Dr. Wayne Daniel-Berard
World Literature II
“We need to exert ourselves and read Shakespeare as strenuously as we can, while knowing the plays will read us more energetically still. They read us definitively.” I have been asked to analyze, discuss the meanings, and the connections between Shakespeare and this quote. I feel that this quote is saying that even though we are mentally reading Shakespeare, Shakespeare is actually reading us. What I mean is Shakespeare wrote these plays with his vision of how humans act and interact. His vision was so accurate that as we read the plays we have a huge connection with the characters and this is why his plays have survived and thrived in every single era. This supports the part of the quote that states “They read us definitively” because Shakespeare has defined human nature. The same human nature that will always be inside of us and the same human nature that has not changed since the beginning of time.
Analyzing the two plays that we have read there are many conflicts, emotions, and instances that occur in the modern day world. These plays have further educated me on many different human emotions and actions. First I will look at the play Cymbeline and analyze all of the things that further support the quote. From the opening act, I was already making connections to my own life. Imogen went against her father Cymbeline, who is the King of Britain, and married Posthemus who was not born of royalty. The defiance that Imogen shows rings true to many teenagers today. I feel that many teenagers look to defy their parents; some do it just to feel empowered. This is not the case with Imogen because she marries Posthemus for love. You could tell through Shakespeare’s writing that Imogen and Posthemus truly love each other.
I know people who have gone against their parents will for true love and I am sure that this has happened many times throughout history. It is often the plot in...