If you have ever attended high school, you’ve probably been made to read a play (or several plays and sonnets) by William Shakespeare. For me reading Shakespeare was very hard work. I don’t like Shakespeare.
Then my daughter (who graduated a year ago) was forced to read Shakespeare. She wasn’t impressed with Shakespeare either. A couple of times I picked up her English Literature book and tried to read something by William S., however I still found it quite dull and uninteresting.
I’ve even seen a movie or two based on a Shakespeare play. I didn’t even like his work when put into contemporary media.
I’m not alone. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they don’t like Shakespeare’s writing.
Perhaps it is an unspoken requirement of being considered intellectual to say that you like Shakespeare, even if you don’t. Or maybe William’s writings are great and I (along with many other people) just don’t get them.
However, if you don’t get and/or like Shakespeare, here’s some interesting news. One of the greatest Russian writers and intellectuals ever, didn’t get him either.
Here’s a quotation from Leo Tolstoy: “There are times in my life I have read through Shakespeare and Goethe from end to end. And I never could make out in which their charm consisted.” You go, Leo!
So here’s some great news. If you find Shakespeare dull, boring, and uninteresting, you’re not necessarily a dummie! What you like or dislike in literature has nothing to do with your intellectual abilities.