The artistry of Shakespeare

The Artistry Of Shakespeare That Still Remains Unrivalled

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The artistry of Shakespeare
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The artistry of Shakespeare is unparalleled. No one can deny its unrivalled value even after crossing so many decades.

Yes, William Shakespeare is unbeaten as an artist even in the current century. It is his extraordinary instinct that gifted him with intuitive thinking. His mastery in choosing perfect words in plays and poems is indeed rare. And that is why he remains miles ahead of his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors.

His storytelling and sketching of characters through words do not require any analysis. Being an artist, he always paved the way for perfection to draw good and evil. His conscious approach towards defining humanity in all his plays is as valuable as matchless.  

The artistic worth of drawing humanity is perhaps his strongest baton that has made him undefeated in the arena of writing. Like other playwrights and poets, he never got preoccupied with a specific sense. Yes, a ‘sense’ that haunts instantly but lasts for a short time. Although, a big chunk of the modern authors prefers to use it.

 Shakespeare’s works reveal that his thought got occupied with portraying human nature. And, using an instant feeling only took place with an absolute command to interpret that nature. The English playwright never did much to emphasize his creations’ scenic beauty or picturesque view. The truth is he only invented that charm and left it with no comment. The reality is his creation itself speaks about the visible and hidden beauty.

Whether it is the “Valour’s minion,” or the “Stars” that get the request to hide their fires, or the “Witchcraft” celebration – all these portrayals articulate the scenic appeal with no extra explanation. And here lies the artistry of Shakespeare. When other dramatists run for an instant catalyst to make their proficiency visible, Shakespeare dominates as supreme with no extra tool. 

The intensity in drawing a human character is somewhat unmatchable in Shakespearean works that no other writers possess, even in modern times. Many experts pinpoint it as the competence of intellect. Whereas some others think it is the force of passion. And the rest designate it an act of intensity of an exquisite mind.

There could be several definitions to explain William Shakespeare as an artist. But the final word is the same. Yes, all those views show how intense and perfect the artistry of Shakespeare is. Puissant and impressive characters are the key elements in his tragic plays. On the other hand, the playwright opts for silliness, humor, or comic touch and satire sometimes to introduce light entertainment in his comedies.

His plays show nothing extravagant. Even they don’t portray anything abnormal. Also, while depicting the brutal nature of humans, Shakespeare’s words never appear as bestial. In short, the playwright avoids all those that point out extremely brutal. His ever-memorable character Macbeth is the best example.

The greed has, no doubt, forced Macbeth to murder the King. But it is his conscience that compels him to think twice before performing that heinous crime. Like many others, Shakespeare could depict the character of Macbeth as purely brutal. But, he chose to produce a normal human nature. Yes, a normal man possessing courage, respect, greed, and conscience. In a word, the dramatist preferred to depict the highest normalcy in humanity. However, that does not mean he goes for mediocrity while relating a character with his nature. Something special lurks behind the curtain that connects the Shakespearean characters with the audience and readers. Something extraordinary that produces a note of love in his poems and plays.

The English playwright indeed creates a new angle of love without complexity. His love is not similar to that of the modern one. But he masters the said feeling with a passion for making it purely pleasing and soothing.

Nonetheless, a sense of complexity is visible in Hamlet but not as the known mainstream trait. William Shakespeare also embraces pathos and pain but in a different manner. The tragedy of King Lear and the pain of King Cymbeline’s daughter, Imogen, are two significant instances of the said pain and pathos.

Some characters of the English dramatists also appear dull. Yes, they are so because the playwright wants to project them dull as part of the story. The unique thing is their presence doesn’t always encourage laughter. In addition, they don’t look typically tedious as people usually think they are. But there is a thin line of virtue and morality in them. And these two features altogether arouse respectability and honourableness for these rare and exceptional characters. Now, this exception is possible only because of the artistry of Shakespeare. And this shows why William Shakespeare as an artist is still prevailing unrivalled.     

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