Friday 5 for April 23: The Bard

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In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday, here are this week’s questions!

  1. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lysander says,
    “Ay me! for aught that I could ever read,
    Could ever hear by tale or history,
    The course of true love never did run smooth…”

    How has this proven (or not proven) to be the case in your life?

  2. In Hamlet, the title character says, “Frailty, thy name is woman!” Who in your life has proven this not to be true? And if you’re willing to share, who in your life has proven this to be completely true?
  3. In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Pistol says,
    “Why then the world’s mine oyster,
    Which I with sword will open.”

    Ignoring the possible sexual meaning here, how do you feel about oysters?

  4. In The Merchant of Venice, Lorenzo says,
    “The man that hath no music in himself,
    Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds,
    Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.”

    Do you agree, and have you known anyone who seemed to be completely unmoved by any kind of music?

  5. Is Shakespeare overrated, or is he truly the western world’s greatest writer?

Thanks for indulging this English teacher, and may the light that breaks through yonder window be the dawn of a happy weekend!

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