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.
Not a religious video at all! In this episode I talk about the three kings of the Henriad – Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V, and a brief view of my theory about how Shakespeare explains the three. The final companion piece episode to “The Hollow Crown,” this episode marks the last time I’ll harp on these three dudes for a while!
In this episode, I discuss the selection of my moniker “Cassius”, both from the artistic and personal perspectives. And speaking of “Cassius”, here is a selection of other places where you might follow me for even more Shakespearey goodness (that is less likely to be targeted for removal than Youtube, so I do recommend these)!
Tomorrow, July 21st, is the 609th anniversary of the Battle of Shrewsbury. In honor of the battle, and in keeping with the Henriad themes I have going while The Hollow Crown airs, here is a discussion of the actual historical record of Shrewsbury and the level of factual accuracy and inclusion Shakespeare was (and wasn’t) able to bring to “Henry IV Part I”, the play in which the battle is featured.
Here is an informative, concise description of the historical record of the battle, I particularly recommend the “related document” on this page: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/caring/listing/battlefields/battle-of-shrewsbury
And here is my Memorial Day special about Shakespeare’s Shrewsbury: https://theshakespeareminute.org/2012/05/27/shakespeares-greatest-battle/
While Shakespeare tragedies often kill off many of the relevant characters, those left behind to lead the way into the future are interesting too. Here is a discussion of three characters who are raised to power by the end of their respective tragedies: Lucius (Titus Andronicus), Malcolm (Macbeth), and Fortinbras (Hamlet).
And, with a much pithier statement on the end of tragedies than I could ever muster, here is TheGeekyBlonde’s Hamlet, which ends with her Fortinbras summing up how Shakespeare ends his tragedies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mHQ8te8Rfk
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”.
The link to the PBAB review is here: http://pursuedbyabear.net/pbab/1337/!
Shakespeare uses these familiar words in often unfamiliar ways – what do “nature”, “art”, and “fortune” really mean, and how do they relate to each other? Episode 2 of Shakespeare Speaks digs into these questions!