Chapter 6. A Test of Character

  1. G. B. Shand Senior Scholar graduate supervisor
  1. Miriam Gilbert

Published Online: 26 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303193.ch6

Teaching Shakespeare: Passing it On

Teaching Shakespeare: Passing it On

How to Cite

Gilbert, M. (2008) A Test of Character, in Teaching Shakespeare: Passing it On (ed G. B. Shand), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303193.ch6

Editor Information

  1. York University's Glendon College, Canada

Author Information

  1. University of Iowa, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 29 AUG 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405140454

Online ISBN: 9781444303193



  • a test of character;
  • “inversion of nature” (obviously thinking of “foul is fair” and the witches);
  • talking about characters - valid and highly useful to do in the classroom;
  • Laurie E. Maguire's Studying Shakespeare: A Guide to the Plays;
  • students' fascination with character motivation – why teaching the tragedies seems easier;
  • heightened speech of actor, or character to express his/her intention;
  • Juliet Stevenson's portrayal of Cressida;
  • Suchet's in Barton's Playing Shakespeare


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading