Ok, I'm hoping everybody knows who this gentlemen is! Yes, William Shakespeare! The most astound play writer I know!
Now, I understand there are *ahem* some people who do not appreciate his work. And you know what, that's OK. Believe it or not, I Hated Shakespeare when I was younger. I couldn't get over how Doom-and-Gloom this guy was! That is, until I listened to a single tape.
That's right. The Comedy of Errors. (Sorry for how weird the pictures pop up. :/ I still haven't figured out my own computer.)
The funny part of the whole experience is kind of a long story. My mom was trying to download a new Audio player to our computer. Unfortunately the computer decided to make a fuss and mom went through several calls to the managers to figure out what was wrong! The made so many errors is was comic! (Pun intended, though not a very good one.)
In the end we figured it all out and my mom began playing it for all to hear. I was completely annoyed because at the age of 15 I still hated Shakespeare, and I thought it was all a silly waste of time. I was busy doing laundry, which is in hearing range of the computer from whence the tape was playing, when there commenced the loudest series of Bangs and Gongs, followed by the agonizing groans of some poor soul and the angered scolding of a most upset women. It honestly sounded like a women screeching like a chicken and banging a man over the head with a frying pan! (Is this Disney's Tangled or Shakespeare?) Quite forgetting my prejudice against the tales I stopped to listen and found myself intrigued. Nobody else was interested beside my brother, so we took the laptop and went into my room for silence. Long story short, I loved it! I started laughing so hard at times I thought my sides would split! I fell in love with the beauty of the form of speech and their quick wit and the hilarious mocking criticism was priceless.
I went on to listen to many others, but Hamlet will always be most dear. The characters were noble and the story was tragic. When me and my brother finished we dashed into the living room and began fencing and repeating the whole scene, dragging our bewildered neighbor girl into it. (She had no idea what Hamlet was.) I still enjoy that play to this day! Hamlet was noble and trying to please his ghostly father. The end for him is tragic and he completes his horrid deed of murder after he himself is poisoned by a sword! His two friends betray him and attempt upon his life, until he turns the tables and it is they who deliver the forfeiture of their own heads - without knowing. He forgives the very man that poisoned him and died in his beloved friends arms. It was absolutely beautiful! I was immensely pleased to receive the Oxford collection of his plays as a gift from my mom! I promise that book weighs twenty pounds! And I enjoy ever ounce of it!
Shakespeare had the most beautiful way of putting into words the thoughts that are the most illusive to the human mind. His long speeches create the Word Pictures that I have never thought of and yet are true! He possessed an incredible amount of skill to become the greatest play writer of all time! And created a world to be desired. (I wish some of the boys I know could take a few lessons in nobility from him.) There is much to be sought after and learned from his works. (Even if there are some that are really weird. ;)
Do you love Shakespeare? Please share your favorite play and why!
P.S This is a wonderfully done play of Hamlet! Yes it's ridiculously long! And yes! I loved every minute. (Which means I watched it all!) It's SO funny in parts that I could NOT stop laughing even as I watched it again and again!