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Shakespeare links

Kings and Queens of England Page

The Great Chain of Being—an important Renaissance concept



Julius Caesar

Parodies of M. Antony’s “Friends, Romans, countrymen. . .” speech

Allusions to Julius Caesar

All Roads Lead to Rome – a web quest about the Rome of Julius Caesar – class activity



Cool Hamlet parody!


The Tempest

Allusions to The Tempest





Taming of the Shrew

A Searchable On-Line Copy

Book-a-Minute version

Plot & Themes

Gender Webquest

           See Women’s Changing Place Through History

           Radical Women During the English Revolution

           Medieval Women—Castle Learning Center

           The Troublesome Helpmate

            Medieval Sourcebook: Two Sermons on Wives and Widows

            Women in Medieval Society: Aspects of Marriage

The Good and the Badde—Are Stereotypes a Perfect Fit?

Insults from Shrew

Two quizzes

Allusions to The Taming of the Shrew



King Lear

King Leara site where you can search through the play for whatever you’re looking for.


Internet Activity:

Shakespeare wrote King Lear in 1608, when James I was king of England. King James I was already king of Scotland when he took the throne of England in 1603. The Scots had been long time enemies of the English, and James’s succession to the throne was disputed by some.

 1. Print the Handout on James I: Work together to understand the Internet texts of James’s speeches from the  James I site and to answer the discussion questions on the handout. Only after doing that, go to the Title page of the King Lear 1608 Quarto. What do you notice? What is interesting about the title? Who went to see the play?

[Adapted from Victoria Rondeau, Anne Arbor, Michigan, Folger Library.]


Lear ParodyHow Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth It Is to Have a Thankless Child by Richard Nathan


Enjoying King Lear






Othello on-line activity – designed by Sean Cavazos-Kottke—dealing with primary sources

Othello parody – Act 5, sc. 2

Othello Navigator—a site in which you can search through the play to find exactly what you’re looking for 







Macbeth Navigator—a site in which you can search through the play to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Macbeth parodayIt’s great! By Richard Nathan

Another one – short scene – Act 2 Sc.iii [from the Toxic Custard Workshop Files]

Allusions to Macbeth

Interactive Macbethon-line, annotated copy

Macbeth vocabulary Lists     List 1          List 2         List 3

Macduff’s Cross – a geographical site – also links to a map of Fife

According to tradition [Shakespeare's] Macduff lost his first wife by the cruelty of Macbeth, but after the restoration he married again and was succeeded by his son Duffayon, [Second] Earl of Fife, who in turn was succeeded by Constantine and Gillemichael. Gillemichael was witness to several charters by King David to the Monastery of Dumfermline, including the foundation charter of the abby of Holyroodhouse in 1128. He died about 1139 and was succeeded in the Earldom by his eldest son Duncan who vanished on the tide of time while his second son Hugo succeeded to the lands of Markinch and other lands later a part of the estate of Wemyss.

Macduff's Castle, which is now in ruins and is the older castle of the family, is located in East Wemyss. It was the seat of Gillemichael Macduff from whom it got its name. Today the ruins of the Macduff Castle primarily consist of two square towers, and portions of the walls of the fortress, on the eminence overlooking the firth. But it was at one time a powerful maritime fortress for the Earls of Fife. The site of this fortress is described as such as would commend itself to the military engineer of the mediaval day. It sat on an isolated and steep rocky eminence which rose from the water's edge almost abrupt to the height of a hundred feet. It's postion provided for a view to survey both the wide Firth of Forth, and far inland. It had the additional protection of strong natural caves beneath.  [From Enjoying Macbeth by Ed Friedlander, M.D.]

Pictures of Macduff’s castle by Charles A. Harper     1  2   3  4   5   7

Macbeth’s castle – Tiffany K. Ng takes you into Macbeth's castle, a forbidding edifice haunted by voices and apparitions, and documents which together tell a gruesome story. An impressive multimedia retelling of Shakespeare's work.

Fact, Fiction, & Trivia about Macbeth

The Playwright and his Time

Themes:   [These are from a preview edition of the Macbeth Navigator, so may not go through the entire play, but they might be some help and give you ideas which you can continue on your own.]

  Children      Fair is Foul   Blood     Nature & the Unnatural      Birds     Manhood     Equivocation                      

Witches puzzle – You really don’t have to know anything about the play for this one. [This is for when you want to pretend you’re working!]

Hang Macbeth – a variation on the old hangman game using words from Shakespeare. You have to have Java Script to work it. You’re given 7 tries. [It’s fun!]



General Links

Chill with Will

A Shakespeare biography quiz – find out how much you know or do not know about his life.

Mr. William Shakespeare & the Internet

Plague and Public Health in Renaissance Europe

Shakespeare – Form your own Shakespearean insult



Yahooligans! Search engine for all the plays/works



English II

English IV