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Shakespeare Plays Ranked in Order of How Easy They Are to Study

At best, Shakespeare’s plays are bit difficult. At worst, they are a baffling jumble of non-words and should be thrown into the fire immediately. I spend most of my time looking for Shakespeare lines that I can take out of context to suit my own nefarious purposes, so I know this well.

But some of Shakespeare’s plays are easier to make sense of than others. For your convenience, I’ve ranked them in order of how accessible they are to the modern, barely-interested reader.

Disclaimer: I have not listed all of the bard’s plays, but I think we can all agree that I have at least listed some of them. I tried to include the ones you’ll most likely run into over the course of your studies. I did not include Timon of Athens, for example, because nobody on earth is reading that.