William Shakespeare was the greatest dramatic director of his time, and today is still possibly the greatest playwright to ever live. His dramatic works allowed the people of his time to understand what was wrong with society, and enjoy all of the things that were right about it. The messages he wished to convey still echo and resonate in the minds of anyone who has witnessed a Shakespeare play in today’s world. “The early plays are filled with life and vitality, praising and glorifying the virtues of true love, even when in the presence of deep tragedy.” (Terrall) Throughout all of his plays, he is sure to include two character types: a protagonist and an antagonist. Within each individual play, the protagonist is relatively easy to pick out.
When you hear the names “Romeo and Juliet”, the first person that comes to mind might be Shakespeare. This represents the imprint that a person who has been referred to as “one of the greatest writers in the English language” can leave on the world of literature. Shakespeare's trademarks were comedic and tragic plays that left and continue to leave lasting impressions on people who are exposed to them. William Shakespeare, a 16th century playwright, is composed of many layers, like his plays. Even after death, his works have had a profound influence on the development of today's modern literature and performing arts.
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