Studying Shakespeare can feel daunting. Especially if you are doing so not out of a love of theater but because your high school English teacher thinks it is part of a well-rounded education (it is). Shakespeare’s speech can be hard to understand, and some of his plots are so convoluted that only a venn diagram or long wall and string will get you through them.
But trust me oh fair Groundling. There is a lighter side to the study of Shakespeare’s work. If you have found your way to this website as a grasp for some kind of study life line rest assured, you’ve come to the right place! Before you panic or give up, take a deep breath and enjoy
Sari’s 37 silly reasons to study Shakespeare
- We wouldn’t have anything to compare our lovers to.
- He makes us think about the hard questions in life. Does a rose by any other name actually smell as sweet?
- The only western playwright to use the word honorificabilitudinitatibus correctly in a sentence.
- To be or not to be is still the question.
- He gave us countless blathering foolish wits and conversely, some loquacious witty fools.
- He makes shipwrecks seem like a lot of fun.
- He gave us daddy issues way before Freud invented mommy issues.
- He left us with some great names. Let’s be honest; we are all a little disappointed that we left college without making friends with cool last names like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
- He gave Kenneth Branagh a purpose in life.
- He reminds us to always treat a stranger as if he were our brother.
- 400 years later we still don’t have a better sonnet writer.
- 400 years later the only people who know the difference between a poem and a sonnet are poets and Shakespeare fanatics.
- Three words: Gnome & Juliet.
- Best stage direction ever: exit, pursued by a bear.
- He gave us teenage angst, extreme teenage angst.
- We all now know that when presented with three boxes, always take the least desirable looking one.
- He legitimized the breaking of the fourth wall.
- Two words: Folger Library.
- He gave us some of the world’s best female characters and one of the world’s worst male characters (I’m looking at you Iago).
- He gave us the best lines in all of the theater. Oh, we argue over which ones they are, but not over who wrote them.
- He taught us that geography really doesn’t matter when writing stories.
- He taught us never to give our children their inheritance before we die.
- A lot of us wouldn’t know what to do without our Sundays. #ShakespearSunday.
- Without him, errors would not be so comical.
- Quoting Shakespeare will impress your date, even if they don’t know what the hell you are talking about.
- Without him, would anyone really care about the Ides of March?
- Hamlet didn’t need eyeliner to be a morose teenager.
- Let’s face it, a lot of people went into acting just so they could speak the speech.
- Let’s face it, only real Shakespeare fans will get #29.
- Without him, Harold Bloom would still be wondering who invented the human.
- Without him no amount of explaining would make the skull on your bookshelf any less creepy.
- He gave us much ado about everything.
- He taught us that it’s best to avoid talking to that small group of women we encounter on the road.
- He taught us excessive hand washing might be a sign of more than just OCD.
- College students would be agonizing over Chaucer right now.
- One word; Dogberry.
- He added over 1700 new words to our collective vocabulary and enriched our language. A better speech was never spoke before. Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Studying Shakespeare can tough, but the rewards are many. I hope you stick to it, and I hope to continue to be one of your guides.