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How did Shakespeare manage to satisfy so many different tastes? i dont get it

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His plays really do have something for everyone. They appeal to everyone because they have a little drama, romance, comedy and action all in one play. There are also a lot of different kinds of plays, so different people can choose their favorite.

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I think this idea is oversimplified. Shakespeare's audience was quite middlebrow--no lower classes, but also not upper classes (except, perhaps, Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Knight, etc. which seem to be written to be presented for wealthy families in their homes. There were plenty of opportunities for entertainment for the people you descrcribe--bear-baiting, for examplem not to mention the boy's companies which are excoriatedin the Folio edition of Hamlet (the "little...

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kisball | Student

I think that shakespeare entertains his audiance really well. he puts in lots of violence like at the start of romeo and jeliet both families are fighting and theat gets the audiance going because the groundling who wantch the plays have a lot of violence in there life's.

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That is why his plays work on so many different levels.  Even if you couldn't read or write, you saw a lot of violence and death and that would be considered exciting.  To the other end of the spectrum for people what were well privilegedand understood nuances of language, you could find that in his plays also. It seems that there was something for everyone in his plays so that no matter what station in life you were, you would find something worthwhile.  And who doesn't love a good ghost story now and then.