Shakespeare and High School English Teachers

If Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be watched then why do English teachers seem to be so obsessed with them? We spend all 4 years of high school reading something that was not even meant to be read! We study them so intensely though they are not novels and were copied off of other stories. I understand that he was very famous and influential and I do enjoy his plays but am curious as to why our school system seems to be so Shakespeare obsessed.

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