Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is one of his most successful romantic comedies. It is ridiculously funny, in part because the banter is so absurd (the characters even more so), but also in part because unlike other Shakespearean comedies, there’s actually no major tragedy that ensues (shocking, I know.) Continue reading
Shakespeare wrote a lot of crazy characters in Much Ado About Nothing, but Dogberry is just ridiculous. Just ask Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion.
Dogberry shows up at the end of Act III just when this comedy is getting a little bit too serious. So, I guess this makes him the “comic relief” of the comedy, if you will.
Ok, but did Shakespeare include Dogberry for something more than just “comic relief”?
Let’s look at what makes Dogberry so funny and hopefully decode this ridiculous Shakespearean character.
There’s no putting it lightly: Shakespeare’s King Lear contains so much tragedy that it would give Game of Thrones a run for its money. Continue reading
Well, 2017 is off to a running start—we can barely believe we’re already well into February! Owl Eyes continues to grow and develop thanks to feedback from our dedicated users and the hard work of our writing team. Be sure to check out some of our end-of-2016 developments if you haven’t visited us in a while. Here are some quick updates on what we’ve been doing on the website.
To all of our newcomers on the site, “Welcome!”, and to those of you who have been with us for a while, it’s great to see you again. I’m writing up this short post to let you know some details about our new annotation interface that went live today. So, let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why we went with this new change. Continue reading
Introducing Shakespeare to high school students is daunting. Getting them to care about Shakespeare is even more intimidating. Though we often have the best intentions, many of us fall into the following teaching traps when we turn to the Bard. Continue reading
Working with technology in the classroom has many benefits, but it can be problematic depending on factors outside of our control. We’ve all had those days where the computer decides to indefinitely snooze or the Internet prefers to inscrutably do its own thing. Or maybe we’ve worked in schools or locations where we have limited (or no!) access to such technology. Whatever the reasons may be, Owl Eyes can still help you and your students get the most out of the literary classics. Let’s examine a few ways Owl Eyes can be useful outside of the classroom. Continue reading
As we continue to develop Owl Eyes to best meets the needs of our readers, students, and teachers, we’ll do our best to keep you up to date with how things work on the site in order to make sure the process remains as intuitive and pain free as possible.
So, let’s dive into some of our new upgrades: annotation visibility. Continue reading
Before the internet and the advent of digital books, people did all of their reading in print, buying novels in hardcover, sending letters in the mail, and getting their news from actual newspapers. These days, you’re more likely to see someone reading on their phones than in print; but there’s something to be said for cracking open a good paperback. One of the great joys of having a
physical text in front of you is the ability to write in it, to take notes, underline phrases, and, like David Foster Wallace, draw a mustache and glasses on Cormac McCarthy’s author photo. Continue reading
As Owl Eyes continues to grow and develop, I want to make sure we keep teacher support at the forefront of our efforts. One of the new things I’ve been working on with one of our excellent academic contributors is a set of lesson plans that specifically cater to the classroom functions on Owl Eyes. I am very much looking forward to releasing these for your use, and in the meantime, I thought this post would be a good place to share one of my own lesson plans for introducing students to annotating texts. Continue reading