Why do I like Shakespeare?

I was never a big fan of reading the classics in high school English. I think it had to do with teachers having their own opinion about the meaning of books and their insistence that they were correct. Well, I still enjoyed Shakespeare.

In high school, we read Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Hamlet. They are all filled with incredibly insane people creating a lot of drama, of course. But is that why I like it? No, I like it partly because it’s historical drama. It gives me an insight to what people at the time were thinking. But Shakespeare is very interesting. It wouldn’t reflect the reality of the time. So much of it is over the top. But that’s what it’s supposed to be, as it’s supposed to entertain the audience. I also like it because of the language. It’s fascinating trying to decipher the English of the time. It resembles modern English, but so many of the words and expressions are different and many common words are used differently. It’s great exercise for the brain!

I hope to read all that he’s written in the future.

2 thoughts on “Why do I like Shakespeare?”

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more about Shakespeare being a historical drama. Just the other day I learned that in the Victorian era, men would court women through flower meanings. They would send a specific flower and everyone would know the meaning of that flower; love, friendship, secret love, pronouncement of love, remembrance. I think that’s so fascinating because Ophelia talks about the flowers in that way and I never knew the meaning!

    1. Very interesting. I’ll have to watch for that when I reread Hamlet. I think there’s so much we’re missing while reading Shakespeare, so much meaning that is lost to modern day readers.

      Thanks for the comment!

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