E 321 • Shakespeare: Selected Plays
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this Shakespeare class
From which you'll learn the genres of the Bard
There are four in all; you'll see it's not that hard.
Two histories of English kings we'll read:
Of evil Richard, killer turned for greed,
And good King Henry (Hal), who conquered France,
But in a nice way, when he had the chance.
To ease the student's burden then by half
At three of Shakespeare's comedies we'll laugh:
Midsummer Night, where lovers lost are found;
In As You Like It, girls in drag abound;
And then a strange one, set in old Vienna,
That asks us who's the saint and who's the sinner.
When laughter's o'er, to tragedy we'll turn:
Of Denmark something rotten shall we learn--
That Hamlet's uncle Claudius for lust
Killed his own brother. So is vengeance just?
Prince Hamlet must decide what he will do:
To be or not to be, if lifes untrue.
Quite creepy is that play, dark and remote,
In Shakespeare's romance is our antidote:
The Winter's Tale is kind of creepy, too,
But ends with strange redemption for a few;
A stunning tale of magic sadness cures
Its called The Tempest, in it hope endures.
One 5-page paper 15%
1st draft of research paper 20%
Final draft of research paper 25%
Second Exam 15%
Scene presentation 10%