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Evil Homer
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With Shakespeare day fast approaching ( 23rd of April as if you didn't already know!) I wanted to find out how many of you guys have actually studied Shakespeare at school?

I have a confession to make, not only did I not study him at school, I have never read him at all.

Am I missing something? If I am where should I start? Where should I start if I want to read Shakespeare?

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We studied one scene from R+J in detail and that was about it

Kinda wish we would have done more but oh well...
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I've acted The Tempest in a theatre, I was in yr 6. I studied Macbeth in yr 8. I'm doing R&J for GCSE'S..

Shakespeare's a good writer but I don't think you're missing out on that much... Start with R&J, it's iconic.
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(Original post by Evil Homer)

With Shakespeare day fast approaching ( 23rd of April as if you didn't already know!) I wanted to find out how many of you guys have actually studied Shakespeare at school?

I have a confession to make, not only did I not study him at school, I have never read him at all.

Am I missing something? If I am where should I start? Where should I start if I want to read Shakespeare?

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We did so many Shakespearean stories throughout school from primary to sixth form. The thing I remember the most was how many versions and times we watched, read and acted out Macbeth And stupid witches boiling trouble in their pot of whatever xD
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I never did. Other English classes in my school did though.
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all school children should study Our Greatest Playwright.

our text was Julius Caesar.
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I thought that everyone did. It's in the national curriculum:

KS3 : ...reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction... including prose, poetry and drama; Shakespeare (2 plays) and seminal world literature
KS4 : Pupils should be taught to... at least one play by Shakespeare
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In year 6 we performed a scene from Macbeth in the local theatre. In secondary school we studied and performed bits of A Midsummer Night's Dream (I had to play Lysander and got to have a fake sword :lol: ). For GCSE we analysed a part of Romeo and Juliet as well
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Yes, have done a lot on him! I actually LOVE the Tempest, one of my favs.
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Surely nearly everyone does for english lit gcse?
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Studied

Romeo and Juliet
Othello
MacBeth

Othello was my favourite
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Yeh and cos I have the name of someone in a a Shakespeare play everyone took the piss out of me and made me read those parts :sad:
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read various children versions in primary school and i remember doing a midsummer night's dream in year 8 and for gcse we did the tempest. pretty hard to understand if you ask me lol
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We did a Midsummers night dream last year
and we have just finished reading Macbeth
We are going to do Romeo and Juliet next year for GCSE
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Yeah I think it is-especially as he is considered to be one of the greatest writers of all time in the world, and as he wrote and lived in England they might as well teach us about him and his plays
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Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet from what I recall. Too many years ago.
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Mandatory in the current GCSE, no?
About 90% of AQA English literature papers for GCSE had either Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth. In my school there's one English set that does The Merchant Of Venice, which I did.

Merchant of Venice was actually quite interesting. I generally had a lot to write about with regards to historical context and there's a fair bit of debate about how anti-Semitism is presented in the play - the merchant in question, Shylock, does come across as a bit of an ******** generally but there are some sympathetic passages too.

In my primary school there were these Shakespeare 'workshops' where guests came in and we would spend an afternoon learning about the play and acting it out. We did A Midsummer Night's Dream in year 2, Henry V in year 3, Romeo and Juliet in year 4, The Tempest in year 5 (to this day I have no clue what that was about) and Macbeth in year 6.
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I ****ing hate Shakespeare, he can't write English for ****.
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I've had to study him a little;

Macbeth,
Romeo and Juliette
The Tempest

I also chose to do one of his sonnets for a poetry project, as much as I hated it. (It was really last minute and it was the most information I could find on a poem )
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i did a midsummer's night dream in year 8 (or 9 i can't remember), tempest in year 7, macbeth for gcse and currently doing othello for a level.
shakespeare's a brilliant playwright but honestly it can get tiresome studying him.

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specification might have been different when evil homer was at school (probably many moons ago)
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