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Why do we still study Shakespeare?

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The works of Shakespeare are considered some of the most expertly written and beautifully poetic in the history of literature. In addition to the quality of his work, Shakespeare is revered for his ability to portray themes of human experience in a timeless way that has continued to be relevant long after his death. His influence on literature and the English language has been so significant that it is important to have an understanding of Shakespeare to understand the modern world.


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Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright in the world. This includes not just English-speaking countries, but everywhere. There are a number of reasons for this, and these explain why we keep studying "the bard."

Admittedly, Shakespeare's language can be a hurdle, but today, there are more and more tools to help understand what he is saying, and if you can get beyond the difficult wording, you can start to delight in his work.

Here are some reasons we keep studying him:

Characterization: Shakespeare seemed to intensely feel what his characters felt, whether they were good or evil. He...

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