William Shakespeare in Two Acts

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William Shakespeare 1564 –1616 was an English playwright, poet, and actor. He is highly regarded as one of the greatest English language writers and was referred to as the “Bard of Avon” or simply “the Bard”.

Why after 400 years do we still read, discuss, watch and listen to the works of William Shakespeare? What is his relevance in the modern world? Last term we had “Was Shakespeare a misogynist or an early feminist?”. Now we have two more topics about Shakespeare.

Omens, Prophecies and the Supernatural

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”
Shakespeare was writing at a time when interest in witchcraft and the supernatural bordered on hysteria. The belief in the presence and power of the supernatural touched life at every point. As an astute businessman he played to his audience’s interests and phobias. Witches, omens, ghosts and prophecies abound in many of Shakespeare’s greatest works. Specific reference will be made to ‘The Tempest’, ‘Macbeth’ and of course, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

“What means that bloody knife?”

During Shakespeare’s time the mysteries of the world were seen as part of God’s design – The Great Chain of Being. It was a serious and very dangerous act to try and change the natural order. Chaos resulted. Shakespeare’s concern in many of his plays was the mayhem that followed murder, especially that of a king. Specific reference will be made to ‘Richard I’, ‘Richard 11’, ‘Henry IV’, ‘Henry V’, ‘Titus Andronicus’ and ‘King Lear’.

These courses are presented by Neryl Quilty in two separate classes. Each with its own enrolment: on Monday 17 June, 2 – 3pm; and Monday 1 July, 2 – 3pm. Both at Duke of Kent.

This class or activity is only for enrolled financial members of U3A Wagga Wagga. To join, follow the instruction in this link.