Ever give them something to relate to.
Ever thought about what Shakespeare was thinking when he wrote his poems? Was Shakespeare every really Shakespeare? Shakespeare was one of the best well know poets. He wrote 154 sonnets, 37 plays, and 5 long narrative poems, but what made the most popular sonnets and plays special? Today his poems, plays, and sonnets are still well known, and will always be remembered.
In 1564, William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. He was an English poet and playwright, one of the best and well-known writers to use the English language. Shakespeare was educated at the King’s New School, which was a free chartered grammar school that was located in Stratford. There he studied the basic Latin text and grammar.
It seems that Shakespeare’s career began around the year 1592. His works reach to people all around the world despite the language barriers and different races and cultures. For centuries, the popularity of his works has grown. This has led to his works being translated into all languages of the world. So, despite whatever language a person may speak, his words can still reach people all around the world.
Shakespeare’s work draws out the complexity of the characters, enchants the audience, and teases out additional themes such as manipulation. This driving force allows Shakespeare to control the realm of the play as well as the realm of theatre. He sets the stage in reality playing with language that captivates minds. Language sets people apart and brings them together. Language can create and destroy.
His stories relate to many people’s lives. They speak to the audience with emotion feelings that anyone can feel every day. His stories can be tragedies, histories, or even comedies. Most of his stories have a character who is the hero and is facing a terrible tragedy.
Everyone experiences tragedy at some point in their life, and William Shakespeare’s tragedies give them something to relate to. Shakespeare seemed to take life experiences and turn them into writing to share with the world. Around Shakespeare’s time, executions were a public matter and could well be a contributor for the inspiration behind some of the tragedies. This is something people from his era would be familiar with and could possibly relate to. Shakespeare’s great tragedies have a main character that is respected and also has a “tragic flaw” that leads to them either dying or to their defeat. The character’s flaw is usually something that the audiences can relate to therefore making them more popular among the people.
Unlike Shakespeare’s tragedies, his comedies tend to have happy endings. Shakespeare targeted his comedies to reflect emotions of situations his audiences were likely to face more regularly. His plays usually reflected marriage or family situations in a humorous aspect. One play that is something his audiences can emotionally relate to is Two Gentlemen of Verona. A woman follows her fiancé on a business trip, while pretending to be a man, to find that he is unfaithful and in the end, she wins back his affection. Another comedy that could be relatable to the younger crowds even today is Love’s Labor’s Lost. It tells the story of three men who have gone off to school and promise themselves to focus on nothing more than their school work and studies, which means staying as far away from any women as they possibly can. Of course, none of the men succeed in this self-made promise. Shakespeare’s main goal was to give the people something they could relate to.
William Shakespeare originally drew his audiences into his works of literature by appealing to the audience’s thoughts and feelings. He did this by reaching to them through their race, culture, and mostly emotions. Shakespeare’s plays have been translated into practically every language throughout the world helping it appeal to every culture. The issues in the plays help it relate to the different races. His tragedies, comedies, and histories, which are broken down from his poems, plays and sonnets, draw a wide range of emotions that can appeal to natural emotions that virtually everyone experiences during their lifetime. The way Shakespeare has appealed to the audiences has drawn more and more people to his work. Thus, it has become more and more popular.
Shakespeare was well set in the year 1592. His high reputation was in London. His earliest plays were “Henry VI”, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, and “Titus Andronicus”. In 1594, Shakespeare joined other people, creating a new theater company. Having Richard Burbage as lead actor, for almost twenty years they performed two shows a year on average. The plays included “Hamlet”, “Othello”, and “Lear.”
Shakespeare plays were performed only in London, where the buildings were designed specifically for performing plays. Most of the theaters were tall, and circular in shape. They would be open to the sky, and roofs protecting the galleries. The performances took place in the afternoon, where lighting was at its peak performance. All the roles in the plays were male performers. Even the female role’s, were guys.
His some of his most popular works are “The Tempest,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Hamlet.” In Hamlet, Shakespeare employs prince Hamlet to use words to achieve all of his means as well. Hamlet as a character may have the most extraordinary ability with words as the play is entirely driven by his contemplation and his skillful use of language. All of his words lead to his desired and undesired results. Hamlet’s father was murdered with poison administered directly into his ear and extends the parallel metaphor from Othello that language can be used to destroy: “something indeed is rotten in the state of Denmark” (Bevington 546). The Ghost of Hamlet’s father refers to Claudius’ poisoning when Hamlet learns the truth: “A serpent stung me. So, the whole ear of Denmark/is forged process of my death” (Hamlet 1.5: 36-37). This metaphor of poison and venomous words drive the play as a whole and ultimately consumes Hamlet himself. This idea that language is consuming when without virtue demonstrates Shakespeare’s aptitude for the necessity of language as well as its power.
In Hamlet’s to be or not to be speech, he analyzes the meanings of each word. While he is contemplating the audience is drawn to his profound depth of thought. Hamlet wishes to know both the definition and implied meaning of each word. The infamous question “to be or not to be: that is the question/whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer/the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune/or to take arms against a sea of troubles” regards death in a rational way (Hamlet 3.1: 59-61). Even though Hamlet cannot answer the question he finds his words giving him great insight. He is able to alter and shape his reality based on his poetic language and find value. This is in spite to his battle to find the “correct” words that will answer him outright. In this Hamlet’s world becomes constructed based on his interpretation of the language. This shows growth through the language; however, it is also Hamlet’s bane.
What if Shakespeare didn’t actually write his works. Who was the real Shakespeare? It is the greatest detective story there ever was. As more clues are being found, more and more people are doubting the fact that he ever wrote all his plays or even existed. The big question people are asking is why the man who told so much about who we are told us so little about himself? How could a ‘nobody’ have thought a man who could barely sign his name was the greatest writer in the English language?
It is believed by Oxfordians that Edward De Vere was the real Shakespeare. De Vere received degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge and then studied law. He was also saluted at the court with the toast: “Thy countenance shakes a spear.” It is very sad that De Vere did not receive any credit for his work, but instead a man who didn’t even exist get it. In fact, Oxfordians remain convinced that all the plays had been written by the time De Vere died.
Just after WWI, an English schoolmaster named J. Thomas Looney set out to find the real William Shakespeare by constructing an exact profile of this man. The search continued and lasted several years. He came across this little volume of poetry in the British Library and in it he found some poems which seemed remarkably similar to the works of Shakespeare. The poems were written by Edward De Vere. De Vere seemed to quit writing when still a young man. But Looney was sure the writing continued under the name “William Shakespeare.”
Sir Francis Bacon, was another one of the writers accused of writing Shakespeare’s work. Sir Francis Bacon was a great writer and scientist, very well-educated and he was more advanced than William Shakespeare. One reason people think that Shakespeare wrote all of his work was that Shakespeare wrote in a writing style that was so sophisticated than everyone else, and that could not learn to write that way in school; it was just talent.
The debate over whether Shakespeare wrote his works will be debated for years. Both sides have strong arguments but neither have enough evidence to prove the other wrong, the thing we know is that whoever wrote them they did a spectacular job. If Shakespeare did not exist, then who really wrote all those plays?
Shakespeare is still a mystery even today, not sure if anyone will actually know if Shakespeare was real or is he just a myth? We know so little information about Shakespeare himself, we only know his works, if they even are his. He is one of the best well-known poets in history. His poems, sonnets, and plays weren’t like anyone else. His