"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." Dick the Butcher in Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, Scene II, Line 73
Did Shakespeare hate lawyers? That's what this (in)famous line would lead us to believe, and scholars have gone back and forth about what it really means for years. Some think its akin to a joke about lawyers, and others believe that it is a compliment to lawyers who instill justice--considering the character who says the line is a henchman for the rebel Jack Cade. These articles explore the topic so you can come to your own conclusion.