Previous Views of Shakespeare
I must admit that I had many preconceived notions of what studying Shakespeare would be like. I
thought that his plays would be boring, longwinded, and use the English language that would be
incomprehensible to me. I was right.
After reading Romeo and Juliet, my first encounter with the world according to William, I found
that the language, while flowery, and full of imagery, was relatively difficult to understand, and only made
sense after multiple readings of each passage.
As for boring, the plays contain only a simple plot, with only a few minor complications. We
know where and when the climax of each play will be, at the top of the Shakespearean pyramid, or the third
Act. The heroes are usually less that dynamic characters, who change little during the average play. For
example, in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo starts out loving one girl, and ends by loving another girl, and killing
himself to be with her. Juliet just waits for Romeo to meet her, then does not change after falling in love
with him. Again, not a dynamic character, although both were complex. The characters are usually
complex, as in Macbeth’s personal ambitions, dealings with witches, murders and other nefarious dealings.
I find that Shakespeare was very longwinded in his characters' lines, having each say far more
words than what is required of them. If he would have gotten to the point, his plays would be about 1 Act
long, with a total of five scenes, the climax coming in the third scene. If Bill would have written a more
concise version of each play, I believe that it would be more enjoyable, if it was easier to read, and less
time consuming to do so.
And that is what I thought, and think of plays by William Shakespeare.