Of the utmost important lies of choosing to be loved than feared and avoiding hatred at all costs. A prince who balances clemency and cruelty is able to find times appropriate of their usage. How a prince should conduct himself to gain power and morale is a thread Shakespeare carefully incorporated from Machiavelli. "Those who have obtained a principality by wickedness " (Machiavelli 1) is also seen in Macbeth's strongest characters. Through Machiavelli’s applied principles in the play, the behavior conducted by a proper prince is able to be analyze by the readers.
His plays reached a new level of popularity in the nineteenth century across the American frontier. Through another famous literary figure, Mark Twain, modern audiences are able to look into nineteenth century American culture and the important role Shakespeare played in it. Mark Twain was able to relate in a true and honest way with his audiences by depicting Shakespeare’s works in his novel exactly how they would have been performed upon stage. The characters of the Duke and the King bring Shakespeare directly into The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn while subplot allow Mark Twain to parallel some of Shakespeare’s own plays. Through Mark Twain’s writing, a modern audience can see how important and influential Shakespeare was to the people of the nineteenth century.
Shakespeare designed his written with the intention of expressing the elegance and prestige of the monarchy’s era and did so in an impressive manner to achieve his recognition. This paper discusses William Shakespeare’s work in relation to the monarchy that was in power during the time of his existence. This analysis includes the writings that were directly related to the queen and king of that time. Further, there is an analysis of how Shakespeare represented the entire monarchy. On the reverse side of this part of the discussion, the paper will look at how the monarchy viewed Shakespeare’s work and the writer himself.
In some of William Shakespeare's most famous works, he deviates from the historical truth to create the final product of his works. He does this to please loyalty, as well as appeal to his audience at the time. At the same time, Shakespeare also does this to help create a stronger bond between the reader and the characters. To satisfy this, he implements many fictional pieces to his famous works. Macbeth was one of these works as he wrote this in 1606 to honor James I becoming the king of England.
William drastically altered history for the approval and satisfaction of King James I. Since Shakespeare was a well-established actor and playwright during King James I’s reign, James wanted William to write and produce plays for him. Although teenink.com states King James I as a “…huge supporter of theater”, he also wanted Shakespeare to glorify him and his ancestors. With William being “…offered royal protection and money…”(shakespeare-online.com), he took the king’s offer and began writing Macbeth. Teenink.com explains, “Shakespeare drew the plot for Macbeth from historical sources--particularly Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland.