Comprehension: Shakespeare vs. King James Bible (L55)

Is it easier to read Shakespeare or the King James Bible?

Although Shakespeare’s writings and the King James Bible are both quite difficult reads due to the language use, I find that Shakespeare is much easier to comprehend. I believe that this is most likely due to the break down of the text into play format. The dialogue makes the language easier to decipher, because the context is more clear when broken up into small sections (as spoken by characters). The King James Bible however uses slightly simpler words at times, and the sentences are generally more like today’s English than Shakespeare’s plays are. This makes it easier to read, but slightly harder to understand, because it isn’t in the form of a story like a play; The King James Bible is harder to follow.

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