Best of the Bard: My Top 10 Favorite Shakespearean Characters

Now that I have completed my project of reading all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, I thought I would share a few posts summing some of my favorites from the experience, some not-so-favorites, some of what I learned, and some recommendations. I’m going to call this my “Best of the Bard” series. I hope you enjoy it! For the first Best of…

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What’s next?

Wow. Well, how about that, eh? 38 plays read and written about. Take a look at the Playlist (I still think that’s clever lol) to catch up. It took me longer than the year I originally planned on, but you know. I still made it! I really hope you enjoyed following along, and that you maybe found one or two…

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The Tempest, and Shakespeare’s Epilogue

Well, we’re here. The last of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. The Tempest is one of those that has a special place in my heart. I read it for the first time on a family vacation (in the battered old copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare that had no footnotes or explanations) and liked it well enough at the time. The more…

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goodticklebrain: Getting to know Shakespeare a little better at @utahshakespeare. (at Utah Shakespeare Festival) That sounds about right to me.

Hamlet: Trying and living well

What is there to say about what could easily be considered the most famous play of all time – and one of the greatest plays of all time to boot?  Of all the Bard’s work, I think I have returned to Hamlet more than any other. This is in part because there are some really great film adaptations, and also because…

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Coriolanus: Judgment and Doubt

Coriolanus reminds me of Timon of Athens in some ways. It has a lot to say about trust and the way we judge others. Of the whole play, the part that struck me the most is when the citizens begin to doubt Coriolanus. It was remarkable how quickly and easily they reversed their opinion of him. It seems to make…

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Pericles: On why bad things happen to good people

Throughout Pericles, I couldn’t help but think of Oedipus Rex. There are quite a few similarities, so it’s a slightly obvious connection, perhaps, but a fascinating one to me for one particular reason. In Pericles, we see bad things happen to good people and bad people. But in the end, everything works out quite conveniently for the good people—rather miraculously…

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Two Gentlemen of Verona: Nostalgia and Objectivity

When I was something like fourteen years old, my grandmother gave me an old volume of the collected works of Shakespeare. I was very excited about this and was determined to make my way through it. At that point, I think the only plays of the Bard that I had read were Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, and possibly Romeo…

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Troilus and Cressida: The Influence of Medium

I decided to listen to an audio recording of Troilus and Cressida rather than read it. This has not worked out too well for me in the past, because my mind wanders and then I miss things and end up only paying half attention – especially when it’s work I’m not already familiar with, like this play. And that’s exactly what…

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