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Analysis and Commentary on

Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

This commentary on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

About the Author

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes.


Analysis and Commentary on
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

This commentary on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

The long-standing feud between the Montague and Capulet families stands in the way of two young lovers. After Romeo and Juliet secretly wed, loyalties are challenged, and an old suitor is back on the scene to win Juliet as his wife. A plan is devised, but when it goes awry, more destruction than warranted will be the result.

About the Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Analysis and Commentary on
William Shakespeare's King Lear

This commentary on Shakespeare’s King Lear provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

King Lear stands tall among the greatest tragedies of all time. This gripping play tells of a king who causes division among his household. When wealth and cruelty incite war amidst the family, King Lear must learn where his affections truly lie.

About the Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Analysis and Commentary on
William Shakespeare's Hamlet

This commentary on Shakespeare’s Hamlet provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

Hamlet is arguably one of the most timeless and adaptable of Shakespeare’s plays. Prince Hamlet seeks to give rest to his father’s ghost by exacting revenge. Through subtlety and subterfuge, the prince attempts to uncover the truth, and finally bring his father’s murderer to justice.

About the Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Analysis and Commentary on
William Shakespeare's The Tempest

This commentary on Shakespeare’s The Tempest provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

A magician on an island observes as the tempest he wrought drives a ship full of his enemies to destruction. With the help of a spirit, and alongside his daughter, the Prospero pursues the finality of his vengeance. Meanwhile, his daughter falls in love with one of the shipwrecked, and the monster Caliban must be faced.

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Analysis and Commentary on
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

This commentary on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is among Shakespeare’s most widely performed and valued comedies. Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is to be married to Hippolyta, but the joy of the occasion is marred when guests arrive with their own agendas. The fairies of the forest also interfere with affairs.

About the Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Analysis and Commentary on
William Shakespeare's Henry V

This commentary on Shakespeare’s Henry V provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

Shakespeare’s telling of the political and military exploits of Henry V before and after the Battle of Agincourt has left readers and play-goers on the edges of their seats for centuries. Henry questions his right to rule France in addition to England. Invasion, espionage, and romance follow, while Henry learns the responsibilities of a king to his people.

About the Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Analysis and Commentary on
William Shakespeare's Macbeth

This commentary on Shakespeare’s Macbeth provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

Macbeth is a stunning tale of a man with a caustic hunger for political power. As a prophesy drives Macbeth toward an inevitable end, he becomes increasingly destructive in a desperate attempt to preserve his power.

About the Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Analysis and Commentary on
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

This commentary on Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

Shakespeare’s famous comedy explores the value of love, the weight and responsibility of debt, and the quality of mercy. As the financially ruined Bassanio seeks funding to romance Portia, he finds himself tested by demands on his intentions and his integrity.

About the Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Analysis and Commentary on
William Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing

This commentary on Shakespeare’s King Lear provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

King Lear stands tall among the greatest tragedies of all time. This gripping play tells of a king who causes division among his household. When wealth and cruelty incite war amidst the family, King Lear must learn where his affections truly lie.

About the Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.


Analysis and Commentary on
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

This commentary on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World provides critical analysis with clarity. Readers of IE Notes gain insight and understanding of classic literature through helpful plot summaries, character analyses, critical reception, and more.

About the Author

Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family. He graduated from Balliol College at the University of Oxford with a first-class honours in English literature.

The author of nearly fifty books, he was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian future; for non-fiction works, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug; and a wide-ranging output of essays.