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how did shakespeare change the world?Can someone help me expand on these topics? His...

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kkcyclone | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 23, 2011 at 11:28 PM via web

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how did shakespeare change the world?

Can someone help me expand on these topics?

His role in the renaissance

How he influenced the English language

The way he changed the way people think / speak

How his work (such as his plays) changed the theatre

Can someone help me expand on these topics?

His role in the renaissance

How he influenced the English language

The way he changed the way people think / speak

How his work (such as his plays) changed the theatre

and how all of these topics helped change the world altogether

thanks so much for your help :)

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 24, 2011 at 12:10 AM (Answer #1)

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Shakespeare influences the world in many ways.  For one thing, he wrote his plays with the common man in mind.  He wished for the general public to be able to see and enjoy the theatre rather than just the supper rich and royalty.  He changed the way people saw the theatre and the way they thought plays should be. 

Shakespeare's influence on the English language, in part, stems from the fact that he did not spend much time in school.  Shakespeare was unable to continue attending school after what we would consider elementary school today.  He didn't have as much vocabulary as someone with more education.  Therefore, he began to invent his own words or use existing words in a totally new context.  Many common words we use today didn't exist before Shakespeare.

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