But you know I am a heathen peasant. It’ll be a hard sell on me.Have you ever seen Shakespeare live where the audience gets involved? The original stalls in a circular arena. As they were intended. So very different to the dry texts of what you may have read at school.
I went to see plays in Stratford with a girlfriend years back. We laughed all the way back to the hotel. Brilliant.
There is actually a fair bit of pro-Lancastrian / Tudor propaganda lurking in Shakespeare's historical plays, not just in Richard III - although Richard III is pretty well much the most overt example. Part of this stems from the tradition of patronage, which was common for writers of the day. Namely you had to come up with material that bigged up those who were paying your bills, especially as work "praising" the current regime is seen to legitimise it.Taken from a work which is based on lies and propaganda to discredit the last true king of England (Maz might be a 'Ricardian' )
I sympathise: had the same experience with school sports.But you know I am a heathen peasant. It’ll be a hard sell on me.
I also did MacBeth for my O’ level lit. I avoided saying it but I HATE Shakespeare because of that. There I said it.
(I did pass)
To be fair to the Bard, the recent film version of Macbeth was a big disappointment. OK, it looked great, and I liked the accents and real dark ages feel, but unless you knew the play you'd struggle to follow it. I must have seen half a dozen versions and know some of the speeches, but even I struggled to follow the action. I was half way through one scene before realising it was the Banquo's ghost scene. It was also a considerable achievement to make Macbeth, which is after all a play full of action, into something boringI passed my English Lit. 'O' level with Henry V as the main text. Having had to study Shakespeare up to 'O' level I found it very dry and lost interest.
My wife loves Shakespeare and persuades me to go to the theatre with her to watch his plays. I started off going just to keep her company and to my surprise found them really enjoyable and nothing like the dry plays I studied at school. Occasionally I struggle, as with the recent version of Macbeth, where I found it hard to follow because of the mixture of poor accoustics and very strong Scottish (obviously) accents.
I blame my very boring English teacher for my original dislike.
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