Shakespeare's Popularity--Then and Nowwas shakespear a really successful man in his life..has he able to influence this young generation of todays....

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e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Shakespeare continues to be an influential voice in the today's world. His work is taught widely - probably more widely than any other writer in English - and studied at many levels, from high school to university. 

Shakespeare's dramatic writing stands as the primary representation of the form, especially his tragedies, which are compelling in character, structure and theme. 

When we think of stage plays, Shakespeare's work comes to mind immediately. 

So, I'd say, yes, Shakespeare has had an influence on today's younger generations. If Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, and Macbeth are what high school students think of when they think of plays, it's clear that Shakespeare is responsible for shaping contemporary views of the dramatic form.

gojsawyer eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Shakespeare’s work has experienced popular and commercial success historically and currently. His work endures both in its original form through theatrical productions and in modern day forms such as television. In the present, both his work and the themes he tackles are enjoying somewhat of a revival. For example, there is a PBS series called “Shakespeare Uncovered,” in which actors retrace the history and roots of Shakespeare’s iconic characters, such as Hamlet. Further, within popular culture, the current hit TV series “Scandal” consistently delves into the theme of human nature vs. political power by exploring interpersonal conflicts driven by the tragic flaws of each character.
bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are few surviving records to document the life of William Shakespeare, so it seems fitting that his plays still have a mysterious draw to readers five centuries later. Shakespeare was highly successful during his lifetime, writing and performing plays with the finest theatre companies in England. After his death, Shakespeare soon faded away until a resergence in interest in the works of the playwright emerged in the 19th century. Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer of the English language; as a playwright, he and his plays stand alone as the greatest in any language or time period.

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Even if high school students might consider Shakespeare's language a bit unaccessible, his ideas, expressions, motifs, themes, and characters have completely infiltrated modern society.  Students have been influenced by the works of Shakespeare before they ever pick up their first copy of Romeo & Juliet.  His words, quotes, and clever phrases have entered mainstream vocabulary.  Many of my students are more than a little surprised to find out just how much they do know from Shakespeare--they just never knew it was from the Bard!

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The renowned Shakespearean critic Harold Bloom contends that Shakespeare is our first psychologist--Hamlet was Sigmund Freud's mentor, he claims. Further, Bloom states that the plays of Shakespeare "read" us, rather than our reading them.  Deep and abundant insights into man emanate from the pages of every play written by the Bard in what  the Victorian prophet Thomas Carlyle called his "superiority of intellect." Truly, there is NO question that Shakespeare's works are timeless, universal in their perceptions and introspections. 

shake99 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes, Shakespeare is still influential today, but only to the audience that is able to read and understand him. His language makes him inaccessible to most high school students, who are frustrated by his style. But he was really a master of expression. He could pack more meaning in a sentence that just about any other writer.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Shakespeare was and is popular.  One of the reasons is that the language is captivating and the stories are interesting.  Shakespeare writes about kings and queens, and love and death.  He writes about the human condition, but he does it so beautifully that you can't help but be taken in.

manishamishra | Student

yes i agree with u....

pkmahapatra | Student

Shakespeare is no doubt an all time most popular playwright. But the modern society has gone far away from its his themes and concerns. So he can not be relevant to the modern reader. Still he is read most widely due to his unmatchable talent in expression and style.