Was Shakespeare Italian and born in Italy?

Today…….we celebrate the Bard’s birthday💁

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William Shakespeare is the emblem of English literature for sure, but, you know, every time I read his works he seems so familiar to me, so Italian. This is not only because 15 out 37 of his works are set in Italy, he knows the nature of the Italians so well, that some of his immortal lines mirror perfectly some unchangeable traits of our society. An example? In his famous soliloquy “to be or not to be” , he actually seems to be pondering about committing suicide speculating on life and death, but he truly complains about some aspects of society that have the stamp of the Italian character. First of all ” the law’s delay” (it may take more than ten years to see the conclusion of a trial here and in the end you have spent so much money to pay the lawyers to end up…

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6 thoughts on “Was Shakespeare Italian and born in Italy?

  1. The law’s delay peculiarly Italian? I have in mind Dickens’ ‘Bleak House’ and the perpetual case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce in which the plaintiffs won nothing but the lawyers did very well, thank you. And we have judicial enquiries that take forever to come to a decision, let alone publish their reports. I’m sure the same happened in Elizabethan and Jacobite England!

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