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March Madness is in the air, and you know what that means: it’s time to get your brackets in order. Last year, you voted, and To Kill a Mockingbird won the literary bracket. This year, Shmoop’s bracket is all Shakespeare all the time.
Vote for your favorite Shakespeare plays below, and alloweth the best sir to winneth! Or something.
Check back in next week to see who advanced to the next round.
Shmooping Shakespeare is home to summary and analysis of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, glossaries of words and idioms invented by Shakespeare, and a tool that translates modern English into Shakespearean English.
William Shakespeare has long been considered the greatest writer in the history of the English language. Whether or not you think he’s the real deal, Shakespeare has become a cornerstone of academia for English teachers everywhere. Shmoop University (http://www.shmoop.com), a digital curriculum company working to make learning fun and accessible, knows how much teachers love Shakespeare and, of course, how easy it is for students to hate him. That’s why Shmoop recently launched Shmooping Shakespeare, a place where all Shakespeare resources come together in an attempt to bring the Bard back to life…figuratively speaking.
Shmooping Shakespeare contains original in-depth analysis of every one of Shakespeare’s plays—except Henry VI, Part 1, but even Shakespeare himself probably forgot he wrote that one. (That’s why there’s Part 2, right?) Hamlet’s insanity might be enough to drive anyone mad, and iambic pentameter sounds like the name of a bad 90s metal band, but Shmoop acts as the WD-40 to Shakespeare’s squeaky hinge: it covers everything from plot summary to character analysis and even manages to dig into themes and symbols in a way that won’t leave drool on the pages.
Shmooping Shakespeare comes armed with other bells and whistles, too. As it turns out, almost everything that English speakers say today, Shakespeare said first. In sections devoted to Shakespeare’s Words and Shakespeare’s Quotes, Shmoop provides explanations of hundreds of words and idioms coined by the Bard—and it’s all neatly and cleverly catalogued at Shmooping Shakespeare.
Last but certainly not least, Shmoop presents the Shakespeare Translator, an endlessly entertaining way of sounding sophisticated, antiquated, and downright silly. The translator tool makes verbs more verbèd and makes adjectives shineth. It can even change current colloquial phrases into elegant(ish) Shakespearean language, all while familiarizing users with Shakespeare’s vernacular.
Shakespeare didn’t top the charts by being an easy read, but Shmooping Shakespeare will give even the most resistant budding Shakespeare scholars a reason to doeth their homework.
Another year, another stampede of students and teachers doing their thing on Shmoop. Shmoop, a digital publishing company that makes fresh, engaging resources for students and teachers, reports this school year’s stats:
- To Kill a Mockingbird was the most popular guide on Shmoop—by a landslide. No one’s surprised, as this little novel also took the title of Shmoop’s Literary March Madness Champion.
- More people read about The Great Gatsby than Of Mice and Men and The Catcher in the Rye combined.
- Shakespeare took the author cake, with 4 of Shmoop’s Top 25 most-read guides.
- The Hunger Games trilogy didn’t lose its mojo: all three books were in the Top 50 most-read guides. Also making the cut? Tons of book-to-movie blockbusters including Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
- Essay Lab shot up in popularity. More people used Essay Lab than read about Dracula.
- When it comes to Test Prep, folks still love their ACT* and SAT* more than any other exam.
Shmoop’s take? No matter how many vampires, dystopias, or fancy new exams make their way onto the scene, the classics aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.
*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.
*ACT is a federally registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by ACT, Inc.
New this Week on Shmoop Literature
“Bartleby the Scrivener,” by Herman Melville
“Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde
No Longer At Ease, by Chinua Achebe
Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare
New this Week on Shmoop Poetry
“Fire and Ice,” by Robert Frost
“Tintern Abbey,” by William Wordsworth
“Ulysses” (poem), by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
“When I Consider How My Light is Spent,” by John Milton