A Merry Midsummer Labor Merchant’s Tempest in King Beatrice’s Verona

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Author: Jessica McCall1
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Beatrice hated Mr. Lear. In fact the only person she hated more than Mr. Lear was Benedict and that was only because she hated everything about Benedict—especially his face. Her current rage, however, was because Mr. Lear had turned their spring play—the jewel of the drama club—into two one acts. Mr. Lear insisted Romeo and Juliet was a play about the “titanic struggle of love and family” and Benedict had agreed with him like the snake-in-the-grass suck up he was. Beatrice had helpfully pointed out Romeo and Juliet were thirteen and choosing an outfit was a titanic struggle for thirteen year olds, but Mr. Lear had been less than amused and thus her chance to perform the leading role in a Shakespearean tragedy was ripped from her grasp. Everyone knew Mr. Lear punished you if you didn’t tell him how awesome he was.

Contributor Notes

Jessica McCall is an Assistant Professor of English at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She focuses on intersections of myth and gender in warrior women from Spenser’s Radigund through DC Comic’s Wonder Woman. She is the author of several articles focusing on both Shakespeare and modern popular culture.


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