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Penguin Study Software
By Penguin
Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #65

Six titles have so far appeared in this series: Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant Of Venice and Henry IV Part I.

Each package is a complete database for the play, referring to main characters and themes, with act and scene numbers. The themes are rather subjective, but there are academically accepted themes within each play. Thus, in Macbeth, themes like water and blood are interwoven with the main plot. By specifying a character or theme, your Spectrum will search out references, suggest others and give you useful hints. If you specify both character and theme, the computer will search out text in which the two are related, inform you of the location, explain the link and suggest other areas for study.

In tthis way, ideas for essays or exam answers can be researched without knowing the book by heart, and without having to cheat with a printed crib. You can, incidentally, limit the search to sections of the play, and act and scene references make use of Penguin's own New Penguin Shakespeare series.

Highly recommended as an aid to creative study.


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