Shakespeare or Orwell?

We live in a political time where 1984 by George Orwell is constantly being referenced, but my preference has always been William Shakespeare.  Did my enjoyment of Shakespeare begin with the first words read, the Shakespeare course taught by a brilliant college professor that looked brilliant wearing splendid scarves or the many fabulous film adaptations of William Shakespeare starring Kenneth Branagh?  I’m sure many things played a role, even a trip to the Stratford Festival to see the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Whereas the power and seduction of Shakespeare’s words continue to resonate after the closing of the book cover, sadly Orwell’s words never left the classroom of assigned reading.  If by some chance I was asked if I liked 1984, I would answer yes, the sixth album of Van Halen, 1984, was outstanding.

“This above all: to thine own self be true”

Hamlet – William Shakespeare