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College-Bound Intensives: Romeo & Juliet

The first scene of the play

Excerpt from a recent class

This 30-minute excerpt begins with a discussion of the difficulties editors face when preparing the modern-day text read by students of Shakespeare. It then proceeds to examine how the play's first scene unfolds.



College prep for students

Romeo & Juliet

Ten online classes

Instructor: Roy Speed

This in-depth study provides all the historical, cultural, and literary background needed to bring the play to life. As one of our College-Bound Intensives, the course takes students to an advanced level of reading comprehension and analysis.

Roy Speed is not only witty and engaging, but passionate about what he teaches. His classes have truly ignited in our students a deep interest in delving into difficult texts.

Karen T., parent


Ten online classes

Instructor: Roy Speed

For students, Hamlet can seem daunting — it's Shakespeare's longest play, with dark themes, complex ideas, and difficult verse. This course reveals the play's deepest secrets in an in-depth study of the play some consider Shakespeare's greatest.

In opening up the difficult texts Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet, [Roy Speed] showed me the magnificence and intricacy of Shakespeare's work and provided me with skills crucial to succeeding in higher education.

— Matt W., student


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