seth Tomko25

  • Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot is a play that presents conflict between living by religious and spiritual beliefs, and living by an existential philosophy, which asserts that it is up to the individual to discover the meaning of life through...

    Existentialism in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

    Existentialism in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

    by Jake Brannen9

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