Shakespeare

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shakespeare

Throughout history, it has been witnessed many times that artists do not usually make
their mark on the world during their own generation. Like any other artist, authors have
been known to only achieve their desired success and fame after they have died. However,
defying this pattern, William Shakespeare, became very popular during his own lifetime,
and continued to achieve greater recognition thereafter. Today his poems and plays are
considered classic masterpieces, however, despite his popularity during his time, most of
his plays were considered to be "vulgar entertainment by his educated contemporaries."
Since he was about the age of 24, Shakespeare had gained fame as an actor and a
playwright, and a couple years later, as a poet of relatively erotic poems
(www.Encarta.com). He has written over 120 sonnets, but Shakespeare's modern reputation is
mainly associated with his 38 plays, each in which he either wrote, modified, or
collaborated on. Some of his most famous plays include the tragedies of Hamlet, Macbeth,
and Othello. Shakespeare's success with his literature is mainly due to one factor. He
consistently used the same successful format for all of his works. This format was based
on "a rising", "a climax", and "a downfall". While his plays were undeniably unique,
because of their identical formats, they are also found to be similar in many ways. One
could see this in the way that William Shakespeare shows the downfalls of his main
characters in the tragedies of Hamlet, Othello, and Macbeth.

In the tragedy play of Hamlet the death of a character becomes a frequent event. Even
though many people lose their lives as a result of their own self-centered wrong doing,
there are others whose death are a result of manipulation from the royalty. This is the
case of Polonius' family. The real tragedy of Hamlet is not that of Hamlet or his family
but of Polonius' family because their deaths were not the consequence of sinful actions of
their own but rather by their innocent involvement in the schemes of Claudius and Hamlet.
William Shakespeare wrote three great tragedies, the last of which was written in 1606 and
titled Macbeth. This "tragedy", as it

is considered by societal critics of yesterday's literary world,
scrutinizes the evil dimension of conflict, offering a dark and
gloomy atmosphere of a world dominated by the powers of darkness.
Macbeth, more so than any of Shakespeare's other tragic protagonists,
has to face the powers and decide: should he succumb or should he
resist? Macbeth understands the reasons for resisting evil and yet he
proceeds with a disastrous plan, instigated by the prophecies of the
three Weird Sisters. Along with Hamlet and Macbeth, Othello is one of Shakespeare's three
great tragedies and thus a pillar of what most critics take to be the apex of
Shakespeare's dramatic art. More than anything else, what distinguishes Othello from its
great tragedies peers is the role of its villain, Iago. While the usurper King Claudius of
Hamlet, and the unnatural villains of Macbeth (Macbeth, his Lady and the Weird Sister
witches) are all impressively evil in their way, none of them enjoys the same diabolical
role as Iago. Iago is a character who essentially writes the play's main plot, takes a key
part in it, and gives first-hand direction to the others, most notably to the noble Moor,
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