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Shakespeare: Library Research

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actors on stage
Photo from Theater at Monmouth Education Tours, Shakespeare
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Shakespeare Speaks for Us

When experiencing the works of William Shakespeare, whether reading, hearing, or seeing his words acted out, remember that he speaks of human feelings that we all go through. This is not some remote voice from deep in the past that has nothing to say to us. Despite the swords, the beards and the tights, this is a modern voice, speaking modern English. 

If you can find audio recordings of the work, this is a good way to have your first encounter with the works of Shakespeare. The unfamiliar aspects of the language will soon disappear and you will easily understand what  people are saying to one another. After that, watch a film of the play or see a theatrical production. When you pick up the text of the work, this familiarity will be helpful.

About this Guide

Contents of this guide include:

  • Links to recordings of some plays
  • Films of some plays
  • Texts of the plays
  • Help choosing a topic for your assignments
  • e-books about Shakespeare and his work
  • websites with relevant content.