Why Do You Hate Shakespeare? What Do You Hate About Shakespeare?

When I blogged about “Why Is Shakespeare So Hard” based on references in my search logs, it became one of my most commented topics.  I’m curious if that trick will work twice.  The Romeo and Juliet thread made me think of a similar question, as seen above.

What do you hate about Shakespeare?

Now, as a bunch of Shakespeare geeks who are voluntarily spending our time talking about it, I don’t expect that the regular readers hate him all that much.  What I’m hoping is that people googling the topic will stop by and enlighten us about why *they* hate him, and then maybe we can do something about it or at least understand it a little better. Of course, if you’re a Shakespeare pro and you’ve got some hatred to vent, go for it. 

43 thoughts on “Why Do You Hate Shakespeare? What Do You Hate About Shakespeare?

  1. As I claimed in a previous comment, I am teaching a summer Shakespeare class to home schooling teens. I arrived at this blog by doing a Google search of some sort relating to Shakespeare.

    Obviously I do not hate Shakespeare because I volunteered to teach this class. Hate is so strong. In the case of Shakespeare, I suspect most people say they hate it when they are either intimidated or clueless. Or perhaps bored by it.

    I’m betting the boredom for some can be traced back to the intimidated or clueless high school teacher that exposed them to Romeo and Juliet. “Here ya go class: teenage lovers, feuding families, death … read it, what does it mean, what’s the point?”

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming ALL teachers. Just the ones that, themselves, happen to be too intimidated, clueless or bored to bother to find more which they can love and appreciate about what they teach.

    I am no Shakespearean expert. I do not hold a teacher’s credential. I have a college degree but it does not relate to literature or theater. I am not using any state approved curriculum. Am I qualified to teach Shakespeare to impressionable young minds? Some might not think so. But my approach was to LEARN along with my students. To show them through attitude and willingness that this is worthy of our time, energy and study. Instead of spitting back to them what I think I know, why not present Shakespeare in a manner and method that we can discover together?

    It has been an amazing journey of discovery. Many of the kids in this class were told by their parents that they had to take it. My own kids included. LOL Of course there were the initial groans and complaints. “Yuck, Shakespeare, blah!” But when pressed as to why they had that reaction they were, shall I say it … clueless!

    So I suspect that given the right clues most anyone can handle Shakespeare … and ENJOY it, or at least develop some sort of respect, which is far from hate.

  2. I hate the fact I can’t leave the work alone.

    I walk to work and something pops into my head. I watch the Olympic opening ceremony and think of the opening of his first History play; I sit watching freshwater shrimp getting hunted down by pike in the river and think of how Shakespeare would have used it – and did he use it (must do a quick search …); I get a touch of insomnia and get interactive – with s Shakespeare related site.


  3. Anonymous wrote: “Shakespeare is outdated. ick ick ick. and why would you want to read a PLAY!? i don’t get it”.

    You’ve pretty much got it right–the common practice of READING Shakespeare FIRST IS OUTDATED. Shakespeare’s work–technically speaking–wasn’t meant to be “read”, it was written to be performed–out loud.
    I wonder how old you are and what your experience has been with Shakespeare’s plays. I’m willing to bet it’s been “read this part of the play for homework, listen to someone drone on, analyzing the poetry and the story “message”, write a report/take a test, etc.”

    Just for a kick, try reading some of it out loud sometime. You don’t have to be an “Actor”. It doesn’t matter if you struggle at first. The more you do it, the better you get; the more you understand what all the hubbub’s about. All of those words can be a lot of fun–what’s the hurt in trying? Learn ONE speech–Out Loud Only–learn what you’re saying. See what can happen.

    A while back, when it came to this stuff,– I was you.

  4. Man, what a lucky dog. I wish there was something like that close by–maybe I’ll start one.
    Funny you mention the “No Fear” versions. It always seemed to me that “Fear” is what they’re all about:)

  5. Duane, you made me think–once again.
    You’re a unique species when it comes to Shakespeare. There aren’t many, at least comparatively speaking, who will be grabbed by the work as it stands on the page. Yet I would suppose that it’s how it got to you at first? It took the approach I speak of–total involvement–to hook me. The idea of the work as “Great Lit” and incredible Philosophy came afterwards, when I was ready to hear it. Now I can sit and read it, analyze it, whatever, and get even more out of it.

    But I’m convinced that the approach taken for so long in teaching it has been wrong. Although Shakespeare has surely earned his place on “The Pedestal”, I think he’d really rather be down stage center getting his message across to the Groundlings, not frightening them to death with his effigy.

  6. You know what, Will? You’re right.

    Last night I went out and spent 2 hours listening to people read Shakespeare out loud. Some young, some old. Some read straight from book, some overacted. Some whispered, some shook the back wall.

    It was all awesome, because they were all reading Shakespeare’s words. Well, except for the one guy who chose to read the No Fear edition, he bothered me a bit, but at least he read both versions. 🙂

  7. I am tired of Shakespeare and the people who like him. If you appreciate him, great, stop making me think like you. One reason people despise Shakespeare's work because it is being shoved down our throats. His work is something someone wants to learn about, its not a necessity.

    Also, a majority of Shakespeare-lovers are pompous, walking and talking condenscendingly. You might call that confidence or "learning", I call it being an a–hole.

    And when did society make Shakespeare's work more prominent than anyone else? I think he just has a cult following, like Family Guy or Buffy, but unlike Family Guy, Shakespeare is overrated.

    Yes, Shakespeare's language is hard to learn, and you need proper teachers with A LOT of patience. And that patience is needed when no one cares about complex use of words.

    1. Absolutely nothing pre 2000 and no more than two syllables in a
      word and no more than five words in a sentence. We must not strain the students.

  8. Hi Scottie,

    I see from your bio that you're a Theatre Major. I'm curious as to what you think are the essential components; you know, what's in the "bag of tools" a theatre major needs in order to do whatever they might do professionally and successfully in and around the Theatre arena ?

  9. I found this randomly through a google search myself actually. This is a High school English teacher speaking: May I suggest that while studying Shakespeare, if you can't take the kids to the theater, that you bring the theater to them through video. When I teach Hamlet, I play key scenes multiple times from different productions so that students can get a feel for how those scenes have been interpreted over the years.

    Also, Folger Shakespeare Institute has a great series called "Shakespeare Set Free" that takes an interactive performance based approach to teaching Shakespeare's plays. They have different editions for all the ones usually done in school, R&J, Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, etc.

  10. Personally, I dislike the majority of Shakespeare's works, but not all of them. My first serious introduction to Shakespeare was in ninth grade with Romeo and Juliet. I hated, and still hate, that play. the characters (with the exception of Mercutio who is actually pretty complex and interesting) seemed entirely 1-dimensional. The love between Romeo and Juliet was ridiculous. Basically, to me, the play is just an incredibly epic one-night stand. As for the other dimensions of the play, they just didn't do anything for me.

    Then my class moved on to unit on Shakespearian sonnets. I hated them. The language itself was beautiful, but something about the imagery and themes made me want to barf.

    That summer, though, I saw King Lear and was just awed. That play is a damn masterpiece.

  11. The only Shakespeare I've read and seen preformed are Romeo and Juliet and some sonnets. So far, I really don't like Shakespeare. I understand it, I just don't like it. In Romeo and Juliet, they just met each other. That's not love; it's lust. The sonnets just make me want to roll my eyes. Most of his sonnets and Romeo and Juliet are so outdated and just don't appeal to me. I'll have to see some of his other plays but until I do, I hate Shakespeare.

  12. Hi Tiffany,

    May I offer two suggestions?

    First, you're still looking at R&J with the traditional, but flawed, interpretation as a "tragic love story". It's not. You're not supposed to say "They killed themselves, wow, how romantic!" Instead, try looking at R&J as a story for parents about what happens when they're not paying enough attention. There's this "ancient grudge" between the two families, a grudge that Capulet even admits probably needs to be put to rest, and yet neither family makes the first move to stop it. So when Romeo and Juliet do join the two families, is it a cause for celebration? Nope. They end up dead.
    It's a tragedy, not a romance.

    As for the sonnets, don't get wrapped up in the "He was writing them to another guy!" nonsense. Shakespeare most likely never expected them to be published. Think of them as an academic exercise – Shakespeare practicing his craft. The sonnet is a very tight form, specifying not just the number of syllables per line but the message to be delivered in those syllables. Shakespeare absolutely crushed it, demonstrating over and over again what he could make it do. It's not really about "Look at his message to this other person, how sappy!" but more "Damn, check out how much imagery and depth he manages to pack into just a few syllables!"

    Hope that helps a bit.

  13. I've read two Shakespeare plays. Romeo & Juliet and The Merchant of Venice. I hated both of them, R&J because I just thought they were being huge idiots and really had a hard time feeling sorry for them when they got themselves into this mess through their own stupidity.

    MoV pissed me off for a few reasons, but the biggest was the way that Shakespeare apparently decided that instead of having his protagonists actually do something to make it clear that they're good guys, we just have everyones saying how good they are.

    And I genuinely wouldn't have realized that Antonio or Jessica were supposed to be respected because Antonio just sits there the whole time, not doing anything. Jessica was even worse, as soon as she gets out of Shylocks house (with his money), she just buys ridiculous crap. At least Antonio lent money to his friends. But these guys are apparently so great that everyone won't shut up about them.

    Oh, and the trial made no sense. It's Antonio's blood, it's his responsibility to keep it out of Shylock's pound of flesh. If I had to pay a traffic ticket and wrapped up the bills in a diamond ring, that wouldn't be theft, it would be me being a jackass. And for a city who's livelihood is based on the rule of law, it was surprisingly easy for a transvestite to hijack the entire legal system.

    Maybe his other plays don't suck, but these ones certainly did.

    1. For my money, Merchant of Venice is ABOUT how the designated heroes are assholes, the designated villain can be sympathetic, and also the reversal of a trope at the time where a moneylender had a pound of flesh taken if you could convince the court he was being too unreasonable about his rates (and he was Jewish).

  14. Shakespeare isn't Reality TV. Imagination and symbolism play larger roles than his characters. You need 3D vision–without the glasses. 🙂

  15. Unfortunately I have not google account, but hopefully this message will get posted. Ah! Sir William Shakespeare one of the most recognized authors of all times, many have praised his work and many want to know the genious behind that work. I am no genious, I just love to write and as writer I would hate seeing my work as a study object for students.

    I don't mind people like shakespeare, they choose to like him, however I am against forcing us to read him, then completing guides about him and them doing tests. I wanted to join a class called writer's craft and then I found out that I had to finish all the english courses first, in english 10 thanks to Shakespeare I had to give up on to join writers crafts, now I am going to take computer classes and learn something useful in life.

    I gave up writers crafts because I wanted to write, but they only make us read shakespeare once and again as if it was some kind of bible. God knows I hate shakespeare and his work in fact, I must dare to say WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE IS INDEED SATAN'S HEIR. Besides we are not even sure he really wrote those crappy plays.

    I am self proclaimed Shakespeare's enemy and I am proud of it. I hope his name and his work to be cursed. There are tons of great authors, people who wrote their work not even expecting to be studied. Most of them just wanted to make a living and boy did they. Again, I OPENLY DECLARE THAT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE IS SATAN'S HEIR. I am pretty sure he stole those crappy plays from somebody else and then thought, "I am going to put my name on these plays and in the future I am going to piss off so much people that they would want to kick my butt, but they won't be able to because at that time I will be dead".

  16. You're right, Alexi, these older posts are moderated and I did approve that one. I try to only deny the stuff that is outright spam, or in some other way intolerably offensive. This post does ask people to explain why they hate Shakespeare, after all, so you have to expect a wide variety of answers :).

    Besides, I like how you put it.

  17. @ Alexi
    So, this is how it is with shakespeare's haters? You call me a troll because I am being as honest as I can? I thank Duane for posting me, indeed I really appreciate it ans as for Alexi, I said it once and I say it again, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE IS THE SON OF SATAN AND I AM PRETTY SURE HE STOLE THOSE CRAPPY PLAYS.
    Because of him now I am heading towards a bussiness career instead of becoming a writer. I am not genious I said and in fact I don't mean to offend anyone in here, the post asked for my opinion and I just was as honest as I could. Now I ask you, where is the trolling in expresing all your feeling, ideas and opinions in the most honest way you can find? Call me an ignorant if you want and I am sorry for my lack of language (if this was the reason you found to call me troll) I just hope the name of SHAKESPEARE to be cursed forever. He costed me my dream ans that is a sin that shall not be forgiven! I don't have a google account as I said, that is why I post as anonymous, but if you happen to think I don't want to reveal who I am, here have my email [email protected]

  18. He is boring. Wordy. Mediocre. Irrelavent.
    He doesn't write in English; it's some other language with a lot of unnecessary words thrown in to make it sound pretty.
    In a truely great story, you can take away the words and still have substance.
    Shakespeare is style without substance. A cliche. A waste of time.
    He is the reason the teenagers of America hate English.

  19. Shakespeare makes absolutely no sense and people need to realize that the generations are moving on, we dont want to read a play from 1500, we want to read a play from 2000. it would make more sense to us and our future!

  20. "He is boring. Wordy. Mediocre. Irrelavent."

    –Maybe to you. Not to the 3-5 graders I'm currently teaching.They think being "wordy" is just great. Maybe they'll have more respect for the language they speak and the power of words than you do when they get to be your age.

    "He doesn't write in English; it's some other language with a lot of unnecessary words thrown in to make it sound pretty."

    –It's called poetry. You don't have to like it. Many people, however, do. Words are Power. My 3rd graders get that. Possibly you've been greatly misled.

    "In a truely great story, you can take away the words and still have substance."

    –Yeah, those Transformer movies are high literary art. I have great respect for all the Schwarzeneger movies too. Let's forget all the other letters we use and just glorify three: CGI.

    "Shakespeare is style without substance. A cliche. A waste of time."

    –With that comment you've proven how much you don't have a clue about what you're criticizing. The beauty of it is that it's style AND substance–AND psychology AND a study in human nature AND philosophy AND history AND poetry AND theatre AND heightened communication, among some of the things he is, in a symbiotic functioning to a degree the likes of which the world has yet to see since. Wonder why he's THE most performed playwright of our time or any other?

    "He is the reason the teenagers of America hate English."

    –Quite possibly part of the reason, but surely not the only one. Read the discussion on this site called "When, And How Much?" for clues as to why you're wrong.
    The main reason is that we no longer have any respect for the gift of language, as you have quite patently shown by your comments. The importance of that can be found in the fact that you've been so easily misled to discount that importance. Be careful of those who KNOW how to use the language and realize exactly what it means to have a facility to do so. They're not always your buddies.

    1. You use condescension very strongly which leads me to believe that you have been taught the words of language but not the proper usage. Instead of belittling ones opinion by referring to third graders as smarter you should try using the words you have been taught to construct a argument that could give great insight into the discussion at hand.

  21. I personally do think hate is the right word to describe my feelings towards Shakespeare and no, I am not an incompetent, uneducated person, neither a pissed off kid. I have actually read Shakespeare all throughout my Literature classes and have come to the following conclusion: Shakespeare's works SHOULD NOT be popular. popular (in today's terms) means "normal" and his works are the exact opposite of that.

    When teenagers read romeo and juliet in high school, they say they hate it, but trust me, it had a huge effect on me too, but since you have to stay cool, you can't express it publicly. But, eventually, I have found out some things about my classmates, with who I have read the work and especially the girls did things like dating the worst guy possible to date! It wasn't jealousy that drove me, it was curiosity, so one of the girls, who was my friend, I have decided to ask why she is dating such a bad person. she gave me the following answer: "I don't know". from that point, I knew, that all the things about loving him anyways and you never know what you get, those were all her trying to rationalize the situation. After a couple months, these couples started t break up. Not simply breaking up, but rather causing huge dramatic scenes and some even caused fights.

    And that's the impact of Shakespeare's dramas. It takes extraordinary situations and describes them as normal. And if you didn't guess it already, that REALLY bad.

    I am not saying that Shakespeare's works are bad. They are actually quite entertaining, but the rationalization of the extraordinary outweighs the entertainment gained from it. It turns people into dramatic, quick tempered, ill-minded and worst of all, unpredictable people, who will be exactly like the people from the spanish soap operas (no offense:) )

    Lastly, as some people have mentioned this before me, reading Shakespeare is terrible! It's usually a bunch of dramatic dialogues, which have all sorts of fancy literature terms in them and there is a story told in 300 pages. 300 pages of weird dialogue and a story line, which is harder to follow, than the hand of a magician.

    I apologize if my post was too long and hope someone will understand my point 🙂 Rich

  22. Much of my resentment, towards dear old Billy Boy, comes from having his work forced upon me! Of all the useless things a person learns in high school, Shakespeare is right up there, unfortunately. I have, unsurprisingly, never needed to use the Iambic Pentameter, during my subsequent years!

    It sounds like much of the negativity above is based on similar experience. If, as an adolescent…when you need some direction the most…when you are naturally confused about life in general…you are force-fed words that would appear to be (to the average teenage mind) gibberish, then it's only natural that feelings of hostility remain, for many people.

    Being an Englishman, I also often feel that the admittance of such an opinion is tantamount to heracy. I do understand why people are fans…but I would be quite content to know that Shakespeare is there, if I wish to read it. But it should be my decision!

  23. Not sure how old this thread is, but thought I would weigh in on just a passing consideration…..People come up hating Shaespeare for a very simple reason….you are not taught the truth about a great deal of his work-due to our lovely puritanical roots still rather omnipresent in the schools….. Romeo and Juliet is an active rumination/investigation of fate, of conflict and attraction, including lust, veiled in the seductiveness of attraction and sex. Sex oozes from every scene….both in blatant imagery, repeated references to orgasms, and even a scene of jokes about underwear bewtween the nurse and the boys…..Now, to be fair and honest, a great deal of Shakespeare goes well beyond sex… and should not be ignored as the layers and layers of both the beautiful and the ugly in his work are mind boggling…..but he was a brilliant mechanic and artist of his time. Yep. Stole most of his plots. Yep, may have even used too many words….but when done well, his work crackles with the fire of lightning and the silence of a sunrise….that this is possible with modern readers and more importantly, audiences after several centuries? Amazing…..

  24. I really, really hate him.
    I was very shocked when read [Henry 6 part 1]. She wasn't a witch, a whore, an immoral girl, and a femme fatale! T.T How could the hack insulted her? stupid!

    His fan must shame about it. but they won't do it.
    Maybe They can curse their parents, but can't curse him. lol

    The bastard and the son of the bitch who insulted Joan of Arc groundlessly, was also a racist, a chauvinist, a sexist, a plagiarist, a drug addict and an imperialist!

    It seems to me that the people In English-speaking countries worships Shakespeare than Jesus.
    The British Empire idolized and overrated him. and US, too. they dominating the world, and need an idol in literature.

    Thomas Carlisle said that:
    Consider now, if they asked us, Will you give-up your Indian Empire or your Shakespeare, you English . . . Officials would answer doubtless in official language; but we, for our part too, should not we be forced to answer: Indian Empire, or no Indian Empire, we cannot do without Shakespeare! Indian Empire will go, at any rate, some day; but this Shakespeare does not go, he lasts forever with us; we cannot give-up our Shakespeare!

    It is the worst reckless remark in human history!
    India has a glorious several millennial history and a splendid civilization. How can make a comparison between the value of India and a stupid authorling? If Indian heard the remark, they will sniff or get angry! the dog barking is beautiful rather than the remark!
    UK can do without Shakespeare! UK can give-up Shakespeare!
    Thomas Carlisle was an idiot!

    In conclusion, He was a great swindler in the history of mankind!
    So, We must not admire Shakespeare anymore! we must criticize objectively him, too. do not just praise by the herd mentality any more!

  25. To the latest "Anonymous" critic:

    About your problem with expressing your hate and anger in something resembling English sentences…

    I recommend some Shakespeare. 🙂

  26. I only like Shakespeare when Patrick Stewart is acting, and then only his specific scenes; or if the story is modernized, and translated into English. I guess my hate for Shakespeare stems from High School when we were forced to interpret every line of iambic parameter. Our teacher wouldn't even finish a paragraph – she'd stop at every single line – it was really annoying. Even people from the late 1500's would argue that Shakespeare was a wordy blowhard.
    I would have preferred to study the works of Mark Twain, and stories like Moby Dick, etc. At least with those, you didn't have to try and figure out what the author was trying to say.

  27. I hate Shakespeare and I'm not alone. Tolstoy and Voltaire and Shaw hated him, also. I have tried to read Shakespeare several times in my life, wondering what people saw in him. I recently tried again. I find his supposed understanding of human nature to be superficial and full of platitudes that are only half-truths. I find the plays boring and/or silly.

  28. I think this comment above expresses why I hate the bard:

    "About your problem with expressing your hate and anger in something resembling English sentences…

    I recommend some Shakespeare. :-)"

    It's bigots like that who really get on my tit. I read the referenced post and it was ESL for certain and very passionately put. I this thread I have found so many reasons and so much 'reason'. It's really very uplifting.

    I posted this elsewhere, and it's really just a brief summary off the top of my head:

    It would take quite a while to explain why I dislike 'The Bard', but in general terms I find his work appeals to people who like to feel clever – the middle classes mainly. That's one reason. It's also not one to take lightly and it's covered in books about influencing people and having Charisma.
    I also dislike his work because I find it highly contrived and unimaginative. His devices are just for ornament, and reveal a fairly feeble mind – again this hints at their appeal to the superficial types who like to look down on others without actually having any ideas of their own.
    Another reason, partial reason – is that I grew up with the King James Bible. I was skimming through Will's work at about the age of 10 – Macbeth, and various other ones from there. I didn't find anything unique or interesting or difficult in the language. I find his use of it quite pedestrian.
    Another reason is that 'people relate to his work'. In other words he's playing to the Stalls, or The Gallery to be precise. Again, it's a shame people haven't grown in intelligence since his time. 'Human Nature' is still an excuse for lack of personal insight.
    Shakespeare seems to be of great use as a class thing – kids and bogans walk straight into it and it's proof that they need factory schooling. His work forms part of an antiquated justification for values which should have gone out with the advent of the 20th Century, but alas.

  29. I have to do project about Shakespeare about whether he's relevant or not. The majority of my class agrees that he is relevant and I'm split straight down the middle. Unfortunately, you have to pick one of the two sides and I sided with the 'He's not relevant' side. Mainly, because I wanted a challenge since all the teachers in my school seem to be very supportive of Shakespeare being relevant. From perhaps, a student or a teacher may I have the input of how you feel about Shakespeare, should he be replaced in the classroom with something like Serial? Thoughts would be great and FYI I'm not looking for people to do my homework but I've struggled with finding great opinions and evidence when it comes to Shakespeare not being relevant. 🙂

  30. –Re: the comment by "A sh"

    "It's bigots like that who really get on my tit."

    "… in general terms I find his work appeals to people who like to feel clever – the middle classes mainly."

    " I was skimming through Will's work at about the age of 10 – Macbeth, and various other ones from there. I didn't find anything unique or interesting or difficult in the language. I find his use of it quite pedestrian."

    –Perhaps you can briefly alight from on high and cite some examples of the "pedestrian" to those of us in that particular "class". What was that you were saying about bigotry?

  31. Simple oversight on my part, you guys are resurrecting a post from 8 years ago. I think at this point you've got my email address directly anyway, don't you? So feel free to ping me directly if you have something in the queue that I've missed.

  32. I hate the fact that people think he was so brilliant when the fact of the matter is that if he never existed some other guy would have taken his place and given much of the same to the world. I do not believe he is brilliant I just think he was the first to do what he had done. He created very broad plots so that every time someone creates a story the inadvertently copy him. Someone who has never even heard of Shakespeare's works would still end up copying some aspect of his writings because they are so incredibly simple and broad. At the same time his story's are incredibly predictable. I do not feel like I'm in a wonderful world of writing when I read his works I feel like I'm reading a Manuel for a car.

  33. I didn't say 3rd graders were smarter than *anyone*. But I did say quite a few other things. A lot of them are acknowledged facts. Perhaps you should formulate an argument to refute them. Then we might have a discussion about something other than your hate and my perceived condescension.

  34. Of course Shakespeare does not fit in with language of today. Language has evolved over centuries. His work is hundreds of years old. When the plays are studied and put into modern concepts they are just that, plays.

    Not everybody can understand the way it is written or the old English of Chaucers Canterbury Tales. It takes effort to learn and if you want to learn it great. If you don’t then don’t. It is taught in school and if you don’t like it then have to study it that can make you hate it even more.

    I hated R&J. Still do. My favourites are Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Macbeth. I’d love to be able to get copies of further plays to read.

    I don’t know if being in the UK makes a difference but I found it not too difficult to learn. My Dutch friends however call it alien language.

    Some people who do like Shakespeare can tend to be snotty. I don’t think that’s Shakespeares fault. They just happen to think they are better than everybody else because they’ve learned something different. People will be snotty over anything they think makes them “better” in their view. I have next door neighbours who look down on everybody, I’ve not yet discovered why.

    People should learn Shakespeare in school, same as history and algebra. It gives your brain a workout and you find what you like best.

    Imagine people in classrooms looking at text speak A/S/L, lol, smh, gr8 and popular things like flossing and these 😂😮😎🙄 (whilst trying to think of the true meaning behind the emoji) along with Brexit, Trump and Boaty McBoat Face. You may have gotten off lightly with Shakespeare…. lol

  35. I hate the fact that my teacher will try to make it out as if the plays stories are out of this world and they are by themselves revolutionary. I can appreciate that his language was very well thought out and something to behold but to say that the stories themselves are good. THAT is a step too far. Take for example one of his most popular plays: Macbeth. The story is about a power hungry man who is told by some witches that he will be king and so he kills the king in order to become one, the rest of the story is about how he is punished for his actions. That is a boring story. There is no twists to it. No surprising plot, it is just too straightforward and it is boring. Yet I have to endure 2 hours of agony trying to annotate his work. I wish that we did something more fun like annotating something else like an anime or some film like inception, actually no. just anything else would do that’s not from the 1600s.

  36. The irony level is always turned up to eleven. It’s like the ending of The Gift of the Magi, but stretched out over 38 plays. It’s irritating.

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