Webster: The White Devil

John Webster was an early 17th century English playwright. He is best known for his dark, gloomy, and morbid tragedies. Literary critic, T.S. Eliot, wrote that “Webster was much possessed by death and saw the skull beneath the skin.” In this video, we will discuss Webster’s treatment of death in his famous tragedy titled, The White Devil. Continue reading


Claudius’ Deception

After discovering that his uncle Claudius killed his father, Hamlet exclaims,“One may smile, and smile, and be a villain!” Shakespeare’s works often explore the theme of appearance versus reality, and the Tragedy of Hamlet is no exception. Claudius discovers just how difficult it is to conceal the truth. After all, “Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak. Augurs and understood relations have By magot pies and choughs and rooks brought forth The secret’st man of blood.” Continue reading