Essay William Shakespeare's Universal Appeal

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William Shakespeare's Universal Appeal "Shakespeare's plays have universal appeal" Shakespeare's plays deal with aspects of the human condition this is what makes his plays have Universal appeal. The human condition contains issues and emotions that appear in everyday life, for example love and power are both elements of the human condition. As Shakespeare's plays deal with this they not only have a timeless quality, as emotions do not change over centuries even though other issues might, but also appeal to everybody. Romeo and Juliet deals with many aspects of the human condition, including deceit, fate, conflict and most importantly, it's universal appeal; love. Love is the condition that…show more content…
In fact, Shakespeare's plays can be compared to today's soap operas as they involve a "heightened reality". Although the things that occur in plays and soap operas do occur in everyday life, they do not occur as regularly or all to the same people at the same time. However, by allowing this to happen in dramas it holds the viewers' attention. Both also use stereotypes to portray characters. This simplifies things for the audience. To Elizabethans, the theatre was a place to "see and be seen". This helped add to Shakespeare's popularity because people might at first come to see his plays just because they were the ones on at the theatre that day. In Romeo and Juliet, opposition features heavily. Even Romeo and Juliet are themselves from families as far apart from each other as can be. The opposites of love and hate, fate and freewill and appearance versus reality all feature heavily throughout the play. These are shown through the language of the characters when speaking to each other and to the audience about their feelings on the events in the play and the other characters. In act 3 scene 1 the theme of love versus hate is particularly strong. Not only is there the hate Tybalt has towards Romeo and the love
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