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- Shakespeare's life and works
- Plot and characters in Hamlet
- Racism in Othello
- King Lear's familial relationships
- Themes and quotes from Macbeth
- Shakespeare's sonnets
- Christopher Marlowe's biography and plays
- Ben Jonson's poems and plays
1. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works
This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.
2. Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy
To be or not to be? In this lesson, that really is the question. Watch this video to learn all about Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's great tragedies. We'll explore its plot, characters and the meaning of that famous phrase.
3. Othello: Racism and Shakespeare
In this video, we'll give an overview of the plot of Shakespeare's 'Othello.' We'll discuss the motivations of his wicked ensign, Iago, and address the racial issues brought to light by Shakespeare's writing.
4. Shakespeare's King Lear: My Three Daughters
In this video, we'll discuss the importance of blindness, both literal and metaphorical, in Shakespeare's King Lear. We'll give an overview of the plot, characters, and explore the familial relationships central to the famous tragedy.
5. Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play
In this lesson, we'll follow how ambition shapes the events of Shakespeare's Scottish play, 'Macbeth'. We'll explore the plot, characters and supernatural elements that are characteristic of this play.
6. Shakespeare's Sonnets: Reading and Interpreting the Major Poems
In this video we'll learn about Shakespeare's sonnets, which contain some of his most famous poetry. Shakespeare addresses both a Fair Youth, speculated to be a young earl and patron, and a Dark Lady, whom he describes in frank and unromantic terms. We'll discuss the meter and rhyme scheme of the typical Shakespearean sonnet, as well as the structure of the overall work.
7. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays
English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!
8. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare
To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.
9. King Lear: Summary & Characters
William Shakespeare's tragedy 'King Lear' is considered to be among his finest plays. In this lesson, you'll learn about the main characters in the play and a summary of the play's plot.
10. King Lear: Themes & Analysis
'King Lear' is widely considered to be one of William Shakespeare's masterpieces. He crafted this play to be a complex dramatic work that functions on a variety of levels. In this lesson you'll learn several approaches to its interpretation.
11. Olivia in Twelfth Night: Character Analysis & Quotes
Olivia is one of the main characters in William Shakespeare's novel 'Twelfth Night'. Olivia spends most of her time mourning the loss of her brother until she meets a 'man'. Learn more about the character Olivia in this lesson.
12. Othello: Character Analysis, Description & Sketch
''Othello,'' a play about a Moorish soldier who allows his insecurities to destroy his life, is one of William Shakespeare's most popular tragedies. Learn more about the title character of Othello in this lesson, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
13. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: Meaning, Quotes & Summary
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two minor characters who play an important role in William Shakespeare's popular play 'Hamlet.' Learn more about the significance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and test your knowledge with a quiz.
14. Shakespeare's Caliban: Character Analysis, Overview
Did you know that Shakespeare literally created a monster? In this lesson, we'll explore the complex character of Caliban and his importance in the plot of 'The Tempest.'
15. Shakespeare's Henry IV: Summary & Overview
William Shakespeare's play Henry IV tells the story of one young prince's transformation from a wasteful youth to an honorable and heroic king in the midst of an English civil war. This article will include summary, analysis and a character list.
16. Shakespeare's Henry VIII: Play Synopsis, Overview
'Henry VIII' is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is described as a 'serious play' and is based on the life of the real king Henry VIII. Learn more about the play Henry VIII and test your knowledge with a quiz.
17. Shakespeare's Prospero: Character Analysis, Overview
Prospero is the protagonist in William Shakespeare's play ''The Tempest.'' Prospero uses his power and love of magic to coerce others into behaving in ways he wants them to behave. Learn more about Prospero's character in this lesson.
18. Shakespeare's Queen Titania: Traits & Analysis
In Shakespeare's play ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'', we are introduced to a character, Titania, who opposes her husband, Oberon. In this lesson, we will learn more about this intriguing Queen of the Fairies.
19. Shakespeare's Richard III: Character Analysis
The character of Richard III, in William Shakespeare's historical drama 'Richard III,' is one of Shakespeare's most important and original characters. 'Richard III' is considered by some critics to be a case study in how absolute power can corrupt absolutely, while other critics consider the play to be a portrait of absolute evil or psychopathy.
20. Shakespeare's The Tempest: Summary, Characters & Analysis
The Tempest is a tale of magic, deception, revenge, and marriage. Learn what happens as Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, plots revenge against his foes on a remote island. Then, examine some critical analyses of the play.
21. Thane of Cawdor: Meaning in Macbeth & Overview
This lesson provides a brief summary of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. It also provides a description of the meaning of Macbeth's title, Thane of Cawdor.
22. The Death of William Shakespeare: Date & Cause
In this lesson, we will explore one of the biggest mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare: his death and what caused it. After a bit of context, we will discuss the facts and theories about the cause of Shakespeare's death.
23. The Montague Family: History & Family Tree
The Montagues and the Capulets are the two feuding families of Verona, Italy, in William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet.' In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Montague clan and learn about Romeo's family tree.
24. The Murder of Gonzago: Significance in Hamlet & Overview
In William Shakespeare's ''Hamlet'', ''The Murder of Gonzago'' is a play Hamlet has performed in order to determine his uncle's innocence or guilt in the death of his father. This lesson will discuss the significance of this play within a play.
25. The Rival Poet: Characteristics, Overview
This lesson explores the ''rival poet'' section of Shakespeare's sonnets (sonnet 78-86). Even though it is a short section (only 9 out of 154 sonnets) it explores the narrator's feelings about a rival poet. Following this lesson, you'll take a short quiz.
26. The Tragedy of Othello: Summary, Analysis & Quotes
In this lesson, meet Shakespeare's tragic hero, Othello, and some of his friends and foes. Find out where the infamous Moor went wrong, and read some of the famous quotes from the play.
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