Shakespeare Themes: The Myth of Phaeton

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Shakespeare uses Greek mythology in his plays often, and the references he uses serve to illuminate the overarching themes of the moment – today, I present the myth of the demigod Phaeton, and how it’s used in four different Shakespeare plays.
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A snapshot of the myth of Phaeton: Myth of Phaeton
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Beyond the Bard: Phedre, Racine, and French Drama

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In which I discuss a bit about Jean Racine’s Phedre, a French play from the Louis XIV era. It’s a grand, tragic epic of mythological proportions, and a great place to start if you’re looking for classical stuff to take you Beyond the Bard!

Here’s the play in English at Project Gutenberg: Phaedra.

And if you’re feeling ambitious, the original French: Phedre.

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Shakespeare Themes: Mercutio, Tybalt, and Verona

In “Romeo and Juliet,” there’s a climactic fight scene between Mercutio and Tybalt, two men who… had no interaction before that moment? Why exactly are they on such a collision course then? I investigate why in the latest installment of “Shakespeare Themes”.

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Shakespeare Speaks: “Desert”

In which I discuss the word “desert”. Spoiler alert, it’s not pronounced the way you think. I’m going to be off for two weeks but if you want more bite-size Shakespeare fun in the interim, follow me at:

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