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The Development of Shakespeare The theater was clearly his chosen environment and when we direct our attention to Shakespeare the playwright we have come to the essential man Bentley 121 In the United States Shakespeare is the most well known author of the Elizabethan era but how did he achieve this magnificent status Where did he get the ideas for the masterpieces that he produced What went through his mind when he wrote characters like Hamlet Julius Caesar or even Bottom from A Midsummer Nights Dream There were many factors that contributed to the works of art he produced but a few do stand out above the rest his use of words his audience cast and the literary sources of his ideas Through these we can see how Shakespeare developed his personal style of writing and how he constructed his dramatic works The first of these factors Shakespeares use of words shows a definite progression of skill as he wrote each play In his early plays he focused much on the sound and the color Harrison 118 of his wording His best writings were his comedies because the emotional involvement of this genre was low and so the flowery language fit in quite well However in his early tragedies there are many drawn out speeches in which he tries to portray some deep passion of his character Disappointingly though these hyped up speeches turn out to be just a load of pretty words used to sway the audiences feelings one way or another rather than actually portraying the message that Shakespeare had intended Harrison 121 The end result of this was that his characters did not have deep passions or even likes and dislikes they did not have personalities He used other techniques of wording poorly also The rhymes were quite common being every line or every other line In addition the rhythms of the speech were regular and forced a singsong
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