Where Fore Art Thou, Shakespeare: How Shakespeare Shaped a Society

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From creating new words to inventing some of today's most commonly used phrases, William Shakespeare can easily be dubbed as the father of today's modern society. As one of the most prolific and notable authors of all time, Shakespeare has made a far bigger impact on the world than anyone could have ever imagined. Undoubtedly, Shakespeare's creativeness shines most predominantly in his contributions made to the English language. In the span of his career, he manages to create more than seventeen – hundred words. Some of these words are accommodation, control, gloomy, dishearten, and many, many more. Shakespeare, coupled with the near two – thousand words, creates quite a few of the most commonly used phrases of today. These phrases include “catch a could”, “break the ice,” “too much of a good thing”, “all that glitters isn't gold”, and numerous others. Without Shakespeare, everyday conversation would be dull at best. Along with Shakespeare's countless amounts of contributions made in the English language, his plays also shift the perspective of life for much of the world. In Hamlet (one of his most widely known works of literature) Shakespeare uses the character Hamlet to exemplify the complex workings of the human mind. By using the encounters that Hamlet faces, Shakespeare demonstrates the direct effect that one's perspective can have on a particular situation, and in the way the mind works. Another example is a passage taken out of the play Othello: “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on.” This passage quoted by the character Lago, is referring to jealousy; more specifically, jealousy over a spouse. This piece alone arouses the need to think, like most other Shakespeare plays and sonnets. It can cause a shift in judgment or the view of any given situation involving jealousy. Shakespeare's works

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