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Shakespeare's Influence Today

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Transcript of Shakespeare's Influence Today

William Shakespeare's
Influence Today

Pop culture stands for “Popular culture”.

"The entirety of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, memes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture."
-Wikipedia
In other words it’s a popular trend.

Shakespeare's Influence on Language
We’ve heard all these phrases at one point or another. We all know Shakespeare as the guy who says “thou” and “thee”. I’m pretty sure that we were all staring at the words thinking “What is this guy saying?” But the truth is, Shakespeare influenced modern day literature and the English language in more ways than we can imagine. People say he is the most quoted writer of all time. He was actually the first person to use words like “gossip”, “lackluster” and “glow”. According to the Oxford English Dictionary he invented around 1600 words for his plays.
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Shakespeare's Influence in games
Shakespeare’s works have also influenced the world of gaming. Whether this influence affects the whole game or just a part of it, it displays Shakespeare's major influence around the globe today.

Shakespeare's Influence on Film and Television
In pop culture Shakespeare is depicted in many different ways. A lot of the people using Shakespeare in their work have changed up the story or characters to fit the trend of the show, movie, or world. Shakespeare’s stories have been changed into different types of movies appropriate for the audience.

What made Shakespeare so well known that he is able to influence modern society even though he lived well over a couple hundred years ago? It’s because his stories, plays, and many of his other creations were imaginative and captured the audience’s interest. Even now, many of Shakespeare’s story plots share various similarities to our lives.

A prime example would be a popular song written by Taylor Swift called “ Love Story”. “Love story” was based on Romeo and Juliet because it reflected a part Taylor Swift’s life when she found her perfect match, who was regarded poorly by many of her friends and family. However, in this particular song she ended the love story with a happy ending. Romeo and Juliet is a very famous tragic story of two star crossed lovers, which enables many people to gain a deeper understanding on how Taylor Swift feels. Shakespeare's works were full of unique characters that expressed many deep emotions, making his work perfect for use as allusions.

"Love Story" -Taylor Swift-A
Snippet of Lyrics
”That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles,
And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet"
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you, "Please don't go"
And I said...
Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I'll be waiting; all that's left to do is run.
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess.
It's a love story, baby, just say, "Yes."

Believe it or not, Shakespeare also has influence in the arts. For example the reconstruction of the Theater globe of London, which is where many of his plays were performed at. The Theater was previously demolished twice, but thanks to Sam Wanamaker, who started the project on rebuilding the theater, we are able to see the architecture of an era from the past.

Shakespeare is one of the most dramatic writers you will ever know. From his story plot to his detailed characters, it is this factor that inspired many painters to paint vivid scenes and characters.
One example of usage is “Mabinogi”, a Korean “Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game” by Devcat based on Irish mythology, featuring four of Shakespeare’s plays during a game update. The stories were modified to suit the game and even featured Shakespeare himself as an important character.

William Shakespeare
Nao Mariota Pryderi
Cichol
Morrighan
Marlowe
Lanier
Hamlet
Hamlet
King Claudius
Fortinbras
Plays used included Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, and Macbeth.

Queen Gertrude
Gertrude
Horatio
Laertes
Polonius
Rosencrantz
Guildenstern
Romeo and Juliet
Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet were simply productions within the game written by Shakespeare while Merchant of Venice and Macbeth were included in and altered the game’s original storyline.

Romeo Montague
Juliet Capulet
Laurence
Tybalt Capulet
Count Paris
The Merchant of Venice
Merchant of Venice featured the same characters, only a bit modified. Belmont was replaced with their fictional land of Filia, but the land Belfast, spelled “Belvast” in game became a new area for the game.

Portia
Bassanio
Shylock
Antonio
Macbeth
Macbeth was the most severely altered. Though the plot remained the same, characters and lesser conflicts were different. In Macbeth, the Milletian plays the role of Macduff, the assistant of Princess Eirawen (Prince Malcolm) who overthrows and kills Lugh (Macbeth).

Lugh (Macbeth)
Bella (Lady Macbeth)
Princess Eirawen (Prince Malcolm)
Human
Witch
Scathach
(The Three Witches)
Admiral Owen
Odran
May 31 2012
October 29 2011
April 27 2011
January 19th, 2011,
Other games using Shakespeare include but are not limited to:
PC game "Romeo: Wherefore Art Thou?"
Hamlet The Video Game
Arden: The World of William Shakespeare
The Simpson’s Game for the PS3
Medal of Honor for the PSX
The Tempest
Metal Gear Solid 4
World of Warcraft
Final Fantasy
And much, much more
This was a movie released in 2011. It is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet fit for children. The movie is about how the red gnomes (Juliet’s family aka Capulet) have a rivalry with the blue gnomes (Romeo’s family aka Montague) and then Romeo and Juliet fall in love and proceed to unite the two families. Gnomeo and Juliet is the same as Romeo and Juliet except without all the death and suffering, it is suitable for children.
This shows how Shakespeare is also opening up to smaller children also it is shown to kids in different ways so it is appropriate.
The Simpsons is a TV show widely known for their Shakespeare references. Shakespeare has been in many Simpsons Episodes whether you have seen him or not. For example in picture 1, Bart is looking at books and on the shelf there is Shakespeare. In the second picture, Moe is wiping his tears with the play The Two Noble Kinsmen written by Shakespeare in his hands. The next picture shows Shakespeare in a painting that Homer goes through. In the last picture Marge is in a bookstore and there is a poster of Shakespeare in the background.


Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
In this video Shakespeare is shown as a zombie in the Simpsons, and Homer uses the quote: “Shows over Shakespeare!” while defeating him, relating to Shakespeare's career and what he did.

All of the examples show references of Shakespeare and his importance in the the modern world, how he is still around today, how he is depicted in different ways (The Simpsons), and as well as to show his all his work depicted in different ways (Gnomeo and Juliet).

English teachers and professors everywhere get their students to study Shakespeare’s works because there are so many interpretations that can be read from every single line. He created plays that were so unique and powerful that those ideas were used in works by other authors. The play West Side Story was based on a story of star crossed lovers, similar to that of Romeo and Juliet. He has said to have influenced many other famous writers such as Charles Dickens and Aldous Huxley.

From a historical perspective, Shakespeare’s plays gave us an insight to what the Renaissance was like. The fact that the Merchant of Venice was considered a comedy at the time showed how Europe discriminated towards the Jewish people. We use what society was like before to make sure that those discriminatory things don’t happen again.

Credits
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/taylorswift/lovestory.html
http://www.wiki.mabinogiworld.com/
http://transmedialshakespeare.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/shakespeare-in-video-games/
http://www.theworld.org/2013/08/shakespeare-wordsmith/
http://nypost.com/2011/05/08/great-shakes-2/
http://www.bt.com.bn/books-reviews/2010/04/25/writers-who-have-been-influenced-shakespeare
https://humanism.org.uk/humanism/the-humanist-tradition/renaissance/shakespeare/
http://www.pathguy.com/shakeswo.htm
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/w/william_shakespeare.html
http://bardfilm.blogspot.ca/2010/02/is-this-beginning-of-simpsons.html
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_-i61YwkAQZs/TQ1cVQJCgEI/AAAAAAAAAEE/S3ZzM5FKfTE/s400/Gnomeo%2Band%2BJuliet%2BBanner.jpg
http://simpsonspedia.net/index.php?title=William_Shakespeare
http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/reference/FAQ/specialq.html
http://popcrush.com/taylor-swift-love-songs/
http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us/history-of-the-globe
“All the World’s a Stage, and the men and women merely players…” (As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII)
“All that Glisters Is Not Gold” Changed to Glitters (The Merchant of Venice, Act II, Scene VII)

“All’s Well That Ends Well”
"The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth..." (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1, Scene 1)
Most of the websites that I have visited have all said that Shakespeare introduced thousands of words into the English language and even made spelling and grammar important. Many people now quote Shakespeare and use his words when wanting to be funny or telling a joke for example the phrase ‘to be or not to be, that is the question’ is used a lot. Sometimes it is used to anger, confuse, or make the person think about the meaning. More times than often the person usually just laughs. But that also shows just how much we don’t understand Shakespeare the meanings of his words. Shakespeare mostly influenced today with his plots and stories and the way he used his words. Books about star-crossed lovers probably relate to Romeo and Juliet. Love triangles probably have some relation to or were inspired by ‘Midsummer's dream’. Really Shakespeare influenced all of us, not just by introducing thousands of words into the English language but also by how he worded them in his plays, poems and other writing. Now all over the world people are using plots very similar to his and sometimes they still can’t compare.
Shakespeare mostly influenced today with his plots and stories and the way he used his words. Books about star-crossed lovers probably relate to Romeo and Juliet. Love triangles probably have some relation to or were inspired by ‘Midsummer's dream’. Really Shakespeare influenced all of us, not just by introducing thousands of words into the English language but also by how he worded them in his plays, poems and other writing. Now all over the world people are using plots very similar to his and sometimes they still can’t compare.
"The wheel is come full circle" (King Lear, Act 5, Scene 5)
Most of the websites that I have visited have all said that Shakespeare introduced thousands of words into the English language and even made spelling and grammar important. Many people now quote Shakespeare and use his words when wanting to be funny or telling a joke for example the phrase ‘to be or not to be, that is the question’ is used a lot. Sometimes it is used to anger, confuse, or make the person think about the meaning. More times than often the person usually just laughs. But that also shows just how much we don’t understand Shakespeare the meanings of his words.
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