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Shakespearience 3: Helena’s Fantasies (Part Two)

Today I want to explore further that strange speech of Helena’s from All’s Well That Ends Well that I shared with you in my last post. You’ll recall that Paroles says of virginity,‘’tis a withered pear. Will you anything with it?’, to which Helena answers: Not my virginity yet— There shall your master have a […]

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Shakespearience 3: Helena’s Fantasies (Part 1)

I promised last time to discuss a female character’s fantasies, and the character I had in mind was Helena from All’s Well that Ends Well. In the curious first scene of that play, Paroles (a posturing soldier) asks her with a leer, ‘Are you meditating on virginity?’ Helena’s reply suggests a witty wench on the […]

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Shakespeare’s Women – Joan la Pucelle

This post is part of our Shakespeare’s Women series in partnership with the collections team over at Finding Shakespeare. On flickr we have created a collection portraying these wonderful ladies.   Picture the scene. A disarmingly down-to-earth peasant girl, who has just been heralded the French people’s champion, stands before the dead body of England’s […]

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Shakespeare’s Women – Cleopatra

This post is part of our Shakespeare’s Women series in parternship with the collections team over at Finding Shakespeare. On flickr we have created a collection portraying these wonderful ladies. For my money Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s most sensuous, seductive and sensational creation. As a character she defies lazy labeling, and delights in the fact that […]

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Shakespeare’s Women – Juliet

This post is part of our Shakespeare’s Women series in parternship with the collections team over at Finding Shakespeare. On flickr we have created a collection portraying these wonderful ladies. What do we know about Juliet? Unusually for Shakespeare we are given her precise age, 13 almost 14. But what about her personality? Until she […]

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Lady Macbeth: Fearing Painted Devils

Many people will have an idea of what Lady Macbeth looks like in their mind’s eye. This image of Vivien Leigh best illustrates the way I tend to think of Lady Macbeth. The photograph comes at a crucial moment as she takes the daggers – still warm with King Duncan’s blood – from her husband […]

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Shakespeare’s Women – Uncompromising Ophelia

This post is part of our Shakespeare’s Women series in parternship with the collections team over at Finding Shakespeare. On flickr we have created a collection portraying these wonderful ladies. In my mind’s eye, Ophelia is always drowning. She is garlanded with flowers, she is singing, and she is drowning.  ‘Long it could not be’, […]

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