Shakespeare In 5: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This week’s Literary Schrödinger Equation takes on Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” which is, according to many, one of the most complicated of Shakespeare’s plays to explain.  By stripping away the extraneous aspects of the play, it becomes very manageable and relatively easy to understand.  In fact, some may think of it as the Elizabethan era’s version of the Keystone Kops.

So in a nutshell, this is what the play is about and that’s what happens.  Now imagine it being performed as a black-and-white silent movie, and feel free to laugh heartily at the slapstick aspect of Shakespeare’s wit.

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Elyse Bruce
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E.B. Taylor
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Shakespeare In 5: Love’s Labours Lost

First things first, I want to remind everyone that because William Shakespeare was English, he didn’t use American spelling in his works.  This explains why the letter U appears in the word Labours in the title of his play Love’s Labours Lost.  Shakespeare In 5.  Now that we’ve gotten that settled and out of the way, let’s see what this week’s Literary Schrödinger Equation has to offer readers.


These delightful and informative Shakespeare In 5 entries are the sort of overviews literature buffs or Shakespeare aficionados and everyday people love to share with friends, family, and foes.  Be sure to keep the circle of giving going by sharing Shakespeare In 5 with everyone you meet online.  They’ll appreciate you for thinking of them, and so will I.

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Elyse Bruce
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Twitter:      @ElyseBruce

E.B. Taylor
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Shakespeare In 5: The Taming Of The Shrew

When you mention a play by William Shakespeare about a merchant living in Italy, pretty much everyone thinks of the Merchant of Venice.  Most people forget that there were other merchants who piqued Will’s literary interest and more than one of them lived in Italy.  Today, Shakespeare In 5 gives you The Taming Of The Shrew for your reading pleasure thanks to our Literary Schrödinger Equation.

With each new Shakespeare In 5 entry, readers are encouraged to share these entries with their family and friends, colleagues and comrades, and strangers … a lot of strangers.  After all, literature is a serious business and seriously, literacy is big business.

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Elyse Bruce
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E.B. Taylor
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Shakespeare In 5: Richard III

Nothing says Shakespeare quite like his plays dealing with English kings and the murder, mayhem, and mischief everyone seems to get into from start to finish.  Sometimes things happen in those plays that you don’t see coming until the very end, and even then, sometimes you miss the ending thanks to all the murder, mayhem, and mischief.  Today’s Shakespeare In 5 demonstrates that very quality as the series delves into Richard III by William Shakespeare.

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Elyse Bruce
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E.B. Taylor
Facebook:  @TaylorMadeTales

 

Shakespeare in 5: As You Like It

This week’s Literary Schrödinger Equation is William Shakespeare’s play “As You Like It.”  For those who are unfamiliar with the play, this edition of Shakespeare In 5 will highlight the basics of the play.  For those who are familiar with the play, you are certain to appreciate the brevity of the play in this presentation.  Enjoy and please, share this entry with others on social media and every Friday after that as every Friday over the next few months will be devoted to Shakespeare In 5.


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Elyse Bruce
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E.B. Taylor
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Shakespeare In 5: Hamlet

Yesterday, while scrolling through social media, I found a few tweets and posts and pins extolling the virtues of an app that “reads” books for people in under 5 minutes.  I found replies to these tweets and posts and pins decrying the app, declaring that if literature is reduced to sound bites and quick consumption options, society is apt to fall into a state of illiteracy.

It was then I realized I had discovered the Schrödinger’s cat of literature.

For those who don’t recognize the name Erwin Schrödinger (12 August 1887 – 4 January 1961), he was an Austrian theoretical physicist who added to the Wave Theory of Matter by devising a wave equation for electron movements. thereby revolutionizing quantum mechanics.

Now I’m not a scientist.  I don’t even play one on television.  But I do understand the concept of Schrödinger’s cat, so it stood to reason that I should create a series of literary Schrödinger’s cats.  Over the next few weeks, I will be presenting my new series titled, “Shakespeare In 5” wherein I will put one of William Shakespeare’s plays into  my newly found Literary Schrödinger Equation and sharing the results with all of you on my blog and on social media.

This weeks’ offering is “Hamlet” and in keeping with all new apps, there may or may not be some mistakes in the output.  That being said, if there are any mistakes, they are minor and easily overlooked because, well, you know … technology.  But mostly, the output is totally accurate except for those minor mistakes that may or may not happen as the text is crunched through the Literary Schrödinger Equation.


Please share this with your friends, fans, followers, and family but remember you heard it from me first so don’t be claiming the Literary Schrödinger Equation or any of its output as your own invention.  Karma has a way of catching up with people who do that but that’s a whole different story completely.

Elyse Bruce
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E.B. Taylor
Facebook:  @TaylorMadeTales

 

An Open Letter To Megan Dunn

Dear Megan Dunn who works for the Kentucky Family Preservation Program (according to scarymommy.com),

Congratulations on your recent Facebook post that went viral.  It’s not every day someone gets over 100,000 shares or nearly 50,000 Likes  It’s obvious you are passionate about Christmas and children (which is great).  For those who haven’t read your post yet, I’ve taken the liberty of grabbing a screenshot of it to include here on my blog.


You might want to take a look at the message you’re sending parents and children via your message.    I’ll break it down into simple steps.

  1.  Parents who are financially capable need to stop telling their ‘Santa age’ children the expensive gifts are from Santa.
  2.  Parents who are financially capable need to start telling their ‘Santa age’ children that gifts costing less than $200 are from Santa.
  3.  Parents who are financially disadvantaged need to start telling their ‘Santa age’ children that everybody gets similarly priced gifts from Santa to make it “fair.”

Here’s the problem with your message:  It teaches children of all ages that if they can’t have what or who they want, NOBODY should.

I’m guessing that you didn’t think your message through all the way before posting it to social media because I would hate to think that you are at ease with the concept of teaching children that if they can’t have what or who they want, NOBODY should.

You see, that kind of message is what leads children to make poor choices as children, as teens, and as adults.

It teaches a teen struggling through his or her first romantic break-up that there’s nothing wrong with making sure no one else gets involved with the boyfriend or girlfriend who dumped him or her.

It teaches a young adult dealing with his or her first pink slip at work that showing up for his or her next shift with a weapon and taking out his or her anger on former co-workers (sometimes fatally) is an acceptable reaction to his or her dismissal.

It teaches children to covet what others have, and if you know anything about coveting (the concept is older than the Bible), you know how that usually turns out.  In fact,  coveting usually has a pretty horrific ending.

Now maybe you’re going to say if I understood what it was like for families who are financially disadvantaged, I would think differently.  Well, Megan, I’ve been a financially disadvantaged single parent of a young child with multiple serious health conditions, and I can tell you without a moment’s hesitation that those years were lean and mean, and Christmas wasn’t the fancy affair it was at the homes of many of my son’s peers.

I knew many of his peers would be getting amazingly awesome expensive gifts from gaming systems that cost hundreds of dollars and more.  He wasn’t going to get any of that because, truth be told, it just wasn’t in the budget once rent, utilities, clothing, food, medication, and other necessities were paid.  In fact, there were times when the budget only stretched as far as my child and not as far as to cover my own needs.

It’s not easy explaining anything to a child with serious health conditions, especially when one of those conditions is an autism spectrum disorder.  But with enough short-term and long-term projection, coming up with an explanation that reinforces positive aspects can be found.

Would you like to know what I told my son when he was 4 years old and his peers from daycare were gearing up for fancy Christmas presents and all the trimmings that go with that kind of Christmas?

Maybe you don’t, but I’ll share anyway.

I told my son that Santa, like any good person taking care of others, had to take care of the elves and the reindeer.  He had to provide them with a roof over their heads and food in their bellies, and, of course, the elves needed clothes.  Santa also had to make sure that the supplies needed to make toys for children was paid for because those supplies cost money as well.  It wasn’t fair to expect to get all that for free from people who also had families of their own.

The best Santa could do, I told him, was to offer parents discounts of up to 50% at Christmas, and the harder a child worked at being good all year, the bigger the discount.  That meant parents still had to come up with at least half the cost of the presents Santa would bring Christmas Eve.

Here’s the message he got from that.

  1.  You always have to put in your best effort to get best results.
  2.  Just because someone else gets more than you do doesn’t mean others are more deserving.
  3.  If you want something, keep your eye on the long-term goal and keep working towards achieving it.
  4.  You’re not responsible for making everyone else happy.

AND HERE’S THE BIGGEST TAKE-AWAY HE GOT FROM THAT:

People are more important than things … always.

Life isn’t fair, Megan, and that’s a sad reality, but we aren’t making things any better when we send children the wrong messages about what matters in life or how to deal with disappointment.

I know you wrote your Facebook post from the heart, and I don’t doubt that you care deeply for all the families with whom you interact.  Sometimes, though, you have to think past the immediate situation and ask yourself, “What message do we want children with or without money to learn from the adults in their lives?”

Merry Christmas, Megan Dunn of Kentucky Family Preservation Program (according to scarymommy.com).

Elyse Bruce

 

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