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    The Truth behind Shakespeare’s Plays The odds of someone having read Shakespeare at least once in their life is significantly high. William Shakespeare is known worldwide as a writing icon for his works such as “Romeo and Juliet”, “Macbeth”, and countless others. One impact of Shakespeare’s works is that they are commonly used as a learning tool in many schools nationwide. Students examine hidden meanings behind his literary devices and the Elizabethan era language. Although Shakespeare is regarded as a positive effect in British literature, there is also a negative effect. His works can be easily interpreted by anyone and those differing opinions may lead to discourse. During the Renaissance era in which Shakespeare’s plays were published,…

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    Shakespeare’s plays are known to display countless themes, some of which manifest through the body of the works as a whole. There is a dichotomy between appearance and reality in Shakespearean works. The idea that people or things in the world are often not what they seem, falls at the heart of all his plays. The false appearances of the characters often lead to the climax. The reality is the truth of what exists, but the appearance is merely what someone makes something look like. There are…

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    In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the line “Et tu, Brute?” stands out as one of the most famous lines in the play. The only problem, however, is that Julius Caesar did not say that line upon being stabbed twenty-three times. Although the play Julius Caesar seems quite credible, Shakespeare has indeed embellished a few parts of it. In the play, the character of Marc Antony does not correspond to historical texts; but the assassination of Julius Caesar in essence does stand validated with…

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    Even now, Shakespeare is quoted, all the “live long day”(Julius Caesar). In books, television shows and movies, you can find Shakespeare’s words and influence. He introduced more than 3,000 words to the English language. Without even realizing it, our everyday speech is full of words and phrases used in his plays and poems. In “one fell swoop”(Macbeth) or thirty-seven plays and one hundred and fifty four sonnets, Shakespeare changed the way the English word was written and spoken, and those…

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    Look at the way people dress. Listen to the words of music. Look closely at the plot in movies. We do not often know that some of these are often influenced by the most famous writer and playmaker, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare has influenced quite a bit of today's modern culture through tragic, comical, and love filled writings and plays he wrote in the Renaissance period. We often see remakes of his romantic play, Romeo and Juliet, or his tragic play, Macbeth. Movies such as The Lion King…

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    During Shakespeare’s time, nobles were not the only people who would attend his shows. “Groundlings” and “stinkards,” those who paid as little as a penny, would watch from the pit or outside. Karen Prior concludes, “[There is one ‘commoner’ population to whom Shakespeare can hold special significance: convicts.” There has been an influx of Shakespeare performances in “prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers” in the past few decades. Those categorized as “diehard [Shakespeareans]” may…

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    Shakespeare, one of the most recognizable authors today, has greatly contributed to literary history. Many people swear by books such as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Others believe his stories, written over 400 years ago, have no relevance to today. Middle and high school teachers have taught Shakespeare’s works for decades. People of all different ages know at least a few Shakespeare references, such as the famous quote “to be, or not to be”. Teaching Shakespeare in high schools has become an…

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    in Julius Caesar.” British Library, British Library Board, www.bl.uk/. Accessed 5 Oct. 2016. “Rhetoric, Power, and Persuasion in Julius Caesar” written by Kim Ballard explains the importance of these three topics in Julius Caesar, one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. Although the article only focuses on a single play, it does an excellent job explaining the rhetoric used by William Shakespeare. The article explains the background of William Shakespeare and the importance of literature…

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    Stand Up For Shakespeare

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    Shakespeare's most famous works have been incorporated in school curriculums for decades, therefore there is no surprise that it has been translated into various forms in order for it to be taught effectively in class. With dramas, such as Hamlet and Macbeth, Shakespeare was able to explore many themes that are very relatable to his readers, which is why teachers today use both reading, technology and analyzing/performing in their classrooms so their students are able to understand the plot more…

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    Anyone who is familiar with famed writer William Shakespeare can easily list some of his most famous plays, such as the tragedies Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet. Many casual readers do not recognize his sonnets, except for perhaps his eighteenth, which describes a lover who is compared to a beautiful summer day. The majority of his sonnets are fairly unknown to many people, so they miss the part of his writing that offers a more personal glance into his life and opinions. In his sonnets,…

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