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Stories from Shakespeare Paperback – 15 Feb 2001
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The contents are not only a pleasing translation, as it were, but written with the hallmarks of a craftsman: skilful simplicity and a well trained eye for the telling phrase.--Theatre Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Retellings of the ten Shakespeare plays children first encounterSee all Product description
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We now start with this book so that before tackling anything else, the students and I both have an understanding of the actual story and can move onto the deeper analysis of characters or, plots.
I'd say for anyone (even if you are an English specialist) this provides a good starting point for working on Shakespeare with students of all abilities.
As we explore tales of greed, love, lust, vengeance, betrayal, tragedy and confusion, we meet kings, generals, knights, witches, ghosts, fairies and monsters.
The author adds her own analysis of events with some interesting observations.
She observes how Friar Laurence would have done far better to have spoken up to Juliet's parents that Juliet could not marry Paris, as she was already married to Romeo, Hamlet's dilemma of choosing between an unpleasant life and the fear of a more horrible afterlife if he chooses suicide, she informs reader that Illyria where Twelfth Night is set, is modern day Albania, that the baby that the fairy king, Oberon steals from the fairy queen, Titania is an Indian changeling, and observes after the closing of King Lear how "those were dark days still with no dazzling new dawn to light the way ahead. what does man find out about himself, after all, when suffering strips him bare, What is he, a candle burning on a rainy night? waiting for the storm to blow out."
A great introduction to the world of Shakespeare for young readers.
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