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Comment: Why is Shakespeare still relevant? William Shakespeare is a name recognised by almost every human being, he is best known for his works as a playwright or as a poet, which are often a part of student's education, although Shakespeare died more than 400 years ago and his plays and poems are often considered as incomprehensible. No wonder many people are questioning how Shakespeare possibly could be of current interest. But in fact, Shakespeare does have an influence on our present, whether it is through his own works, adaptations of it or even in our everyday life. First of all, Shakespeare wrote about fundamental experiences of life such as death, love, hate, greed and jealousy, which are timeless themes. He was able to implement many different themes in one play while focussing on each theme individually and thus, was able to write equally about the beauty and ugliness of life. The play "Romeo and Juliet" is best known for its love story, but also their tragic ending where both characters end up dying. Moreover, Shakespeare knew the human soul well, so well that he could show us what we are capable of in extreme circumstances, especially under the influence of power, which can be seen in the play Macbeth, where the protagonist...

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Macbeth is going to the extent of killing the current king, to become a king himself. Furthermore, Shakespeare's plays can be seen as a parabola for life, you may not experience the same situations as Shakespeare's characters but you may at some point share the same feelings and therefore Shakespeare's work can show us ourselves. That is the reason why Shakespeare is often considered as a psychologist because you can relate so easily to his vivid characters, which can help us to develop a better understanding of human behaviour and to feel more understood ourselves. On the other hand, Shakespeare is quoted on a regular basis not just consciously but unconsciously as well. "To be or not to be" is one of Shakespeare's most famous quotes taken from the play Hamlet, which was translated into more than 20 different languages. Another more or less famous quote is "Let's kill all the lawyers" taken from the play Henry IV. But even sayings like "It's Greek to me" can be traced back to Shakespeare, who also invented more than three thousand words including words like bedroom or assassination. Lastly, Shakespeare's plays are often an inspiration for movies or tv series today, for instance, The Lion King, which is based on the Storyline of Hamlet or even Game of Thrones, one of the most if not the most-watched television series of our time, based on the fiction series The Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, is among other sources inspired by Shakespeare. In 1591 Shakespeare started writing about the War of the Roses, a conflict about the houses Lancasters and York which occurred over six decades between the years 1422 to 1485. Just like Game of Thrones, all three parts of Henry VI and the play Richard III are full of intrigue, violence, romance, sex and all other elements I already mentioned that made Shakespeare one of the best selling playwrights of his time, and even more successful today. The people nowadays love those topics just as much as the people during the Elizabethan era did. For instance, George R.R. Martin named his feuding factions Stark and Lannister, which could remind someone of the original factions York and Lancaster, he also echoed several characters of Shakespeare, for instance a Game of Thrones character called Petyr Baelish, more often referred to as Littlefinger, is a character manipulating everyone around him, who cannot be trusted similar to the character lago in the play Othello who is trusted by Othello and others, but his real purpose is to bring about Othello's downfall and betrays everyone. To sum up, Shakespeare is still relevant today. His themes still play a significant role in our life and can help us to develop a better understanding of ourselves. We quote Shakespeare on a regular basis without even knowing and last but not least, many famous movies and television series are adaptations of Shakespeare's work.

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Comment: Why is Shakespeare still relevant? William Shakespeare is a name recognised by almost every human being, he is best known for his works as a playwright or as a poet, which are often a part of student's education, although Shakespeare died more than 400 years ago and his plays and poems are often considered as incomprehensible. No wonder many people are questioning how Shakespeare possibly could be of current interest. But in fact, Shakespeare does have an influence on our present, whether it is through his own works, adaptations of it or even in our everyday life. First of all, Shakespeare wrote about fundamental experiences of life such as death, love, hate, greed and jealousy, which are timeless themes. He was able to implement many different themes in one play while focussing on each theme individually and thus, was able to write equally about the beauty and ugliness of life. The play "Romeo and Juliet" is best known for its love story, but also their tragic ending where both characters end up dying. Moreover, Shakespeare knew the human soul well, so well that he could show us what we are capable of in extreme circumstances, especially under the influence of power, which can be seen in the play Macbeth, where the protagonist...

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Macbeth is going to the extent of killing the current king, to become a king himself. Furthermore, Shakespeare's plays can be seen as a parabola for life, you may not experience the same situations as Shakespeare's characters but you may at some point share the same feelings and therefore Shakespeare's work can show us ourselves. That is the reason why Shakespeare is often considered as a psychologist because you can relate so easily to his vivid characters, which can help us to develop a better understanding of human behaviour and to feel more understood ourselves. On the other hand, Shakespeare is quoted on a regular basis not just consciously but unconsciously as well. "To be or not to be" is one of Shakespeare's most famous quotes taken from the play Hamlet, which was translated into more than 20 different languages. Another more or less famous quote is "Let's kill all the lawyers" taken from the play Henry IV. But even sayings like "It's Greek to me" can be traced back to Shakespeare, who also invented more than three thousand words including words like bedroom or assassination. Lastly, Shakespeare's plays are often an inspiration for movies or tv series today, for instance, The Lion King, which is based on the Storyline of Hamlet or even Game of Thrones, one of the most if not the most-watched television series of our time, based on the fiction series The Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, is among other sources inspired by Shakespeare. In 1591 Shakespeare started writing about the War of the Roses, a conflict about the houses Lancasters and York which occurred over six decades between the years 1422 to 1485. Just like Game of Thrones, all three parts of Henry VI and the play Richard III are full of intrigue, violence, romance, sex and all other elements I already mentioned that made Shakespeare one of the best selling playwrights of his time, and even more successful today. The people nowadays love those topics just as much as the people during the Elizabethan era did. For instance, George R.R. Martin named his feuding factions Stark and Lannister, which could remind someone of the original factions York and Lancaster, he also echoed several characters of Shakespeare, for instance a Game of Thrones character called Petyr Baelish, more often referred to as Littlefinger, is a character manipulating everyone around him, who cannot be trusted similar to the character lago in the play Othello who is trusted by Othello and others, but his real purpose is to bring about Othello's downfall and betrays everyone. To sum up, Shakespeare is still relevant today. His themes still play a significant role in our life and can help us to develop a better understanding of ourselves. We quote Shakespeare on a regular basis without even knowing and last but not least, many famous movies and television series are adaptations of Shakespeare's work.