Published on December 4, 2014
Why do we need a dictionary? Most of the time, when we watch or read Shakespeare, we don’t need a dictionary. The majority of the words in a Shakespeare play have the same meaning as those we use today, and in a play is performed well, the speeches will make sense even in we don’t understand every single word in them. But as soon as we want to explore the plays more deeply, a dictionary can help, especially to understand the words that have changed their meaning since Shakespeare’s day. ‘Words, words, words’—Hamlet.