Compare/Contrast Shakespeare and Marlowe Essay

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Literary Essay
Compare/Contrast Shakespeare and Marlowe

William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were both writers of the Elizabethan stage, living in the same town of London, at the same time, and they wrote plays while working with the same people. Their strongest similarity was in their work. They both had an innate ability to write about love, great tragedies, comedies, drama and poetry with a similar style called blank verse. Before Marlowe’s time, blank verse was not an accepted verse for drama, but he was able to substitute the regular stresses of earlier blank verses and created a more departed, sincere verse. Shakespeare later followed Marlowe’s example and was able to master the ordinary rhythm of this new style of
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He was known for his use of the blank verse, which would later become a great influence towards William Shakespeare works.
It was Marlowe who revolutionized English drama from its rut of rambling interlude with one stroke of brilliance Marlowe was able to free the traditional blank verse of its rules regularity, and restrictions. With out the restrictions Shakespeare was later able to play, purify and perfect the style. Marlowe broke new ground with his blank verse and it paved the way for future Elizabethan writers such as William Shakespeare. Some would say that Marlowe inspired the genius of William Shakespeare. It is quite evident that in the beginning of his career Marlowe’s influence on Shakespeare was quite considerable. For example, the characters and plot line were similar in Shakespeare’s Richard the second, Richard the third and Merchant of Venice were notably similar to Marlowe’s Edward the second and the Jew of Malta. In some of Shakespeare’s works he even quotes Marlowe’s Hero and Leander directly as he uses the line “Whoever loved that, loved not at first sight?” in his As You Like It. Shakespeare’s direct mimicking of Marlowe’s works clearly shows the influence that Marlowe had on Shakespeare’s works.
The comparison of Marlowe and Shakespeare differs greatly when it comes to their personality and mental make-up. Marlowe was an individual with great education, with a scholarship

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