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Shakespeare and the Casting Couch

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Stories about women summoned as supplicants to the portals of men with the power to grant their wishes, for a price, are common across professions, across countries, across millennia. Shakespeare dramatized the dilemmas some of these women faced in more than one of his plays.

In both Henry VI Part 3 and Measure for Measure, for example, Shakespeare created male and female characters that,
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Richard, Romeo, Juliet and the Sonnet

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Two of Shakespeare's earliest plays, Richard III and Romeo and Juliet, open with sonnets and then employ variations on the sonnet's structure for dramatic and poetic effect. This isn't surprising. At this point in Shakespeare's life he seems to have had dual career goals. First, he wanted to make money, which he could accomplish through theater. But in Elizabethan times theater was still considered hack work.
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Shakespeare, Politics and the People

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The eve of the 2016 presidential elections is a good occasion to consult William Shakespeare about politics. Shakespeare often wrote about politics but he usually dealt with political infighting at court. Two of his Roman plays, however, deal specifically with politicians' relationship with the people, the fickle masses. Julius Caesar and Coriolanus offer observations about these fraught relationships,
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Our First Contact!

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Thank you to eleven-year old student Ava and her mother for using the Contact form to send a recommendation for this site's Website Resource page! Ava was doing research for a school paper about Shakespeare when she found HalloweenCostumes.com, which hosts a very good page on Shakespeare! Ava'a interest in Shakespeare was sparked when she and her parents saw the musical Something Rotten!
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New Blog Section Launched!

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Good Morning! Today myShakespeare.me launches a new Blog section. Blog posts will include updates to the site and information about Shakespeare events, festivals, plays, etc. Visitors are welcome to subscribe and get email notifications when new posts appear. Visitors are also welcome to post comments on the Blog page or, to send unpublished comments, visit the Contact section of the website. 
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