Surprisingly, the sex jokes are the downfall of this work. There are so many, but since they’re from the sixteenth century, you initially don’t understand them. And when you do, it’s just not funny anymore. Also, the characters often speak in lengthy prose passages that can be challenging. Source: Goodreads, Rebecca.
To celebrate the regicide of Charles I, who was killed on this very day in 1649, we share a review of John Milton’s impassioned defence of political liberty and the right to free speech, published 1644. If I wished to convince someone to support freedom of speech and publishing, I would not offer up this […]
I think the plot of the play is silly. If I had sold my soul, I’d actually do something with my powers instead of playing silly practical jokes and parlor tricks. Literary-wise, I think it’s fairly well-written — I just don’t quite understand the character beyond a blatant Christian story of damnation. Marlowe could have […]
I can imagine folks reading this and enjoying it. But not me. The story lying at the heart of Paradise Lost was one I really wanted to read. I’ve heard many times that Satan is portrayed as the sympathetic figure, that he’s honest about the absurdity of rebellion against the ultimate power of God yet still so […]
Hamlet: To read or not to read, that is the question. Sadly, I didn’t have a choice, because it was part of the syllabus for Grade 12 at school. Unsurprisingly, I found it ridiculously dull. Hamlet was a self-absorbed and slightly insane idiot who starts believing that his daddy’s soul cannot rest because he was […]