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Hardest Shakespeare books to read

  1. Feb 21, 2004 #1
    There is already a topic kind of on the subject but since bumping topics generally isn't proper forum edicate I figured I'd start I new one. Anyway I'm a student and we just started reading The Merchant of Venice. It's pretty interesting but from this Shakespeare hasn't lived up to his being really hard hype for me but none the less its interesting and the words and expression expand vocabulary. Anyway I'm trying to get into a hard English course next year so I'm reading alot to improve my chances. So...

    Just curious what are the hardest Shakespeare books to read and what are the most interesting? It's opinion of course.
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  3. Feb 22, 2004 #2


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    The toughest I think is King Lear. because it's so hard to stay with the story. The point is that the King is a fool, and mistakes good people for bad, and bad people for good, and winds up out in the cold. But it's hard to read all that foolishness, and treachery, and cruelty. The easiest play is probably As You Like It, because it is! Some of his plays are not as good as the rest. Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens are two of the worst.
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    You may enjoy The Tempest & Othello, interesting & not difficult.
  5. Feb 24, 2004 #4
    I'll look into those. Thanks alot. :smile:
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