Presentation went pretty well, and now I’m trying to get my Shakespeare paper proposal together. I want to look at the ways the playwrights who wrote about Edward II and Edward III tried to reconcile the differences between father and son, especially writing at a moment where history was beginning to be about cause and effect, rather than just the will of God: Do you just point up the differences between the two, the way Marlowe does, or do you get into what traits get passed down and how people overcome their heritage, like the artist possibly known as Shakespeare did? (I’m one of those staunch supporters of “Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare,” but apparently EIII authorship is disputed because it wasn’t attributed to him until a century after his death.)
What I like is that Shakespeare seems to solve the problem by giving EIII the same overwhelming passions his father had, but letting him choose to redirect those passions when they become dangerous. He can’t change who he is, but he can change what he does about it.
Also, I am sick to death of not having time or a safe route to ride my bike every day. I need my 20 miles, but I don’t particularly feel like risking my life on an iced-over blind turn every day.