Development Of Shakespeare


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"The theater was clearly his chosen environment, and when we direct our attention to Shakespeare the playwright, we have come to the essential man" (Bentley 121). In the United States, Shakespeare is the most well known author of the Elizabethan era, but how did he achieve this magnificent status? Where did he get the ideas for the masterpieces that he produced? What went through his mind when he wrote characters like Hamlet, Julius Caesar, or even Bottom from A Midsummer Night's Dream? There were many factors that contributed to the works of art he produced, but a few do stand out above the rest: his use of words, his audience, cast, and the literary sources of his ideas. ...

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there are many drawn out speeches in which he tries to portray some deep passion of his character. Disappointingly though, these hyped up speeches turn out to be just a load of pretty words used to sway the audience's feelings one way or another rather than actually portraying the message that Shakespeare had intended (Harrison 121). The end result of this was that his characters did not have deep passions or even likes and dislikes; they did not have personalities.
He used other techniques of wording poorly also. The rhymes were quite common, being every line or every other line. In addition, the rhythms of the speech were regular and forced a singsong flow (Harrison 121). The use of imagery was likewise weak. Imagery is a great touch in writing (and quite vivid and well written by Shakespeare) …if it has a purpose. But the only purpose in these early plays, though, was for the sake of adding imagery rather than to clarify an idea or to help the audience visualize ...

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and phrases would spruce up the dialogue, but in these plays it looks as though he wrote entire speeches at once (Harrison 136). The strength in this is that it gets across an entire idea at once instead of being broken up into a bunch of mini poems that sound good to the ear. In King Lear, he uses the words 'nature', 'natural', and 'naturally' forty-seven times which becomes a "sinister echo" throughout the play portraying a well-produced message (Harrison 139).

So Shakespeare still loved to play with words after all this learning and development of his style, but now he did it in different ways and in a much more effective manner for play writing. According to G.B. Harrison, ...

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