Gender, Guilt, and Fate – Macbeth, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 410

This week on Crash Course Literature, John Green is continuing to talk about Shakespeare’s dark, bloody, Scottish play, Macbeth. This time around, we’re looking at the play’s characters operate, how the play deals with gender, and the Macbeth as an early anti-hero. He’s no Walter White, but you can definitely love to hate him. OrContinue reading “Gender, Guilt, and Fate – Macbeth, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 410”

Free Will, Witches, Murder, and Macbeth, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 409

The Sound! The Fury! Today, we’re talking about Shakespeare’s Scottish play, Macbeth. So, was Macbeth really predestined to do all the murdering and bad kinging and other terrible stuff? That’s the big question in Macbeth, and it’s one of the ideas we’re going to talk about today, among many. Also, Yoda joins us for theContinue reading “Free Will, Witches, Murder, and Macbeth, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 409”

Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Crash Course Literature 304

This week, we’re learning about sonnets, and English Literature’s best-known purveyor of those fourteen-line paeans, William Shakespeare. We’ll look at a few of Willy Shakes’s biggest hits, including Sonnet 18, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” Sonnet 116, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment,” and Sonnet 130, “MyContinue reading “Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Crash Course Literature 304”

Ophelia, Gertrude, and Regicide – Hamlet Part 2: Crash Course Literature 204

In which John Green teaches you MORE about Bill Shakespeare’s Hamlet. John talks about gender roles in Hamlet, and what kind of power and agency Ophelia and Gertrude had, if they had any at all (spoiler alert: we think they did). You’ll also learn about regicide, Ophelia’s flowers, and Hamlet’s potential motivations. Also, Oedipus comesContinue reading “Ophelia, Gertrude, and Regicide – Hamlet Part 2: Crash Course Literature 204”

Ghosts, Murder, and More Murder – Hamlet Part 1: Crash Course Literature 203

In which John Green teaches you about Hamlet, William Shakespeare’s longest and most-performed play. People love Hamlet. The play that is, not necessarily the character. Hamlet is a Tragedy with a capital T (I guess I don’t have to point that out, since you can see clearly in the text that the T was capitalized).Continue reading “Ghosts, Murder, and More Murder – Hamlet Part 1: Crash Course Literature 203”

Love or Lust? Romeo and Juliet Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #3

In which John Green returns to William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to explore the themes of true love, lust, and whether Romeo and Juliet were truly, deeply in love, or they were just a pair of impetuous teens. How exactly did Romeo manage to go from pining for Rosaline to marrying Juliet in 36 hours?Continue reading “Love or Lust? Romeo and Juliet Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #3”

Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet Part 1: Crash Course English Literature #2

In which John Green examines Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. John delves into the world of Bill Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers and examines what the play is about, its structure, and the context in which it was written. Have you ever wanted to know what iambic pentameter is? Then you should watch this video.Continue reading “Of Pentameter & Bear Baiting – Romeo & Juliet Part 1: Crash Course English Literature #2”

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