William Shakespeared, aka “The Bard”, is going to become a large part of all of our lives for the rest of the quarter.  With that said, I’m curious what your overall thoughts and experiences are as you look to read one (Eng II) or two (Hon Eng II) of his plays in the coming weeks.

Challenge: Based on what you’ve read in school in the past (middle school or 9th grade), plays/movies you’ve seen (either the originals or adaptations, such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Romeo and Juliet” or the high-school version of “Othello” called “O” that also came out a few years back), or just a general sense of Shakespeare’s writing, tell us what your overall ‘expectations’ are about tackling one of his major works in this class.

Length: 7+ sentences


74 responses to “SEM 2, W3, #4: CONSIDERING THE BARD

  1. I expect it will be full of all that funny language and made-up words that he’s quite fond of using. Most of it I can kind of figure out, though, so I’m going to try really hard to read his original version (and not buy the No Fear one). Even though they’re long and tedious, I usually like Shakespeare’s works. I like all the parodies, too.

    All I know about MacBeth, though, is that the spell the witches say makes up the words of a song in some Harry Potter movie. I can’t think of anything I’ve heard of about Othello, but that movie “O” sounds interesting (I will probably watch it after we read it). I can’t imagine high schoolers speaking Shakespearian without falling completely to the bottom of the social scale.

  2. I have read Shakespeare before on a few occasions. In 8th grade, we read an abridged “Romeo and Juliet” and in 9th grade we read “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” . I definitely enjoyed the storyline of the two books. I found the plots to be interesting and I can also see how the messages and meanings behind the works relate to both the time period in which Shakespeare lived and the present.

    However, I have found that understanding the basics and what is going on in Shakespeare’s works to be not too difficult, but finding the intricacies and the plays on language that make Shakespeare unique to be both difficult and tedious. Truly understanding and digging into the depths of one of Shakespeare’s works requires effort if it is to be understood. Basically, in order to be an expert, or as close to one as I can get, I will probably have to go over every line of Shakespeare thoroughly.

    Both the books “Macbeth” and “Othello” will not be easy reads because if I truly want to know them, I will have to delve into the depths of Shakespeare’s works and capture the language in order to see what makes Shakespeare’s works so unique.

  3. My expectations for Shakespeare are not good at all! I’m assuming its going to be long and boring.

    The language I’m sure is just going to add to the frustration of reading a book by him. I’m expecting it will be hard to pay attention in class since it will be hard to understand. Maybe our teacher can help us better understand the language and what is actually going on. We watched the movies of his works in middle school and last year and that helped shape what actually happened in the story. Hopefully though we will some how be able to understand him this time around and make it more interesting.

  4. I’m looking forward to reading Macbeth. Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s plays that I actually want to read. I would also like to read Hamlet, Othello, and especially The Tempest. However, these are just the ones I want to read, I have no problem reading any of Shakespeare’s plays.

    I’m not really worried about the language because I’ve read two of Shakespeare’s plays in the past, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the language in those was fine. I don’t really know what to expect of Macbeth though and my previous experiences don’t really help me. I really didn’t like Romeo and Juliet because I had already known most of the plot and I thought it was just kind of boring. I thought A Midsummer Night’s Dream was pretty good though, so I don’t really know what to expect.

    I hoping Macbeth will be good though, I have a feeling it might even be better than the two I’ve read already.

  5. I love Shakespeare, though I do not pretend to be an expert either on his works or in reading them.

    I really liked all of his works we have read so far and I am looking foreword to reading Macbeth. I am expecting to enjoy reading Shakespeare this year. In fact I am considering studying Shakespeare in college. (I want to go to SMU and they offer a study abroad program at Oxford– how cool would it be to read Shakespeare there!?!)

    Overall I have found more enjoyment in reading Shakespeare’s plays rather than watching their adaptations, except the Dicaprio Romeo and Juliet was pretty good.

    Shakespeare’s language however is hard and takes a while to get used to, but I love the way it sounds. I hope Macbeth is as good as what I’ve read so far!

  6. I am so excited about Shakespeare this year! I have been looking forward to it since I first found out it was on the reading list.

    I think Shakespeare’s writing is just beautiful and he was an incredibly talented poet. I have never read Othello or seen the movie adaptation so I’m especially excited about reading that.

    My first experience with Shakespeare was in middle school when my older cousin had to read it for an assignment. I had no idea what the words meant at the time but I have grown to really appreciate his writing.

    In Mrs. Toulouse’s class I first read Romeo and Juliet and I couldn’t stop reading it. Our assignment was to find something that had to do with Shakespeare in the world and I was surprised to find how much he has influenced the world. After reading the play our class saw the 90’s version with Leonardo DiCaprio, I had never known that movie existed until that class.

  7. The first time I read Shakespeare in 6th grade, I loved it! We read the Taming of the Shrew, and I only had the regular version, unlike the rest of my classmates who had the No Fear version. I just learned to read it like that, and I realized there are some jokes that you can only get by reading it in the original way he wrote it. I read Romeo and Juliet in 7th grade, The Merchant of Venice in 8th, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 9th and loved them all as well. I love the way Shakespeare twists the language to get everything the exact way he wants.

    I am really excited we get to read not one but two of his works this year! I was expecting to only get to read one. I am looking forward to Othello especially, because I really want to get to know Iago, because I love the villains Shakespeare creates. He does a wonderful job capturing the dark sides to them, but he also gives insight into why they are the way they are throughout the text, which I find cool. I love the intensity of reading his works, and can’t wait to get back into reading them again

  8. I have read a few of Shakespeare’s works before, including Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    I find that his works appeal to all audiences. This is because in his works, he poses questions for the audience for them to answer based on their own opinion. Some people may find a character to be innocent while others can think that the disaster was all that same character’s fault. The storyline of his works is also easy to follow. This allows me to stay interested in the story rather than frustrated in trying to find out what just happened.

    But for some reason, when I read his works, I find that they aren’t very powerful when influencing my emotions.

    What I mean is this: After reading Romeo and Juliet, I didn’t feel sad at all. Along the same lines, I didn’t laugh much when reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This may be because deciphering the language and grammar he uses sort of distracts me from the immersion of the story.

    Also, these works were intended to be performed on stage, not read in a classroom (although learning his works is still useful). Reading between the lines in Shakespeare’s works is a challenge for me, too. His sentences are all packed with double meanings and his ‘puns’ are found everywhere.

    Overall though, I enjoy the creativeness of his works and watching the characters in his stories either live happily ever after or die in remorse and utter failure is exquisitely entertaining.

  9. My expectations are pretty general. I’ve been here since 7th grade, so I have read Romeo and Juliet, a few of his poems, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    His works were pretty high in vocabulary and speaking, but it also had to do with the time period. So I knew there would be some rough reading in the future, because Shakespeare did a lot of confusing things with his writings. But they all had a meaning, and a certain way to be read, so I guess I’ll just have to concentrate on it.

  10. Shakespeare has always made me very nervous only because everytime we start one of his works, I always fear that I wont understand the story or will have to read one line ten times just to find the meaning. However I also find the way Shakespeare uses language to be really interesting because there is no comparison to his works.

    When I was in eighth grade my class read Romeo and Juliet while watching the Dicaprio version to help us understand. Reading this, I would always feel like I had a strong grasp on the meaning of a section and then when we would discuss those lines in class it would be completely opposite of what I thought. This allowed me to realize that Shakespeare can be interpreted in different ways depending on the experiences of the reader. But also I think that sometimes I was just completely wrong in my interpretation because I simply didnt understand the language.

    I really enjoyed reading Romeo and Juliet though and that could because I love romantic stories and also because the movie was wonderful.

    When I was a Freshman we read Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and I enjoyed this as well though it was not as dramatic but more comedic. I love Shakespeare once I grasp what he is saying and can truly take myself to that place in my mind.

    And watching movies of Shakespeare’s work is also helpful to understanding the stories as well as to create the picture in my mind of what was occuring. However sometimes I prefer not to see the films because I like to create the stories in my mind and to truly have my own impression of the story.

  11. Well for starters I’ve never seen any Shakesphere films except for “A Midsummer Nights Dream” in 9th grade. But I have read many of his plays.

    I mean at my old school we always had this one day during the year called Shakesphere Day. Yeah weird, dealt with it since 4th grade (which is when I entered my old school) until 8th grade (graduating year). It was fun, acting was pretty funny, and there was some good music. I played some and acted some.

    However it did get boring especially when it was all over the whole entire day at school was just non stop recess.

    But to get to the point. It was kindof easy to understand the plot of all of Shakesphere’s plays. Thats all they really kind of taught us. The words were weird, but they helped us understand SOME of them. The plays we read were: Macbeth (yes we did do a play of it, the first 4 scenes), Romeo and Juliet (I sang duet of the whole story, I’ll sing it to you in class), and Hamlet(read the story, saw this movie that they showed us 3 guys performing the whole thing by themselves, I’ll tell you more).

    What I expect this year in Shakesphere is probably something bigger, meaningful, philosophical, and very AWESOME. I probably will get the plot of the stories that we talk about, but getting the big ideas, the meaning, the philosophy, and other hidden stuff will be a challenge.

    Can’t wait, thou art happy, or however you say it in Shakesphere lingo: I’m excited.


    You may need to have a bucket of water to splash me if I fall asleep.

  12. To me, Shakespeare has some good works and other times, boring ones. Macbeth, after you told us part of the plot, gave me some interest. I really despised reading “Romeo and Juliet”. To me, it was just another love story.

    “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” had a better plot than “Romeo and Juliet” in m opinion. By the way, the movie was pretty cheesy.

    But the plot of Macbeth has already made me interested.

    I know that the language Shakespeare uses is sort of difficult, but I will be able to bear through that, especially by the good story of Macbeth.

  13. I’m actually kind of apprehensive about reading Shakespeare, to be honest.

    I’ve seen probably five of his plays, because at my old school the juniors and seniors put on four plays a year (two per grade), and in the three years I was there, they did at least two Shakespeare per year (I know that doesn’t add up, but I didn’t see every play, alright?).

    Anyways…I found it really hard to follow along with the play, because to me, the language is very thick. I had to follow the synopsis that was conveniently printed on the program. I could follow a little of the language, but not much! It was pretty hard. I think it’ll be easier to read it than to hear it, but I’m still worried that I’ll be confused. Which I probably will.

    I think it’ll help that we discuss it, to be sure, because I think that if I had to read it on my own, I would be completely befuddled. The only Shakespeare play I’ve seen that I sort of understood. But I still needed the synopsis!

    In short, I’m a little nervous, but I think I’ll have a better experience than I did watching the plays.

  14. I appreciate Shakespeare. He is definitely a great writer, and he accomplished a lot, especially for his time period. To be able to write plays that were a hit with the masses as well as the nobility is definitely a noble feat.

    I’ve read A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet, but I wasn’t a huge fan of either of them. I do actually like his style of writing, and I think that the only reason I wasn’t big fans of those particular works were just because I didn’t like the plots of either of them very much. Well, Romeo and Juliet had an excellent plot, but the characters were the ones I had a severe problem with. The only one I remember liking a lot was Mercutio, but Tybalt had to go and kill him, which angered me.

    Also, I’m sorry to say that the only experience I’ve had with Macbeth was with an episode of Jimmy Neutron where the school put on a play that was identical to Macbeth, except for the fact that they were in outer space. But hey, that was when I was ten or eleven or so, so cut me some slack.

    I’m actually looking forward to exploring more of Shakespeare’s works and seeing if I find a play by the Bard that really speaks to me. Also I’m pretty excited about finding the similarities between the original Macbeth and Macbeth in Space.

  15. I expect it to be what I’ve read of Shakespere in the past: witty dialouge, angry antagonists, and a whole serving of tragady. While both of the Shakespere poems I’ve read so far have been tragedies, they both had some light-hearted humor put into the mix. I expect both of these to be similar in construction.

    Sometimes, however, I’ve found myself lost in the flood of Elizabethen English, and what I’ve seen so far of Macbeth (Scottish Play), this will be just as difficult for me to read. However, there were times in the plays that I hung on to every word, and I hope to find this aspect also to be in our two Shakespere readings.

    So, even if I had to pull out the “No-Fear Sakespere” to understand what in the world is going on sometimes, I walked away from both of my prvious meetings with the bard with a sense of accoomplishment, and I hope I get the same feeling with these next two.

  16. In reading Romeo and Juliet and Othello in junior high, I must say that I am not excited about these upcoming weeks. I hate reading something that I can’t understand. I could never really grasp what Shakespeare was attempting to accomplish in his plays. Even after watching the movies, I still hate shakespeare. Something about reading hundreds of lines with words that I have never used is boring to me.

    Now that I am a little bit older though, maybe my views will change. Maybe now I will understand what is going on.

    Overall, only time will tell if I will enjoy Shakespeare’s ‘comedies’ and ‘dramas.’

  17. I personally like reading Shakespeare. I think that his writing style is an insight into how people talked back in the day and it makes me slightly depressed that all of these eloquent sentences can now be compressed into “Whazzup?”

    I just finished reading Act I, and I had to look over in the margin notes almost every other line to know what the modern translation of the words were.

    The fact that Shakespeare is able to make such poignant remarks about society while still following a very specific rhyme scheme is slightly mind-boggling. I am always curious if writing in iambic pentameter and making words rhyme was the easiest part of writing for Shakespeare.

    It normally takes me a few scenes to get into the Shakespearean language and know what is going on. Once I am able to crack the code, however, I really enjoy the ride.

  18. I am really looking forward to reading Shakespeare this year. I have read some of his works before when I was in middle school. In the 7th grade, we had to read Romeo and Juliet. I didn’t think that I would like it very much, but I soon found out that I loved it! Then in 8th grade we read The Merchant of Venice. I didn’t like that one as much as Romeo and Juliet, but I was fascinated with the language he used. When we were reading those books though, I, as well as most of my class, was using the No Fear Shakespeare version. So I am both nervous and excited to read the unabridged version.

    Macbeth sounds like a pretty interesting story, so I think I will really enjoy reading it. I already like what we have read so far in class and the plot is intriguing. I do think it will be more challenging than both of the Shakespeare plays I have read so far. I think I will have to try a little bit harder to understand the dialogue and what is going on between the characters. I will most likely have to reread Macbeth a couple times before I feel comfortable with it.

  19. My expectations of Shakespeare is that it will be gloomy, but in the serious tragedy of it it will be too funny for words.

    I think about all the Shakespeare plays that I have read or heard about, and I think how over the top and stupid the characters are half the time. For instance in Romeo and Juliet, when Juliet kills herself to be with Romeo in the after life (or was it the other way around?), I can’t help but think how funny that is that someone could be so noble and stupid as to commit suicide. It makes me laugh. Although at the same time I suppose that it is kind of sad.

  20. I am definitely looking forward to Shakespeare this year. You said that Macbeth is a tragedy and that reminded me of Romeo and Juliet. I loved that play and also enjoyed the 90’s version that we watched in 8th grade English.

    (Random sidenote: Another fun modern remake of one of Shakespeare’s plays is the movie 10 Things I Hate About You. It’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ in highschool(:)

    Anyway, I really like how although the are ultimately sad, like you mentioned in class Shakespeare likes to throw random light- hearted moments that sort of release the building pressure. It makes the story so much more enjoyable because you experience such a wide range of emotions.

    All in all, I am really excited to read Macbeth and see how Shakespeare chooses to toy with our feelings and points of view.

  21. I have not liked reading Shakespeare much, but I’ve gotten used to it.

    I’ve read some of Shakespeare’s plays. in 8th grade we read Romeo and Juliet and I think in 9th grade we read A midsummer nights dream. I didn’t like them at all. I am familiar with Shakespeare works.

    I am not looking forward to reading Macbeth because I can barely understand any of it. Maybe I will have to read Macbeth many times before I start to know whats going on.

  22. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Shakespeare‘s works, including Macbeth and Othello.

    In the eighth grade we read The Merchant of Venice, centrally themed around mercy. In the ninth grade we read A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which focused on fantasy and dreams. Shakespeare’s style is so vigorous in expression, and one who appreciates Shakespeare is likely to become capable of expressing oneself most eloquently.

    I have noticed that Shakespeare usually begins a scene with an abrupt commencement, with a conversation already begun. I’ve also noticed that Shakespeare occasionally will be so overflowing with thoughts and ideas, that he will flood a passage with imagery; at times it might even make the tenor of what he’s trying to say obscure. Much of his work is difficult to understand, but No Fear Shakespeare can help translate some of the more difficult passages. I have used this tool previously. After I saw the translated version and looked back at the original text, I understood how Shakespeare intended to use his words.

    Shakespeare is difficult, in that I have to try to understand what his literary objective is, and interesting, in that I’m learning new ways to convey expressions, all at the same time.

  23. I’m pretty nervous about tackling Shakespeare in the next few weeks. His language, while melodic and quite beautiful, is hard to understand. I have a hard time understanding it unless it’s explained to me. I’m afraid I’m not going to fully understand the material and not do as well because of my difficulty understanding everything.

    Even though I’m scared, I’m still kind of excited. His stories are really interesting and I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read. Plus, if I can get good at understanding his language, I’ll love it even more.

  24. In 8th grade, we read Romeo and Juliet, and I really did not get the greatness of Shakespeare’s writing. I enjoyed it and the play was fun, but it went by fast.

    In 9th grade, we read Midsummer Night’s Dream, and I was surprised to notice what was so great about Shakespeare. His use of the language was amazing. The plot was okay, but his choice of words, once you decipher them, was remarkable.

    I went back and read Romeo and Juliet, and I noticed a lot of things I missed. Almost every line could be savored and caused you to think. So I am looking forward to Macbeth and hope to learn the mystery and the greatness of Shakespeare once again.

  25. So far my experiences with Shakespeare are his plays “Taming the Shrew,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” I have also seen both Romeo and Juliet movies, and the adaption of taming the shrew called “10 things I hate about you.”

    I’m not really sure what my expectations are because I think that every play is different. How hard it is going to be to decipher the language depends on how twisted and in-depth the plot is. I think it will help if the plot is not to difficult to understand, because then all you have to try and figure out is the language. When the plot is more difficult then there are more things outside the language to wrestle with.

    I also think that it will just take a bit to get used to it, when we start reading the play it will be more difficult to understand, but once we get into it, it’ll get easier.

  26. The first time I read Shakespeare in last year and it is hard for me. We read “A midsummer night’s dream”.

    It is a hard work for me, but the story is really interesting. But I don’t really understand the story until we see the movie. The story is really simple, but the word he uses is hard to get it.

    And Macbeth is going to be a hard work for me, too. But I think I can do it if I read it and do what we should do.

  27. I really enjoy reading Shakespeare. However, I always have to read multiple times. To be honest, the first time I read the meaning usually goes right over my head. The words make absolutely no sense, but when I re-read, I can see the meaning. So I am a little worried about how long this will take me because I will be reading things multiple times. Despite this, I am really excited to start up with Shakespeare again because I love his style of writing and how the stories flow.

    I read Merchant of Venice in middle school and loved Portia. I also watched Much Ado About Nothing in middle school and loved it. When we read Midsummer’s Night Dream last year, I really enjoyed Puck’s scenes. My favorite thing about Shakespeare is that I can always find a character I can connect with.

    I think I will really love Macbeth because of the witches. I tend to enjoy the use of magic and overall darkness to set the tone in plays.
    The only thing I’m really worried about is putting off the reading. If I don’t, I think I will really be able to enjoy the play.

  28. From what Ive read of Shakespeare I would expect a high quality of rich and challenging vocab. He also can tell a great tale about anything. Ranging from to star struck lovers (Romeo and Juliet), to a hapless knight who is doomed by fate itself (Hamlet). Shakesspeare is truely the greatest play write to have ever lived. He created over two hundred words in the english language. So i will expect a challenge from Shakesspeare to say the least. i look forward to reading more of his works as the third quarter progress.

  29. I think the way Shakespeare writes is very creative. He makes the reader always have to have a dictionary or some sort of translator to explain what he is saying. When I read Romeo and Juliet I wasn’t expecting to like it but I ended up enjoying it.

    Last year I read A Midsummer night’s Dream and liked that too. I had the No Fear version of the book and that helped me to understand what I was reading. It is different than most books that I have read and I like the change. Even though I usually like people to say what they mean without making it confusing or to long, I like the challenge of a riddle. I expect to like Macbeth.

  30. I actually really like Shakespeare! The fun of Shakespeare in the first place is to even figure out what he is saying. Elizabethan english is sometimes a challange to read, but it is kind of like a puzzle. If you understand one part of a line you can usually conclude what the characters are trying to say.

    Ive actually read a lot of Shakespeare. At my old school we read Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummers Night Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Taming the Shrew, and Much Ado About Nothing. From reading those I expect there to be tons of metaphors and hidden messages. I’m expecting the stories to be funny but of corse the two that we are reading are tradgedies. Shakespeare does usually(ha) do a pretty good job of focusing on the dark side of events with his villians. I’m pretty excited we get to read another Shakespeare work.

  31. When I think of Shakespeare, I think of one of the most influential writer’s in all of time. I expect his work to be creative, and use words that I would have never used to describe something. Of what I have read from Shakespeare, it seems, that in his writing, he uses emotion, light, colors, anything, to describe what the story means. His characters are full of turmoil, and it seems to me that these characters represent him in a way. I come to this conclusion, because of the documentaries I have seen of him, and from reading his books. I think that Shakespeare is a wonderful poet, and that he second to none. (Well maybe to Edgar Allen Poe, but that’s just me.) I think that Macbeth will be a great story to read and also Othello. I can’t wait to start reading his work and let his poems expand my mind to the possibilities that they present.

  32. I expect it to be a rough ride, honestly… most of his works are, to me, boring. However, Macbeth seems more riveting than his other works.

    Shakespeare is considered one of the best writers of all time, and that being said, those who wrote in the ‘olden’ days wrote only for the elite-literate and nobility. The language is heavy with words we don’t use nowadays and phrases that are foreign to most kids in the modern day. (“I bite my thumb at you!”)

    I’ve read Romeo and Juliet in the past in 8th grade and saw a movie for it. I’ve also read A Midsummer Night’s Dream (last year). Both were heavy with complicated phrases and weird words. Romeo and Juliet, in my opinion, was a very boring story, but the break of the cliche at the end of ‘happily ever after’ was interesting. A Midsummer Night’s Dream broke the stereotype of an ordinary clash between lovers, as Shakespeare threw in a huge fairy scramble that was unexpected. The fiction twist with fairies and magic was nice… better than a plain old love story and feud between families like in Romeo and Juliet.

    Macbeth seems like it will be good, since it is focused on a more fictional scenario: Witches, supernatural force, and a clash between good and evil (from what I’ve read in the summary). Since it is his shortest tragedy, I don’t expect it to be too complicated, and with the addition of the supernatural, I don’t think it will be boring either.

  33. I think the hardest thing for me to deal with in Shakespeare’s writings is adjusting to the grammar and language that was used when he was playwriting. I remember working with Romeo and Juliet in 8th grade and struggling to understand what was being said, even in the movie. Once I get the language down, analyzing the literature should be a lot easier. Also, I expect to see a lot of importance into reading into the other characters more than just the other information and feelings of the main character that we are given in the literature. I think this especially after seeing the witches in Macbeth affecting his story. It is going to be interesting to see how the multitude of characters help/hurt him in dealing with his punishments throughout the story. Once this is taken care of the only thing left to help is to increase my skill in analyze the hidden meanings in Shakespeare’s works.

  34. I think that Shakespear’s pieces are very challenging. Reading the first pages of Macbeth was hard and also difficult to understand. I hope that I will get better at understanding his writing by reading it a lot. I think it’s also helpful that Mr. Long helps us analyze the parts we have difficulties with. It will make the whole play easier to read and understand. Although it might get boring sometimes, we have to pay attention to be able to remember the harder parts. Hopefully it’s not going to be as bad as we think.

  35. My expectations are high for Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Othello.

    Last year we read A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and I truly loved it! It was quite humorous and entertaining. Shakespeare has a way of playing with words that make his works sound so witty. Romeo and Juliet is a classic and has the theme of many plays, tv shows, films, ect.

    As most actors do, I have appreciation for the guy (:D) because of his vast variety of works. I also am awed every time when I think about how his plays are in iambic pentameter. Amazing. I mean, I used 10 syllables per line in my *only* 4 stanza poem, and it was definitely challenging.

    I am very fond of his, “All the world’s a stage,/
    And all the men and women merely players;”
    (wikipedia) I love it. I believe it is so true!

    I believe everyone acts without even knowing it. Just behaving yourself in a different manor when your around different people or situations is acting. We all are the actors, and the whole world’s a stage…

    It seems to me that Shakespeare had his mind set always on the actors. He made his stories as easy as he could for those actors, in turn making it easier for the audience to grasp, which is partly why he became so famous, in my opinion.

    I just wish I could’ve lived during his time so I could fully understand what he is even talking about sometimes. His writing is so beautiful, but sometimes I have no actual idea of what he’s talking about. Then, I have to read it again and again, until it makes sense. But, why have it easy when you could face the challenge and then scoff at that demon once you’ve finished? 😉

  36. Based on the two full length Shakespeare works I have read in school I have absolutely no idea what to expect. A Midsummer Nights Dream in 9th, was a radically different work from Romeo and Juliet in 8th. The fantastical and dreamy prose of A Midsummer Nights Dream was nearly estranged from Romeo and Juliet’s drama and action. Shakespeare and the many works attributed to him varied as heavily as his stage troupe and aquaintances.

    I expect the unexpected. I expect complex, symbolic, and beautiful prose. I also expect an easily understood exciting, provacative, and action packed story.

  37. I believe that even if we spent an entire year studying only one of his plays we couldn’t fully understand it. His plays have so many layers and meanings that we could work for a long time and be lucky to understand most of it. I think that we have the capacity, at this age, to understand a lot of it but without an older person to collaborate with us we could not understand all of it. Even if there was someone who knew everything about one of his plays, he could spend six months just trying to explain it to us.

    I don’t want to sound politically incorrect by saying that no one at our age can understand it so I just want it to be clear that I am one hundred percent talking about myself. I actually think that we will be able to cover quite a bit in some of these books, but I do believe that we aren’t covering Macbeth anywhere near the amount that we should. So basically what I am trying to say is that these works are way too complex for us to understand, at least for me.

  38. I haven’t ever really enjoyed Shakespeare’s choices of storyline. His heroines are never strong enough for my taste, wimpy swooning ladies. I am however intrigued by Lady Macbeth, as she seems like one of his rare strong women.

    I enjoy the sporadic funny scenes in the midst of the tragedies, but overall he isn’t my favorite. Plays in general aren’t the most fun to read, and his complicated prose doesn’t make it much more appealing. I find the poetry he wrote considerably more entertaining.

    I used to be very interested in Shakespeare until I learned that none of his stories are original. His plays are merely recreations of what others had already come up with.

    I have read two versions of Romeo and Juliet, seen both movies, and seen the play once. It is the most well-known, but it is my favorite, language wise. He has a few truly interesting speeches in the play.

    I am curious to see how this play and the next one pan out, and if they change my mind on Shakespeare’s works in general.

  39. I expect a lot of lessons learned and challenges being over come. When I think of Shakespeare I think of Romeo and Juliet. I love that story and I learned alot from it. In the book Shakespeare taught us to be a leader and never give up on something you want even if it is wrong. If you truely believe in something and you feel its right, fight for it till the end. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet he makes that happen. I love how he teaches people to believe in anything they want and for them to know anything can happen if you just believe.

    On that note, I expect greatness and bravery to come out of the stories of Shakespeare. I can see us traveling through more challenges and overcoming more weaknesses in the future. 🙂

  40. The key for my enjoyment of the next few weeks is reading Shakespeare keeping in mind that it is a play. To keep myself entertained and not inundated by the Shakespearian lingo I am going to attempt to act as if I am a character in one of the greatest playwrights plays. I won’t be able to fully grasp all of the intertwined magic of Shakespeare as I read, especially on the nights when I am just too exhausted to do so. Maybe I will learn something about myself over the rest of the quarter. My expectation is that after reading some of Shakespeare’s works I will be able to read literary essays more clearly because there are usually references to Shakespeare, being that he is one of the greatest writers in history.

    The first day of reading “Macbeth” wasn’t intimidating at all. I really felt the first scene was put together extremely well, from the dialogue to the props and set up explained in the infamous Green Book. I’m excited to read some of the greatest works in the world.

  41. My expectations of reading Shakespeare this year are somewhat high.

    In the past, I’ve had to read Romeo & Juliet, one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and I’ve got to say, I struggled with it. The language that Shakespeare uses is very complex, nothing of the sort that we’re used to these days. So I suspect that I’m going to spend a few sleepless nights trying to understand Othello and Macbeth.

    I also expect that I’ll be able to experience a different style of writing than I’m used to. I think it’s amazing that Shakespeare is able to have a rhyme scheme and a certain number of syllables throughout his ENTIRE plays. That alone is a almost impossible feat in itself and I’m gladly looking forward to reading the works of a person of such accomplishments.

  42. Student Response #1

    I am responding to student #14.

    I appreciate that someone said what you said. It is so easy to answer this entry by just saying, “Yes, I like Shakespeare, its hard to read, but I’m excited about reading it”. However, you were honest and actually admitted that you haven’t liked all of Shakespeare’s plays that you have read. I agree that the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream wasn’t the most interesting. I did like some of the characters of Romeo and Juliet, but again I agree that the main characters can be extremely frustrating. Like you, I have no experience with Macbeth either. I am excited about this though, because I hate reading a book and knowing what is going to happen. I want to actually be surprised by the events that unfold and not expect them. Also, I’ve found that many animated cartoon remakes do their originals justice, so I would expect to find a lot of basic plot similarities between Macbeth and Space Macbeth. Ignoring the absence of no oxygen and gravity of course.

  43. Student Response #2

    I’m responding to student #9

    You are definitely right, Shakespeare does have some interesting vocabulary. I am having a bit of trouble understanding the double meanings on my own at the moment but I hope it gets better as we get farther into Macbeth. It’s a very good thing that the Literature book has side notes that help to explain the lost vocabulary otherwise I would be completely lost. While reading the first act I stumbled upon some interesting words, some that I new existed and some that I didn’t. I actually found the word “methinks” in there and I chuckled a bit. My friends and I use that word on occasion just because it’s a funny word. I never knew that it actually existed. We usually use it while we’re on the computer or we’re just being weird and talking to each other . I don’t think any of us actually knew it was a real word. Most of the other interesting vocabulary in Macbeth isn’t as fun as “methinks” but it’s definitely challenging.

  44. Student Response #3

    Response to Student #10.

    I can’t imagine being afraid of Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s stories are so cool due to two things, the plot and the language. My favorite part is the plot; Shakespeare makes up the best plots. However I actually thought Romeo and Juliet was kind of boring, but I like all the others I’ve read. I also don’t understand how you could hate reading a line ten times or how there are different meanings for most of the lines, that’s one of the coolest parts. It is amazing to be able to read a line multiple times and be able to interpret it a different way each time. It is also interesting to think about how Shakespeare did this so that his plays would never get boring, no matter how much someone saw them. I really like finding Shakespeare’s little tricks that he hides in his plays

  45. Student Response #4

    I am responding to student number three.

    First off, how can you not love Shakespeare?!? Just kidding. I actually really like his plays (the only thing that bugs me about them is the fact that they are plays. My favorite part about literature is when the character is thinking something amusing or cynical and obviously plays take this away to some extent, though I know that there are asides and what not.) I hope that Shakespeare proves you wrong and that you enjoy both Macbeth and Othello as much as humanly possible for tenth graders. Also I agree that the movies helped in middle school especially while tackling Shakespeare for the first time. And I would not look at the language as a boring factor because I personally think the plays would sound really boring and super cheesy if they were in our English. 🙂

  46. Student #40 (late)

    I didn’t really have a high opinion of Shakespeare. That’s probably cause I had to read Romeo and Juliet in 8th grade. The story is horrible. It’s plot has several loop-holes. The characters (mainly Romeo and Juliet) are annoying and whiny. The end takes forever to happen and when it does it’s not tragic as it is a huge relief and kind of funny. I hated the dialogues between Romeo and Juliet, I always thought they were cheesy. I thought that the main characters were too cowardly to simply elope and end the story. Then I had to see the movie adaption which was exactly like the book. Except I could actually see the people doing stuff. The movie was worse and even more cornier than the book. Overall I disliked Shakespeare and thought he was extemely overrated untill I read over the plots of Macbeth, Hamlet, and Othello. I quickly came to the conclusion that Shakespeare is actually talented and the Romeo and Juliet was probably something he threw together to make some easy money. I have a new found respect for Shakespeare cause all his other stories are actually good, but I still believe that he should have never made Romeo and Juliet.

  47. Student Response #5

    I am responding to Student #10:

    I completely relate to your fear of Shakespeare. Even though he has a completely unique way of writing, it is monstrously hard to understand and takes some getting used to. After a while though, I think that we’ll be able to understand the language a lot better and maybe catch a few puns and double meanings in there too. I also thought it was funny when you mentioned that you had a completely different idea of what Shakespeare was doing because that’s how it is for me! I also agree with what you said about not wanting to watch the movies because you already have this vision of what its like in your mind. I missed Coraline and several Harry Potter movies and a couple of other ones because I didn’t want to lose the picture in my head.

  48. Student Response #6

    I am responding to Student #37

    I interpret your first statement to mean that we, as a class, could dedicate an entire academic year to Shakespearean prose and poetry and still have more to glean from his works. I completely agree, if this is what you meant. I imagine that many doctoral theses have been devoted to the analysis of just one of Shakespeare’s works. The complexity of his works is seemingly infinite and again, I agree that his underlying themes are often buried and “layered.” I also concur that having an adult collaborator will help us delve deeper into interpreting “Othello” and “Macbeth.” I’m not sure anyone completely comprehends all that makes up Shakespeare’s writing. Probably the only person who truly understood Shakespeare was Shakespeare himself.

    You concluded your blog by writing, “So basically what I am trying to say is that these works are way too complex for us to understand, at least for me.” I think you have underestimated yourself. We all have been pushed this year to “think outside the box.” So do give yourself some credit and a chance (and definitely put your best effort forth) before you decide Shakespeare is too difficult for you. Beware of the self-fulfilling prophecy.


    Mr. Long: Your last sentence would make the three witches/weird sisters (and Shakespeare) very proud.

  49. Student Response #7

    I am responding to student # 20

    I liked how you worked a lot of the modern movies into your experience. I also enjoyed the 90’s version of Romeo and Juliet. I also saw “10 Things I Hate About You” and enjoyed it because I had read the play. I am glad you are looking forward to Shakespeare, because I am to, so there are at least 2 of us. I also enjoy the wide range of emotions throughout the play. It is a good break from the serious stuff when he throws in a moment of comedy. I think knowing that there are those moments makes it easier to read, and I think it brings an advantage knowing that the entire play isn’t serious. Knowing that there are times to let go and laugh.

  50. Student Response #8

    I am responding to Student #11

    I enjoyed, and must say that I agree with, your whole entry. I too have never seen any of his plays besides “A Midsummer Nights Dream,” although I think I might enjoy them. I also have to say that I love that your old school had a Shakespeare Day. That would have been very interesting and fun it sounds like. I agree with you that understanding the plot of Shakespeare’s plays are quite simple, it is just the meaning behind the words that is difficult. I am also excited about reading Macbeth, though I do think it ill be a challenge as well. I will be sure to bring some cold water for you when we start discussing Macbeth a little bit more.

  51. Student Response #9

    I’m responding to Student #7.

    How funny, the first Shakespeare I ever read was Taming of the Shrew in sixth grade, too! There are indeed a lot of jokes hidden in there that are only funny in Old English. It’s like a whole different language. I have a friend from another country who speaks that country’s language and English, and she’s always trying to tell me funny stories from that country that just aren’t funny to me. …But 0nce you really start to understand the language of Taming of the Shrew, that whole play is hilarious. Shakespeare may at first seem like just some dusty old poet who wrote long colorless texts, but really he had a genuine sense of humor.

    I, too, love the way he creates words and twists language to make it fit. Like when he said “rooky” to imply “full of rooks.” Try using “rooky” in a conversation and see if the other person doesn’t laugh.

  52. Student Response #10

    I am responding to Student #2.

    I totally agree with you! I really enjoyed reading the famous Romeo and Juliet as well as reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I like how there was such a contrast between the two books. Romeo and Juliet was such a powerful, dramatic tragedy and A Midsummer Night’s Dream was much lighter and enjoyable. I really enjoy Shakespeare’s work from a basic concept standpoint, but diving deeper is always difficult. Being in Mr. Long’s class has changed the way I read in general and now when I am faced with a novel my radar is always up. However, Shakespeare was a brilliant writer and I agree that it is going to take substantial effort to notice all of the hints and underlying messages that he expertly weaves into his pieces. Also, the language doesn’t always help either. I have no doubt that Othello and Macbeth will both be intense and am curious to see what the future holds.

  53. Student Response #11

    i am responding to student #36

    I totally agree with you. I think that the “fairytale” setting of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is totally different from Macbeth’s middle age setting and tragic story. The characters are also completely not identical. For example Macbeth is, like all charchters in this play, very serious. Puck is a happy charcter. This shows how Shakespeare plays differ from each other and can be challenging on completely differnet levels.

  54. Student Response #12

    I’m responding to student #3

    First off, yay for honesty. A lot of people don’t take blogs like this seriously and just write what they think the teacher wants to hear. It’s nice to see someone really put there actual opinions up.

    I think though that you need to give Shakespeare another chance and be a little bit more open minded. Yes his works are hard to understand, but the storyline and plots are really interesting. If his language gives you to much trouble go to the closest bookstore and buy the no fear Shakespeare version. It has the Shakespearean language on one side and normal everyday language on the other. It really helps.

    I also agree with the statement that the movies helped in understanding what we were reading. It helps to see the actors perform it and see what they do and actually see whats going on instead of just reading words on paper. I wish you luck as we read these plays over the next couple of months.


    Mr. Long: What? What? What? Be ‘honest’ and not say what the teacher wants you to say? As in ‘learning’ and ‘opinions’ and ‘thinking for oneself’? How can that be permitted? “Off with their heads” as the Queen used to say. (wink)

  55. Student Response #13

    I’m responding to student #1

    I agree its going to be a lot of funny language. Mr. Long already explained what one sentence in Macbeth (line 41, “Make thick my blood”) meant in other terms. It was interesting and a little funny, but I was surprised at the OTHER meaning.

    Also his made-up words are probably part of the 2000 words he created during his lifetime. So appeciate them, maybe remeber them. They may be bad today, especially for your so called high school social scale, but in the future maybe you can wow your professors in college with your exquisite language. It may sound romantic during valentines day. Other than that I probably will read through Macbeth without the No Fear. It will be hard but its probably better (in my opinion) to not really read the No Fear. I’ll be roflol all over Macbeth.

    And the song you are probably referring to is “Double Bubble, Toil in Trouble, Fire Burn….” I don’t know the rest, but thats the song.

    Well I can’t say much about Othello because I’m in regular and I don’t have to read it, so maybe you can tell me about it when you are done reading it.

  56. Student Response #14

    I’m responding to student number 1.

    Totally agree about the funny language…actually in my eyes its stupid language because no one can understand it. I however will most likely read the sparky notes ;).

    The movie O does sound neat…too bad I probably wont get around to watching it. I agree about the social scale thing hahaha.

    Not possible to stay on top AND understand whatever the heck we are reading.

    It’s weird to see how many people actually do understand it. I sure don’t and I don’t even understand how they know what its saying. Maybe I will have to get one of these smart peoples help with it.

  57. Student Response #15

    I am responding to student #5

    I love how excited you are about Shakespeare. I think it is so admirable how you truly enjoy every aspect of his works. I hope that as we work our way through Macbeth I find the same joy from Shakespeare that you have found in all of his works. It takes a truly creative and brilliant individual to not only find joy in Shakespeare but to want to further pursue his works in college. In relation to the study abroad idea I think that would be really cool. My sister did a study abroad in Paris for three months and loved it. My sister was studying fashion and went to Paris because it is one of the Fashion capitals of the world and that brought her so much closer to the true history of fashion and I’m sure going to Oxford would have the same affect in relation to Shakespeare. With a passion like this for literature I truly hope you get to go study abroad because you would undoubtably love it!!

  58. Student Response #16

    I am responding to Student Number 23.

    I agree with you completely. What you said about his language being beautiful but difficult to understand is exactly how I feel! Since we’ve started reading Shakespeare, I’ve found that I’m understand better what he is trying to say. Or at least, I’m understanding his language. And I’m starting to notice why people like him, which makes ME like him!

    And the excitement/nervousness that you described is exactly how I felt when I learned we were going to be reading TWO Shakespeare plays. I mean, his reputation as a masterful writer is pretty much unmatched, isn’t it? But his writing is very thick. I hope that you are finding that you can understand him better as you keep reading!

  59. Response to Student #16

    I think that Student #16 has not tried very hard to understand Shakespere’s plays. I felt the same way when I was just looking over the pages. But when I actually looked harder at the text, I saw that it wasn’t as complicated as I had thought. It’s just about how much patience you have. If you are like how I was in 6th grade, I would causually look at the text, decide it was too hard, and give up. But now, in the past 4 years, I’ve learned that as with many great things, Shakespere requires patience to be enjoyed. So, take my advice, and just try to read Shakespere. You might find that you like it.

  60. Student Response #18

    I am responding to Student #35

    I completely agree with you in regards to the freak (but in a positive way, of course) that Shakespeare must have been to write everything in iambic pentameter. I’m wondering now if he just walked around and spoke in iambic pentameter, or if the people who lived in his time did, and that made it easier to write in it? Not sure…

    I like that quote about the world being a stage and all we are are actors- that kind of goes into that whole fate/destiny theme that Shakespeare discusses in a lot of his plays; are we just puppets being pulled by some Big Guy upstairs? I’ve never really thought about Shakespeare constantly writing while thinking about his actor’s performance. I mean, obviously, he knew that he was writing a play, but in addition to listening to what he felt like writing, were some of his parts written for specific actors?

    By the way, I adore your scoffing-at-the-demon smiley face; it’s very intimidating.

  61. Student Response #19

    I am responding to Student #8

    First off, I relate to your unyielding emotions. Whenever I read Shakespeare, I never feel emotions for the characters. In the 8th grade, when we read “Romeo and Juliet” , I never felt sorry for Romeo or Juliet’s condition or their result. Instead, I though they were very stupid dying for each other. But one thing is certain, I was entertained. Shakespeare’s stories are not original; they are very special stories. He creatively wrote stories to entertain the audience. When I read his works, I am interested(An exception would be A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

  62. Student Response #20

    I response to student #3

    Im agree with you, Shakespeare’s stories are hard to read, the main thing was his language, and the words that he made up. I remember when I was 8th grade we read Romeo and Juliet just like you to read the Romeo and Juliet, that was so hard, I cant able to understand him, until I see the movie, I know that was funny that Leonardo’s movie, but that was one thing that make me understand what is going on, if I didn’t see the movie maybe until now I still cant understand the story of Romeo and Juliet, maybe I need to read the Chinese version. 

  63. Student Response #21

    I am responding to student 39.

    I chose this one because it is a complete opposite of what I feel. I am sort of resenting the fact that we will be analyzing this story in and out. In reading Romeo and Juliet in middle school I felt like I learned nothing.

    To me it is just a story of two people in love and thats it, where you feel like it teaches leadership and to never give up.

    I don’t know if it is the language or what, but I just can’t find any way to turn Shakespeare into a positive.

    If only I had your mindset, maybe I could enjoy it a little more. So enjoy Shakespeare and I will try and adopt some point of views.

  64. Student Response #22

    I am responding to student #3

    I absolutely agree with everything you had to say. I also very dislike Shakespeare and the language he uses. I do him grace because it was the language of his time. I also find it very hard to concentrate in class because I can barely interpret what is going on. I feel like Shakespeare could have made it easier to understand! He has all these hidden meanings and its very hard to see everything that he means by simple things. As a class and with Mr. Long’s help we can help each other understand everything going on.

  65. Student Response #23

    I’m responding to student #16

    I have the same feeling as yours. It is real hard to understand his play. But I believe that every single line he writes have a meaning. The movie helps me a lot. Last year, we read the midsummer night’s dream. I don’t get it until we saw the movie. Now we are reading Macbeth, and the language just doesn’t make sense in my brain.

    But I feel better after Mr. Long have told us about the story. I think I can get used to his language in the future.

  66. Student Response #24

    I am replying to student #3

    I agree with you on pretty much everything. I have a TON of trouble understanding anything Shakespeare does. The language is impossible to me and I really don’t enjoy it very much. I always expect to get confused and not really get what’s going on. The movies are really cool though. If I could undedstand the books I’d probably really like them. I just have such a hard time with them though.

  67. Student Response #25

    I am responding to Student #2.

    I agree with the entire statement – Shakespeare’s plots and twists are interesting to read. Although the words are not difficult to digest, the context and intricacies in between his lines are what make his pieces so complex. Shakespeare is big on double meanings and implications. Without understanding the lines on the surface, the lines underneath become more and more obscure, making the piece more difficult to read.

    I agree that thorough, slow reading of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Othello will be needed. I tried to skim-read Macbeth at one point, and didn’t take in a single word or phrase. To truly understand Shakespeare takes time and inspection (or, perhaps a visit to SparkNotes’ No Fear Shakespeare!).

  68. Student Response #26

    I am responding to Student 2

    Yet another person who thinks that they will have a hard time understanding the complexities of Shakespeare. I am also guilty of that assumption. Like you, when I had to read Shakespeare’s works in eight and ninth grade I was able to understand the gist of the actual plot. Well almost everybody did, but the one thing that I had trouble with, and I’m sure most of us will also have this problem, was understanding the underlying message of Shakespeare’s stories. I too believe that to be able to fully understand the works of Shakespeare I will have to inspect every single line to dig up what is hidden. Throughout my years in college I hope that, through this English class, I’ll be able to better understand not just the works of Shakespeare, but of anyone else that I might be forced to read in the future. Until then, I guess I’ll just have to grit my teeth through Macbeth and Othello.

  69. Student Response #27

    Responding to student number 9

    Shakespeare will be confusing in the beginning, you’re right about that, but in the long shot it will all unravel. This is what makes Shakespeare a master, his descriptive foreshadowing, builds the suspense and keeps the reader, or viewer, nibbling the bait. And yes, you will have to concentrate on all the double meanings in Macbeth.

    Othello on the other hand I have no idea what to expect but that’s the joy of reading, you never know what to expect. You can never know what your reaction will be to what you read. So, press on, concentrate, and keep reading!

  70. Student Response #28

    I am responding to Student # 14

    I also remember the Jimmy Neutron’s Macbeth in Space episode. I don’t remember the plot too well, but it’s fun to think about it. Like you, I like the Bard’s style and word choices, even though the characters and/or plots may not thrill us. It could be that we have seen and heard of the stories so much that the characters and/or plots are boring to us by now. Also, the code of conduct in the Elizabethan times was different than now, so the killing and so forth do not impress us now. But the human emotion, the things that make us feel guilty, greedy, happy, or vengeful, are still the same, and that is one reason we love the Bard. Now that I am more mature (I think) I am enjoying Shakespeare more than I did in Jimmy Neutron, 6th grade, or even in the 9th grade.

  71. Student Response #29

    I agree with student #2.

    Shakespeare’s writing is really hadr to understand. But it also is very interesting to read. When I read this I think that this people wrote weird back then. But then I think that maybe he was writing wierd back then and that it was hard for people to understand during that time. Thats why people went to so many plays, so they could learn more of what they didn’t understand. Im ready to have to figure stuff out but Im also hoping for help

  72. Student Response #30

    I am responding to student #7.

    I am also a fan of the way that Shakespeare turns a phrase. He becomes very clever in certain scenes so that each character plays off of each other. The villains in Shakespeare approach those of real life much better than most authors depict them. Usually the villains are one-dimensional, and they have no motives or guilt. I was wondering how the Taming of the Shrew and the Merchant of Venice compare to Shakespeare’s other works though. I’ve only had a chance to read two of them so far. I have never used No Fear before, but I caved for Macbeth because it just helped in some of the more confusing scenes.

  73. Student Response #31

    I’m responding to Student #17

    I really like the first few sentences the most. It is quite funny to realize that instead of speaking in such a tough language that Shakespeare uses, we are now able to use slang and other sorts of words to make it much easier on us. Just like you, I had to also take my time and look at the margin notes to understand what he is always saying. It is very tough to understand his writing but does pay off when you do. His ability to write with a hard sequence to follow does make me very suprised also. He must’ve taken alot of time to write them or maybe it came naturally to him because he is a very skilled and imaginative writer. I hope that by the end of the year, I’m able to understand much more and grasp the concepts much quicker.

  74. Student Response #32

    I am responding to student #24:

    I completely agree with this student’s response. Like them, I think that Shakespeare needs time to be appreciated. If you quickly breeze through his works, you don’t really get to become enthralled in them and you don’t get to notice the little things Shakespeare drops in his work. I am impressed that after understanding that you need time to appreciate Shakespeare, they went back and re-read Romeo and Juliet. This student’s entry, has inspired a little bit of worry in me, however. If I agree with their statement that Shakespeare requires time, if we are going through Macbeth so quickly, will I be able to savor it? If not, I will learn from this student and go back and re-read Macbeth when I have time to read it slowly.

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