Limiting the versatile talent of William Shakespeare is completely impossible. Most people recognize him as a dramatist. However, as an expert, he is a champion to pen every aspect of the world of literature. And readers can easily identify this exceptional skill as the literature of Shakespeare.
Most people on earth practically know nothing about Shakespeare’s life. A limited number of eminent critics can draw only a small amount of sketchy details depending on various conjectures coming out from guesses. Moreover, there are no certain dependable theories to define Shakespeare’s rare expertise. Various literary patterns present in Shakespearean works are the ultimate sources for understanding the famous playwright’s efficacy as a writer, poet, or dramatist.
As a dramatist, William Shakespeare’s unmatchable maturity is clearly evident in his plays. His plays portray nearly all different phases of human life. This portrayal shows the development of life’s philosophy both as a playwright and as a human being.
Before the advent of Shakespeare, most eminent authors prefer to follow a specific traditional writing style. Their works even sometimes contain the same old epic content. However, Shakespeare broke this tradition. For the first time, he showed that every aspect of human life could be an important part of writing. It is his literary expertise that excels all boundaries of writing. He proved that humor, as well as tragedy, could be an essential part of writing. In a word, readers finally started smelling a more lucrative taste of literature, i.e., the literature of Shakespeare.
Two famous plays, Love’s Labour Lost and Comedy of Errors deliver exceptional construction skills. The plays show how a dramatist can uniquely mix ‘comic with tragic.’ Every part of these plays is an embodiment of a superior theatrical verse.
Titus Andronicus is a good example of a crude melodrama that depicts tragedy in the form of vengeance. Readers of this masterpiece can easily understand the author’s concern regarding the actual definition of human destruction. The exceptional but unique Shakespearean dramatic formula in Titus Andronicus unfolds a bitter reality about the relationship between mankind and evil forces.
On the other hand, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ appears as a tragic play that unlocks a blend of fancy and realism. Before the advent of the said tragic drama, people had a common concept. So far, they believed that a drama could either produce reality or deliver complete fancy. However, Romeo and Juliet was probably the first literary evidence that showed an emotional tragedy could serve fancy and realism together. Moreover, it could be an instance of pure entertainment surviving with a sentimental tragic touch. Laconically this dramatic skill is the real identity of the literature of Shakespeare.
Another important feature of the literature of Shakespeare is the characterization. The invention of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice is one of the best instances of this feature. There is no denying that readers and the Merchant of Venice’s audience always offer a mixed response towards Shylock. A section of them is not sympathetic to an antagonist character like Shylock. On the contrary, another section always prefers to remain sympathetic to some extent. That means a mixed response is present among the readers and the audience, even if a character is portrayed as a villain. Shakespeare is probably the only dramatist on earth to portray a character with such an exceptional skill that even a villain character can obtain sympathy or support from people.
There are numerous instances in the Shakespearean works that show how literary expertise can explore so many hidden or unknown aspects of excellencies in literature. King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello are some of those masterpieces bearing that literary expertise.