Why Shakespeare is Still Relevant Over 400 Years after his Death

Have you ever used the term “tongue-tied”, “in a pickle” and “cruel to be kind”? If so, you have quoted Shakespeare. In facts, it’s likely we cite him without realizing it. Shakespeare also crafted unique words like “hoodwinked”, “bedazzled”, and even created common words by changing nouns to verbs, verbs to adjectives and so on. But aside to his immense contribution to the English language, there are many more reasons why his work is studied today.

-Shakespeare’s works were timeless: Think about some of Shakespeare’s famous plays, such as Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, Macbeth, Julius Caesar and so on. There are SO many plays and sonnets that Shakespeare created it’s a lot to name. His plays have found a template for many books and movies produced today.

-Shakespeare’s characters will ALWAYS be timeless: Shakespeare was a master in creating characters rich in personality and traits. They never go out of date, with their various quantities of jealousy, ambition, naivety, power, kindness and nobility–the list goes on!

-Shakespeare’s themes will be forever timeless: Shakespeare’s works have strong themes that ran through each piece of his works. And again, these themes are still relevant today–love, death, ambition, power and fame.

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