Shakespeare's Relevance over Time

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Shakespeare Relevance Essay

Shakespeare is a timeless playwright who has explored numerous themes throughout his classic plays that never lose appeal. Shakespeare's themes are timeless in the sense that they never go out of society's standards as long as humans exist. I will be exploring the themes of infatuation with beauty expressed in "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day"; evils of jealousy expressed in "A midsummer night's dream", and it takes tragedy to realize mistakes "Romeo and Juliet Opening Sonnet".

Infatuation with beauty is a enormous aspect of our society that never fades over time and only grows stronger. This theme is expressed in Shakespeare's poem to his wife called "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day". He express this theme with lines such as "Thou art more lovely and more temperate" and "But they eternal summer shall not fade" amongst others. This theme, although present less often in Shakespeare's era is a large aspect of modern day society.

Clear examples of the presence of this theme is the numerous plastic surgery offices, tanning salons and beauty parlors. The reason people go to these places is to achieve society's definition of "beauty". However in today's day and age our perception of beauty is overshadowed by our infatuation with skin-deep beauty focusing on physical characteristics of a person. This is the same in Shakespeare's day except for technological differences such as surgery. During that time, people would powder skin while today people would change this with surgery. Infatuation with beauty is a theme applicable to every time period and can never fade from society.

The evils of jealousy is a theme largely present in our society. In Shakespeare's play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" this is shown through Oberon's jealousy of Titania which provoked him into trying to get...