by Oscar Wilde A Summary In the story “The Fisherman and His Soul,” a young fisherman falls in love with a mermaid and wishes nothing more than to wed her, but he is unable to do so because it is impossible for a person to have a soul and live a life under water. As he visits his priest, the priest tells him that his soul is his most valuable property and that the soulless mermen are doomed to perish. He goes to different merchants to try to sell his soul, but they all tell him that it is not … Continue reading The Fisherman and His Soul
Story of the Shakespearean Drama. Orsino, Duke of Illyria, was madly in love with Olivia, a lovely countess. And when her brother died, she sent back a messenger from the Duke, instructing him to tell his master that for seven years she would not let even the air see her face but would walk veiled like a nun, all for the sake of a dead brother’s love, which she would keep alive in her sorrowful memory. The Duke wished for someone to whom he could express his sadness and recount the tale of his love over and over again. And … Continue reading Twelfth Night
Story of the Shakespearean Drama (Comedy) Leontes was the king of Sicily, and Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, was his closest friend. They were raised together and only separated when they reached adulthood and had to take command over their own kingdoms. After several years, when they were both married and had children, Polixenes traveled to Sicily to stay with Leontes. Leontes was a violent-tempered and fairly foolish guy, and he foolishly believed that his wife, Hermione, preferred Polixenes over him, her husband. He instructed one of his lords, Camillo, to poison Polixenes’ drink, since he was unable to dispel … Continue reading The Winter’s Tale
by Robert Frost A little halt among the trees on a snowy evening. All of Robert Frost’s famous poems are short, simple, but profound assessments of life’s realities. One such poem is “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” which translates to “a little halt between the woods on a snowy evening.” Two oft-repeated quotations make this poem immortal.“I have promises to keep.”I have to fulfill promises.“And miles to go before I sleep.”I have a lot to cover before I sleep. The setting of the poem is a winter evening. Darkness falls by 4 p.m. in temperate climate regions … Continue reading Stopping by the Woods on a snowy evening.