Monday, October 17, 2011
OH SHAKESPEARE, O SHAKESPEARE, WHERE ART THOU SHAKESPEARE?
It is quite well known that all great figures are subject to public scrutiny, or admiration at times. Shakespeare, one of the greatest playwrights in history, is this particular subject. In a recent video, our class watched, a certain narrator, whose name I have forgotten, goes on a quest in search for the vague and enticing background of William Shakespeare. One of the key points that the narrator makes is the significance of religion during those times. The Elizabethan Ages were a time of turmoil and perils. Shakespeare was raised a Catholic during the Elizabethan Era, which happens to be conveniently Protestant. Shakespeare's father was a man so immense faith and he took it upon himself to keep Catholicism as a major religion. Another major point the video makes in reference to the role of religion is with the rise of drama. Shakespeare lived in a time when drama was conceived, so slowly being accepted as a way to teach morals. Morality Plays, as they were called, were popular with churches, where these plays were directed by the church and usually depicts stories from the bible. Living during the police state of England, Shakespeare was fully aware of what he wrote. I usually place songs that honor the queen at the end of his plays. Classic move, Shakespeare. Well played.