Shakespeare - Relevance in the 21st Century

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Shakespeare is a poet and playwright that lived in the late sixteenth century and was known for writing well received plays. Even now in the twenty-first century, his plays are well known around the world. People may ask, why would a playwright from the sixteenth century still be the centre of attention in the twenty-first century? Many attributes of Shakespeare’s plays contribute to this enduring nature. One possible reason is the large spread of interpretations possible in Shakespeare’s plays. Another possible reason is the plays Shakespeare write focus on emotions that are universal to the human race. The characters in Shakespeare’s plays have very complex personalities and have a variety of interpretation. The combinations of these reasons are why Shakespeare is still popular in the current time. The plays written by Shakespeare are open to very broad interpretation mainly due to the lack of things that would be considered essential in theatre in current time [1]. These things include lighting, clothing and proper casting of roles. Lighting allows for a more understanding sense of mood in a play, allowing the audience to feel the mood of the characters in the play. Clothing shows the different rankings of hierarchy in a play as well as a sense of the mood of the character that is wearing the clothes. Proper casting of rules makes the emotions and thoughts of the character easier to recognise because the audience can use stereotypes of the actors’ personalities to determine the personality of the characters they are portraying. The broad interpretations keep the interest of the audience as they can imagine the different motives and thoughts untold going through the minds of the characters. An example of the different interpretations possible in Shakespeare’s plays can be seen in how people interpret Macbeth, a famous play by Shakespeare. The monarchist reading of the play shows King Duncan, the ruler of Scotland at the time as being saintly, where all of his...
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