Thousands of books and articles have been written about Shakespeare’s tragedies by academic critics. Several hundred are published each year. They are often written in a confusing, over-complicated or pretentious style: academics are just as fond of showing off as anybody else! It is important to remember, then, that since you have read the tragedy, your ideas are just as valid as theirs. Always be sceptical about their ideas: you are not under an obligation to agree with them. On the other hand, your mind can be stimulated by discussing your text with your teacher, or in a class. Treat the critics in the same way: it can be stimulating to debate the text, challenging your ideas and theirs. This is the spirit in which you should read ‘the critics’.
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