William Shakespeare used many different writing styles in order to capture the minds and hearts of his audience. He wrote thirty eight plays (Boyce 119), two narratives (Boyce 294), and 154 sonnets (Boyce 607). In order to do his writing, Shakespeare had to put his mind, body, and soul into his work.
Shakespeare wrote three different types of genres, comedies, histories, and tragedies. “A comedy is a drama that provokes laughter at human behavior, usually involves romantic love, and usually has a happy ending.” The plots of the comedies were usually about the struggle between two young lovers. Shakespeare wrote eighteen comedies (Boyce 119). His histories dealt with England’s historical events. He wrote his histories to define the perfect king. Shakespeare wrote ten histories (Boyce 294). “A tragedy is a drama dealing with a noble ...view middle of the document...
p). In this comedy, Shakespeare demonstrated contrasting worlds by comparing men versus women. He also showed the rise of one person at the expense of another when Lucentio betrayed Gremio and Hortensio (Shakespeare, n.p.).
In Shakespeare’s, Henry IV: Part II, King Henry and his troops go to war with the fighting rebels (Smith, n.p). In this history, he showed deception and disguise when Hal and Poins disguise themselves in the tavern (Shakespeare, n.p.).
Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. Romeo and Juliet are two lovers who fall for each other but pay a tragic death when they are not allowed to see each other. Shakespeare showed disorder yielding to order when a “civil feud between two families ends with the death of Romeo and Juliet.” He also showed forgiveness, redemption, and conversion when “family enmity between Montagues and Capulets end” (Shakespeare, n.p.).
Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. “A sonnet is a 14 line poem, verse form, usually in iambic pentameter and with any of several traditional rhyme schemes.” He used the rhyme schemes of abab cdcd efef gg (Boyce 607). “His sonnets describe aspects of two different types of love experienced by the poet, one for a young man and the other for a woman” (Boyce 608).
While Shakespeare is not well known for his poetry, he did write two poems called narratives when he was 19 years of age. They are Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece (Nettleton 60). He wrote these narratives to the Earl in order to get recognized (Nettleton 62). His poetry really paid off in the end.
Many historians and Oxfordians agree that Shakespeare was a genius. “Throughout the western world he has come to be regarded as the greatest dramatist ever” (Matus 167). It is clear that Shakespeare has gotten the recognition that he well deserves.
As one may see, Shakespeare was one of the world’s best known playwrights. His captivating plays started the revolution of his time. From his heart struck tragedies to his hilarious comedies, William Shakespeare was a true genius when it came to writing.