Fr. Durant
Fr. Albert Durant, OSA

1949, St. Rita High School, Chicago, IL. Father Durant, taught Senior English. A class assignment: Reduce Macbeth to a series of Weighted Events, create a graph using the accumulated total of the Weights. The climax of Macbeth is the peak of the graph; lesser peaks are anticlimaxes.


Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut

"The fundamental idea is that stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper, and that the shape of a given society's stories is at least as interesting as the shape of its spearheads."

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Analyze one of 34 Shakespeare plays and determine its graph.
Define Events by assigning a Weight to each Synopsis you compose.
GO generates a graph and Role Ranking from your Weighted Events.

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Graph Opus, the Tool for Analyzing Shakespeare Plays

Graph Opus (GO) is an online procedure for the quantitative analysis of a Shakespeare play. GO is intended for Homeschoolers and their Teachers, Literature Classes, Shakespeare Clubs, Directors and the Cast, or private study. GO facilitates the reduction of the chosen play to a sequence of Weighted Events. From these Weighted Events, GO generates a graph and Role Ranking.

Available Plays

  • All's Well That Ends Well
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • As You Like It
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Coriolanus
  • Cymbeline
  • Hamlet
  • Henry IV, Part 1
  • Henry VI, Part 1
  • Henry VI, Part 2
  • Henry VI, Part 3
  • Henry VIII
  • Henry V
  • Julius Caesar
  • King John
  • King Lear
  • Love's Labour's Lost
  • Macbeth
  • Measure for Measure
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Richard II
  • Richard III
  • The Tempest
  • Timon of Athens
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Twelfth Night
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Winter's Tale

At this time, GO is missing texts for three plays: Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Taming of the Shrew; and Henry IV, Part 2. These texts will become available, they are being prepared.