Titus Andronicus Act III

This Act is real emotional so the summary probably won't be very funny...sorry. Scene 1 The judges, senators, and tribunes take Titus' sons to be executed. In a long speech, Titus begs for his sons' lives. He reminds them that he fought for Rome and their safety. He begs them to pity his tears. They … Continue reading Titus Andronicus Act III

Titus Andronicus Act II

Everyone in this play might be evil, or at least a pretty terrible person. Scene 1 Aaron, the Moor, is bragging about his advancement in the world because of how "close" (wink, wink) he is to Tamora. Just then, Tamora's sons, Demetrius and Chiron, bust on to the scene, swords drawn and ready to fight. … Continue reading Titus Andronicus Act II

Titus Andronicus Act I

Oh man...this is going to be a doozy... Scene 1 (a.k.a. The only scene in this Act) The emperor of Rome is dead. Saturninus and Bassianus, the former emperor's sons, think that they should be emperor now. Right when they are about to really fight about it, Marcus Andronicus pops up and explains that all … Continue reading Titus Andronicus Act I

Richard III Act 5

Scene 1 Buckingham is led to his death, but is not allowed to speak with Richard. He reflects on all those who have been killed before him. There are a lot: Hastings, the two Princes, Rivers, Grey, King Henry and his son, Vaughan... He doesn't even mention Clarence. He thinks they're probably laughing at him. … Continue reading Richard III Act 5

Richard III Act 4

Scene 1 All the important ladies of the play assemble before the Tower to go and meet the young Princes. Unfortunately, the guard denies them access by order of the King...uh, he means Richard...the Lord Protector...definitely not King...nope. Queen Elizabeth protest because they are her sons. The Duchess of York protests because she is their … Continue reading Richard III Act 4

Richard III Act 3

Scene 1 Richard, Buckingham, Catesby, and Cardinal Bourchier escort Prince Edward into London. At first, the Prince is perturbed that more of his uncles - specifically on his mother's side - aren't there to greet him. He is a King now after all. Richard explains that Edward shouldn't worry about them because they're sneaky and … Continue reading Richard III Act 3

Richard III Act 2

Scene 1 King Edward rejoices in his ability to reconcile all the feuding parties. He makes Hastings and Rivers hug, promising that they are being earnest. He doesn't forget the Queen he makes her hug Hastings too and Dorset. Then he moves to Buckingham, who also agrees to forgive and forget though more long-winded than … Continue reading Richard III Act 2

Richard III Act 1

I have been looking forward to reading this since Henry VI Part 2. I saw the movie with Ian McKellen in college and loved it, but I'm really looking forward to reading it outside of the classroom setting. Richard is such a compelling character. Here we have a lead who is also the villain.  Last … Continue reading Richard III Act 1

Henry VI Part 3 Act V

Thus brings us to the end of Henry... Scene 1 Warwick confirms with a messenger that his allies, Oxford, Montague, and Somerset are close. His son, Somerville, enters and explains that Clarence is only two hours away. Warwick rejoices that he can hear the drums. The only problem is the drums do not come from … Continue reading Henry VI Part 3 Act V

Henry VI Part 3 Act IV

The fallout... Scene 1 Richard, George (Clarence), Somerset, and Montague discuss Edward's choice for a bride. Clarence thinks it is a mistake that Edward did not honor his commitment to the French. He decides to tell Edward exactly what he thinks. The King enters with Lady Grey, Lord Hastings, Pembroke, and Stafford.  Edward asks for … Continue reading Henry VI Part 3 Act IV