The Women of Shakespeare's Plays: Analysis of the Role of the Women in Selected Plays with Plot Synopses and Selected One Act Plays (Google eBook)

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University Press of America, 1993 - Drama - 192 pages
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This book analyzes, through easy-to-follow play synopses, the strengths and weaknesses of the female protagonists as they impact not only the plot of Shakespeare's plays but the male protagonist. Selected, condensed one-act versions of the plays are provided in order to enrich the discussion of the play, to stimulate in reading the play in its entirety, and to provide a springboard for group discussion of the play and the impact of the women. Contents: William Shakespeare: His Art, Life and Times; The Women of Shakespeare's Plays: An Overview; The Comedy of Errors; Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; The Merry Wives of Windsor; Julius Caesar; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Macbeth; Much Ado About Nothing; Othello the Moor of Venice; The Taming of the Shrew; Antony and Cleopatra; Twelfth Night or What You Will; Romeo and Juliet; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Bibliography.
  

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The most piss-poor, secondary-school-level, abortion of a book of criticism I've ever read. Cannot actually believe this could get published. You'd get a better level of criticism off of sparknotes, and that's not even an exaggeration.
Seriously annoyed at having trawled through the library to get a hold of this book. Everything it points out really is just so blunt and obvious. Avoid.
 

Contents

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE HIS ART LIFE and TIMES
1
THE WOMEN of SHAKESPEARES PLAYS AN OVERVIEW
7
One Act Play
12
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
19
Adriana
21
HAMLET PRINCE OF DENMARK
39
Ophelia
41
Gertrude the Queen
42
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
101
Beatrice
105
OTHELLO THE MOOR OF VENICE
109
Desdemona
112
One Act Play
114
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
135
Kate
137
One Act Play
140

One Act Play
44
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
59
Mistress Page
62
JULIUS CAESAR
65
Calpurnia and Portia
66
Calpurnia
68
One Act Play
70
A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM
89
Helena
91
MACBETH
95
Lady Macbeth
97
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
149
Cleopatra
153
TWELFTH NIGHT OR WHAT YOU WILL
155
Viola
157
ROMEO AND JULIET
159
Juliet
161
One Act Play
164
THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
183
Julia
186
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About the author (1993)

Courtini Crump Wright is an English Teacher at the National Cathedral School at Mount St. Albans in Washington, D.C.

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