The Story of Oedipus

We don’t know whether there was a historical Oedipus. “Oedipus” means “swollen feet”. The Greeks pronounced it “oy-DEEP-us”. Oed- is the same root as “oedema / edema” (tissue swelling; the British preserve the initial “o”), while “-pus” is feet (hence “octopus”, the eight-footed animal.) Laius and Jocasta were king and queen of Thebes, a town…

Elizabethan Beliefs

Religion The major two religion in Elizabethan England were Catholic and Protestant religions wrong’ religion brought risks to personal wealth, freedom and life Schools taught these “favored” religion; if you did not practices these religions then it would lead to great danger: Imprisonment, Torture. Execution Catholics believed that the pope or the priest could forgive…

Shakespeare London and the Black Death

The Black Death – victims die in 2 to 4 days -rats fleas carried the disease -once the rats died out humans became new victims Symptoms of the Black Death Include –          painful swelling       –    mental disorientation    –   vomiting –          bleeding                   –    high fever     –   desire to sleep (if they did, it was fatal) Began…

Hamlet’s Self-Discovery

Definition: The act or process of achieving understanding or knowledge of oneself; or becoming aware of one’s true potential, character, motives, etc. Throughout the play, Hamlet’s complicated path to self-discovery is demonstrated though: His soliloquies His attitude toward other characters Hamlet is known to continuously question himself through his soliloquies, which shows he has lost…