Echoes of Literature - The Style of Shakespeare

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"Ladies and lords, I bid you welcome to yet another masterpiece of Shakespeare!" The announcer's words boom across the stage like a cannon, retaliating by the regal nods of nobility, the whoops of artisans, and the eager hollers of beggars who line the house. No more, though, do the walls of the razed Globe Theater clang with the newest work of this master playwright, long dead and dust. His unique plays and startling influences, however, still echo in literature today. William Shakespeare brings his enriching style, including organization, sentence structure, literary devices, and vocabulary, and copious contributions to the English language.

Primarily, Shakespeare's organization of his plays highlights his profligate style. His plays are mainly divided into acts and scenes; these divisions, along with the page numbers, assist students and scholars in quoting and discussing the works (Andrews 175). Shakespeare also uses soliloquies and asides in his works to lead to an insightful understanding of the emotions the characters express (Andrews 179).

Plays within a play, secondary performances which mimic several drama forms, also occur in some of his plays to provide a comment on the action or to develop the plot. One of the most prominent plays within a play occurs in Hamlet, which intends to be a miniature of the main plot. To conclude, Shakespeare's organization informatively enhances his style and work.

Furthermore, an additional device Shakespeare uses to enrich his style is his distinctive sentence structure. His unusual syntax contains many dollops of iambic pentameters and blank verses. Iambic pentameter, forming of ten alternating strong and weak syllables in rhymed lines, almost creates a beat to his words and helps actors in memorizing his lines, such as in "I could a tale unfold whose lightest word" (Andrews 174). Shakespeare follows this convention, but varies the speeches in...