Who would have thought?
My new thing is Shakespeare! You say….”what?”
I said William Shakespeare!
I am having the time of my life studying Shakespeare. I began last summer as a “kick” for one hour a week with a wonderful high school teacher in Amherst, MA.
I had some general knowledge of some of Shakespeare’s plays but never studied them in detail. When he asked which one I wanted to begin with, I chose Othello. That was the one I was more familiar with and I was also fascinated by Othello as a character. I still am. I know people like him. Powerful men who are vulnerable. I have always been fascinated by men like that. Powerful but vulnerable. How come, I wonder, can someone so successful, so powerful, be taken in? It happens all the time; especially here in Washington.
How did Shakespeare know so much about Kings, Queens, Princes, courtiers? It is said that so much of Shakespeare’s personal life is not known but I think we know enough to piece together a lot about what influenced his writings.
To begin with his father was a glover. But if you see pictures of the gloves that he made they tell you a full story. Who were they made for? They are elaborate, delicate, beaded, gold braid decorated, obviously made for royalty. I can imagine him helping his father make them, even delivering them to the special client. I believe this may have given Shakespeare access to a level of society that he might not have seen otherwise.
Who would have thought that one would find some much about today’s world in Shakespeare?! More to come on this topic.