Harold Bloom has argued that 'the plays and poetry of Shakespeare are at the centre of the West’s creativity and a constant source of inspiration.'  Argue for or against this view.  

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Bloom also calls Hamlet a psychological study and names Hamlet as "Freud's mentor."

In a chapter entitled "Shakespeare's Universalism," Bloom extols Shakespeare's "uncanny power of rendering of personality." Further, Bloom questions whether we can conceive of ourselves without Shakespeare:

Our education, in the English-speaking world, but in many other nations as well, has been Shakespearean. Even now, when our education has faltered, and Shakespeare is battered and truncated by our fashionable idealogues, the ideologues themselves are caricatures of Shakespearean energies.

Bloom continues,

Shakespeare will abide, even if her were to be expelled by the academics, in itself most unlikely. He extensively informs the language we speak, his principal characters have become our mythology, and he, rather than his involuntary follower Freud, is our psychologist.

Source: Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human by Harold Bloom 

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It is difficult to argue against this Harold Bloom quote as, along with staple stage performances, there are multiple movie versions of Shakespeare's plays available. Shakespeare continues to be a source of inspiration in current culture.

Shakespeare is at the center of Western culture. This can be argued as being a detriment to the growth of theater, sustaining an image of theater that is anachronistic with contemporary culture (although film versions and adaptations strive to rise above this).

So, how did Shakespeare become cultural currency giving a person cultural authority in context of literature? While part of Shakespeare's cultural power has to do with his popularity among admiring Enlightenment thinkers, like Goethe, Shakespeare's power also is rooted in British Imperialism and the spread of the English language.

Imperialism is not only a political function, it is also a cultural function because the imperialist's culture is carried in transported social structures and in transported language, which often becomes the language of education as happened during British Imperialism.

Shakespeare became the golden standard for the expression of the English language. Since English has been transported to all corners of the world and to all generations through English based education, Shakespeare has been a global cornerstone of English. The book, Political Shakespeare: Essays in Cultural Materialism, has many essays on this topic.

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