To the River Styx: Felo de se in Shakespeare’s Tragedies

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Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. 6-week course begins 11/12

In addition to a myriad of other themes in Shakespeare’s works, the ending of one’s own life echoes through all five of the great tragedies. In particular,  three of Shakespeare’s most memorable women embrace the Medieval Latin felo de se phrase known to contemporary audiences as suicide. Cleopatra, Juliet, and Lady Macbeth all travel a slow road to self-destruction on significantly different journeys that end for equally shattering but significantly different reasons. This discussion-oriented exploration of three plays, three characters, and three journeys will strive to identify and assemble the paving stones and felo de se puzzle pieces in Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, and MacbethRequired reading:  Any edition of these plays of William Shakespeare. Joseph Coté is an experienced Shakespearean actor and a lifelong friend of the Bard. At MSC he has taught numerous courses on the world’s most famous playwright and conducts the monthly meetings of the “Clubbing with Willy the Shake” program.