Shakespeare’s Legacy

Shakespeare’s Legacy
There is no doubt that William Shakespeare is known throughout the world. His work is
universal. He is an inspiration to countless amounts of literature. His writings, whether they are
the exact works, or adaptations, continue to become box office hits. But why is The Bard still so
important in modern time? Because the issues and situations he wrote about relate to many issues
and concerns still faced today. Shakespeare molded literature and theatre influences that we carry
on to this day, making him infinitely relevant.
Shakespeare’s influence is the base of most literature today. Whether references to his
work are obvious or indistinct, connections can still always be identified. For instance, Aldous
Huxley’s Brave New World contains many both evident and vague references to Shakespeare’s
work. For example, John recites a line from the Tempest (Shakespeare): "If thou dost break her
virgin knot before all sanctimonious ceremonies may with full and holy rite" (Huxley 191) to
Lenina. In that particular line, Prospero is telling Ferdinand that he can marry Miranda but that
he'd better not take her virginity before they get married. John naturally agrees, which is why he
recites it as the reason for not undressing Lenina before marriage, despite his urges. Huxley is
just one of the many authors that excerpted Shakespeare’s work into his own writing.
It’s no surprise that there are so many movies made from Shakespeare’s stories
considering he is the Father of theater dramas. He wrote many types of plays including tragedies,
comedies, and histories. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and MacBeth are just a few of his works that
seem to be the most popular film adaptations already created and counting. The IMdb lists over783 movies and TV productions that are based on Shakespeare’s writing in someway.
Shakespeare’s literature is crucial to filmmaking.
Shakespeare’s use of human emotions in his stories ultimately infatuates his audiences.
He wrote about situations we can relate to. The reason for our correlation is because the way he
portrayed emotions in his writings was how he was successful in making people relate and feel
connected. His ability to summarize the range of human emotions in simple yet profoundly
eloquent verse is perhaps the greatest reason for his enduring popularity (Mabillard).
William Shakespeare is known all over the world. His work is broad and well­known. He
is the influence of numerous amounts literature. His literature, whether it’s the verbatim works,
or variations, progress to become box office hits. But why is The Bard still so important in
modern time? Because the conflict and conditions he wrote about relate to many issues and
concerns still faced today. Shakespeare molded literature and theatre influences that we carry on
to this day, making him infinitely relevant.Works Cited
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: Harper Perenial, 1969. Print.
The Internet Movie Database. IMDb.com, Inc, 2009. Web.
19 September 2014. <http://www.imdb.com/>.
Mabillard, Amanda. Why Study Shakespeare? Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2000.
Web. 19 September 2014.
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