Shakespeare as a Dramatist
Keywords:Shakespeare, dramatist, stagecraft, psychology, audience, humorist, versification
William Shakespeare occupies prominently unique position in world literature as one of the greatest dramatist. English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world‟s pre-eminent dramatist. The secret of his greatness as a dramatist lies in his understanding of stagecraft and his capacity for sensing the pulse of his audiences. The playgoers loved music, dance, songs, shouting and believed in the ghosts, witches and fairies as they were superstitious. Shakespeare‟s understanding of human psychology, human life and nature is amazing. His protagonists are all regulated and actuated by elemental human passion, common to mankind in every age and country. His characters thus become larger than life. Shakespeare‟s flexibility was marvelous. Indeed, he could adapt himself to most varied situations and create most varied effects perfectly. The audiences laugh at unforeseen accidents, they are delighted in seeing vanity mortified. Shakespeare was not only the world‟s immortal dramatist but also an immortal poet. He poetised the English drama. This poetry is prominently seen in his prolific application of poetic similes and metaphors and in his skilful manipulation of the music in the words. Shakespeare‟s characters are both–types and individuals. They have their own personal and individual peculiarities, but they also represent some particular class or profession. The dramatist obliterates his entire personality and keeps himself so much in the background that everything, every action, and every word appears to come not from him but from his creations. Shakespeare appears to be reporting the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He has not been prominently the advocate of anybody but rather the representative of all. The present paper attempts to explore Shakespeare as a dramatist, his greatness and his universal appeal. It also highlights his genius and stagecraft, his understanding of human psychology and sense of audience, his humor and his style and versification.
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