Iago’s motivations and jealousies, grounded in his Act I Scene I introduction, yield many moments to be mined in the rest of the play. In this episode, I posit that Iago’s motivations revealed therein are distressingly understandable for a modern audience.
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In “Henry IV Part I”, on my mind from the “Hollow Crown” airing its adaptation of the play last weekend, Prince Hal lays out his bizarre plan for ascending to kingship and respect. In this video, I discuss Prince Hal and his how he becomes Henry V, with a particular focus on the “I know you all” speech from the beginning of “Henry IV Part I”.
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Cassius seduces Brutus into the “kill Caesar” camp by explaining why Caesar is unworthy of power. But there’s a tiny bit of a hiccup in Cassius’ reasoning that reveals something interesting about Cassius’ character. Let’s take a peek!