There are myriad reasons to read the works of William Shakespeare. Aside from creating interesting stories and memorable characters, Shakespeare had the unparalleled ability to portray the range of human emotion and provide insight into what it means to be human. He also had a remarkable way of phrasing ideas that has withstood the test of time exceedingly well. In the some four hundred years since his death, his works and legacy continue to thrive in multiple facets of society.
Shakespeare’s influence can be seen in the theater and literature of today, as well as present-day movies and the English language itself. Hamlet, Macbeth, and other of his plays are consistently re-imagined for new audiences, both on stage and in film.
Notable authors use his works, lines from his plays, and attributes of his characters in their novels. Many words and phrases in use today come from Shakespeare; phrases like: “All that glitters is not gold,” Jealousy is the green-eyed monster,” “Kill with kindness,” “Love is blind,” and “To thine own self be true” can all be attributed to him, as can words such as: coldhearted, hot-blooded, obscene, bedazzled, fashionable, and swagger, amongst others, which are not known to have appeared in print until Shakespeare used them.
"Better a witty fool than a foolish wit."
-Wm. Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (Act 1, Scene 5)
This guide will help you find information for your research assignment both in the library and on the Internet. For students at Lone Star College-Kingwood, there may also be materials on reserve at the Circulation Desk. Ask a librarian for assistance.
As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage. Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, literary works, events, or broader identifying terms. Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the internet.
These are interesting links to various things Shakeapeare on the internet.