"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." — Kurt Vonnegut


GraphOpus.com, aka GO, is available for your student or possibly you and your student(s) to study in detail one of 34 Shakespeare plays.

Getting Started. How does one study a Shakespeare play using GO? First, you register at GraphOpus.com, select the play you will study, and pay the appropriate fee.

Fees. For a student to study a play for 4 weeks is $5.98. If the teacher wants to study the play with the student(s), then it is $5.98 for the teacher, $2.98 for each student, payable in one lump sum. Both cases are for access of 4 weeks.

Note. To continue an analysis after 4 weeks have elapsed, an individual pays $2.98 for 2 additional weeks access to the text and GO tools.

Note. As an enrolled teacher, you see the work of the student(s) on your computer and if you also reduce the play to a series of Weighted Events, then you'll see your graph, any students', and an average graph.

Next. You or you and your Student(s) declare the Strategy that states how Weights are assigned to each of the defined Events you and/or the student separately defines.

Note. When a Group (Teacher and one or more students) is studying a play, then the Teacher's Strategy applies to all the members; this approach means the Weight for each line of the play can be averaged thereby enabling the generation of an average graph.

Strategy Example. When good things happen to Macbeth, e.g., he accomplishes a goal, the Weight is one of +1, +2, +3, or +4; when bad things happen to him, - 1, -2, -3, or -4 depending upon how important you think this Event is.

Note. The Weight of zero signifies those Events that did not help or hurt Macbeth.

Graph Opus Strategy Screenshot

Figure 1 - Strategy Example

Step 1. GO presents you with Act 1, Scene 1 of the text of your chosen play.

Note. Act 1, Scene 1, depending upon the play you selected could be a Prologue!

Graph Opus Event Creation Screenshot

Figure 2 - Initial Event, Left Pane

Note. GO has placed an open green scissors to let you know this is the first line of your Event.

Step 2. You read the play text and click on the last line of the Event you decide to define.

Note. GO has positioned red scissors to denote the last line of this Event.

Step 3. GO positions the cursor within Synopsis, a box to the right. Here you compose your description of the Event.

Note. While you are entering up to 3 parts of the Weighted Event, you can change the Event's last line at any time by clicking on your new last line.

Step 4. With your Strategy in mind, you assign a Weight (-4 to +4 in steps of 1) to this Event.

Step 5. There is a Comment area, completing it is optional.

Graph Opus Event List Screenshot

Figure 3 - First Event - Right pane, Synopsis, Weight, and Comment

Step 6. Click on Save. GO advances the red scissors to the line following your last line.

Note. GO requires at least one Event for each Scene.

Note. You may click on the Results box in the lower right at any time to see your graph.

Step 7. Return to Step 1 until you have exhausted all the lines of the play.

Step 8. Click on the Results box in the lower right to see your graph. Scroll down to see your Weighted Events and the Role Ranking Table.

Graph Opus Event List Screenshot

Fig 4 - Example Results