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William Shakespeare is highly praised due to his skills as a playwright, actor, and poet.


"The world has admired and respected many great writers. But only Shakespeare has generated such varied and continuing interest—and such constant affection" (Lander 11). Unlike other writers, Shakespeare's works are still highly acclaimed by the world. The fact that Shakespeare is still respected by the world shows that he was truly a great writer. This is because most playwrights don't create a huge impact like Shakespeare. "Few people gave Shakespeare the praise that later generations heaped on him" (Lander 32). In Shakespeare's era, being a playwright wasn't as popular as it is today. Because it wasn't well-spread, many people were uninterested in Shakespeare's works. Attaining Shakespeare's popularity today would be incredibly difficult in the past. "...Shakespeare is able to capture the high heroism of a character like Hotspur in Henry IV and his opposite in Falstaff; the tortured melancholy of youth in Hamlet and the anguish of age in King Lear; and the delightful follies of love in his comedies, as well as love's corruption in Othello and Macbeth" (Burt 10). Since Shakespeare is a highly acclaimed playwright, he covered many genres. Not only that, but Shakespeare also wrote many pieces fitting these genres. His diverse collection of plays shows how experienced Shakespeare was as a writer. "It is important that we understand Shakespeare's theater because it influenced how he wrote his plays" (Anderson 1). Many of Shakespeare's plays were written to fit his theaters. It is a difficult task to do, since the stages lacked any props and relied mostly on imagination. Shakespeare, however, used the stages to his advantages and showcased many great plays. "...Shakespeare had written thirty-seven plays, including such masterpieces as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth " (Anderson 777). Shakespeare was an incredibly creative and hardworking playwright. In his career, Shakespeare wrote thirty-seven plays, showing he was a very luxuriant writer. Some of these plays, such as Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet, were notably appreciated.


"By 1592 Shakespeare was a recognized actor..." (Bloom 4). William Shakespeare took acting classes with many actors. Although he received what is considered to be very little training, many people began to notice him later in his career, which showed that Shakespeare was also an outstanding actor. "The next piece of evidence shows up in 1592, and places Shakespeare as an established member of London’s theater community" (Foster 8). After his wife gave birth, Shakespeare trained to become an actor for nearly seven years. He finally reappeared again in 1592 as an actor and playwright. This shows how dedicated Shakespeare was to anything related to playwrighting. "Shakespeare not only acted with the Globe's company of actors; he was also a shareholder and eventually became the troupe's most important playwright" ( Shakespeare, William 7). Although Shakespeare was more into his career as a playwright, it is shown that he has skill as an actor. While he pursued his acting career, he balanced his other jobs as a shareholder and playwright also. This shows how hardworking Shakespeare truly was. Despite Shakespeare having a career as an actor and playwright, it is considerably noticeable that there isn't much information about his acting career. Even though acting wasn't Shakespeare's main interest, the English man was still an excellent and recognized actor by society.


"In addition to his brilliant and enormous contributions to the theater, Shakespeare remained a poetic genius throughout the years, publishing a renowned and critically acclaimed sonnet cycle in 1609" (Shakespeare, William 13). Shakespeare was considered a great poet. He published many sonnets, one in particular gaining public attention in 1609. This shows that Shakespeare practically utilized and appealed to the English language. "He also expanded the sonnet's emotional range, including such emotions as delight, pride, shame, disgust, sadness, and fear" ( Shakespeare, William 13). It is noted that Shakespeare wrote his poems to sympathize with many emotions. He wrote his poems to fit with many emotions. These poems attracted many people due to their emotional depth Shakespeare had created. "Shakespeare's Sonnets, written during the late 1590s but published in 1609, were dedicated to a mysterious "W.H." who has never been definitively identified" (Melissa 5). Shakespeare's reputation of being an enigma also tied into his writing career. It is unusual for Shakespeare to dedicate so many of his written works to one person. "Many words and phrases from his plays and poems have become a common part of everyday speech" (Melissa 7). Though Shakespeare is more well known as a playwright, he is also a poet due to economic reasons. As a poet and playwright, Shakespeare's phrases has affected our English language today. Though, most of his influence come from his playwright career.

Works Cited

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