Shakespeare Who?

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Shakespeare Who?

Post by Lgs1089 » 11 May 2018, 10:02

I find Shakespeare redundant and bland like unsalted nuts. He's probably good for your literary health but meh. I'd like to know your favorite classical plays. What makes them your favorites? You can go Shakespeare on me if you must. A few of the most influential plays that I've read are as follows:

1. The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
2. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
3. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
4. Oedipus Rex by Socrates

Each of the above plays acts as a metaphor. Sure, they can be read for pleasure but once the surface is penetrated, there's more. Just from my list, there are underlying abstractions such as the death of the American Dream, women's sacrificial roles in society, appearance verse reality, blinding truth... I've shown you mine, now show me yours. :lol:
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Post by ChilubaOgoke » 19 May 2018, 17:34

Talking about beneath the surface, have you read "Everyman"? Or Shakespeare's " Tempest? Good list though.

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Post by Lgs1089 » 22 May 2018, 09:07

ChilubaOgoke wrote:
19 May 2018, 17:34
Talking about beneath the surface, have you read "Everyman"? Or Shakespeare's " Tempest? Good list though.
I have read The Tempest, but I have not read Everyman. Thanks for the recommendation. Can you give me a little prelude to Everyman? What makes it one of your faves?
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Post by gkgurley » 30 May 2018, 11:01

I love Oscar Wilde. I have studied and acted in many of his works, and being in the plays as well as studying them for class gave me a lot of appreciation for him and his sense of humor. I'd take The Importance of Being Earnest over a Shakespeare comedy (except for Much ado About Nothing) any day.

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Post by Sanyu faith » 20 Jun 2018, 12:52

I like Shakespeare's works...I HV read half of the books he wrote... Though he loved tragics I love thinking of him as a man of realism.... This world is not all rosy.... He portrays the world as it really is... A spade is a spade. Not a big spoon.. Betrayal..... Hypocrisy...murder name all vices.

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Post by MsLisa » 22 Jul 2018, 12:02

Plays aren't really my thing so I can't say I have any favorites but I did have to read Shakespeare for school and to be honest I quite liked it. The language can get complicated at times but Shakespeare's use of literary devices and the types of characters and storylines he devised are very entertaining. I laugh a lot when I read Shakespeare.

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Post by pre106-2 » 14 Aug 2018, 11:28

I love Shakespeare works, he is great a couple his works I have read is; Hamlet, Othello, Tempest, Julius ceaser, and Romeo and Juliet. any more recommendation of his works?

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Post by Facennagoss » 18 Aug 2018, 17:08

Lgs1089 wrote:
11 May 2018, 10:02
I find Shakespeare redundant and bland like unsalted nuts. He's probably good for your literary health but meh. I'd like to know your favorite classical plays. What makes them your favorites? You can go Shakespeare on me if you must. A few of the most influential plays that I've read are as follows:

1. The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
2. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
3. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
4. Oedipus Rex by Socrates

Each of the above plays acts as a metaphor. Sure, they can be read for pleasure but once the surface is penetrated, there's more. Just from my list, there are underlying abstractions such as the death of the American Dream, women's sacrificial roles in society, appearance verse reality, blinding truth... I've shown you mine, now show me yours. :lol:
I find this really refreshing! I was made to feel like a bad teacher because I hated Shakespeare even though my students achieved repeatedly good results. It seemed as though there was an unwritten rule that you must love Shakespeare to dare to teach English. My favourite play to study with the older students was Aphra Behn’s The Rover and with the younger ones, Our Day Out by Willy Russell.

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