I didn’t expect much out of “How To Write Like Shakespeare” that I hadn’t seen before and the first few paragraphs confirmed my prediction — when he was born, what he was known for, and so on.
Then it got interesting.
Under “Favourite Trick” the author lists the “180-degree turnaround” where a character changes the mind of another purely through persuasive rhetorical argument. Examples include Richard III wooing Lady Anne, Antony at Caesar’s funeral and, of course, Coriolanus and his mom.
I guess I’d never really noticed the pattern before, at least enough to think of it as a tool in Shakespeare’s toolbox.
What do you think? What other “go to” moves do you think that Shakespeare had in his bag of tricks, pulling out again and again when he knew they’d work?
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