March 20, 2018

THE WHY OF SHAKESPEARE?


Frequently I see posed the question: “Is Shakespeare important and relevant to our modern world?” followed by its concomitant: “If so, why?”

So long as human beings survive, Shakespeare’s importance and relevance is timeless because:

He has a better understanding of the human psyche than any other writer has ever had.

He grapples with the most monumental, complex, and important themes imaginable.

He constantly challenges our beliefs, assumptions and prejudices.

He created characters who are more profoundly complex, colorful, insistently individualistic, irredeemably villainous, more heart-wrenchingly tragic, stunningly heroic, and more psychologically developed and immediately identifiable than has any other writer.

He blended passion, empathy, outrage, humanity and intelligence in a way that has never been equaled.

He laid bare the essence of his most remarkable characters -- evil or heroic-- through the most magnificent fusion of profound poetry, prose and blank verse ever penned.

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