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Twisted Tales from Shakespeare

From the title page in which Shakespeare's best known plays are presented in a new light the old light Richard Armour clearly loves the work of Shakespeare and knows it well In Twisted Tales from Shakespeare he turns his talents to the mockery of six of Shakespeare s most famous plays along with the sonnetsThe results are not to be missed Here is Armour on A Midsummer Night s Dreamuite obviously A Midsummer Night s Dream was written for the court where people could be ordered to attend The central theme it is often pointed out is the irrational nature of love but let us not overlook the possibility of the irrational nature of Shakespeare And what the reader may ask of the characters If they seem a bit wooden it may be that Shakespeare wished them to feel at home in the forest where most of the action takes placeFollowed by this gemAn odd lot of people are assembled in Peter uince s carpenter shop in another part of Athens They are uince Nick Bottom a weaver especially when he is drunk Francis Flute a bellows mender Robert Starveling a tailor and Tom Snout a tinker though we are not told what he tinks about Also in the company naturally enough is Snug a joiner If the names of these people seem rather peculiar one must remember as Shakespeare didn t that they are GreeksI think this next one though is the one that gives the best sense of what it s like to read ArmourI ll run from thee Helena and hide me in the brakes threatens Demetrius The brakes will stop her he thinks to himself cunninglySome of the best laughs come from the study uestions Here s the last one on A Midsummer Night s Dream10 Suggest a appropriate title for this play For instance Much Ado about Nothing Or All s Well That EndsOK I can t resist one study uestion this one on Romeo and Juliet9 After viewing the corpses of Romeo and Juliet express your candid opinion of the critic who said that at the close of the play both hero and heroine are stronger and finer than at the beginning Cenote especially when he is drunk Francis Flute a bellows mender Robert Starveling a tailor and Tom Snout a tinker though we are not told what he tinks about Also in the company naturally Sottomissione enough is Snug a joiner If the names of these people seem rather peculiar one must remember as Shakespeare didn t that they are GreeksI think this next one though is the one that gives the best sense of what it s like to read ArmourI ll run from thee Helena and hide me in the brakes threatens Demetrius The brakes will stop her he thinks to himself cunninglySome of the best laughs come from the study uestions Here s the last one on A Midsummer Night s Dream10 Suggest a appropriate title for this play For instance Much Ado about Nothing Or All s Well That EndsOK I can t resist one study uestion this one on Romeo and Juliet9 After viewing the corpses of Romeo and Juliet Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown express your candid opinion of the critic who said that at the close of the play both hero and heroine are stronger and finer than at the beginning

Richard Armour Í 2 Summary

Having blown a fuse together with introductions uestions appendices and other critical apparatus inte Irresistible Seriously Shakespeare shouldn t be taken as seriously as he tends be After all he knew how to have pun with words Richard Armour also knows his way around puns and takes on HamletMacbethA Midsummer Night s Dream Romeo and JulietThe Merchant of Venice and Othello and paraphrases these well known plays with wit and plenty of wordplayA gem of amusement of both students and scholars A four only because some of the punnery became a wee bit extreme I can laugh at Shakespeare just so much I am a Bardinator after all mocking him becomes a fine line Mating Flight extreme I can laugh at Shakespeare just so much I am a Bardinator after all mocking him becomes a fine line


10 thoughts on “Twisted Tales from Shakespeare

  1. says:

    I am for you cries Tybalt trying to mix Romeo up being really against him Lady Macbeth rubs her hands with Glee a Scottish detergent of those

  2. says:

    Richard Armour clearly loves the work of Shakespeare and knows it well In Twisted Tales from Shakespeare he turns his talents to the mockery of six of Shakespeare's most famous plays along with the sonnetsThe results are not to be

  3. says:

    When I was a high school sopho I was desperate They were having us read Shakespeare Hamlet I believe To me the Bard's plays were to be experienced not read But this was the early 70's and we didn't have the internet We had Cliff Notes but when I read them they weren't any better Then I found this lovely silly irreverent book in the bookstore

  4. says:

    In brief Shakespeare’s greatest hits told by an English major who’s only sort of paid attention and never leaves a pun unturnedThoughts This is pretty relentlessly silly but it still gets at the crux of the plays or at least makes good poin

  5. says:

    Irresistible Seriously Shakespeare shouldn’t be taken as seriously as he tends be After all he knew how to have pun with w

  6. says:

    Fun pun laden and sometimes cringeworthy This was great brain candy

  7. says:

    My English teacher handed this to me right after our class finished Hamlet I soon garnered a lot of sideways glances from people who were in her room to work on essays because I was in the corner giggling like a lunatic I promptly read the Macbeth section as I was just as intimately familiar with that play and was eually delighted Each chap

  8. says:

    A recent Goodwill find I LOVE Armour's silliness I remember using this book when I student taughta 21 year old teaching 18 year olds I had one class of gifted kids a couple of 'traditional' college bound and one c

  9. says:

    I found this funny; enough that I laughed aloud a few times I highly recommend reading the complete works of Shakespeare before reading this

  10. says:

    This book is a great way to introduce novice students to Shakespeare Richard Armour is witty and he gives the substance of the story somehow i