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All the World's His Stage

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Hillel1Hillel Jacobson ('15) faces challenges and acts on them.

In his study of Shakespeare's Macbeth, Hillel took a strong interest in the Globe Theater, where the plays were performed. Along with his father, Hillel constructed a model of the theater, capturing the beauty and intricacies of the stages and seating as well as the area where the groundlings stood.

Recently, when studying King Lear in Mrs. Harriet Levitt's English Sophomore Honors class, Hillel became fascinated by the stocks-a punishment apparatus used in the story to hold Kent. With the help of his father, Hillel constructed a solid wood, five-foot structure, replicating the stocks used in King Lear.

Hillel2"The study of Shakespeare is not limited to the famous lines," said Mrs. Levitt. "It incorporates all the stage devices that enlarge the imagination. Reading 'Kent is put in the stocks' is not as meaningful as actually seeing Kent put into stocks.

She added, "If a picture is worth a thousand words, the actual object is worth many more."