After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English and a teaching credential, Bill Walthall returned to his hometown in Ventura County, California, to teach English and drama at Oxnard and Hueneme High Schools. Having spent a decade in the classroom, he took a year off to recharge his batteries, but was pulled into the private-sector rat race as a technology consultant.
In the last handful of years, however, he has rekindled his passion for literature and education. He launched his blog, The Bill / Shakespeare Project, where he brings not only a fun, accessible yet still scholarly approach to a play-by-play analysis of Shakespeare’s works, but also the latest and greatest in Willy Shakespeare headlines every week in his “This Week in Shakespeare” podcast.
The Taming of the Shrew begins with a false start, as the play as we know it (or as we THINK we know it) is actually a play-within-a-play (kinda). In the two-scene “Induction,” a Christopher Sly is introduced, shown to be a drunk and one who doesn’t pay for his drinks to boot, and promptly passes out in the street. He’s found by an unnamed lord, who thinks it would be a great practical joke to take the unconscious Sly, set him up in the lord’s own manor, and see what happens when he wakes up not as Christopher Sly but a wealthy lord.
first an apology: I’ve been thinking about this concept now for a couple of weeks… but I don’t have time to do the topic justice… the following blog entry begins promisingly, but it turns pretty scattershot pretty quickly… if I get a chance to edit this and make it better, I will. But for now, it’s all I’ve got…
In Hamlet, we’re told that the flesh is heir to a thousand natural shocks. But in Titus Andronicus, there are myriad un-natural ones, too. Rape. Tongue cut out. Hands cut off. Men sacrificed. Children killed then baked into pies and fed to their mother. Villains buried chest deep and left to die. It’s an existence filled with pain and distress. How can man cause such pain to his fellow man? (and here, I’m talking about the characters, not Shakespeare) Continue reading Bodies Stacked Like Cord Wood→
According to their website, “No Fear Shakespeare puts Shakespeare’s language side-by-side with a facing-page translation into modern English—the kind of English people actually speak today.” Continue reading No Fear Shakespeare?→
If you are at all interested in popular culture, this is a cool little (ok, not so little) article. io9 is a science fiction website/blog/news site/discussion forum… what a great discovery… it just might become regular reading for me.
Titus Andronicus has four different sets of brothers. I think this is more than any other play (except maybe for a history play (in those War of the Roses plays, the families can get pretty unwieldy). Continue reading O, Brothers, Where Art Thou?→