Category: A-Level texts
Self-harm as spectacle in “Measure for Measure” (Donmar Warehouse, 2018)
Sometimes a play can be so callous, so poorly-judged, so utterly tone-deaf that one isn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. On this occasion, however, my mind is rather made up.
‘Fake news!’: Julius Caesar and the “alternative facts” of Shakespeare’s Rome
Friends, readers, countrymen – lend me your ears! In what follows I will attempt to link the tragedy of Julius Caesar to: a grammar school education and rhetorical devices, the death of Queen Elizabeth, the lives of a penniless troupe of actors, early modern medical theory, and tenuous references to Donald Trump’s “alternative facts”. Let’s…
3-Minute Reads // “Exercises in ink”: Scattered identity in “The Waves”
In Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves” the search for identity is fraught with challenges. For Louis, the quest to retain a sense of his true “self” becomes an exercise in pain. But perhaps the pain is a necessary step…