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- Explore the life and works of William Shakespeare.
- Read Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
- Analyze the characters of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- Compare Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to the actual history it was based off of.
- Examine the cross-dressing characters in Twelfth Night.
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. Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers
Great tragedies resonate throughout time. In this lesson, we'll go over the role of fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We'll explore the story of his star-crossed lovers and explain some of his most famous quotes.
3. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Summary, Quotes and Characters
In this lesson, you'll learn about how love goes awry when magic interferes with the crazy exploits of a group of young Athenians, some fairies and some amateur actors in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
4. Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's Play vs. History
In this lesson, we'll examine Shakespeare's take on the life of Julius Caesar, which spawned such famous quotes as 'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!' and 'Et tu, Brute!' We'll also take a look at Brutus and Cassius, the conspirators who plotted Caesar's demise, as well as Mark Antony and Octavius, who remained loyal.
5. Twelfth Night: Themes, Quotes and Cross-Dressing Characters
In this lesson, we'll outline the interplay between love and deception in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. We'll go over plot, characters, and figure out what Shakespeare's cross-dressing heroine Viola means in the context of love.
6. 'Out, Damned Spot': Meaning & Overview
Learn about the meaning and literary importance of Lady Macbeth's famous 'Out, damned spot' speech from Act 5, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's tragic play, 'Macbeth.'
7. Courtly Love in the Middle Ages: Definition, Characteristics & Rules
Explore this lesson on courtly love, an essential concept to understanding relationships between men and women in medieval literature. Learn the definition of courtly love, its connection with chivalry, the rules of courtly love, and discover examples of works that feature courtly love from the Middle Ages.
8. Duke of Albany in Shakespeare's King Lear: Traits & Analysis
William Shakespeare's 'King Lear' is filled with greedy and ruthless characters. However, they're not all bad. Read about the Duke of Albany, Goneril's kind-hearted husband who survives the play's high body count and gets the opportunity to be king.
9. Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night: Character Analysis
In this lesson, you will learn who Duke Orsino is, and how his characteristics shape his role in Shakespeare's play ''Twelfth Night''. Take a look at the character analysis and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
10. Shakespeare's Antony And Cleopatra: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, you'll learn about the tragic love affair between Mark Antony and Cleopatra and the historical context in which it takes place. You'll also explore an analysis of this Shakespearean tragedy.
11. Shakespeare's Claudius: Character Analysis & Traits
Claudius is one of the central characters in William Shakespeare's ''Hamlet''. Because of Claudius' behavior, Hamlet is faced with the toughest dilemma of his life. Learn more about the character Claudius in this lesson.
12. Shakespeare's Horatio: Character Analysis & Relationship with Hamlet
In this lesson you will learn who Horatio is, and what his role is in relationship to Hamlet in Shakespeare's play, 'Hamlet.' Take a look at the character analysis, and the relationship between Horatio and Hamlet, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
13. Shakespeare's Robin Goodfellow: Traits & Analysis
Robin Goodfellow, better known as 'Puck,' is the witty, likeable fairy in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' He faithfully executes the duties commanded by King Oberon, but throws in a little mischief of his own.
14. The Character of Macbeth: Description & Analysis
In this lesson, you'll learn about the character of Macbeth and how he functions within the play of the same name. Take a look at the character description and analysis.
15. Figurative Language in Romeo and Juliet: Overview & Examples
In this lesson, we will first define figurative language and discuss why it is used. We will then look at examples of figurative language in the text of William Shakespeare's ''Romeo & Juliet''.
16. The Taming of the Shrew Characters
In this lesson we will introduce the characters in ''The Taming of the Shrew''. We will also analyze some of these characters and what these characters mean to the play.
17. Themes in The Taming of the Shrew
In 'The Taming of the Shrew' by William Shakespeare we run into a few different themes. This comedy deals with a complexity of issues like gender, the importance of social hierarchy, and conformity in marriage.
18. Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew
Petruchio is the man who tames the shrew in William Shakespeare's ''The Taming of the Shrew''. The comedy focuses on how Petruchio tames his fiery new wife Kate by showing her what it's like to be around a disagreeable spouse.
19. Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew
Meet Bianca Milano from William Shakespeare's raucous comedy, ~'The Taming of the Shrew.~' This lesson discusses Bianca's character evolution in the play and invites you to consider who the shrew really is when the curtain closes in the final act.
20. Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew
This lesson focuses on Katherine, who is the shrew referred to in William Shakespeare's ''The Taming of the Shrew''. Katherine's behavior and motives are examined through a discussion of specific scenes in the play.
21. Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew
The character Lucentio from Shakespeare's ~'The Taming of the Shrew~' demonstrates how an idealistic romantic fares when confronted with practical reality. Read a summary and analysis of his character in this lesson.
22. Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew
The character Gremio from Shakespeare's ''The Taming of the Shrew'' is a humorous and oblivious figure. He comes from a comic tradition of things that make you go ''eww'' because of his rather creepy nature. In this lesson we'll find out why.
23. Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew
Get acquainted with the character Hortensio from Shakespeare's ''The Taming of the Shrew.'' Hortensio doesn't get the girl, but then he does, but he still doesn't get what he thought he was getting. Sound intriguing? Read on.
24. Vincentio in The Taming of the Shrew
Vincentio is the father of Lucentio, a key character in William Shakespeare's wild comedy, 'The Taming of the Shrew.' Find out about this character and his surprise impersonator!
25. The Taming of the Shrew Monologues
''The Taming of the Shrew'' is one of Shakespeare's wittiest plays, though it is also one of his most controversial due to its depiction of gender relations. Both these aspects of the play are on display in the monologues by its two main characters, Petruchio and Katherine.
26. Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew
Get acquainted with the character of Tranio from William Shakespeare's ~'The Taming of the Shrew.~' No one could have a more loyal companion and wing man.
27. Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew
Baptista Minola seeks suitable husbands for his daughters in William Shakespeare's ''The Taming of the Shrew''. His choices for his daughters rely primarily on the wealth of the suitors.
28. Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew
Get in touch with Shakespeare's goofy side through the character of Grumio from 'The Taming of the Shrew.' Find out why Grumio stands out in a play filled with comedic characters and types.
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