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What Shakespeare Can Teach Your Children

April 23, 2013, 8:00 AM
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From my perspective, Shakespeare has many lessons of life and is probably good to teach Shakespeare in small doses at different stages of life.  I think an older person, middle-aged person; they’ll get different things out of Shakespeare.  

For a child, it’s important to see the human interaction, the human conflict and how it gets resolved.  And there’s nothing quite so cleaver, so rich as Shakespeare in establishing these human interactions.  Motives and guilt and envy and hate, it’s all there.  

But it requires some work.  And that’s why there is some resistance to teaching it.  The language is odd, but Shakespeare’s insights are really universal.

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