The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0094 Tuesday, 19 January 1999.
Date: Friday, 15 Jan 1999 22:36:30 -0800
Subject: Beginning Shakespeare Student Needs Help
I have been following this list for sometime now, but have never
responded. I hope I am doing this right. Well, the reason for my
writing is that I am currently taking an introductory Shakespeare course
at my community college and I had a few questions about how I should go
about my studies. I have read Shakespeare before, but never actually
studied his works. I have no trouble with plot, but as far as
everything else goes, I am lost. I have read some commentary and
criticism on his works, but I hate relying on other people's opinions,
how do I come up with my own? What sort of things should I think about
while I am reading? How can I come up with a theme? What should I
consider when analyzing characters, setting, etc.? My professor
mentioned poetry and prose and said we should pay very close attention
to prose verses. How do I distinguish the two?
I welcome any other suggestions you may have.
Thank you so much,