The Drama of Hospice and Plays about Death and Dying

H-O-S-P-I-C-E. Being given a hospice prognosis is dramatic. Period. The word itself evokes both a hospital stay and the peace most hope will accompany death. But don’t let the suffix–H-O-S-P– mislead you.  Hospice patients are (almost always) beyond  the repair of a hospital. In my own experience, the suffix more accurately alludes to the hospitable treatment … Continue reading

Cymbeline, Day 3: Fathers in Shakespeare

Cymbeline, Day 3: Fathers in Shakespeare Moms are conspicuously absent from much of Shakespeare’s canon; fathers, on the other hand, are boldly and formidably present.  There are fathers in the flesh (Shylock, Polonius, Brabantio, Macduff, King Lear, Gloucester, Antiochus, Pericles, Simonides, Cymbeline, who is also a step-dad to Cloten, Leontes, Polixenes, and Prospero to name … Continue reading

Pericles, Day 3

Pericles, Day 3 Pericles, Incest, and Patriarchy In my last post, I posed questions about the significance of Antiochus’ incestuous relationship with his daughter to the rest of the play, given the fact that Antiochus is only present during the play’s first scene.  While I do believe that this taboo father/daughter pair serves as a … Continue reading

Pericles, Day 2

*Pssst….Don’t miss the Tony Awards tonight at 8pm on CBS. **Click here for discussion questions for Pericles.  The discussion will extend into this coming week, and the Cymbeline discussion will begin later in the week… Antiochus, Incest, and Dr. Tiller You would have to have been living in a cave or under a rock not to … Continue reading

Words in Full Bloom

Words in Full Bloom “Nicky, my breath smells like the last rose of summer,” announced Anniebell with a chuckle and a scrunching of her face. My Great Aunt Anniebell has made this announcement not once, but countless times through the years, and admittedly, I’m still not quite certain what the line means: Are roses noxious … Continue reading

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