A quick and dirty Idiot’s Guide to ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’
One of the major criticisms of any piece of work by William Shakespeare these days seems to be that, “I don’t understand what he’s saying, why couldn’t he have written it in regular English?”
And yes, it’s a stupid criticism because when Shakespeare wrote his pieces, it likely was “regular” English, but even if it wasn’t, it’s art and part of the fun of art is discovering meaning for yourself. Part of Shakespeare’s charm is that nearly every one of his plays has an underlying deeper meaning that you can find if you know where and how to look.
But, that’s for another article.
The point for this post, and the reason you’re here, is that you’re looking for some help to decipher what Shakespeare is talking about in his plays “As You Like It” and “Romeo and Juliet” which you can see for free this weekend at the University of Great Falls, if you’re in Great Falls, anyhow.
To help expedite this, I’ve included a video from this YouTuber named Ian Finley, who kindly goes into the plot of “As You Like It” and another video from the always entertaining John Green, who did a set of Crash Course videos on “Romeo and Juliet.”
First up here is a rundown of “As You Like It.”
And, Here’s Green’s Part 1 of “Romeo and Juliet.”
So now if you plan on going to see either of these plays this weekend, you’ll have at least a cursory idea about what’s going on if you’re in the dark when it comes to Shakespeare.