William Shakespeare Influence On Romeo And Juliet

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William Shakespeare had an enormous effect on the world of literature, and still does now. His work has influenced many famous authors and poets through his intense creativity, John Keats (1795-1821) who was so devoted to the playwright he kept a bust of Shakespeare nearby when writing hoping for bursts of inspiration. William Shakespeare is no doubt a talented bard. He shows much character depth in his plays, and tells stories in a convincing way making them seem real. Shakespeare also writes in a unique style that adds an air of melancholy to his writing, making a once average story into something more interesting. I feel personally that while Shakespeare is an amazing poet, he is over praised. Some of his work is “influenced” by other bards, but his work is startlingly similar to theirs. I feel that the praise of William…show more content…
It tells the story of “star crossed lovers”, doomed to never be together due to an age old feud. It’s a unique story with many twists and turns that keep the reader interested and invested in the story. But, like most of Shakespeare’s work, it was kind of disappointing. The story its self is over hyped and treated like a literary masterpiece, and while it was of great significance at the time, it now feels like an overused trope in western literature. The story of Romeo and Juliet has been adapted into many different forms, each taking the same approach. The only really unique version was Baz Luhrmann’s variation of Romeo and Juliet. This version, instead of showing Romeo as a lost soul, showed him as unstable and searching for security. Juliet is as well taken as much more confident and rational. This story is as well irrational. Today “love at first sight” is an idea recognized as false, and is treated as. Love takes time, and love takes work. Overall I feel the story of these two lovers was once an iconic and new story, is now a tacky trope used time and time
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