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Bonnie Shaljean BS: shakespeare (154* d) RE: BS: shakespeare 20 Jan 19

My teachers (English lit and drama classes, several years of each) specifically told us that Shakespeare's history was not to be taken as literal truth, that it came from a varied mix of influences (not to mention a highly fertile imagination), and they actively encouraged us to question and explore, to study the factual sources, and to draw our own interpretations & conclusions.

That's what good literature/theatre do, activate something in the reader or viewer that adds up to more than the sum of its parts. And I still believe that an artist - any artist - cannot be dismissed simply because they don't fit a particular ideological viewpoint, especially one formed centuries later.

In any case, he was not taught to me in brainwash-fashion.

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