How did Shakespeare manage to satisfy so many different tastes?

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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.

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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