Was William Shakespeare a reformer?

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I don't think that his immediate intention was to reform anything, and I don't think that his immediate world was reformed in any way by his writing.  He wrote his plays to entertain his audiences and to make money. If his audiences were moved by the story, then so much the better, but I don't think his intention was to instruct or to moralize and through that to reform.

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Shakespeare exposed a variety of societal issues through his plays. He used large, dramatic story lines to entertain people, but buried within the entertainment were truths about his world. People saw these, and could consider them while they were entertained.
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