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CCN - Plays of Shakespeare


Throughout the plays of Shakespeare, we are able to penetrate the complexities of human nature and the moral predicaments we face. The author keeps turning the prism for us, shedding a different and often opposite light on human emotions and behaviours. These complexities are frequently revealed by opposing points of view in his various comedies, tragedies, romances and histories. However, many of his plays seem to comment upon or even complete one another. In six of Shakespeare's plays, we will see the use of imagination and deception for both good and evil. We will also observe the creative and destructive aspects of erotic love and the beauty of ideal marital love as well as its extreme vulnerability to destruction. In reading these plays, we will have the opportunity to discuss human nature and experience and to illuminate our own understanding of the author's compassionate and forgiving nature. The focus of this class will be discussion. Students will be provided with 'questions for consideration' before each class. These will only serve as a guide and are in no means an essential part of the class.

Week one: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Week Two: Othello

Week Three: All's Well That Ends Well

Week Four: King Lear Week Five: Antony and Cleopatra

Week Six: The Winter's Tale Note:

You may use any edition of the texts you prefer.

For those with little or no experience with Shakespeare's work, it is recommended that you use an edition with notes ( Arden or Penguin editions)

Day: Tuesday: 04/06/19 - 09/07/19

Time: 6-7.30pm