Shakespeare's Influence On Modern Culture Essay

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How Shakespeare has influenced modern culture?
Have you ever heard of William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, or Hamlet? Heard or seen the famous line from Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy? Chances are you have. Despite William Shakespeare being born in the mid 1500 's, he is known as one of the most influential people in modern culture because his plays are very common today and relate to today 's culture. Some of his early work such as plays and poems has helped shape modern movies, books, and the way we read and write today.
William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 in England. According to Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia Shakespeare as a boy was most likely educated at a local grammar school where he grew up. Since
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He stretched the ideas of many things that were not really discussed during his time and were addressed hundreds of years later, and even might not be resolved in some parts of the world today. In plays like Macbeth they had a role of a female character that was one of the leads and in Othello they had a lead role of an African-American. He also created hundreds upon thousands of new words, phrases and sentences that are found commonly today. He formed words, according to the Academy of American Poets by combining Latin, French, and Native roots. His impressive expansion of the English language, according to the Oxford Dictionary, created words such as birthplace, bloodsucking, downstairs and leapfrog just to name a few. Some of these social issues of Shakespeare 's day which feature in the plays - class division, racism, sexuality, the role and status of women, crime, war, death - are still the ongoing issues in today 's dysfunctional global society (“Shakespeare: Our Contemporary?” 1). These issues showed up in Macbeth when one of the lead characters which was lady Macbeth who is a women. Women did not have the rights like they do today and were usually a stay at home parents that cleaned all day. So when he made a women part of the lead cast and had a really big part in Macbeth convincing Macbeth to kill in the play it raised lots of questions during his time. Also another example of this would be another famous play of Shakespeare called Othello where there was a lead black character who was criticized for being in an all white town. Shakespeare was probably called crazy multiple times for doing this. Shakespeare’s language and themes that he used are still comparable today because we are dealing with the same issues such as equal rights, murder and
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