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Echoes Of Literature The Style Of Shakespeare

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"Ladies and lords, I bid you welcome to yet another masterpiece of Shakespeare!" The announcer's words boom across the stage like a cannon, retaliating by the regal nods of nobility, the whoops of artisans, and the eager hollers of beggars who line the house. No more, though, do the walls of the razed Globe Theater clang with the newest work of this master playwright, long dead and dust. His unique plays and startling influences, however, still echo in literature today. William Shakespeare brings his enriching style, including organization, sentence structure, literary devices, and vocabulary, and copious contributions to the English language.Primarily, Shakespeare's organization of his ...view middle of the document...

Specifically, in The Merchant of Venice, he uses blank verses such as "Stood Dido with a willow in her hand upon the wild sea-banks, and waft her love to come again to Carthage" (Andrews 175). Truly, the ingenious sentence structure of Shakespeare adds to his inspiring style.In addition, literary devices, including alliteration, repetition, archaic word, imagery, metaphor, and simile, enrich Shakespeare's style and his plays. In his remarkably renowned play, Romeo and Juliet, the line, "parting is such sweet sorrow," gives Juliet's words a memorable twist with its alliteration (Andrews 174). Also, repetition starts in the play Hamlet, where the tedious Polonius declares, "That he's mad, 'tis true, 'tis true, 'tis pity, and pity 'tis 'tis true," accentuating the man's meaning with the constant, almost aggravating word, "tis" (Andrews 176). Another example of this appears in As You Like It, when the character Jaques exclaims, "A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the forest," and continues to repeat the word "fool" throughout his passage (Hylton). In addition, Shakespeare's flourish of archaic words sharpen the tenseness in his plays, such as Hamlet, where Hamlet cries, "Get thee to a nunnery," employing antediluvian vocabulary, such as "thou," "wilt," and "hath" (Hylton). The unusual surfacing of such words surely makes his style distinctive and enriching. An additional literary device is imagery, which Shakespeare utilizes as strategically as any military commander. The words, "The serpent that did sting thy father's life, now wears his crown," occurring in Hamlet, portrays the sneaky way the character's father's murderer steals the crown in the form of a snake (Andrews 177-178). A further excellent illustration of imagery takes place in The Taming of the Shrew, as Lucentio wistfully sighs, "I saw her coral lips to move, and with her breath she did perfume the air" (Andrews 176). This imagery further shows his love for the character Bianca through its vivid images. Metaphors and similes also blossom throughout Shakespeare's plays. One example of this occurs in the play As You Like It, where the famous quote, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts," presides (Hipple 147). This statement manifests a wonderful comparison to the human culture and the very society that Shakespeare...

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