Albee Surrealism

-The story takes place in the early morning, when it’s still dark -Dark>night>dreams/nightmares -a lot of cursing (God, Jesus Christ), absurd, shocking -a lot of alcohol is consumed throughout the play -Touches on certain taboos (both personal and social) -Pregnancy before marriage (Nick married Honey because she was pregnant) -George and Martha’s “son” is also…

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 religions in Elizabethan England were Catholic and Protestant religions, Choosing the “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…

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…