Shakespeare's effect on Film

Shakespeare's effect on Film

Many Hollywood scriptwriters latched on to Shakespeare's plots and icons. 

Films such as Throne of Blood by Kurosawa, My Own Private Idaho by Gus van Sant, and Ran the classic Japanese film were all inspired by Shakespeare's work Macbeth, Henry IV, and King Lear.

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Shakespeare's effect on Music

Many musicals on Broadway are inspired by Shakespeare's work from West Side Story to Kiss Me, Kate, many of his plays are performed constantly around the world because his works are truly unparalleled.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
  • He was the song of a glover and a grammar-school boy that attended Stratford
  • He is famously known as the world's greatest playwright who had a dynamic duality within himself
  • He had become an icon for English-speaking people throughout the world just like how Dante is for the Italians and Goethe for the Germans
  • Shakespeare was a person who kept to himself and died a mysterious man.

Shakespeare was described as "not a company keeper" and was usually engaged with literary and theatre business to dwindle and waste time on self-publicity.

He understood that it was the work that mattered, not the brouhaha that accompanied it. Much said he had no interest in posterity.

Shakespeare's effect on History

Richard III was about Richard of Gloucester who wants to be King of England. Richard was a jealous cripple who used manipulation and deceit in order to achieve his goal. 

He had murdered his brothers, nephews, and anyone who was opposed to him. 

Shakespeare caricatured Richard III's ambition to "seem a saint when most I play the devil" 

The play still resonates as a lethal blend of tragedy and history.

It was resurrected in America as a commentary on Richard Nixon's abuse of power. 

Shakespeare's effect on Refugees

Shakespeare wrote an ardent plea for sympathy and understanding towards the unfortunate situation of refugees. 

The document demonstrates Shakespeare's unerringly drawn to a timeless theme of -- the fate of the dispossessed. Sir Thomas More was a Shakespearean play that tells the real-life statesman to quell an anti-immigrant riot.

Shakespeare forever changed English life, language, and culture. He entwined poetry and storytelling in visionary ways. He is an enigma who contributed many remarkable phrases such as "all that glitters is gold," give the devil his due," and many more.

He also contributed about 1700 words to the English language. Many vernaculars were braided with their Latin coinages that revamped the English language.

Shakespeare heavily influenced Sigmund Freud's work. 

Freud recognized Shakespeares' strong interest in the mind of man and applied Shakespeare's insight throughout his own psychoanalytic works.

When Shakespeare wrote, "There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face." Freud saw the potential that it was something he could open discourse on.

Shakespeare's effect on The American Dream

Shakespeare is an indispensable part of the American dream because Shakespeare's great dramas are held up to a society that is permanently in search of themselves.  

His statue in NYC Park was erected to symbolize the role of Shakespeare in American life.

David Garrick, an actor, rekindled Shakespeare's reputation in the 18th century through a Jubilee which was thrown to honor Shakespeare in 1769. 

Even former US presidents, Jefferson and Adams, visited Shakespeare's birthplace and grave, to which they wrote "these was nothing preserved of this great genius."

Shakespeare's most famous play, Hamlet, exhibits the man's inner workings, being agonized by complex strife with himself and his own desires. 

It is a lurid event of post-renaissance drama in which psychology is articulated through brilliant poetry. 

Shakespeare articulated both to the high and low culture his existential vision of human frailty.

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