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The problem is you're reading it, not watching it. Shakespeare was written to be performed, preferably on an English stage. (I'm a snob about this.)

Really, when the actors interpret the lines through their expressions and intonations, you can't help but get it. I picked up The Comedy of Errors the other day and quickly put it back down. It looked way too obscure, but the play was like the right side of the page of your books.

Ah, I have heard that before but must have forgotten it. So that's a point in favor of Clueless, Kenneth Brannagh et al.

I love the high school English teacher, with whom I most directly link Shakespeare, but he didn't make enough effort to show us the plays, relying on the reading of them.

These books are a very happy medium since they don't blow the ending (and any related writing assignments) as a movie would.

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