Category: Classical Literature

A Defense Of The Mock Trial Scene In “The History Of King Lear”

“Why I do trifle thus with his despair is done to cure it” – The History of King Lear, Act IV.5

10 Archaic Words You Usually Find In Classical Literature

I actually cannot find the definitions even in Wiktionary. Though I do think that for some of the words on this list which are still used today, it is hard to pinpoint the contexts in which they are used. Since the literature itself was…

An Analysis Of The Roles Of Kings In “Beowulf”

“So Grendel waged his lonely war, inflicting constant cruelties on the people, atrocious hurt. He took over Heorot, haunted the glittering hall after dark, but the throne itself, the treasure-seat, he was kept from approaching; he was the Lord’s outcast.” – “Beowulf,” Lines 164-169

An Insight Into William Shakespeare’s Portrayal Of Outsiders

“Why, so, brave lords, when we do join in league I am a lamb” – Titus Andronicus Act IV Scene II

Should The Modern Audience Reimagine Shakespeare’s Most Notorious Character?

“Hath not a Jew…warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is?” – “The Merchant of Venice,” Act III.1

Why Shakespeare Is More Relevant Than A Course Requirement

“O reason not the need!” – “The History of King Lear,” Act II.4

Shakespeare Was Not As Original As You Think

DISCLAIMER: This article was originally posted on Odyssey.   As an English major, I was taught that plays written by William Shakespeare borrowed from other authors. In fact, as part of my seminar class for my final semester as an English major, the curriculum…