The Bard

Our trip to Straford-upon-Avon was very inspiring. I did not realize that it was such a tourist attraction. William Shakespeare absolutely amazes me. He made this little city one of the most popular places to visit in the world. He is the most influential, and probably the greatest, writer of all-time (at least of the English language). His insights into human nature are astounding, and his complex and captivating characters are some of the most memorable in all of human history.

(Shakespeare Monument)

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In the center of town, there is a big Shakespeare monument, and surrounding the monument of Shakespeare himself are four of his most famous and memorable characters (Falstaff, Prince Hal, Hamlet, and Lady Macbeth). It was one of the most inspiring moments I have had in all my life. As an aspiring creative writer and literary critic, being at the heart of Shakespeare-land culminates my passion for literature. We also visited the church where he was baptized and buried. That was a special moment also.

(Four Shakespearean Characters Monuments)

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Throughout the day, we saw many tributes to Shakespeare. His house is still up and has been renovated for tourist to experience. The grammar school he went to is still there also. There was a multitude of people taking pictures in front of both of these places. We, as a group of Mississippi State students, had a great time walking around Stratford experiencing the town.

(Shakespeare Church Photos)

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To finish the day, we got to see his comedy, As You Like It at the Royal Shakespeare Company. It was a contemporary rendition, and I was glad to see it. Plays are not meant to be read, but watched, and I do not get out enough to watch many. After the play, we traveled back to Oxford and got back to the flat a half hour past midnight. I could not sleep for a long time. I could not help but think of the magnitude of the legacy of Shakespeare. After all these years, his figure remains second to none in human history. How many people do you know that bring people from all around the world, from all nationalities and races, to one small city in England to take pictures in front of his home and grammar school? Only Shakespeare. Visiting these sites has inspired me to give my all to make my own mark upon this world also. Studying at The University of Oxford as a whole does that. The historic associationism pf England is a powerful thing for me, a citizen of the young project of America.

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