Shakespeare – Macbeth Summary   Act 1, Scene 1 In this scene, 3 witches meet up in a deserted area. They decide to meet again once the fighting is over, which they predict will be at sundown on the heath. They say they will meet with Macbeth about something butContinue Reading

On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth by Thomas de Quincey (1823) I was always puzzled about the knocking at the gate in Macbeth right after Duncan’s murder. But I never knew why. It reflected back on the murder with an awfulness & solemnity… but why? Don’t pay attentionContinue Reading

Scene 1 – Dunsinane. Ante-room in the castle. [ENTER DOCTOR & WAITING GENTLEWOMAN] Doctor: You & I have been watching the last 2 nights but I haven’t seen anything of what you’ve said. When did she last walk? Gentlewoman: When the king went to war. I saw her get outContinue Reading

Scene 1 – A cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron. [THUNDER] [ENTER 3 WITCHES] Witch 1: The grey cat’s meowed 3 times. Witch 2: 3 times, & the hedgehog’s whined once. Witch 3: The harpy’s crying, “it’s time!” Witch 1: Round the cauldron, we throw in poison entrails. AContinue Reading

  Scene 1 – Forres. The palace [ENTER BANQUO] Banquo: Now you have it – King, Cawdor, Glamis – just like the 3 witches said. But I suspect you of foul play. But it was said it not to go on to your line but to mine to be rulers.Continue Reading

Scene 1 – Inverness – court within the castle [ENTER BANQUO & FLEANCE WITH A TORCH] Banquo: How are things, son? Fleance: The moon’s down but the clock hasn’t gone off. Banquo: & it goes down at 12. Fleance: It feels later than that. Banquo: Take my sword. The heavensContinue Reading

Macbeth by Shakespeare – Act 1 Characters: Duncan, King of Scotland Malcolm, Ducan’s son Donalbain, Duncan’s son Macbeth, General of the King’s Army Banquo, General of the King’s Army Macduff, Noble of Scotland Lennox, Noble of Scotland Ross, Noble of Scotland Menteith, Noble of Scotland Angus, Noble of Scotland Caithness,Continue Reading

Tartuffe by Molière (1664) – Act 1 Scene 1 Madame Pernelle – No one listens to a word, I saw. I can’t stay here any longer. No one can hear anything anyone says. Come one, Flipote. Let’s get out of here… Dorine – But… Madame Pernelle – You’re just anContinue Reading

Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (525 BC – 456 BC) List of characters: K = Kratos (God of Strength) HP = Hephaestus (God of Blacksmithing & Fire) P = Prometheus (Titan, personifying science & technology – name means “foresight”) C = Chorus of Oceanids (Daughters of Oceanus) O = Oceanus (Titan,Continue Reading

“Poetics” by Aristotle 1 Trying to tackle poetry, variations – giving the the essentials, structure of plot & parts of a good poem, etc. Epics, tragedies, comedies, dithryambic poetry, flute & lyre music & all forms of imitation differences – medium, objects & manner of imitation People imitate, either consciouslyContinue Reading

The Theban Plays by Sophocles – Part 2 – “Oedipus at Colonus” [At Colonus ~ 1 mile NW of Athens in a grove sacred to the Furies. Enter Oedipus and daughter, Antigone] Oedipus – Where are we? Can you see if there’s somewhere to rest? Maybe someone can tell usContinue Reading

Oedipus the King – Sophocles [At the Royal Palace with Priest, Oedipus and suppliants with suppliant branches] Oedipus – What’s with all the branches, incense and sickness? Fill me in, Priest Priest – There’s a plague. The people are sick. The plants and animals are all dying. Please, do somethingContinue Reading

“Hamlet” by Shakespeare Act 1 Scene 1 Guards are changing shifts at night along the castle walls. A ghost has been appearing walking around at night. Hamlet’s friend, Horatio, wants to see it for himself but doesn’t quite believe it. He shows up but he won’t to them and thenContinue Reading

  From what I have read about Greek plays, I gather that they are meant to be watched in bunches. I doubt very much that a modern audience has the time or patience to sit through three plays. But then again, we’ve got a lot more options for entertainment andContinue Reading

“Clouds” by Aristophanes   Strepsiades wakes up complaining that neither his servants nor his son have woken up to start the day off. He complains that the only thing his son does is ride horses which is starting rack up some debts because of this. The son, Phidippides is talkingContinue Reading