‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears.’ (Julius Caesar, III. ii)
Marc Antony opens his speech at Julius Caesar’s funeral asking those present to lend him their ears. Shakespeare uses the image of the part of the body responsible for the auditory sense – the ear – to convey the idea of listening. Marc Antony is asking his audience to pay attention to his words, to take his meaning, to open their hearts and minds to what he has to say. This is exactly the attitude that I believe we have to infuse in our students when we bring Shakespeare to the classroom. We need to help learners lend Shakespeare their ears, open their minds, and listen carefully to the words and sentences in the plays.
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