Why are William Shakespeare's plays important today ?

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The word "important" requires elaboration -- thematically they might be universal, but later works would do as well. To scholars, his importance lies in his influence on subsequent literature and art; to linguists,his importance lies in his contributions to the English language -- vocabulary (he invented thousands of new words), ...

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The word "important" requires elaboration -- thematically they might be universal, but later works would do as well. To scholars, his importance lies in his influence on subsequent literature and art; to linguists,his importance lies in his contributions to the English language -- vocabulary (he invented thousands of new words), syntax, metaphor, etc. To sociologists his contributions were the penetrations into human nature; to historians his contributions were the bringing alive of English history. His "importance" today is echoed in all these fields, and more. Putatively, anyone who has not read Hamlet cannot consider himself educated.
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