Shakespeare Helps Us Comment on Virtue

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“Give me that man that is not passion’s slave and I will wear him in my heart’s core.” Aristotle describes virtue as something formed by habit of doing what is right without suffering internally; for if we suffer internally, we are bound to prove self-indulgent. Ovid states, “There is nothing stronger than habit.” It is not enough to do things singularly for the improvement of our life, we must find ways of enjoying what we’re doing or that activity will prove unsustainable in our life and be abandoned soon after. In The Merchant of Venice, we hear Portia saying, “If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches and poor man’s cottages prince’s palaces.” Prosperity isn’t unattainable for anyone! if enthusiasm [love for something] ignites within you. Shakespeare understood that humans are motivated by what and who they love. Consequently, we…

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Lady Macbeth’s got Macbeth’s “World on a string”

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“Whether one trusts a specific other commonly depends on whether one thinks the other is trustworthy in the relevant circumstances.”—Oxford Companion To Philosophy. Why does Macbeth end up surrendering to his wife’s machinations, when his better judgement tells him contrarily, “if chance will have me King, why chance may crown me without my stir.” Macbeth acts as a slave to his wife. After all she perpetuates him to action, but he does the murder although certainly commingled with cowardice. In a domestic sense, the masculine and feminine roles are reversed. Macbeth doesn’t trust Lady Macbeth’s treacherous plans and is aware of her thirstiness for regality, but he can’t take a manly stand against her because she has his “world on a string.” It’s his weak modus operandi of Macbeth which she designates as “the milk of human kindness.” He puts his wife’s contentment above what is right. Arguably this is…

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When Shakespeare’s plays are enacted live on the stage, it goes from inanimate black and white to (if performed well) the most spirited bustling—keep you on the edge of your seat adventures; teaching us things about the world we might have knew but never stopped to notice; he shows us the Truth about what it means to be human. He expressed the unexpressable, and each one of his 37 plays are absolute genius and have something to teach us. I enjoyed this article immensely, and couldn’t miss out on sharing it with others. Thank you Oyster for taking the time to write this post; getting students to see Shakespeare performed live would change their perspective as it did mine.

Love Is…

If love is severed by anything but death it was never love to begin with. I love you Shakespeare. Your toil has made my life heaven on earth.


Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
(Sonnet 116)

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Be a Man

A sissy or a King. The latter sounds better; if he had only known that his Conscience would CRUMBLE: he would have been happy getting his surreptitious masculine lusts and desires satiated by perhaps a well-becoming cadet he met at camp. The fact that he is persuaded to murder in cold blood makes me feel like he is insecure about his sexuality and perhaps is over-compensating. Belike Lady Macbeth had suspicions of this and was threatening to expose him. Scholars have argued for years that the modern version of Macbeth is likely an abridged rendition. Perhaps Lady Macbeth says, “Kill the King or I will expose your abominations.” Just throwin’ it out there. Great job “Shakespeare II” on this post and the image included with it. I look forward to reading more of your writing. All smiles 🙂

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I have read Macbeth a few times already and I can’t help but be drawn to the initial role reversal we see in the first act. Lady Macbeth is not the quiet well-mannered house wife. Her evil plot to kill Duncan down to the last detail is frightening and then realizing it is coming from a female character adds to the shock of the entire scene. Macbeth’s manhood is put on the table here and although he falters and wants to not go through with it, he ultimately goes through with the deed to stop his wife from basically calling him a scared little girl. What else was Macbeth supposed to do with his wife humiliating him like that? Honor is all someone has and I think Macbeth was at a position where he could not back down.
After Macbeth has gotten his taste for blood, in Act three we…

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Double, Double Toil and TROUBLE!

Great advice for writers! In every way shape and form, Shakespeare understood the excitement of trouble. In every one of his 37 plays, conflict and trouble pervade abundantly. Bravo, Sweet Swan of Avon; you demonstrated a complete mastery of writing that we all can learn from. I love you: Shakespeare.


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I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict.

Besides there being a TON of great boards to follow with writing prompts, advice, publishing ideas, avenues for creativity, etc, I just REALLY like to decorate, bake, create, design, and dream about doing all of those things.

So when I stumbled upon this quote this evening, I knew there would be a blog post about it. Because it just SCREAMS a need to be discussed.

As soon as I read this, it immediately brought Shakespeare to mind. Even as a young teenager I loved his work, especially Macbeth. I could read that over and over and over. Shakespeare was a genius, no doubt about it, and the foreshadowing of the three witches at the beginning just echoes a good story, and lots of doom and gloom.

If a story was written with me as the main character…

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Antony and Cleopatra Part 2

Who are we?

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“Sometimes we see a cloud that’s dragonish, a vapor sometime like a bear or lion, a towered citadel, a pendent rock, a forked mountain, or blue promontory with trees upon’t that nod unto the world and mock our eyes with air.” Like a cloud in the sky, sometimes we as people change before we have realized anything has happened. It seems when we go through life, we blink our eyes and we are metamorphosed into something unfamiliar, just as a cloud changes shape right before us, even though we actually were never conscious of a change taking place. Sometimes we change so frequently that we lose our sense of identity. We forget who we really are or who we have strived to be. Antony calls the clouds that can shift before our eyes, “Black vesper’s pageants.”
Black in the sense that they blind our sense of our self-image and lead…

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Antony and Cleopatra Part 1

Some Saturaday Cogitations.

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Cleopatra is called many things throughout the play including “whore”, “slave”, and “gypsy”. Her beauty is almost beyond comprehension, and she is called these things out of spite and jealousy. She as seems to have an insatiable sexual appetite, and Antony has become “the bellows and the fan to cool his gypsy’s lust.” Antony is torn between his duties in Rome and his “Egyptian dish.” Shakespeare illuminates the concept of lust being a distraction to the obligations we have in life. As Philo says, Antony has changed since consorting with Cleopatra, “Those his goodly eyes that have glowed like plated Mars now bend the office and devotion of their view upon a tawny front.” The beaming enthusiasm he once employed his duties with has tarnished into a “tawny” or lack-lustre indifference. What once was his priority has now taken the back burner to Cleopatra’s whims. A lesson we can take…

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Character Analysis! Proteus from “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”

a different perspective.

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In Two Gentlemen of Verona Proteus proves to be true to his namesake. In mythology, he is the god of changeability, being likened to water which can easily adjust it’s shape. At the start he is smitten with Julia, but as soon as he goes to Milan, he becomes infatuated with Silvia; making me wonder whether if he were to travel further during his time abroad, would he forget about her too? Proteus is confused and doesn’t understand why his feelings for Julia have dwindled. He reasons that, “one nail by strength drives out another, so the remembrance of my former love is by a newer object quite forgotten.” Proteus’ grasp on what love is appears painfully primitive yet corresponds somewhat with his young years and immaturity. When he says that, “eating love, inhabits in the finest wits of all,” I can’t help but think of the obvious vulgarity…

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That Book Life


London| The team of experts from the auction house Christie’s, have confirmed this morning that a 16th century book found recently in the personal collection of a recently deceased English Lord, is indeed an authentic printed version of William Shakespeare’s lost play, The History of Cardenio.

The book was discovered last year by employees conducting an inventory check, after the death of the Sir Humphrey McElroy, a rich baron and antiques collector from Brighton. It was at first treated as a possible fake, but all the analysis done since have suggested otherwise. The authenticity of both the ink and the paper have now been confirmed, and it seems it is indeed, a late 16th century print.

The History of Cardenio, often referred to as merely Cardenio, is known to have been performed by the King’s Men, the London theatre company to which William Shakespeare was associated, in 1613. It was attributed to both Shakespeare and John Fletcher (the same…

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