William Shakespeare 400th Death Anniversary: How The Master Still Inspires


William Shakespeare has made a stronghold in our culture with many different forms. It has been 400 years since the ever supreme writer in the English language died. His dominance, nevertheless, shows no signs of reduction.

The creator of 16th-century blockbusters, Shakespeare, is known as for his impeccable creations for the mass. Later on he was considered to be one of the greatest writers of the English language, across the world.

Shakespeare had written 38 plays, which attracted the flocks of people through the doors of British theatres. His immaculate works bring every strata of society — from peasants to royalty — together.

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A majority of his works encompass around tragedy, history or comedy.

The playwright, poet and dramatist’s creations still keep up to attract audience to theatres in towns, cities and villages across the globe. His pre-eminence persists in the English-speaking countries and otherwise.

Dr David McInnis is a Gerry Higgins lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Melbourne. According to him, Shakespeare has had exact significance for Australians for a very long time.

“He wasn’t as famous in his own day as he is now,” Dr McInnis said.

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“The plays that were printed in the first half of his career didn’t usually have his name on them. He was interested in getting people to see his plays but that wasn’t to do with his name.”

Dr McInnis says that the idea back in Shakespeare’s time was to sell good stories. The idea of becoming an icon and earning fame came much later.

According to Herald Sun, Shakespeare acted as a great source of orientation and inspiration for Nelson Mandela. He was known to refer often to “Julius Caesar,” particularly during his long years of imprisonment in South Africa.

It became common knowledge that Shakespeare’s works were considered to be smuggled goods in jail in apartheid South Africa. His creations were passed around in secret, among the Robben Island inmates.

These inmates would underline important passages they found pertinent.

Shakespeare would probably be writing the next Game of Thrones, if he was alive today, says ABC News.

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