William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare

Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright and

Poet, he is considered the greatest dramatist the world has ever known and
the finest poet who has written in the English language. Shakespeare is
known as the most popular author, no other writer's plays have been
produced so many times in so many different places. Many reasons can be
given for Shakespeare's popular audience, one is because of his broad
understanding of human nature. Shakespeare understood people like nobody
else did, he could see a dramatic situation in all of humans that relate to each
other. From this he could create characters that have meaning beyond the time
and place of his plays, yet his characters are not symbolic figures, there

Shakespeare wrote at least thirty-seven plays which have been divided
into comedies, histories, and tragedies. These plays contain characteristics of
all walks of life. Some of these walks of life are Kings, pickpockets,

Drunkards, generals, hired killers, shepherds, and philosophers all were in

Shakespeare's works. In addition to his deep understanding of human nature

Shakespeare had knowledge in a wide variety of other subjects, such as

Music, the law, the Bible, military science, the stage, art, politics, the sea,

History, hunting, woodcraft, and sports. As for as we know Shakespeare had
no professional experience in any field except the theater. Shakespeare was
born to what today would be called middle-class parents. His birthplace was
the small market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. After Shakespeare got

Married at the age of 18 he left Stratford to go to London to seek fortune in
the theatrical world. Within a few years he became one of the city's leading
actors and playwrights. By 1612 Shakespeare had become England's most
popular playwright.

Shakespeare had a huge amount of influence on culture throughout the

World, his works have shaped a lot of the English speaking world and other

Countries such as Germany and Russia. Shakespeare contributed to the
development of the English language also, people say he prevented literary

English from becoming fixed and artificial. Shakespeare's works have not just
been used by scholars, many words and phrases from his plays and poems
have been a part of everyday speech. Some examples of the everyday speech
are fair play, a foregone conclusion, catch cold, and disgraceful conduct. As
far as sholars know common words such as assassination, bump,
eventful, and lonely have been invented by Shakespeare. Many people can
identify lines by Shakespeare even though they have never even seen or read
one of his play's a few examples are To be, or not to be, Friends,

Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears, and A horse! A horse! My

Kingdom for a horse! Shakespeare's genius as a poet enabled him to express
an idea both briefly and colorfully. In a tragedy Othello he described jealousy
as the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on. Another
tragedy King Lear, Shakespeare described a daughter's ingratitude toward
her father as sharper than a serpent's tooth.

Besides influencing language and literature Shakespeare had effected
other cultures of the English speaking world, his plays and poems have been
a part of education. As a result Shakespeare's ideas on such subjects as
heroism, romantic love, and the nature of tragedy have shaped the attitudes of
millions of people. His portrayals of historical figures and events have also
influenced our thinking, for examples many people visualize Julius Caesar,

Mark Antony, and Cleopatra as Shakespeare as Shakespeare portrayed them
not like they been described in history books. Even historians have been
influenced by Shakespeare's greatness. Shakespeare lived in England during
the reign of Queen Elizabeth a period known as the Elizabethan Age,
historians consider the Elizabethan Age as a peak of English culture. Some
have questioned whether the period would seem so important if Shakespeare
had not lived and worked in it.

Shakespeare's influence reflects his astonishing popularity, his plays
have been a vital part of the theater in the Western world since they were
written more than 300 years ago. Through the years the parts of

Shakespeare's play are considered to be the supreme test of their art.

Shakespeare's plays have been attracting audiences in big, sophisticated
cities and in small, rural towns. His plays were performed on the frontiers of

Australia and New Zealand, they were part of the cultural life of the

American Colonies and provided entertainment in the mining camps of the

Old West. Today there are theaters in England, the United States, and

Canada dedicated to staging some of Shakespeare's works. Shakespeare's
plays appeal to readers as well as to theater goers, his

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