William Shakespeare How his legacy still affects us

William Shakespeare, possibly the most influential man of all time, has created for himself a legacy that still survives today, he created many different words and phrases for the English Language, he has effected literature and many cultures, and finally his life his impact the decisions of historically important people.

There are "About 30 terms Shakespeare [made]"(Sutcliffe, Jane. "Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk".) for the English language. He had to find new words to fit his plays. There are often "...a pair or so on each two-page spread..."(Sutcliffe). They are commonly used but people who use them are often unaware that they were coined by the most masterful playwright of all time. He also effected other countries with his words and plays, "Shakespeare has had enormous influence on culture throughout the world. His works have helped shape the literature of all English-speaking countries. His work has also had an important effect on the literary cultures of such countries as Germany and Russia. In addition, his widespread presence in popular culture extends to motion pictures, television, cartoons, and even songs."(Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William" World Book, 2016). Shakespeare hasn't just affected the English language with his genius, but also other countries.

One of the terms William Shakespeare created was "in a pickle"

William Shakespeare helped Abraham Lincoln, even being deceased for hundreds of years, understand many concepts. Lincoln was a substantial Shakespeare enthusiast, "I Think nothing equals Macbeth. It is wonderful'...These comments as well as Lincoln's frequent attendance at Shakespearean theatrical performances, testify to the familiarity Lincoln had with Shakespeare's ideas."(Stevenson, James A. A Providential Theology: Shakespeare's Influence on Lincoln's Inaugural Address). Lincoln clearly held a great admiration for the English playwright and was obviously fascinated with his plays. Another way Shakespeare influence our sixteenth president was in the way "...Lincoln made clear that Shakespeare, and not John Calvin, best expressed his understanding of man's subordination to a Providential design."(Stevenson, Page 16). Lincoln related better to an actor and playwright than a religious theologian and pastor.

Abraham Lincoln; A Shakespeare Enthusiast

William Shakespeare's plays are still being quoted and performed and they are still rather popular, "Shakespeare's plays are still produced all over the world." (Anderson, Robert. "Shakespeare and His Theater: A Perfect Match."). Evidently his plays are still as big as they were five-hundred years ago, that is quite a long lasting popularity. Mister Shakespeare would probably be making a fair amount of money if he were alive today an expert gauged that "he would be receiving $25,000 a week in royalties for a production of Othello alone."(Anderson). William would undeniably be making a ridiculous amount of money proving that his legacy carries on.

A scene from "Othello"

William Shakespeare had a significant affect on modern plays and movies "Shakespeare wrote his plays to suit the abilities of particular actors and the tastes of specific audiences. The physical structure of the theaters in which his works were presented also influenced his playwriting. He used many dramatic devices that were popular in the Elizabethan theater but are no longer widely used. (Lander, Jesse M. "Shakespeare, William." World Book, 2016). He only uplifted his actors strengths and used the physical attributes in the theatre to strengthen his plays.

William Shakespeare grew up during a deadly time and "was indeed lucky to survive to adulthood in sixteenth-century England. Waves of the plague swept across the countryside, and pestilence ravaged Stratford during the hot summer months." (Amanda Maillard. SIRS Renaissance). The most successful playwright of all time could have easily been taken in childhood, but he survived and was able to change the world eventually.

His birthplace and birthday are still a mystery, " The baptismal register of the Holy Trinity parish church, in Stratford, shows the following entry for April 26, 1564: Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakespeare. The actual date of Shakespeare's birth is not known, but, traditionally, April 23, St George's Day, has been Shakespeare's accepted birthday, and a house on Henley Street in Stratford, owned by William's father, John, is accepted as Shakespeare's birth place."(Maillard). Although this has nothing to do with his legacy it is still interesting and it did affect us all.

Stratford the believed birthplace of William Shakespeare


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