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SHAKESPEARE'S COMMON THEMES
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APPEARANCE AND REALITY
The next topic that I am going to talk about is Appearance and Reality. Shakespeare truly mastered the technique of making a person look like what they are not. In some of his stories, women have pretended to be men and some identities are simply just mistaken for other ones. Some deceived others in being their friend, but instead planning to torture them.
This is how many of us portray William Shakespeare.
When he wrote about conflict, it meant so much in his stories. It gave life to his stories. It gave a lot of drama, which caught people’s attention. Some of his stories involved conflict between love and war. Some arguments included in his stories were about family, politics and historical fights.
by Anthony M. 7C
SHAKESPEARE'S COMMON THEMES
As you all know, I am doing an oral report on the one and only William Shakespeare. The format I chose was the media presentation format. We also had the pick a topic or theme to talk about. I chose Shakespeare’s common themes – what are they and why are they so important? The few that I am going to talk about is conflict, appearance and reality, order, disorder and change (these three go together).
Another key theme in Shakespeare’s plays and stories was Order, Disorder and Change. In many of his kingdoms he wrote about the stability and order got ruined. This happened to King Lear, which went mad and confused. This can also happen to societies, such as England which was divided by people’s civil war. The order of nature also got broken, such as storms wrecking people’s lives. The usual ending to these stories he wrote was restoration. . Many scholars have argued whether that disorder has stayed or that restoration is permanent. No one is sure because Shakespeare never wrote a continuation of his stories.
ORDER, DISORDER AND CHANGE
In some of his plays he repeats the same word over and over. For example, in his famous story Macbeth, the repetitive word is blood. In this story blood relates to many things. The word is very dramatic when it is used in violence. Blood also relates to family and relatives. Did you know that Shakespeare invented the word bloody? It is in Macbeth when he turns blood into an adjective for the very first time to describe the violence involved.
Through the 400 years since he existed he has influenced our world today so much. He is the most quoted writer in the English-speaking history. He invented many words which are used often today and the stories he wrote continue to inspire and entertain us to this day.
The conflict he writes about is so important because without it his stories would not be popular these days. Indeed, almost every story needs conflict to make it interesting. Shakespeare did a very good job at this. Without the conflict in his stories , writers today would struggle to write about conflict so well. They would also not have a brilliant inspiration if Shakespeare didn’t.
The main reason he is so popular because of his amazing ability to summarize a variety of human feelings in such a concise verse. He makes you feel emotions through his stories, and you can really feel what the character is going through.
So why are Shakespeare’s themes so important? Shakespeare’s themes influenced us all in many different ways. First of all he influenced the English language itself. He invented a list of words including: accommodation, aerial, amazement, apostrophe, baseless, bloody and bump. Shakespeare’s writing also influenced and inspired great writers over the years such as Charles Dickens.