Friday, 14 October 2016
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare (1892) is a cornerstone of classical literature.
The book begins by following the ghost of King Hamlet who is paying a visit to his old Castle in Elsinore, Denmark. He is first discovered by a pair of watchmen, then by the scholar Horatio.
Hamlet’s brother Claudius has inherited the throne, while also marrying the King’s widow, Queen Gertrude. Prince Hamlet, the son of the Queen and deceased King, is taken to see the ghost by the watchmen, and it speaks to him. The ghost says it is indeed his father’s spirit, and that he was murdered by none other than Claudius. It tells his son to seek revenge, before disappearing with the dawn.
Read this article in full with Michael McCooe.
Thursday, 15 September 2016
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
James Joyce’ novel Ulysses holds a special place in the heart of classical literature. One of the greatest masterpieces of modern literature, it’s often seen as being as hard to explain as it is to read – though the story is fairly simplistic.
Summary of Ulysses
The book is about two characters – Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus – during a day in Dublin. Its innovative and mythical style keeps the reader guessing while remaining engaged throughout through a stunning portrait of internal psychological processes and high art.
Bloom is aware that his wife, Molly, is probably having an affair at home and buys a liver, attends a funeral and watches a young girl at the beach. Meanwhile, Daedalus expands on a theory of Shakespeare's Hamlet in a public library, visits a maternity ward and meets Bloom to head on a drunken spree.
You can read the article in full on the new site of Michael McCooe.