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Shakespeare represents a great deal of the world in his writings All his readers acknowledged that and yet it is hard to tell just what his view of the world is let alone what his view of the whole that includes the world is Although his works represent human times from the Trojan war to when Europe discovered the new world although they portray with fair accuracy the manners dress and look of many peoples from pristine Rome to commercial Venice although they represent the history of his own nation in fond detail although they present nearly 900 characters so substantial they can be distinguished from each other by their speech alone although Shakespeares works mention monsters of the deep birds of the air and God Christ and the Holy Spirit - still it is not easy to know what Shakespeare thought Shakespeare wrote both tragedy and comedy which makes him the English Sophocles and the English Aristophanes but does his comedy include his tragedy or does his tragedy include his comedy Was life a comedy or a tragedy to him Did he laugh more than he wept or weep more than he laughed It is hard to say Perhaps he was most comprehensively an historian After all his greatest innovation is the History play of which he wrote ten For sure then he is the Englands Thucydides as well as the its Sophocles and its Aristophanes but that only suggests how big he was not how he understood the whole that can be viewed tragically comically and historically and which only he of all poets save Dant and Goethe viewed in all three ways Of course many readers and students of his work fall into the habit of saying Shakespeare says but he never does Although Shakespeare sometimes refers to our author or puns upon his first name he never presents himself in his work In no work of Shakespeare is there a character
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