If a friend wanted to know three important things about Shakespeare and his work, what would you tell him/her?

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If I had to tell someone about Shakespeare's work, I would tell them that they need to be ready for emotional and psychological delving into characters.  I find that Shakespeare was ahead of his time in being able to probe into the nature of human motivation and human actions.  I would also suggest that there can be more in Shakespeare relating to human character evolution than other writers.  Readers have to be able to see character undergo much in the way of change.  Finally, I would say, especially in reading the tragedies, that the reader needs to be ready to accept the premise of sadness and bleakness in his depiction of human consciousness.

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