See Things; Following Shakespeare's Example
In the excerpt below from
Shakespeare's great play, Hamlet, a discussion ensues about
whether Hamlet is correct to call his country a "prison." His
friend Rosencrantz disagrees (using "we" to include Guildenstern's
opinion). To this Hamlet responds with "there is nothing either
good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
How we choose to see
something makes a great difference to how we respond to it and how
we might describe it in writing. A writer needs to be aware of his
or her own prejudices (how "thinking makes it so") and, of course,
must know well the prejudices of others.
Knowing how things are seen will
help you become a better writer and will thus help you to connect
to your audience.
HAMLET: A goodly one; in which there are many confines, wards and
dungeons, Denmark being one o' the worst.
ROSENCRANTZ: We think not so, my lord.
HAMLET: Why, then, 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or
bad, but thinking makes it so: to me it is a prison.
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