What the Bard: Exploring Shakespeare’s Comedies!

Curious if Shakespeare wrote any plays in which characters survive to the end? Do you ever find Shakespeare’s language odd or confusing? This course will introduce you to the Bard’s comic side and help you explore how Shakespeare used and abused language for a laugh.

Locations: Menlo Park, Woodside

Cost: $100/hr.

Recommended hours: 10-12


  • Read and discuss two full-length comedies
  • Explore Shakespeare’s comic elements by analyzing them in performance
  • Understand how and why Shakespeare manipulated language and meter

To Enroll Call (650) 331-3251 / (408) 345–5200


Course Description:

Students will read and discuss two of Shakespeare’s comedies, such as, but not limited to, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado about Nothing. This discussion will be supplemented by peer-reviewed literary criticism, recorded performances, and excerpts from other Shakespearean plays and poetry to create a well-rounded understanding and appreciation for Shakespeare’s comedy. We will explore universal themes, comic elements, and common Shakespeare-isms that will help students develop a set of tools to use when studying Shakespeare in their English classes. This class is great for high school students of any level but might be especially helpful for students interested in AP English Literature and Composition, as Shakespeare is enormously influential in that course.

Make the Most of the Summer!

Students who stay actively engaged in the learning process during the summer perform better during the school year.

Contact AJ Tutoring to Enroll in Summer Tutoring
Peninsula Main Phone Number (650) 331-3251
Free Consultation