My Problem with Shakespeare | Discussion

Confession: I don't particularly like Shakespeare. Usually when I tell people I'm not a huge fan of Shakespeare I receive a piercing glare and a disapproving "Really?" This conversation inevitably results in me trying to defend my opinions while undergoing intense scrutiny from the opposing party. Apathy towards the Bard was the norm when I … Continue reading My Problem with Shakespeare | Discussion

JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare | Review

If you've stuck around this blog for a while then you may be familiar with the love-hate relationship I share with William Shakespeare. The Bard and I have never really clicked, mostly because a) I'm easily frustrated by his use of tricky English puns and b) I'm easily annoyed by the melodramatic nature of many … Continue reading JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare | Review

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde | Review

After reading Oscar Wilde's dark classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, I certainly wasn't expecting this little play to be so charming and lighthearted. The Importance of Being Earnest is a true treat to read, for more reason than one. Wilde surprised me with his witty, hilarious sense of humor. I laughed out loud several times while reading … Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde | Review

GALILEO by Bertolt Brecht

“Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.” Despite telling the tale of a famous philosopher and scientist in the seventeenth century, Bertolt Brecht's play Galileo was actually written in the 1940s. The unusual content choice immediately intrigued me when I was initially assigned this play for my Introduction to Literature class last semester, but it … Continue reading GALILEO by Bertolt Brecht

HAMLET by William Shakespeare

To like Hamlet or not like Hamlet, that is the question... I have a confession to make: I'm not really a big fan of Shakespeare. Ever since first reading one of his works as a freshman in high school (Romeo and Juliet, naturally) I've had mixed feelings about the Bard. To be quite honest, none of … Continue reading HAMLET by William Shakespeare

Review: OUR TOWN

Author: Thornton Wilder Pages: 224 Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Release Date: 1938 "First published in 1938, this Pulitzer Prize winning play envisions the enduring truths of human existence. The three act play takes place in the village of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire." - Goodreads.com What a work of art this play is! People have been telling me to … Continue reading Review: OUR TOWN

Review: KING LEAR

Author: William Shakespeare Number of Pages: 320 Publisher: SparkNotes Release Date: 1604 "One of Shakespeare's finest tragedies, the work displays a pessimism and nihilism that make it a 20th-century favorite. The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, allotting each a portion in proportion to the eloquence of her declaration of love. The hypocritical Goneril … Continue reading Review: KING LEAR

Review: DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Author: Arthur Miller Number of Pages: 139 Publisher: Viking Books Release Date: 1949 "The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business … Continue reading Review: DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Review: ANTIGONE

Author: Sophocles Number of Pages: 80 Date of Publication: 441 "The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation of Sophocles' classic drama. The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, Antigone is an unconventional heroine who pits her beliefs against the King of Thebes in a bloody test of wills that … Continue reading Review: ANTIGONE

Review: OEDIPUS REX

Author: Sophocles Number of Pages: 80 Release Date: around 430 BCE "Sophocles' Oedipus Rex has never been surpassed for the raw and terrible power with which its hero struggles to answer the eternal question, "Who am I?" The play, a story of a king who acting entirely in ignorance kills his father and marries his mother, unfolds with … Continue reading Review: OEDIPUS REX