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An English teacher's view,
This review is from: Oxford World's Classics: Henry V, War Criminal?: and Other Shakespeare Puzzles (Paperback)
As a Literature enthusiast, I have always enjoyed John Sutherland's nit-picking, anal assessment of nineteenth century novels, finding his essays insightful and amusing at turns. I was glad to find that his assessment of Shakespeare took much the same approach: some of the points he raises are quite silly but others are genuinely thought provoking. I particularly engaged with the chapter on Viola's plan, since I am teaching 'Twelfth Night' at the moment. On concluding a first reading and discussion with my year 9 class, the students were problem solving some of the issues raised by Shakespeare's plotting and were especially bemused by Viola's eunuch plan and the fact that Olivia apparently sees marriage to a eunuch as a desirable prospect. They soon became obsessed by this idea and have been mentioning it in lessons at every opportunity. At last, thanks to this book, I can offer them one possible explanation and for that I am grateful. Don't take it all too seriously and just enjoy.
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