It is important to study and understand English history in order to fully grasp Shaespeare’s plays for many reasons. The English monarchs were perfect people for Shakespeare to mirror within his writing. Shakespeare’s best work is surrounded by family drama and dilemma. Shakespeare perfectly depicts love, revenge, hate, and violence throughout his plays in a way that someone who had not lived through such a time in history could. The historical symbolism within Shakespeare’s plays set him apart from any writer.
Not only did Shakespeare write he also had a thing for making up new words in his free time. Many famous plays were written by him; Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet etc. The relevance of Shakespeare has come into question many times. People often wonder “Why do we study Shakespeare?”, “What is he even saying?”, “Does Shakespeare really teach us anything?” Not being able to understand Shakespeare is probably the main reason people do not think he is relevant anymore, but little do they know, behind all those confusing, made up words are life lessons. Shakespeare has taught many life lessons
Shakespeare’s Views on Gender Roles Gender roles in Shakespeare’s time played a crucial role in all of his plays, sonnets, and writings in general. Even though during his time, the views on gender roles were much different than today, Shakespeare still found a way to make his views of the various roles of men and women very clear. Through the art of language and poetry, Shakespeare’s views of men and women in society were well known and portrayed to his audiences, whether it was in 1597 or 2016. When Shakespeare began writing, he was writing during the Elizabethan age. Gender roles then were very straight forward and strict.
If their works were referenced to another modern work such as how Foster uses Rocky and Bullwinkle for example. The connotation behind the two references brings about a different feeling towards the work. Saying when a work is related to Shakespeare gives off a sophisticated tone and is much more respected then saying a work is referenced to a silly name like Rocky and Bullwinkle. In other words, the significance of detecting references to Shakespeare’s works brings about sophistication and a deeper knowledge of the character. The author references Shakespeare due to being universally known and having a highly respected
However, Shakespeare alters their achievements and qualities from history to fit more perfectly into his play. History and The Holinshed Chronicles impact Shakespeare 's Macbeth, and this proves to be important to the reader in understanding the underlying meaning of the work. Many occurrences in Macbeth are
Also this book can prepare students for the outside world and how to strive for what you want in this challenging society. Although many people feel that Romeo and Juliet should not be taught in high school and have logical reasoning to back up their opinion I feel that it should still be taught due to the reasoning I have previously provided you with prior to this conclusion. Finally I actually like Romeo and Juliet and admire shakespeare for having the imagination to be able to write this and create one of the most unexpected plot twist in play
The 1996 film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet provides a stronger interpretation of Shakespeare’s text, as it utilizes symbolic imagery to better mirror his theme that in efforts to seek peace, people oftentimes attempt to avoid repeating errors of the past. The film evidences this in its representation of the text’s prologue, Romeo’s desperation for Juliet’s affections, and the conclusion of the story. The final line of the prologue of Romeo and Juliet, perhaps most notably, states, “What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend” (Shakespeare 0.0.14). One commonly associates the term “toil” with notions of hardwork and perseverance, and “strive” maintains an association with the prospect of progressing towards a goal. Thus, these terms
If one has read ‘Macbeth’ a number of times, it is clear to recognise that there are large parts of the speeches and soliloquies that have been left out. However, Shakespeare’s story does not lose out as a result of the cutting down within this film adaptation. According to Kurzel in an interview with Film 4, the director stated that he did not want the soliloquies to lead the film (YouTube, 2015). I found that the way the soliloquies were presented in the film, as though the characters were in conversation with a figment of their imagination, to be a clever and inventive way to adapt a traditional screen version of Shakespeare’s work. It aids in the translation of their growing insanity and reclusiveness, but also in understanding post traumatic stress disorder that both Kurzel and Fassbender have claimed their adapted Macbeth to have (Film 4, YouTube, 2015).
Knowing the time period in which a piece of drama was created can indicate patterns and forms or help to predict common themes. Knowing the historical context is very important for any scholastic reader. Knowing the context not only makes it more enjoyable, but also helps connect and relate to what the author wants. “In great writing from the past, we find ancestors, and we not only see the country and the people as they were, but we also soak up the climate of the times through the language, characters, tones and settings” (Kirk). As an example, knowing the time period helps the reader understand why the themes of politics and AIDS are the basis of Angels in America.
That era was known for its flourish in literary works and dramas, leading to the immense over dramatization of Shakespeare’s characters. The time period is also responsible for his flowery word choices, convoluted riddles, and poetic feel. Even though literacy was on the rise, Shakespeare still participated in the traditional style of writing, for the higher educated. It was this style of writing that audiences expected, and if he were to change it to be more casually written it would feel like he thought the less literate were unable to comprehend the style. The writing technique that Shakespeare used was far different from that of Miller.