We have all certainly heard the expression “the pen is mightier than the sword” and as Hamlet states when he realizes the power of words: “I will speak daggers to her, but use none” (Hamlet 3.2: 366). William Shakespeare is one of the most important writers in history and arguably the most notable, particularly with his use of language. I believe that Shakespeare consistently uses the knowledge that language is power to his advantage throughout his plays. From themes of power, control, disguise, deception, and manipulation, there remains the underlying theme that ties all of these together: the power of language. The beauty of Shakespeare’s work and what makes it resonate even today is his use of discretion and subtlety to tie together the complexities of humanity and art.
It is evident that the piece that pride, betrayal, and fate are the prime thematic topics, but Shakespeare blurs the line between the allusion of a life full of fortune, and the reality of the burdens that come with life. Inevitably, “Shakespeare took great liberties with this source, adapting various historical events to increase the dramatic effect of his tragedy” (Hact). Elizabethan plays were very sophisticated, for the majority of those who wrote them were scholarly, and had an education. The plays consisted of humor, tragedy, and had a certain sophistication about them. In the Tragedy of
Peter Hulme and William H. Sherman. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2004. Print. Shakespeare, William. The Tempest.
Romeo and Juliet has always been one of Shakespeare's most popular plays (Bryant xxiii) "This play, like Shakespeare's other works, is a tribute to his discernment of the human soul" (Lipson and Lipson 1). The Elizabethan people of that time saw in the drama a reflection of their own life and experience. It’s appearance, then, was human rather than analytical or educational. "Romeo and Juliet is one of the world's greatest plays because Romeo and Juliet are what Shakespeare has made them" Lipson and Lipson 11). Shakespeare's works depend on language.
Shakespeare turned this subject from nothing special, to something spectacular. The objective of this essay is to show the dramatic significance of the romance and tragedy of this work of art. The play made William Shakespeare very famous in his early days as a play write. Act III Scene I of the performance, is one in which the character and plot turn around from their earlier roles. This scene contains the highest dramatic points in the entire play and they provide huge amounts of anticipation to the audience's minds in the actions following.
Because of his play Romeo and Juliet, the English language became more vibrant and vivid through his exceptional usage of literary devices. Not only that, but also Shakespeare had managed to merge the two opposite classes of the Elizabethan era into one single family, where all would understand and appreciate the true masterpiece of Romeo and Juliet. Lastly, due to Shakespeare’s great insight upon human psychology, his characters seemed to exist in reality and were passing their legacy through the power of storytelling. For these reasons, Shakespeare was truly the “Bard” of the English language, for he had accomplished the impossible to become the greatest playwright in history.
The presentation of love in this play is wide both in scope and in application, including many relevant ideas. The structure of the play helps convey these, and still maintains it as a comedy. There is a sinister, evil tainted scene, followed by a comic one, balancing the play, but still including all the negative points that Shakespeare wants to convey. It is altogether a hugely impressive piece of playwriting, and Shakespeare deserves the adulation he duly receives.