Twelfth Night & Shakespeare

They RUINED the works of Shakespeare for my husband in high school, almost forever. When we met, he couldn’t hear the poet’s name without saying, “Ugh.” This made me furious, because my sisters and I had loved Shakespeare’s plays since we were children (we’re talking 10 years old and younger) and we would read them aloud together when we were young teenagers.

Why?

We were introduced to Shakespeare with this:

In the Middle Ages, Twelfth Night was a time of revelry after Christmas, humorously celebrated with mix-ups and delightful confusion–thus the disguises, mix-ups, and awkward situations of Shakespeare’s play set during and named for this time. For part of your entertainment for the vigil of Epiphany, or perhaps on the Feast itself, you may want to enjoy Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as a family! Even though they were first released in the early 90s, libraries still usually have some of these Shakespeare: The Animated Tales videos.

One last note on Shakespeare: Always remember that Shakespeare’s works are meant to be seen and heard, NOT read. Introducing people to his plays in the wrong way is the fastest method of making them dislike them! The good thing is, with patience and the right performances, this dislike can eventually be cured and turned around!

Have fun!

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