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Task: The English playwright and contemporary of Shakespeare, Ben Jonson wrote that Shakespeare was “not of an age but for all time”. Discuss this view.

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P.Volk Discussion – “not of an age but for all time” Task 9 05.03.2021 Society has developed extremely rapidly over the past hundred years. Economy, technology and education are the centre of our society and are probably the factions that have changed the most. Nevertheless, many classical artists and their works are studied in school which raise many questions about their relevance today. One of the reasons many people would agree with Ben Jonson - who said that Shakespeare was "not of an age but for all time” – is that Shakespeare addressed society's major problems in his scripts. These problems included greed for power, wars between countries, disease and death, the differences between rich and poor, exploitation of the weaker and the difficulties that love brings. His best-known work "Romeo and Juliet" is a prime example for this. Even nowadays, after 500 years, everyone knows the tragic love story which is written so vividly that anyone who has ever been in love can put themselves into the plot. Furthermore, few have shaped English history and culture as much as Shakespeare did. The Elizabethan Age is recorded in his works and gives us an insight into that time and shows us what topics people dealt with in the Renaissance, how they spent their free time and, above all,...

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how the theatre gained popularity. In addition, it is thanks to Shakespeare that some nobles will live on forever in his works such as Richard III who is still known to many people today because of Shakespeare's drama "Richard III". Another important point is that Shakespeare not only shaped English culture but also the theatre around the world. Even some of the words he invented in his plays are still used today. For example the phrase "Break the Ice" from The Taming of the Shrew or "Wild- goose chase" from Romeo and Juliet. Nevertheless, there are also many opinions that would say that Shakespeare is no longer up-to-date and can hardly be conveyed to today's topics in society. For example the love story between Romeo and Juliet which could hardly happen today for several reasons. First of all, there are no longer hostile families who hate each other and where it would be a disaster if someone got along well with the opposing family. Furthermore, marriage today is hardly such a sacred alliance between two lovers as it is described in Romeo and Juliet. In our days, statistically, every second marriage ends in divorce. I addition, from today's perspective Shakespeare often represents gender roles or relationships in a very traditional way as in Romeo and Juliet that does not fit modern ideas. There is no longer just heterosexuality but many other types of love which the LGBTQIA-Community is fighting hard for. Therefore, many find that Shakespeare's love stories are "clichés" that should no longer be considered as the norm. P.Volk 05.03.2021 Although Shakespeare addressed social problems of which some are still present, new problems have developed that did not even exist in the Renaissance. Enormous problems which the world population has never faced before are the focus of many discussions today such as environmental pollution, the extinction of species, climate change, the destruction of animal habitats, overpopulation or right-wing extremism as we know it today. Of course, Shakespeare could not have known anything about these problems at his time but the topics he dealt with tend to fade into the background and are not urgent any more. In summary, one can say that Shakespeare definitely shaped many of today's cultures and, through the words he invented, continues to shape our language today. Given that, it can be said that Ben Jonson was thoroughly right. However, many of his topics are no longer as present as they were in his time and have been replaced by more urgent topics. It can be said that Shakespeare's plays are thematically not very current but classics that are definitely worth reading.

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P.Volk Discussion – “not of an age but for all time” Task 9 05.03.2021 Society has developed extremely rapidly over the past hundred years. Economy, technology and education are the centre of our society and are probably the factions that have changed the most. Nevertheless, many classical artists and their works are studied in school which raise many questions about their relevance today. One of the reasons many people would agree with Ben Jonson - who said that Shakespeare was "not of an age but for all time” – is that Shakespeare addressed society's major problems in his scripts. These problems included greed for power, wars between countries, disease and death, the differences between rich and poor, exploitation of the weaker and the difficulties that love brings. His best-known work "Romeo and Juliet" is a prime example for this. Even nowadays, after 500 years, everyone knows the tragic love story which is written so vividly that anyone who has ever been in love can put themselves into the plot. Furthermore, few have shaped English history and culture as much as Shakespeare did. The Elizabethan Age is recorded in his works and gives us an insight into that time and shows us what topics people dealt with in the Renaissance, how they spent their free time and, above all,...

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how the theatre gained popularity. In addition, it is thanks to Shakespeare that some nobles will live on forever in his works such as Richard III who is still known to many people today because of Shakespeare's drama "Richard III". Another important point is that Shakespeare not only shaped English culture but also the theatre around the world. Even some of the words he invented in his plays are still used today. For example the phrase "Break the Ice" from The Taming of the Shrew or "Wild- goose chase" from Romeo and Juliet. Nevertheless, there are also many opinions that would say that Shakespeare is no longer up-to-date and can hardly be conveyed to today's topics in society. For example the love story between Romeo and Juliet which could hardly happen today for several reasons. First of all, there are no longer hostile families who hate each other and where it would be a disaster if someone got along well with the opposing family. Furthermore, marriage today is hardly such a sacred alliance between two lovers as it is described in Romeo and Juliet. In our days, statistically, every second marriage ends in divorce. I addition, from today's perspective Shakespeare often represents gender roles or relationships in a very traditional way as in Romeo and Juliet that does not fit modern ideas. There is no longer just heterosexuality but many other types of love which the LGBTQIA-Community is fighting hard for. Therefore, many find that Shakespeare's love stories are "clichés" that should no longer be considered as the norm. P.Volk 05.03.2021 Although Shakespeare addressed social problems of which some are still present, new problems have developed that did not even exist in the Renaissance. Enormous problems which the world population has never faced before are the focus of many discussions today such as environmental pollution, the extinction of species, climate change, the destruction of animal habitats, overpopulation or right-wing extremism as we know it today. Of course, Shakespeare could not have known anything about these problems at his time but the topics he dealt with tend to fade into the background and are not urgent any more. In summary, one can say that Shakespeare definitely shaped many of today's cultures and, through the words he invented, continues to shape our language today. Given that, it can be said that Ben Jonson was thoroughly right. However, many of his topics are no longer as present as they were in his time and have been replaced by more urgent topics. It can be said that Shakespeare's plays are thematically not very current but classics that are definitely worth reading.