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Why Do We Still Love Shakespeare?

What is it about this guy?

What is it about this guy?

When reviewing adaptations of his plays, and looking at the history that shaped this man, it is sometimes hard to remember that these plays have lasted (intact) for nearly 500 years. What is it about Shakespeare that makes him so relatable, even with the language barrier between modern English and the English of Shakespeare’s day? This man’s influence in literature is something that most authors today still cannot imagine attaining for themselves.  Read more…

The History of Macbeth

James I, painted by Daniel Mytens, for whom Macbeth was written.

James I, Shakespeare patron and alleged descendant of Banquo. Painted by Daniel Mytens.

With the last two posts being about how Macbeth has had an influence on modern culture, I thought I’d take a step back in time and look at the culture that influenced Macbeth. Not only are there several instances of brown-nosing  the king, there are also several points of the play that portray Scotland in a negative light, something that is still alive and well today.  Read more…

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