Alester Florent Posted November 7, 2022 Share Posted November 7, 2022 11 hours ago, Craving Peaches said: I remember when I was in York I was thrilled that there was a Richard III Exhibition only for it to be closed... Yes, no one is certain, but I have heard the stories weren't all his own. The majority of Shakespeare's tragedies, and, obviously, all his histories, are not original stories, but adapted from older stories (or histories). Most of his comedies have a nominally original plot, but the plots are all pretty straightforward unless the complexity is part of the comedy. But to complain that Shakespeare's plots weren't original is to miss the point entirely. People admire Shakespeare for the quality of his writing, his characterisation, his insight into human nature, and so on, not because of his plotting. If anything, knowing that his plots weren't original makes his work more impressive, because he stands head and shoulders above almost anyone else telling the same stories. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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