For my review, I’ve chose the play The Book of Will. I’ve always been exposed to the plays of Shakespeare, as throughout middle and high school I read quite a bit of his work as well as attended a couple of his plays. However, not until now in college have I really begun to have more of an understanding and appreciation for his work. I would also say that studying the humanities has contributed to this. This play was also refreshing because I had no prior knowledge of or background to this play, so I actually had to pay close attention to know what was happening.
The play tells the story of Shakespeare’s friends, who after his death, collaborated to publish a single volume of the legendary playwright’s works. This was done because after his death, Shakespeare’s plays slowly began to fade from memory, and the reanimations of his plays were not up to par with the originals. His friends encountered many obstacles and struggles on their way to pulling this off, and it surprised me as to just how difficult it was back then to preserve and document information. Nonetheless, they pulled it off and saved the work of someone who is widely considered the greatest playwright ever.
What I got out of this play was an increased understanding of the lifestyle in that time, as well as realizing the role that this story plays in humanities as a whole. As mentioned earlier in my definition of humanities, our experiences, whether that be our different traditions, cultures, etc, is a large part of what contributes to our humanity. These plays were and definitely still are an important part of us as humans, and Shakespeare’s friends recognized this and took on the task of preserving something so important to us. By reading this work we are able to better understand and connect with humans from this culture and time period, which overall strengthens our connection as humans in general. This is what humanities is all about.