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Offline magisensei

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Re: Shakespeare
« Reply #90 on: October 24, 2012, 07:18:38 PM »
If you had to choose a play to write a book report on I recommend the tragedies by Shakespeare.  For something that is rather easy in terms of reading and themes you have Macbeth, if you want a longer read with more themes try Hamlet or King Lear. 

For those that don't like Shakespeare, I have to say it is one of the greatest pieces of classical English literature that exists.  Shakespeare's words resonate and touch the emotions in such a way that many writers can't with their words.  His words continue to resonate even after 400 years and continue to have meaning that inspires the readers and the audience that watches/reads his plays. 

"No, no, no life!
Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life,
and thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more,
never, never, never, never, never!"

Just read this passage from King Lear and you can hear the sorrow and power of Shakespeare's words even after 4 centuries.  As King Lear tries to answer the unanswerable question and the unspeakable grief ... languished to tear your very hear out (King Lear is carrying his beloved daughter that has just been murdered). 

One of the truly wonderful thing about Shakespeare is his capacity to continue to surprise his audience... each play is different and how they are interpreted on stage by the actors continues to be different and leaves room for your own interpretation by the reader,actor and audience.   

Yes, the language is difficult but the more you read, you will find that the language will become alive for you... so I suggest reading and watching more Shakespeare and you will find the language come alive for you. 


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Re: Shakespeare
« Reply #91 on: November 16, 2012, 01:11:23 PM »
So Jian - how did the book report go and what did you choose in the end?  :)
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Re: Shakespeare
« Reply #92 on: November 16, 2012, 01:26:29 PM »
So Jian - how did the book report go and what did you choose in the end?  :)

I chose Richard III. Haven't finished it, but I got a pass on the book report... For now. So, I've got 'till the end of the month. Reading it in very small increments since I've only got about 20 minutes a night to read it.  :o

It's looking good - I like the scene where Richard confronts the... Wow, I'm terrible with names. I want to say Cosette, or something. Anyways, I like that scene.  ;D

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Re: Shakespeare
« Reply #93 on: January 03, 2013, 02:11:58 PM »
Hope the paper went well! I went to see the Globe Theatre's production of "Richard III" last night (at the Apollo, not the Globe - would have been a bit wet and windy!) and it was absolutely brilliant!

http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/on-stage/richard-iii-2012

All done in authentic 1593 style - an all-male cast, gorgeous Elizabethan costumes and a lot of candles! I'll be blogging about it soon...
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Re: Shakespeare
« Reply #94 on: January 03, 2013, 11:55:43 PM »
Hope the paper went well! I went to see the Globe Theatre's production of "Richard III" last night (at the Apollo, not the Globe - would have been a bit wet and windy!) and it was absolutely brilliant!

http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/on-stage/richard-iii-2012

All done in authentic 1593 style - an all-male cast, gorgeous Elizabethan costumes and a lot of candles! I'll be blogging about it soon...
That sounds amazing, Anne. I'd love to do something like that.
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Re: Shakespeare
« Reply #95 on: January 04, 2013, 11:29:49 AM »
Hope the paper went well! I went to see the Globe Theatre's production of "Richard III" last night (at the Apollo, not the Globe - would have been a bit wet and windy!) and it was absolutely brilliant!

http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/on-stage/richard-iii-2012

All done in authentic 1593 style - an all-male cast, gorgeous Elizabethan costumes and a lot of candles! I'll be blogging about it soon...
That sounds amazing, Anne. I'd love to do something like that.

Maybe we can wehn we go to England next year - just add it to the immense list of "Things to Do & See"...
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Re: Shakespeare
« Reply #96 on: January 04, 2013, 05:58:52 PM »
I would adore to go see some live Shakespeare!! My personal favourites are Hamlet and Midsummer Night's Dream.