The Heroes We Love and the Villains We Love to Hate in Shakespeare's Great Plays

An introduction and exploration of the great heroes and the wicked villains who people some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. We will explore one play per week and unpack the motivation and speech of these charismatic characters.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

COURSE OUTLINE

Each week will focus on one of Shakespeare’s play to unpack the heroes and villains within:

  • To be a hero or to be a villain: Hamlet
  • Much ado about honour and villainy: Much Ado About Nothing
  • A hero ensnared by a villain: Othello
  • Vile or reviled: The Tempest
  • Will the real villains and heroes please stand up: The Merchant of Venice
  • The hero who would become a villain: Macbeth
  • Once a villain, always a villain: Richard III
  • Cain and Abel again: King Lear

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the language and motivation that underscores Shakespearean characters.
  2. Identify and discuss the characteristics of villains and heroes and what factors make the characters memorable to audiences.
  3. Identify and discuss the features of Shakespearean plays and how these features can be accessible to modern audiences.
$232 Limited / $209

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29 Apr

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