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A claim other than a claim by the claimant against the defendant. It includes (1) a counterclaim by the defendant against the claimant; (2) a counterclaim by the defendant against a third ...

Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV Part 1   Reference library

Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

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...performance in around 1623 , and Part 1 was performed at court in 1625 (as The First Part of Sir John Falstaff ) and in 1638 (as Oldcastle , unless this was the collaborative Sir John Oldcastle written in 1600 to counter Shakespeare’s depiction of the knight, though this seems less likely). In the public theatres, it is generally assumed that Richard Burbage created the role of the Prince, but the identity of the original Sir John is uncertain: Malone claimed to have seen a document which assigned the part to Heminges . The role, however, was...

King John

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

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...war on King John in the name of the French King Philip, who supports John’s young nephew Arthur’s claim to the throne: John promises to defend his title in a military campaign in France, though his mother Queen Eleanor privately admits to John that his deceased elder brother’s son has the better right to the crown. The King is then asked to judge a dispute between one Philip (the Bastard) and his brother Robert Falconbridge: despite being the junior, Robert claims the lands of their father Sir Robert Falconbridge on the grounds that Philip is in fact the...

Cymbeline, King of Britain

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

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...his letter to her will provide. This letter, which Pisanio gives Innogen, claims Posthumus is waiting for her at Milford Haven in Wales, towards which she is impatient to flee. 3.3 Outside their Welsh cave, Belarius warns his untravelled sons Polydore and Cadwal against the vices of court life: when they have gone hunting, he confides to the audience that though brought up to think he is their father they are really Guiderius and Arviragus, Cymbeline’s sons, whom he stole 20 years earlier to avenge his unjust banishment. 3.4 Near Milford, Pisanio is...

Pericles

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Sonia Massai and Anthony Davies

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...the Governor of Mytilene, apparently a regular client despite a subsequent claim that he is there solely to gather evidence against the Bawd, visits the brothel and is left with Marina, who persuades him she is genuinely a virgin and no prostitute: he leaves promising to help. The Bawd, outraged by Marina’s behaviour, orders Boult to deflower her, but she persuades him she will be more profitably employed in respectable activities such as sewing, weaving, and dancing. 20 Gower narrates Marina’s establishment as a singer and embroiderer, and the arrival...

Henry IV Part 2

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Michael Dobson

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...1853 and at intervals thereafter. In the 20th century Laurence Olivier ’s performance as Shallow alongside Ralph Richardson ’s poignant but impish Falstaff, at the New Theatre in 1945 , entered the realms of legend. On the screen: See Henry iv Part 1 . Michael Dobson Recent major editions Recent major editions Giorgio Melchiori (New Cambridge, 1989); A. R. Humphreys (Arden 2nd series, 1966); René Weis (Oxford, 1998) Some representative criticism See the reading list appended to the entry on Henry IV Part 1...

Julius Caesar

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

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...and Brutus part, resolved to kill themselves if defeated. 5.2–3 Brutus’ forces assault those of Octavius, but leave Cassius’ army at the mercy of Antony: Cassius sends Titinius to report from his camp. Seeing Titinius surrounded by cavalry, Cassius’ servant Pindarus reports that all is lost, and Cassius has himself killed by him. The cavalry, however, were those of Brutus’ army: finding Cassius’ body, Titinius kills himself. Brutus, young Cato, and others find their bodies, but rally for another assault. 5.4 Young Cato is killed: Lucillius, claiming to be...

Coriolanus

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

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...the 19th century and the first part of the 20th much criticism of the play was similarly dedicated to showing how and why it was inferior to the earlier tragedies, with A. C. Bradley commenting on the critical distance Shakespeare maintains between audience and characters by ironic humour and Harley Granville-Barker praising the play’s supreme, focused craftsmanship at the expense of its vitality. Frank Harris pioneered one recurrent strain in 20th-century criticism in The Women in Shakespeare ( 1911 ) when he claimed that the intense mother–son bond...

The Merchant of Venice

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

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...his humanity had led him to write a vindication of the Jews. The argument between those who insist that Shakespeare was exposing his Christians’ hypocrisy rather than attacking Judaism, and those who claim that all Elizabethans were automatically anti-Semitic and would have found Shylock’s torments hilarious, continues to this day, though since the early 20th century accounts of Shylock’s significance (such as that offered by Auden in 1948 ) have been more inclined to see him in thematic relation to the play’s other outsider, Antonio. Antonio’s erotically...

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

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...on the relative claims of friendship, love, and gratitude, or in terms of the literary conventions of courtly romance. It is noticeable that the play has been consistently more highly regarded on the Continent than in Britain, with G. G. Gervinus among its few 19th-century advocates (drawing attention, in Shakespeare , 1849–50 , to its sophisticated use of parallelism, a subject taken up a century later in an important essay by Harold F. Brooks ). H. B. Charlton , in his influential account of Shakespearian comedy ( 1938 ), claimed that the play was an...

Sonnets

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Michael Dobson

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...doubts as to the friend’s constancy, and 117–20 apologize for a lapse in the poet’s own fidelity. Sonnet 126, ‘O thou my lovely boy’—unusually, a poem in six rhymed couplets rather than a sonnet proper—marks a turning point: the last poem addressed to the young man, it offers a final warning to him of his inescapable mortality. The next sonnets, 127–52, are known as the ‘Dark Lady’ group, addressed to or concerned with an unfashionably dark-haired, dark-eyed, and dark-complexioned mistress. For the most part, these poems reproach her: she is a tyrant,...

Richard Duke of York

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Randall Martin, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

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...simply as a she-wolf. But German Romantic critics situated the play in the wider context of Shakespeare’s histories as part of a national epic. E. M. W. Tillyard ’s influential Shakespeare’s History Plays ( 1944 ) adopted this interpretation but emphasized the providential triumph of the Tudors, foreshadowed by Henry’s prophecy over Richmond in 4.7. But Tillyard and others depressed critical interest in Richard Duke of York by claiming that Shakespeare was uninspired when writing it. The modern stage has dispelled this view, while revisionist critics have...

Richard III

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Randall Martin and Anthony Davies

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...mourning over the coffin of her father-in-law Henry VI, who was killed by Richard. Richard woos her, saying he killed Henry and her husband, Prince Edward, for the sake of her beauty, and that she must now charitably believe his motives were sincere. At first Anne scorns his claims, but ultimately, though still reluctantly, she yields. 1.3 Queen Elizabeth and her sons Dorset and Grey worry about Edward IV’s illness and the prospect of Gloucester becoming protector over Prince Edward. Gloucester questions her family’s loyalty to the Yorkists. Queen Margaret...

Antony and Cleopatra

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

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...in the Stationers’ Register on 20 May 1608 . Text: Despite this entry, the play was not printed until the publication of the First Folio in 1623 , which provides the only authoritative text. It seems to have been printed from a good transcript of Shakespeare’s own foul papers , though not a Promptbook : although the spelling suggests the work of a scribe, some of the text’s minor errors (such as mistaken speech prefixes) are characteristically authorial, and others (such as entry directions for characters who play no part in the subsequent action) would...

Henry V

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

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...against potential Scottish invasion. The French ambassador is admitted with a message from the Dauphin, who has heard of Harry’s plans to claim French territory and, as a comment on his youth and alleged frivolity, has sent a barrel of tennis balls as a present. The King dismisses the ambassadors after promising that he will soon avenge this mockery in full, and sets the preparations for his campaign in motion. 2.0 The Chorus describes the country’s eager preparations for the war, but also outlines a French-funded conspiracy to assassinate the King at...

As You Like It

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

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...consents to this and urges Oliver to prepare to marry her before Duke Senior and his lords the following day. Rosalind arrives, and after Oliver’s departure she promises Orlando that he will be able to marry Rosalind at the same time that his envied brother marries Celia, claiming she will be able to effect this by magic. Phoebe and Silvius arrive, and Rosalind promises that if she ever marries a woman it will be Phoebe: she assures Silvius that he too will be married, and instructs him, Orlando, and Phoebe to meet her the following day in their best...

Measure for Measure

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Sonia Massai and Anthony Davies

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...suggests that the Provost should pretend that Angelo’s orders have been carried out and that Claudio is dead, by sending Angelo the severed head of Barnardine, another prisoner who is shortly to be executed. 4.3 Barnardine spoils the Duke’s plans by refusing to be executed. He claims to be too drunk and therefore unfit to die. The Duke instead sends Angelo the head of Ragozine, another prisoner who has fortunately just died in prison. The Duke lies to Isabella about Claudio’s execution. She believes him dead and Lucio tries to comfort her, taking once more...

The Winter’s Tale

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

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...married, Leontes welcomes them eagerly, struck with Florizel’s resemblance to his father and with Perdita’s beauty: but when news arrives that Polixenes and Camillo have arrived in pursuit, Florizel admits that he and Perdita are not married and that she is not, as he earlier claimed, a princess. Leontes undertakes to try to reconcile Polixenes to their marriage. 5.2 Autolycus hears from three gentlemen of the extraordinary emotional scene that has taken place when the Old Shepherd opened the box with which he found Perdita, revealing her true identity to...

King Lear

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Stanley Wells and Anthony Davies

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...penitence, and she asks his blessing. Sc. 22 (5.1) Amid preparations for war, Regan asks Edmund if he has seduced Gonoril. He replies evasively. Edgar, now disguised as a peasant, gives Albany a letter to open before the battle, claiming that, if Albany wins, Edgar will produce a champion who will bring to pass what the letter claims. Edmund admits to the audience that he has sworn love to both sisters and declares that he will have no mercy on Lear and Cordelia if they fall within his power. Sc. 23 (5.3) The French (an, Tragedy ) army, led by Cordelia with...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Michael Dobson and Anthony Davies

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...for visual realization. The earliest version was an eight-minute sequence shot in America ( 1909 ). The year 1935 brought to the screen the Max Reinhardt film featuring Olivia de Havilland as Hermia, Mickey Rooney as Puck, and James Cagney as Bottom, so asserting a claim by Hollywood film actors for Shakespearian roles. Between 1937 and 1981 there were eight British television productions based on the play, the last being the visually elaborate BBC TV version produced by Jonathan Miller (with Elijah Moshinsky as director), some of its...

Macbeth

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

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...success. Rejoining the party, he alone sees Banquo’s ghost sitting in his place, and speaks in guilty horror. Taking him aside, Lady Macbeth rebukes him for his visible distraction, and after the ghost leaves he is able to compose himself and apologize to his guests for what he claims is merely an indisposition. The ghost returns, however, and Macbeth speaks to it in such terror that Lady Macbeth has to dismiss the company. Left alone with his wife, Macbeth comments on Macduff’s absence from the feast, and resolves to consult the witches again. 3.5 The three...

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