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The Simpsons take on Shakespeare's Hamlet Shakespeare had to write his plays in a way that pleased the intellectuals and royalty who funded his plays and the groundlings who would throw food or pee on the stage if they were not entertained. So Shakespeare had the difficult takes of combing grotesque and slap stick humor with intellectual devices. The Simpsons is also like that. There is a lot of slap stick and grotesque humor, but then there are episodes like this which saterise great works of literature or current events.
Contributed by Kandi Smith
For any Netflix users out there, you can instantly stream a four-part PBS documentary called 'In Search of Shakespeare.' The documentary explores Shakespeare's life as well as the politics behind his plays and other motivations behind his works. With interviews from scholars, acting troupes, and Shakespeare experts, it's an extremely in-depth look at all facets of Shakespeare's life. After watching the documentary, I felt I could connect with Shakespeare on a more human level - he was no longer a distant, dead genius who created beautiful works of art. His imperfections shape him as much as his successes, and this documentary illustrates this beautifully.
Contributed by Lindsay Holzworth
If you want to learn one or two about William Shakespeare, this video is made by educators that know a few things about the "Bard" himself. Want to know where a lot of your English language comes from, this video offer a fun, engaging way to look at William Shakespeare.
Contributed by Briana Klingaman