William Shakespeare (Stratford 1564-1616), English dramatist and poet,
is considered one of the most important playwrights of all time.
Of his works we have received about 38 plays, 154 sonnets and a number of other poems.
He is considered one of the few writers capable of excelling in both tragedies and comedies.
He was one of the few playwrights of his timeable to combine the popular taste with a complex characterization, poetic and refined a considerable psychological depth.
There are several themes within the Shakespeare’s works, and the main ones are:
A particularly important theme in Shakespeare’s works is love, which can be found quite in any of Shakespearean plays.
Particularly, Romeo and Juliet are two of the most famous lovers inhistory. The two lovers come from warring families, but their love overcomes their families' hatred. Their whirlwind romance, however, ends in tragedy when each thinks the other is dead and chooses to commit suicide rather than live alone. Romeo and Juliet never doubt the power of love. Some people interpret the play as a cautionary tale on the dangers of young love. Others argue that Romeo andJuliet's love develops throughout the play from a giddy flirtation to something deeper, and that the play charts the path of a relationship from infatuation to real love.
The contrasts between children and parents were frequent in Shakespeare. Juliet is a daughter who has to suffer her father’s verbal violence and an imposed marriage. To escape she eventually has to die.
In King Lear, instead,the daughter openly defies her father’s authority, refusing to acknowledge her love for him at his command. The tragic conflict is heightened by the fact that Cordelia sincerely loves her father.
The theme of love be found in Love’s Labour’s Lost, too. In it love is the great synthesizer of humanity. Most of the characters think they can only do these jobs well if they cut out the rest of life.They discover, however, that love enhances everything else. In this play the men are young and full of ambition: they want to be great, strong, smart, and famous men, while the women are light-years ahead of the men; they seem older and more sophisticated.
Love in Much Ado About Nothing is a complicated topic. None of the characters explicitly seeks love. Love might be the inadvertent resultof hatred, or the incidental fact of marriage. The plot seems to highlight the fact that love is only one of many factors that goes into a love affair. Love often comes with difficulty or complication from outside circumstances, but it’s just as often thwarted by lovers themselves.
A singular theme connected with the theme of love is jealousy. Othello is the most famous literary work thatfocuses on the dangers of jealousy. The play is a study of how jealousy can be fueled by mere circumstantial evidence and can destroy lives. In Othello, jealousy takes many forms, from sexual suspicion to professional competition, but it is, in all cases, destructive.
The theme of marriage is recurrent in Shakespeare (Shakespeare the poet writes the “marriage sonnet” where he shows his idea ofmarriage: ladies need a young man to marry and shire an heir).Shakespeare the writer presents this theme in different situations.
Romeo and Juliet marry for love, a choice that is standard today. But in the world of the play, marriage for love, rather than money or social position, was a radical and dangerous choice. Romeo and Juliet, the children of rival families, fall in love against theirparents' wishes and marry in secret. Their union reflects a new focus on individual passion and inner conviction but Romeo and Juliet pay a heavy price for marrying for love. The conflict between family and the individual is played out in the most extreme fashion possible in the play, as two children from warring families fall in love and have to choose between their families' expectations and their...