Lately I have been really spending a lot of time with my Shakespeare. Ever since I read and actually understood my first Shakespeare tragedy (which was Othello), I was in love.
But who could resist this beautiful language, the thrilling plot and the way how we can feel and understand every single step his characters take?
But this is not supposed to be an Ode to Shakespeare. I mean he was a genius and everyone knows it ( and I am not a fan of the theory that he didn’t write all of this).
This article is about Shakespeare surprised me.
I really started appreciating Shakespeare after reading Othello.
A couple of years before I read Othello I had tried to read Romeo & Juliet in English but not only was I too young to have a high enough level of English but also I never really liked Juliet. I don’t even think I finished it the first time.
But I was always looking forward to reading Shakespeare in school and having someone who could help me to understand and see all the details of Shakespeares’ work.
So now I had to get into this Shakespeare stuff again and I was reading a couple of his works again ( mostly the tragedies).
Actually only his tragedies.
I started to get ready for this by watching some youtube summaries.
And I was shocked. All that happens is murder and death and even more murder and grief and such a mess that you don’t even want to punch the characters but really ask yourself what you would have done and don’t find a better solution.
The one second that you don’t pay attention and another character has made his way to hell or heaven. It’s just crazy. That’s when I realized how much Shakespeare actually escalated.
When you read it, it makes perfect sense and it feels like there is a lot of time between different events- but when you summarize it all and put it all together it’s just one big party for crazy murdering people.
( It’s still amazing!)
Take Hamlet. Literally everyone in there is mad and also dead in the end. And the only one who seems to have his shit together ( sorry for the expression) is the one who plans to kill everyone.
Hello? Claudius might seem normal but all he does is wandering around to find accomplices for his intrigues .
The only one who survives actually wanted to commit suicide too and only survives because they needed someone to tell the tragedy and to say some sweet words to Hamlet while he is dying.
But then I read The Winter’s tale.
Of course there was murder and abandonment and jealousy too ( I mean that’s one of the main reasons why I love to read this and why it is so entertaining) but then all of a sudden there is a happy end.
I caught myself waiting for another tragedy that causes them all to kill themselves or stab each other but it was just over. Everyone was happy. JUST LIKE THAT.
I couldn’t believe it.
Also there wasn’t one truly evil character.
They were all just victims of their feelings but not caused by any intrigue and greed but by being nice and loving each other.
Not even the shepherd couple had to die.
This was too much for me.
But it was a good surprise. When even our beloved,super tragic but also insanely realistic ( in some way) William Shakespeare can find a way to give everyone a happy ending, then we can too.
Because all he does is describing humans and their human range and mess of emotions (leave the magic and the ghosts for now please!:D). And that’s what we are. Human.
So yaaaay, we aren’t all lost and damned!
Here’s a little “The Winter’s Tale” vs. “Hamlet” for you. So you see the huge difference!
Love and peace in The Winter’s Tale…
And murder, death and corpses in Hamlet…
That’s it for now!
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