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- Comedic Errors of The Tempest May 8, 2013If embracing our own errors is so difficult, you can only imagine how difficult it is for us to embrace the errors of others. The Tempest displays this difficulty quite effectively. In the early going of The Tempest, it’s rather easy to despise Prospero. He displaces and enslaves Caliban, enslaves Ariel, and treats everything except […]Thompson
- Comedic Errors of A Midsummer Night’s Dream May 8, 2013I have mentioned the “mechanicals” of A Midsummer Night’s Dream throughout these blogs, and there’s good reason. Their performance of Pyramus and Thisbe is a great example of how the errors of others can and should be embraced, but they aren’t the only ones to err in this play. Like the Comedy of Errors, A […]Thompson
- Tragic Errors of King Lear May 7, 2013Unlike Hamlet, King Lear is the perfect example of a decisive leader but much more tragic. Hamlet loses everyone around him but is disgusted they’re alive. Lear sincerely loves his daughters when faced with Death, so losing them is all too tragic. But Lear learns something, which is why King Lear is the quintessential story […]Thompson
- Tragic Errors of Hamlet May 4, 2013James Joyce’s Ulysses describes mistakes as “portals to discovery,” but very few of us, especially Americans, would describe mistakes in this way. Americans avoid error like the plague, and that again may be due to the commodification of our society. Alina Tugend’s Better By Mistake explains how this shared vision of error develops. “Our response […]Thompson
- To Err is Shakespeare May 3, 2013William Shakespeare wanted us to make mistakes. He knew, both first-hand and through his writing, that error was the foundation for learning. But Shakespeare also recognized which errors were worth making and which errors could kill us. Shakespeare may have written to entertain, but he also wrote to educate. His audience consisted mostly of under-educated, [ […]Thompson