Monday, 21 March 2016

Misadventures in Shakespeare

After recently starting Romeo and Juliet in our english class, I've narrowed down the broader topics we've covered to three solid life lessons:

a) Teachers tend to get overexcited about such important playwrights and enjoy assigning oodles and oodles of homework that could be done over a weekend but instead is due the very next day. I bet there are conventions in which English teachers get together and fangirl over the complete and utter genius-ness of Shakespeare.

you can now expect many Doctor Who gifs coming your way

b) Even playwrights dating back to the somethingth century use plenty of dirty puns and references, just to keep people entertained.

c) Each person can appreciate something new in Shakespeare.

I did have a certain respect for Shakespeare at the start date of our journey with him. He was a man of beautiful words, of perfect words. Words for every occasion, used always at just the right time. He inspired many of the words we use in our vocabulary today.

But as our minds were forced to be stretched each night with piles of homework and questions to ponder on and ideas to write down, I got a little tired of Shakespeare. We were given ideas and forced to stretch them and elaborate in such short periods of time. I wanted to rest and give my ideas room to grow. Epiphanies happen mostly when a subject is not being pushed so hard, so that their mind can rest and quietly ponder until bam- suddenly, the answers hit them. 

But in the short time I've worked with him, I've come to appreciate new aspects of his writing that I had not realized before. Understanding the meaning behind his work is difficult. He's challenged the ideas of love, life, death, and hate with his works. I never realized the questions he left behind as his legacy. Questions demanding to be pondered on, to be stressed upon as new philosophies hit humankind every day.

There are so many different interpretations of Shakespeare out there in the world today, as well as so much meaning that different people can grasp from each one of his plays. 

I suppose that's the beauty of Shakespeare. He's left us with questions to which the answers are so impossible that they're endless. That's why so many are able to interpret his works in so many different ways. That's why there's something to appreciate in him for everyone.