“Macbeth,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

Ah, definitely one of my favorite plays, if only for its intense mockability and length. Oh, and should I say "the Scottish play" instead? I already asked what the hell that was about in this question post, but for the sake of fun, read and feel free to watch that Blackadder segment I linked to … Continue reading “Macbeth,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Trolius and Cressida,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

I gotta admit, maybe this was the perfect breaking-point (by accident) in the anthology. I got to resume my reading plans with Shakespeare with this interesting work, Trolius and Cressida. I like how when I took another look online at what the story was about, to see if I got the gist of it or … Continue reading “Trolius and Cressida,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by William Shakespeare

Three Theban Plays: Oedipus at Colonus, by Sophocles

My Copy: 9781593082352 (image from Amazon.com) The one play of the three published just before Sophocles died, Oedipus at Colonus gives plenty of insight into the firm convictions of ancient greeks in their belief of the gods and proper rites, as well as the cleverness of Oedipus hinted at in passing in the other plays. Oedipus … Continue reading Three Theban Plays: Oedipus at Colonus, by Sophocles

Three Theban Plays: Oedipus The King, by Sophocles

My Copy: 9781593082352  (image from Amazon.com) There are two plays in particular by Sophocles that most Americans have been subjected to in high school. Either it was Oedipus The King (aka, Oedipus Rex) or Antigone (which was actually written first). My school had us read Antigone, and eventually I’ll get to that one. But the story … Continue reading Three Theban Plays: Oedipus The King, by Sophocles

“Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

My Copy: 9780199267170 I admit, this might be the third (and last) part of Henry VI's reign in a historical context, and the near-middle of Richard III's, but boy, it sure was a long bridge to it. Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III) is all about transition. The "Richard" in the title is … Continue reading “Richard Duke of York (or, Henry VI, Part III),” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare