The Shakespeare Plays: A Synopsis

 

1. The Tempest

 

Setting: Somewhere in the Mediterranean

And in Bermuda

 

Antiquity(The Past): The Mysteries (Depositories of Ancient

Learning)

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Existing State of

The Advancement Of Learning

 

2. Two Gentlemen of Verona

 

Setting: Verona, Italy

 

Antiquity(The Past): Know Thyself

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Friendship

(another self)

 

 

3. The Merry Wives of Windsor

 

Setting: Windsor, England

 

Antiquity(The Past): Misrule

Anticipation(The Future): Form Of humor

 

4. Measure for Measure

 

Setting: Vienna, Austria

 

Antiquity(The Past): Legend in many lands which

dealt with how the angels,

far back before the dim beginnings

of recorded history, fell from

their high place through lusting

for the daughters of men.

Anticipation(The Future): Form of God

 

5. The Comedy of Errors

 

Setting: Ephesus, ancient Greek city in West Asia Minor

Famous as site of Artemis, Diana of Ephesus

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Life

 

6. Much Ado About Nothing

 

Setting: Messina, Seaport in NE Sicily

 

Antiquity(The Past): Ancient concept of Nothing

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Nothingness

Of human concerns

 

7. Love's Labour Lost

 

Setting: France, the French court

 

Antiquity(The Past): The Academy

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Studies

 

8. Midsummer Night's Dream

 

Setting: Athens, Greece

 

Antiquity(The Past): Seasonal rituals relating to

The Spirit of Vegetation in

The Spring

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Vegetation

 

9. The Merchant of Venice

 

Setting: Venice, seaport in North Italy

 

Antiquity(The Past): The Kabbalah

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Value?

 

10. As You Like It

 

Setting: France

 

Antiquity(The Past): The Golden Age

Anticipation(The Future): Form of nature in man

 

11. The Taming of The Shrew

 

Setting: Padua, commune in N Italy

 

Antiquity(The Past): Eastern idea of Life as a Dream

Anticipation(The Future): Form of dreamlike state of

Consciousness Of incarnated Man

 

12. All's Well That Ends Well

 

Setting: Roussillon, France

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Social Climbing

 

 

13. Twelth Night

 

Setting: Illyria, ancient region along E coast of Adriatic, Greece

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Pleasure(love as siren)

 

14. The Winter's Tale

 

Setting: Mediterranean

 

Antiquity(The Past): Myth of Persephone

Anticipation(The Future): Form of history of

Natural Philosophy

 

15. The Life and Death of King John

 

Setting: England

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Form of True Greatness of

A Kingdom

 

16. The Life and Death of Richard the Second

 

Setting: England

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Of dealing with Nobility

 

17. The First Part of King Henry IVth

 

Setting: England

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Of a Prince

 

18. The Second Part of King Henry IVth

 

Setting: England

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Of a Prince

 

19. The Life Of King Henry the Fifth

 

Setting: England

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Of a King

 

20. The First Part of King Henry VIth

Setting: England

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Of Legitimacy

 

21. The 2nd Part of King Henry VIth

 

Setting: England

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Of Legitimacy

 

22. The 3rd Part of King Henry VIth

 

Setting: England

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Of Legitimacy

 

23. The Life And Death of Richard III

 

Setting: England

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): The Form of Tyranny

 

24. The Life of King Henry VIIIth

 

Setting: England

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): The Form of Nemesis

 

25. The Tragedy of Troilus & Cressida

 

Setting: Troy

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Love (as fury)

 

26. The Tragedy of Coriolanus

 

Setting: Rome

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): The form of Shame

 

27. Titus Andronicus

 

Setting: Rome

 

Antiquity(The Past): An Ancient Custom

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Custom

 

28. Romeo and Juliet

 

Setting: Verona

 

Antiquity(The Past): Astrology

Anticipation(The Future): Form of a Just Astrology

 

29. Timon of Athens

 

Setting: Athens

 

Antiquity(The Past): ?

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Misanthrophy

 

30. The Life and Death of Julius Caesar

 

Setting: Rome

 

Antiquity(The Past): The Ritual Death of the King

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Envy

 

31. The Tragedy of Macbeth

 

Setting: Scotland

 

Antiquity(The Past): Witchcraft

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Fear

 

32. The Tragedy of Hamlet

 

Setting: Denmark

 

Antiquity(The Past): The Macrocosm and the Microcosm

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Melancholy

 

33. King Lear

 

Setting: Ancient Britian

 

Antiquity(The Past): Alchemy

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Anger

 

34. Othello the Moor of Venice

Setting: Venice

 

Antiquity(The Past): Myth of how soul is smothered through

Contact with materiality

Anticipation(The Future): Form of Jealousy

 

35. Antony and Cleopatra

 

Setting: Ancient Egypt

 

Antiquity(The Past): Myth of Isis

Anticipation(The Future): Form of the mad degree

Of love

 

36. Cymbeline King of Britian

 

Setting: Ancient Britian

 

Antiquity(The Past): Myth from Vedantic lore which deals

With the story of the cycle of incarnation

Of the samsaric self

 

Anticipation(The Future): form of Samsaric Cycle

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