When William Shakespeare wrote his plays, he wrote in Modern English, the English of the time. For the most part, Shakespeare's audiences were the common people. When they attended a play of Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s audience understood the language because they spoke it everyday. While language has changed a lot since the 17th century, when Shakespeare was writing, emotions haven’t. The love, jealousy, greed and hatred that his characters felt is no different from what the characters in today's literature feel. When students understand the emotion of Shakespeare's text, they better understand the play as a whole.
The easiest way for students to gain a fuller understanding of Shakespeare's works is to translate them into modern 21st century English, which is why so many schools and districts are buying No Fear Shakespeare books in bulk. No Fear Shakespeare books provide students the complete text on each left-hand page, along with an easy-to-understand, modern translation on the right. Bulk Bookstore offers all of the No Fear Shakespeare books in bulk, at wholesale prices and with free shipping. We accept your school POs when you order online, or, if you prefer, contact our Book Specialists.