I get it, I really do. Shakespeare is complicated, and he’s dead. Why would we have to read the works of a dead guy? I am not here to hate on him. I am also not here to call out on those who hate Shakespeare. The reason I am here is to say that I as a student actually am one of the few who like him.
Am I saying I understand every single word? No. But that is the mystery of Shakespeare, what is he really talking about? At least to me, I find it intriging to relate modern problems back to Shakepseare, because it really is amazing to see how much forward thinking he was. It may be silly, but I would have loved to see one of his plays live back then, and to see the surprise on the audience’s faces when the unexpected happened, like SPOILER: when Romeo killed himself right before Juliet woke up, or being afraid of the witches in a time of superstition. The stuff that people have now been talking about for hundreds of years. What would it have been like to see it the first time?
If you don’t like Shakespeare, fine. Sometimes I find it hard to understand and I get fustrated but that’s the thing; people see Shakespeare in so many different ways, and can understand it in different ways. Movie directors have been showing their verisons of Shakespeare for years, obviously there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to Shakespeare. And the themes he portrays can still be seen today, and that’s what makes it fun for me. Reading something written so long ago is kind of like a way for me to connect to the past, and I for one am glad for it.