Portia’s Witty Technique of Defeating Shylock

The conclusion of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice must, according to a theatergoer, be one of smiles and happy sighs. What other explanation could there be for the great number of lighthearted moments throughout the play than that it must be a comedy? Yet, unlike some other Shakespeare comedies, such as A Midsummer Night’s DreamContinue reading “Portia’s Witty Technique of Defeating Shylock”

Romeo and Juliet

Friar Lawrence’s Final Discussion With Juliet The worst-case-scenario of Friar Lawrence’s plan realizes itself during the final tragic act of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” The imperative lines, perhaps the ones with the final twist in the play occur in V.iii.148-60. The section begins as Juliet rises from her forty-two hours of “unnatural sleep” (V.iii.152). ByContinue reading “Romeo and Juliet”