This article examines Shakespeare’s rise to greatness. It also features some interesting graphics that show trends in the popularity of his plays.
This piece examines several ways Shakespeare was affected by the plague. It also points out how the plague plays an crucial role in the plot of Romeo and Juliet.
What does Shakespeare have to do with the coronavirus pandemic? Read this article to find out.
It’s not likely that you think of Shakespeare and video games at the same time, but that may be about to change!
Click this link to read about the record-breaking auction sale of a copy of the “First Folio,” the book that originally collected Shakespeare’s plays.
This article suggests that the shutdown of theaters due to the coronavirus could give dramatists the time and inspiration to write new plays.
How can you tell the works of Shakespeare are timeless? They have a way of showing up in the popular culture of every era, sometimes in surprising ways.
Students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State in 1970 were met with violence from the National Guard. Parallels can be made between what happened then and what is happening around the U.S. now. Who ultimately has the power in these situations—and should they?
Patricia Smith harnesses the power of words in her work. In this interview, read about why Smith feels that poetry—especially when spoken aloud—has the power to change not only attitudes but also people’s lives.
Researchers say that the human need for power is less a desire to control others and more a wish to be free from others’ control.
One silver lining of shelter-in-place orders is that they might give rise to creativity. Learn more about a popular idea that sets the bar high.
Abraham Lincoln once wrote, “I think nothing equals Macbeth.” Learn about how Shakespeare’s dramatic exploration of ambition may have affected how Lincoln acted on his own ambition.
According to the author of this opinion piece, those who enjoy the freedom and prosperity that comes with living in a democracy tend to underestimate the ability of dictators to stay in power.
The negative effects of Macbeth’s overpowering ambition are obvious, but striving for success at all costs can be detrimental in smaller ways to all of us.
Where did Shakespeare get his ideas? This essay by Amanda Mabillard analyzes the sources and motivations underlying Shakespeare’s writing of The Tragedy of Macbeth.
What contributed to the devastating power of Hurricane Katrina? History® provides text, videos, and links on the formation and impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Click here to read a review of a 2019 adaptation of Macbeth that features an all-female cast and imagines how teenage schoolgirls might choose to perform Shakespeare’s play.
Some people in parts of the Middle East and northern Africa reject the idea of women having power.
See the top five dictators who have ruled different parts of Asia over the past two decades.
Four centuries and many changes to the English language have passed since Shakespeare wrote. Here’s why we still read his works.