On April 23, 1564, a distinguished writer was born in the small charming English town of Stratford on the River Avon. The plays that he wrote still continue to influence the world of literature, art and entertainment. William Shakespeare, who wrote plays with intricate lines of verse and picturesque images, continues to teach us all about the meaning of human experience through his timeless works. Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s most profound plays, explains the meaning of existence. Since most of us have suffered betrayal and had moments of weakness, Hamlet is a character that defines the psyche of every human. Shakespeare wrote tragedies as well as comedies. Every Shakespeare aficionado has their own favorite work.
Across the world, the plays of Shakespeare are staged and each performance is different. They all vary according to the cultural customs of the people and the nation where the Shakespearean performance is taking place. These traditions become a part of the production turning it into a cultural awakening for the audience.
In the United States, the influence of Shakespeare is prevalent in our culture. There are many films based on the plays of Shakespeare. In the metropolitan area, the best of Shakespeare is seen in live Broadway performances and in events such as the summer tradition of Shakespeare in Central Park.
The popularity of Shakespeare is evident in our towns and neighborhoods across America. At the Bloomfield Library, there is a mural of many characters from Shakespeare’s plays. In the center of these notable characters, is Shakespeare himself.
The Renaissance Festival, an attraction that runs from late summer until the fall, is an interesting place where the entire family can experience the magic of Shakespeare. Actors and actresses, dressed in colorful costumes, recite lines from the plays of Shakespeare at this cultural event. The whole family can also experience what it was really like to be an audience at the Globe as they watch the live performances of Shakespeare’s plays. You will have many opportunities to take photos, and there are many eateries. You will also be able to buy unique souvenirs to remember your day and some are even handmade.
The plays of Shakespeare have also inspired the domain of music, especially the opera. When Andrea Bocelli sings in the opera, Romeo et Juliette, the audience feels the passion of the romantic lyrics expressing the feelings of Romeo and Juliet who are two young star crossed lovers. Besides Romeo and Juliet, many other Shakespeare plays are performed in operas throughout the world.
Still to this day, no writer has been able to surpass the greatness of Shakespeare and it is unlikely that any writer ever will. However, in order to become a great writer, you must read and comprehend the works of Shakespeare.