The goal of this academic moment is for us to explore larger ideas and artistic trends regarding Shakespeare before we dive back into another comedy. That said, your exploration of Shakespeare’s influence or delving into a passage that was never assigned to you yet sparks your curiosity will be the two roads we will create. After students find and explain their connection or specific passage, then we will have everyone compose 4-7 sentences in Standard English (small academic paragraph for a homework grade) in the comment thread below this post. Sharing your intellectual pursuits on the blog will help us appreciate all of our ideas before we start a discussion in class.
In the spirit of reflecting upon this post as a model for this academic moment, please view the following clip comes from Kenneth Branagh’s movie of Henry the V. This is the same actor we saw portray Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing. In this famous passage, Shakespeare has a young King Henry rallying his troops with his famous St Crispin’s Day Speech, referring to “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers” (IV, iii 18-67). I would love to teach this play or the other plays in the Henry IV cycle, which contain Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s most comic characters, to a class someday, but at the moment, we have our hands full of exploring Shakespeare’s comdies. Click here for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=680NlRI3v2I
Do you recognize the reference to the HBO Series, Band of Brothers? View this video to see if resonates. Click here for that video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s47Qqz5l4Y
Click here to read more about Stephen Ambrose’s book, Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. http://www.amazon.com/Band-Brothers-Regiment-Airborne-Normandy/dp/074322454X