King Lear: Part 2 – Reason Not the Need

Previously on King Lear – A man decided to cut a crown into three pieces and divide it amongst two people, because that made sense at the time. The King of France is a baller who managed to pick up a free woman, and Burgundy is a tosser. Kent disagreed with Lear being disagreeable soContinue reading “King Lear: Part 2 – Reason Not the Need”

My Life and Learned Helplessness

Note: What follows is merely an opinion piece, the author is in no way a qualified mental health professional and if you are experiencing difficulties you should contact your local mental health service. “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again…” I am sure all of us in the English speaking world haveContinue reading “My Life and Learned Helplessness”

King Lear: Part I – In Defence of Bastards

I figured I’d follow on from Romeo and Juliet with King Lear for a couple of reasons. One, it is the Shakespeare play I consider my favourite and with which I am most acquainted and two, I think it is the one that best contrasts with the outright comical stupidity of the ‘tragedy’ of RomeoContinue reading “King Lear: Part I – In Defence of Bastards”

Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare’s Finest Comedy

“For never was a story of more woeThan this of Juliet and her Romeo. Exeunt” So ends this play of the harsh and horrible nature of the true love of a 13 year old girl to a young man of uncertain age but we’d guess somewhere between 16-20. You see where I’m going, here? AtContinue reading “Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare’s Finest Comedy”

The Curious Idiot’s™ Introduction to Shakespeare

It’s inevitable, isn’t it? I mean I speak English as my first language so at some point or another I am going to talk about Shakespeare. Even if English wasn’t my first language Shakespeare is taught all around the world and is often considered the pinnacle of English literary accomplishment. Point 1 – Shakespeare isn’tContinue reading “The Curious Idiot’s™ Introduction to Shakespeare”

The Fan-Tas-Tic Virtues of Rome

Content Warning: This article features discussion on suicide. Should you be experiencing suicidal thoughts please contact a local mental health service or suicide prevention service as soon as possible. Virtue – meaning a sort of essence of goodness, a moral righteousness. Generally it is considered a positive thing but one could be accused of ‘virtueContinue reading “The Fan-Tas-Tic Virtues of Rome”