The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0477 Thursday, 13 March 2003
Date: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2003 08:56:57 -0800
Subject: 14.0289 The strangest thing happened....
Comment: Re: SHK 14.0289 The strangest thing happened....
I've been plopping my daughters down in front of Shakespeare plays
(always front row--important tactic) and movies since they were two or
three. Actually had to explain the birds and the bees when they were
three and four in preparation for Measure. (Interesting and amusing
I would often ask them during the play, "do you know what's going on?"
They'd often reply, "Not really." But in the car afterwards, they'd be
in the back seat discussing every character and their relationships
without the slightest difficulty. Children are exceptionally good at
watching and analyzing human relationships.
Even a self-acknowledged Shakespeare dweeb like me misses probably 60%
of a Shakespeare play on first viewing--maybe more. I think kids are
about the same. But I still "get" it, and so do they.
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