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Mastering Shakespeare

  • Authors
  • Covers material from the appearance of Shakespeare in the National Curriculum through GCSE and ALevel to firstyear university work.
    Provides detailed lines of thought on the most popular plays set in examinations.
    Enables the reader to think about the kinds of plays Shakespeare wrote comedies, tragedies and histories

Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series (MACMMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The World of Shakespeare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard Gill
      Pages 3-24
    3. Richard Gill
      Pages 25-44
    4. Richard Gill
      Pages 63-85
  3. The Comedies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Richard Gill
      Pages 89-106
    3. Richard Gill
      Pages 107-114
    4. Richard Gill
      Pages 115-122
    5. Richard Gill
      Pages 123-131
    6. Richard Gill
      Pages 132-140
    7. Richard Gill
      Pages 141-147
    8. Richard Gill
      Pages 148-156
  4. The Problem Plays

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Richard Gill
      Pages 159-163
    3. Richard Gill
      Pages 164-171
    4. Richard Gill
      Pages 172-179
  5. The Late Comedies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Richard Gill
      Pages 183-189

About this book


Mastering Shakespeare covers in detail the plays set in the National Curriculum through GCSE and A-Level to the major elements of Shakespearean drama studied in further education courses.

The book is divided into sections that deal with comedy, tragedy and history. Also included are detailed sections on the most popular plays in the theatre and in the examination room.

The book deals with the basic themes of Shakespeare, the kinds of characters he created, the stories he was attracted to, and the ways in which the plays work out on stage. Among the plays studied are A Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.


comedy design drama education General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE) Hamlet history history of literature novel Shakespearean drama stage theatre time tragedy William Shakespeare

About the authors

RICHARD GILL has many years' experience of teaching at school, further education and university level. He teaches English at Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College, Leicester, and is a Research Fellow at the University of Leicester. He is the author of Mastering English Literature, and broadcasts regularly on the radio.

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