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How Does Shakespeare Impact Prisoners?

This is a picture of Indiana State University English prof Laura Bates teaching Shakespeare to a class of maximum security prisoners in solitary confinement. See their faces peering out from the slots in the doors? She had no idea just how much Shakespeare's criminal tragedies (think Macbeth, Hamlet) would resonate with these men serving sentences for violent crimes, including murder. I spoke with Laura Bates and one of her former students who says learning that even men of high moral character (like Macbeth) could make terrible mistakes helped him understand that crime is not his only option. It was a fascinating conversation. Listen here on BYUradio: Shakespeare Saved My Life

By Julie Rose, host on Top of Mind

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