The Great Chain of Being—an important Renaissance concept
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!
Allusions to The Tempest
Taming of the Shrew
Medieval Women—Castle Learning Center
King Lear—a site where you can search through the play for whatever you’re looking for.
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 Parody – How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth It Is to Have a Thankless Child by Richard Nathan
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 paroday – It’s great! By Richard Nathan
Another one – short scene – Act 2 Sc.iii [from the Toxic Custard Workshop Files]
Interactive Macbeth – on-line, annotated copy
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. http://www.pathguy.com/macbeth.htm]
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
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.]
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!]
A Shakespeare biography quiz – find out how much you know or do not know about his life.
Plague and Public Health in Renaissance Europe
Shakespeare – Form your own Shakespearean insult