Life, Fools, and Shakespeare

Wesley Matlock
Mar 21, 2018 · 6 min read
Illustration via owleyes.org

— Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Act III, scene ii

In high school, I remember spending my time trying to understand what Shakespeare had to say about love, mostly through Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew. And since I’m fairly certain my brain at the time was more occupied with my own loves rather than those of the Bard or others, in the end my biggest takeaway was that Shakespeare taught me that love is an all-or-nothing, all-encompassing force. Meaningful? Sure. Superficial? A little.

King Lear and his Fool’s Wisdom

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