Masters, do not forget to specify, when time and place shall serve, that I am an ass …
Now is the time. This is the place.
I will be regularly awarding Golden Dogberries for “extraordinary student contributions to the existing body of work on Shakespeare / EMP”. Answers, in fact, that the much-loved constable would be proud of. They’re anonymised, and meant affectionately. I hope you’ll enjoy your notoriety. BUT … if you recognise your work, and want your contribution removed for any reason, just drop me a line.
May 2017: Macbeth (Year 10)
Student TK: “Shakespeare uses language to present the characters of the witches as aliens. Macbeth when seeing the witches asks ‘What are you?’ and Banquo says ‘that seem not like the inhabitants of the earth’. This makes the witches seem like aliens, as nobody refers to them as humans. Focussing on ‘what’, this shows that he cannot even guess what they are, which shows how weird the witches are to him.”
March 2017: Macbeth (Year 10)
Student EM: “At the time the play was written Scottland [sic] was very dark, wet and boggy.”
February 2017: Much Ado About Nothing (Year 8)
Student NK: “Hero is dead due to all the grief, but is still alive as it was due to a broken heart.”
Student NK: (diary entry in character of Claudio on his wedding day): “When I find that fat, selfish cow I am going to punch or beat him in any way so he feels the pain I felt.” [note to student – violence against women is never acceptable. IF this is what you are suggesting – who can say? Unless you become POTUS]
Student DM: (diary entry in character of Hero on her wedding day): “the priest asked us: ‘if either of you know any inward independent why you should not be married?”
January 2017: Richard III (Year 12)
Student CH: “Clearly, the play is designed to be acted.”
Student CH: “This is where the soliloquy takes place. This is essentially an avid and personal conversation, though one-sided.”
Student OS: “His ambition and eloquence advocated allies and rid of foes, albeit all foes or obstacles to the throne were eliminated with deadly means.”
Student OS: “In the original performances plays were long and the audience weren’t cultured enough to sit through an entire performance without tuning out some of the parts. The steady beat was to keep them on their toes”