Timeless Tales Of Shakespeare

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Timeless Tales Of Shakespeare

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Still to this day, Shakespear has become an immortal figure through literature, with many of his poems and plays being recognizable to not only literary experts, but to common people all across the world. Some of his plays, such as Hamlet, Henry V, and especially Romeo and Juliet have influenced many creative individuals, as well as the work they create. However, this has lead to a big question for many historians analyzing his work, and that question is simply "Why?"

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For over four centuries, artists and creators have been using Shakespeare's diverse characters and plots as a standard for their own work, in order to forward their own plots and stories. Many writers also use these elements in order to recreate these timeless tales of Shakespeare, and turn into their own work. From movies to books to poems, Shakespears work has been represented in many different ways.

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One favorable opinion as to why Shakespeare's work is so appreciated is due to the fact that Shakespeare's stories and characters are so relatable. Might there be a connection us readers can see in his work? Is there something in his work that we see in ourselves? This is believed to be true, since Shakespeare never wrote about the experiences of living in a specific place or time period, or what it was like to live in certain situations. He instead writes about what it is like to be human, about the emotions that humans feel: love, envy, or even despair. Themes like these allow anyone from any background or time period to realate, making his work timeless.

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The timelessness of Shakespeare's work has lead to many theories and analysis on many of his plays, and the mystery surrounding him. One of these prominent theories, elaborated on by Jay Black, relates to Romeo and Juliet, and suggest that Romeo was written in order to be despised by the audience.

This is believed mainly due to the time in which the play was written, which is believed to be in 1595, where hunger was being spread amongst the poor in England. Romeo throughout the play is portrayed similar to how a villian is in many movies, in a way in which the audience is supposed to hate him due to his actions and statements.

The audience, with the little money in which they have, pays to watch the play, only to hear the complaints of a rich young boy about love, all while the audience is experiencing much more significant issues. Another example of this is shown by one of Romeo's first lines, where he asks Benvolio where

they should eat. This is also used in many other plays, where an antagonist may do something unfavorable almost immediately, in order to indicate that the character is a "bad guy". With this in mind, many historians believe that Romeo was supposed to be portrayed as the "evil" boy that lead both Romeo and Juliet to their faith.

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