The Great American Bathroom Book: Shakespeare

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The Great American Bathroom Book is making it easier than ever to comprehend the complete works of William Shakespeare with its captivating Shakespeare edition! Discover all the whos, whats, and wherefore art thou Romeos of Shakespeare's prodigious catalog of timeless masterpieces all from the luxury of your porcelain throne! From his comedic masterpieces like The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night's Dream to his poignant tragedies like Hamlet and Macbeth, this comprehensive collection will allow you to savor the majestic writing style of one of the greatest wordsmiths of the English language. 

Along with the in-depth summaries and insightful commentary on some of the greatest literary achievements known to man, the Shakespeare edition of The Great American Bathroom Book also includes a collection of quotes known as the "Wit and Wisdom of Shakespeare," a taste of Shakespeare's sonnets, and an innovative section that allows you to use the genius of Shakespeare to craft the perfect insult! What more could you possibly ask for, you "Beetle-headed, slovenly old goat"?!  

Ignoring the opportunity to own a comprehensive guide to one of the world's most creative literary minds would be an Elizabethan tragedy of modern proportions. Elevating your intellect to become a Shakespeare connoisseur has never been easier or this much fun with The Great American Bathroom Book: Shakespeare edition!

1 SHAKESPEARE AT A GLANCE
A Brief Biography
A Taste of Shakespeare’s Poetry
Wit and Wisdom in Shakespeare
Shakespearean Insults

2 PLAY OVERVIEWS
COMEDIES
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
As You Like It
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
All’s Well That Ends Well
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Comedy of Errors
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Winter’s Tale

TRAGEDIES
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
King Lear
Romeo and Juliet
Macbeth
Othello
Julius Caesar

HISTORIES
Antony and Cleopatra
Troilus and Cressida
The Life of King Henry V
Henry VIII
Richard II
Richard III

TYPE OF WORK Romantic tragedy

SETTING Verona, Italy; 15th century

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS
Romeo
Son of the house of Montague
Juliet Daughter of the Capulet household
Benvolio Romeo’s cousin
Mercutio Romeo’s friend
Tybalt Juliet’s cousin
Lady Montague The clan’s matriarch
Lady Capulet Juliet’s mother
Juliet’s ribald nurse
Friar Lawrence
A Franciscan Monk

For a very long time the Capulets and the Montagues had been feuding. Harsh words often led to violence between the two houses, who were sworn as deadly enemies. Prince Escalus of Verona happened upon one such bloody brawl and angrily pronounced, “If ever you disturb our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace.”  

Shortly after this, Romeo and his cousin Benvolio met on the street, and Romeo sadly confessed his unrequited love for an aloof and indifferent young woman. “[Give] liberty unto thine eyes; Examine other beauties,” was Benvolio’s curative. But Romeo was unmoved: “Thou canst not teach me to forget.” 

Meanwhile, as Lord Capulet arranged for the marriage of Juliet, his 14-year-old daughter, to Paris, a kinsman of the Prince, he advised Paris to woo the girl gently. That night Capulet was to give a party so Paris could meet Juliet. He called a servant to deliver the invitations.

Now the servant could not read, so as he walked along he petitioned Romeo and Benvolio to read the guest list to him. In thanks, he told Romeo, “If you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup a wine.” Since Romeo’s unreceptive Rosaline was named among the guests, Benvolio urged Romeo to go and find out for himself that Rosaline was a “crow.”  

As Romeo and his friend Mercutio, both wearing masks, searched for Rosaline among the gathering, Romeo’s eyes fell upon the exquisite Juliet – and Romeo remembered Rosaline no more. “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!… Did my heart love till now?” he chimed. However, fiery Tybalt, Capulet’s nephew, overheard Romeo pouring out his heart and reported to his uncle that a Montague had invaded their festivity. But Capulet was not alarmed and would have no bloodshed; besides, Romeo seemed to be “a virtuous and well-governed youth.”

Romeo approached Juliet offering “my lips, two blushing pilgrims,” to which Juliet replied, “Ay, pilgrim, lips that thou must use in prayer.” But Romeo at last convinced her to press her lips to his – just before Juliet’s Capulet mother called her away. Romeo was stunned by this revelation that the girl was a daughter of his father’s enemy, but vowed that not even death would keep him from his true love.

The party ended, leaving Romeo outside the Capulet house, gazing up in lovesick rapture at Juliet’s window. Just then, to his joy, Juliet leaned from her balcony. Romeo whispered: “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Juliet is the sun!” As he debated within himself whether to speak to her, she, thinking herself alone, began to pour out her heart: “O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”

Unable to contain himself, Romeo stepped out of the shadows. Though ashamed at her overheard declaration, Juliet reconfirmed her passion, but warned him that if her family discovered him there, he would be killed. Romeo was not alarmed, “For stony limits cannot hold love out.” As he swore of his love by the moon, and by his heart, Juliet begged him not to swear at all. Things were happening too fast; the world seemed suddenly brilliant and fragile “like the lightening which doth cease to be.” So, the fragile lovers exchanged vows and agreed to meet the next morning.

On his way home, Romeo stopped by the monastery to visit Friar Lawrence. “Our Romeo hath not been in bed tonight,” the Franciscan observed. “I have been feasting with mine enemy,” replied the young man. “… Plainly know my heart’s dear love is set on the fair daughter of rich Capulet … what thou must combine by holy marriage.” The Friar teased Romeo for his fickle nature (only yesterday he had professed undying love for Rosaline), but agreed to perform the marriage, in the hope that “this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households’ rancor to pure love.”

Chapter 1 – INTRO
Chapter 2 – TRAGIC DRAMA
Chapter 3 – Hamlet
Chapter 4 – King Leer
Chapter 5 – Macbeth
Chapter 6 – Julius Caesar
Chapter 7 – ROMANTIC TRAGEDY
Chapter 8 – Romeo and Juliet
Chapter 9 – Antony and Cleopatra
Chapter 10 – Othello
Chapter 11 – Troilus and Cressida
Chapter 12 – POLITICAL INTRIGUE
Chapter 13 – Henry V
Chapter 14 – Henry VIII
Chapter 15 – Richard II
Chapter 16 – Richard III
Chapter 17 – ROMANTIC COMEDY
Chapter 18 – Much Ado About Nothing
Chapter 19 – Two Gentlemen of Verona
Chapter 20 – The Taming of the Shrew
Chapter 21 – The Comedy of Errors
Chapter 22 – MORE HAPPY ENDINGS
Chapter 23 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Chapter 24 – The Tempest
Chapter 25 – The Winter’s Tale
Chapter 26 – As You Like It
Chapter 27 – DARK COMEDY
Chapter 28 – The Merchant of Venice
Chapter 29 – All’s Well That Ends Well
Chapter 30 - OUTRO