Why is shakespeare considered the best even when there is other great authors ?

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  • Why is shakespeare considered the best even when there is other great authors ?


Answer #1 | 06/02 2014 00:25
I don't think he is considered the "best" because that definition changes from person to person. Shakespeare is definitely one of the greats though because the themes in his works seem to transcend time and are relevant and applicable to life today as much as they were hundreds of years ago when Shakespeare wrote them.
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Answer #2 | 06/02 2014 01:39
Admittedly, this is a subjective area. But while there are undoubtedly other greats in the upper pantheon - Homer, Dante, Milton, Cervantes, Tolstoy - for me, he rises above them. There are two main reasons for this. First, the beauty and sheer inventiveness of his language. There's not a person alive today who doesn't know fifty Shakespearean quotations, whether they realise their source or not. From being "Tongue-tied" to "There's Method in my Madness" via "Making the Beast with two Backs" - this is Shakespeare. The second is his profound understanding of human nature. The characters he creates are vivid and believable. A corollary of this is that his works are marvellously adaptable. To take a few examples, the musical "West Side Story" and the films "Forbidden Planet" and "Ten Things I Hate About You" are basically re-workings of Shakespearean originals. Finally - consider the fact that, somewhere on Earth, there are a hundred performances of Shakespeare plays happening every single second of every single day. About what other author can that be said?
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