Words, words words! How to read Shakespeare

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. ♠️

Let’s face it, reading Shakespeare can be intimidating. The archaic language, the complex themes, and the sheer volume of words can be overwhelming. But fear not! With a few tips and tricks, you can confidently tackle the greatest playwright in the English language.

First and foremost, don’t be afraid of not understanding every single word. Shakespeare’s vocabulary is immense, and even native English speakers may come across unfamiliar words. You’re not expected to know them all, and oftentimes the context will give you a clue as to their meaning.

Another helpful tip is to read it out loud. Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be performed, not read silently in a library. When you say the words out loud, the rhythm, flow, and meaning become clearer. Plus, it’s just more fun to imagine yourself as a member of the Globe Theatre audience.

When reading Shakespeare, it’s also important to pay attention to the stage directions and character descriptions. They provide valuable insights into the characters’ motivations, relationships, and emotions. Shakespeare was a master of subtlety, and sometimes the smallest detail can reveal a great deal about a character.

Finally, don’t be afraid to seek out resources to help you navigate Shakespeare’s works. There are countless annotated editions, online forums, and study guides available. And remember, Shakespeare’s works have been enjoyed for over 400 years for a reason – they are timeless, universal, and endlessly entertaining.

In conclusion, reading Shakespeare can seem daunting, but with a little patience, practice, and perseverance, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences in literature. So grab a copy of your favorite play, find a quiet spot, and delve into the world of words, words, words!

By Peace Truth

Life is like a bunch of roses. Some sparkle like raindrops. Some fade when there's no sun. Some just fade away in time. Some dance in many colors. Some drop with hanging wings. Some make you fall in love. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Life you can be sure of, you will not get out ALIVE.(sorry about that)

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