Insults by Shakespeare - April Gudenrath

I have always wondered why William Shakespeare is still being read. I think that this video shows the emphasis of word choice impacting writing and creating good literature. http://youtu.be/vdCjKH5IKJ8

I have always wondered why William Shakespeare is still being read. I think that this video shows the emphasis of word choice impacting writing and creating good literature.

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Comment by Soumyaa Mazumder on January 6, 2013 at 7:55pm

Personally, I think that you've really understood a play by Shakespeare when you get all the insults. A play on words is definitely a recurring theme in many of his plays, and while it may be hard to follow the banter, it makes the story more funny. My favorite insults were from Romeo and Juliet ("Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?").

Comment by Erik N on January 10, 2013 at 11:13pm

The insults used in the play sound funny to us now but I think that just adds to the fun of it all. 

Comment by Tara Nenninger on January 10, 2013 at 11:23pm

This video is so accurate. I think the insults are a major part of what makes Shakespeare relatable enough to today's society for his works to be continuously read to this day. 

Comment by Amy R. on March 12, 2013 at 4:41pm

my sister showed me a page filled with Shakespearean insults- and once you get into the language, Shakespeare was one funny guy!

Comment by Ryan Chang on March 19, 2013 at 7:35pm

This video is really informative and the animations are hilarious! When I first read Romeo and Juliet, I was really confused by the "biting thumbs"scene. The narrator asks the audience to really slow down and take a good look at what Shakespeare has to say, which I think is a very practical advice. Great video!

Comment by Ellen Ni on April 28, 2013 at 10:16pm

I remember last year we had to make an adaptation of a scene of Romeo and Juliet, and my group took Act I Scene 1 and adapted it to Harry Potter. Fred and George were up against Crabbe and Goyle in the slandering fest.

I just love the "Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?" dialogue.

Comment by Emily Ottesen on May 30, 2013 at 4:24pm

I love this video! Ted talks are almost as awesome as strawberries! Anyway, it is so cool how we think Shakespeare is nonsense yet he has impacted all these different phrases we still use today. Also, this video reminds me of what we do to each other in English all the time :)

Comment by Brian Jacks on October 17, 2013 at 9:18pm

Hilarious! I always found it kind of difficult to read shakespeare and not make fun of it

Comment by Jared Bennett on December 2, 2013 at 8:30pm

Hilarious yet informational video. Makes it a lot easier to read Shakespear and understand what he is meaning to say now.

Comment by Matt McCabe on March 18, 2014 at 8:48pm

I personally hate reading Shakespeare but maybe with this information I can actually enjoy it next time.

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