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Paul Werstine
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Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 2 years ago
Measure for Measure is among the most passionately discussed of Shakespeare’s plays. In it, a duke temporarily removes himself from governing his city-state, deputizing a member of his administration, Angelo, to enforce the laws more rigorously. Angelo chooses as his first victim Claudio, condemning...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it 3 years ago
All's Well that Ends Well is a startling play and Shakespeare at close to his most experimental. It is closely related to Measure for Measure, but I think it is a better and more complex play than that. It is another example, one of many, of Shakespeare undermining the conventions of comedy and wh...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it 3 years ago
Henry V is Shakespeare's war play. While he often has wars in plays this plays focus is on war and also on Kingship. Shakespeare has always been interested in Kingship and is primarily interested in the character of Kings and what makes a good and bad King. To the extent that he has any political...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 3 years ago
Probably not one of the best among Shakespeare’s plays, this romance is still quite enjoyable. The version which I saw was recorded in 2015 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Stratford, Ontario, Canada). It was extremely well acted and the presentation was beautiful. Instead of employing John Go...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it 3 years ago
The more I read of Shakespeare the more I think that the best way to think of him is as an experimental author and Measure for Measure is one of his more experimental plays. It is based on what was essentially a contemporary urban myth of a man who has been sentenced to die for having sex outside o...
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