Shakespeare is one of the few authors I believe should be studied in school (I even have a shirt I picked up in Stratford-upon-Avon with a quote from The Taming of the Shrew {“Will you tame this wild cat?” 1.2} to wear mainly just because or on a date to see how he reacts), and especially English majors should take a required course in Shakespeare-only material. Leave Shakespeare out of the other English courses offered, and for those in other majors who have an interest in Shakespeare’s work should have an elective available to them which isn’t as intensive as what is required for English, Literature, and Writing majors. Even one intensive course can only scratch the surface – there’s so much to learn and work with from the text alone, never mind those who believe it necessary and pertinent to examine his personal life and the sociological aspects of the time. Remember the Bard and the gifts he’s given us. Hell, before I even really knew who he was and passed my days watching Disney movies, The Lion King was (and still is) one of my favorites: it just so happens to follow the most basic plot of one of my favorite pieces from the Bard – Hamlet.

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