A One Sentence Summary Of Shakespeare's Most Famous Plays

A One Sentence Summary Of Shakespeare's Most Famous Plays

And a few not-so-famous ones.
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Shakespeare is that one guy who wrote 37 plays 400 years ago. A play is a book out loud and moving around. A one sentence summary is a description that is just long enough to be fun. For examples, see below.

"Twelfth Night" – Identity theft runs rampant in a beach community.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" – Some hooligans run away and end up getting their dream weddings.

"Romeo and Juliet" – Some guy doesn’t get all the information necessary to make a decision but he makes it anyway; naturally he makes the wrong decision.

"Titus Andronicus" – An eye for an eye. And a hand for a hand…for a tongue for a pie for - oh boy that’s a lot of blood.

"Macbeth" – One man single-handedly ruins an entire country on the advice of three scary homeless ladies.

"Hamlet" – A fully-grown, college-educated man mopes and whines like a child about his home life.

"Measure for Measure" – Some shady characters make a whole bunch of outdated law puns; also a woman clearly says no yet in a play full of lawyers no one brings up the issue of consent.

"Merchant of Venice" – A Jewish stereotype is born. Or maybe just perpetuated.

"As You Like It" – Everyone wanders around the woods until the dude reveals he’s a girl.

"The Tempest" – A bunch of royals get stuck on the most wicked awesome deserted island ever.

"Othello" – A wife loses a hankie and also her life.

"Julius Caesar" – For the first half of the play, the Senate plots to kill a dictator; for the second half, historical events are needlessly mangled for the purpose of entertainment.

"Antony and Cleopatra" – A foolish army commander drags an awesome, strong queen into his stupid affairs.

"Henry VI, Part I" – The War of the Roses.

"Henry VI, Part II" – The War of the Roses.

"Henry VI, Part III" – The War of the Roses. Seriously,they're all just detailed chronicles of war.

"Timon of Athens" – Timon hates money and is surrounded by practical people.

"King John" – A small boy battles it out with an experienced weasel and nobody wins.

"Love's Labour's Lost" – People get engaged and set a date a year from now, but because they wanted to elope they get all sad about it.

"Much Ado About Nothing" – Two annoying grumps who deserve each other spend the entire play leading each other on.

"The Winter's Tale" – For the first half of the play, a king tragically accuses his queen of adultery and executes her for it. For the second half, everyone trips on acid and talks to a statue.

"The Taming of the Shrew" – A woman’s basic right of free speech is continually questioned.

"Richard III" – A guy who professes to be evil at the very opening of the show surprises us all by turning out to be, well, evil.

"King Lear" – An ENTIRE family tragically passes away…but the fool is good for a few laughs.

Cover Image Credit: The New Yorker

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3 Reasons Why Step Dads Are Super Dads

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

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Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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