W101| Henry VI Part 2: How Shakespeare Shaped
Drama from History
| Ann Berman


9:30 - 11:00 a.m.


6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28

Four Sessions

Why Henry VI and why Part 2? In one of Shakespeare's earliest plays, he tackles the conflicts that led to the Wars of Roses and introduces Margaret of Anjou, Queen to King Henry, aggressive advocate for her heir, and the only Shakespeare character to appear in four plays. We'll look at the historical context of the play's time frame and see how Shakespeare shaped events and characters to suit his dramatic purposes. And for those class participants in the Berkshires, there will be an optional visit to see a performance of the play at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox.

Suggested Readings:
Any copy of the play is fine, but the Folger Library edition is the one that will be used in class if you want to have the same pagination and line numbers.

Ann Berman has participated in life-long learning programs for more than 10 years. She previously was a middle and high school level special education teacher. She earned a Master's degree in Shakespeare Studies from King's College in London in 2018.

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