How was Shakespeare influenced by the classical writers of the Greek world?

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Shakespeare no doubt respected Sophocles' role as the father of tragedy.  Just as Sophocles limited the role of the chorus and focused more on humans than gods, so too did Shakespeare reveal secular humanism in his plays.

Shakespeare limits the Chorus to just one, and even he was a minor character, a Prologue Chorus at that.  Gone were the days of the Chorus and its leader ever-present on the highest platform of the stage.  Shakespeare reserves the "heavens," the highest point on his stage, for the lofty language of love, as evident in the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare breaks from Sophocles for the...

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