Today marks the halfway point of our Shakespeare in a Year Challenge. How are you holding up? So far, which plays have been your favorites -- and your least favorites? Now that we're halfway through, what benefits are you seeing from this challenge?
For me, the value of Shakespearean immersion is the ability to spot connections between plays that I otherwise wouldn't notice -- similar lines, similar plot twists, characters with similar world views. Shakespeare's plays present myriad possibilities when read singly, but reading the canon as a whole expands the view still further.
Another bonus: After a few weeks, the Shakespearean language becomes familiar and easy -- no more struggles with the archaic phrasing and vocabulary.