To say so much has been written about Shakespeare is an understatement. And yet, he is still a topic of fascination for scholars, writers, directors, actors, and beyond.
My goal in putting my thoughts to digital paper is to tease out the questions that fasciate me about the individual plays, and to see the bigger picture.
What is Shakespeare’s keystone? Hamlet. Not only does this play appear towards the middle of his writing career, but the play marks a change. Gone are the high comedies and histories, welcome tragedies, problem plays, and romances. Meanwhile, the shadow of the Dane looms large over the latter half of Shakespeare’s works, with interesting parallels to the earlier works.
Please note that these essays are Protean. They are not meant to be perfectly polished, but the reflection of my evolving thoughts and style.
Finally, I put my thoughts out for the benefits of others. Outside of the theatre and the ivory tower, Shakespeare remains prevalent in schools, and I strive to help educators and students develop a greater appreciation of the Bard.