Significance of William Shakespeare in Literature
Shakespeare holds the foremost position in the world's literature. His works and genius includes all the world of men and nature. The study of nature in his work is nothing but exploring a new country and the study of man in his works is just like visiting a great city. His works shows that good always overcomes evil in the long term.
Goethe expresses the influence of Shakespeare by saying that "I do not remember that any book or person or event in my life ever made so great an impression upon me as the plays of Shakespeare."
William Shakespeare can be precisely named as the father of English Drama. He wrote 29 all time best plays, 154 sonnets, and two long poems. His contribution to the World Literature is highly remarkable, and perhaps unmatched.
Shakespeare is an unforgettable literary figure and it is not exaggeration if we say that literature is nothing without him. Unfortunately very little is known about him, he is known for what he wrote.
All the writing of Shakespeare deal with love, life and death and these universal themes get beautiful touch by him. His poetry and dramas reflect that he had extraordinary knowledge of human psychology. Therefore, his characters have become memorable in the field of literature.
Shakespeare's greatness rests on supreme achievement--the result of the highest genius matured by experience and by careful experiment and labor--in all phases of the work of a poetic dramatist. The surpassing charm of his rendering of the romantic beauty and joy of life and the profundity of his presentation of its tragic side we have already suggested.
Equally sure and comprehensive is his portrayal of characters. With the certainty of absolute mastery he causes men and women to live for us, a vast representative group, in all the actual variety of age and station, perfectly realized in all the subtle diversities and inconsistencies of protean human nature.
Shakespeare has managed to fix in the public mind the images of a number of historical figures. Thus just about everyone thinks of Henry V as an outstanding hero and of Richard III as an evil mass-murdering villain.
Historians know that the truth is less simple--Richard may have been responsible for the deaths of his nephews but was not a deformed hunchback and was not responsible for the deaths of virtually everyone who died during his reign and that of his brother, as Shakespeare would have us believe. Henry V was indeed the hero of Agincourt, but contemporary records suggest that he was not a particularly nice fellow, bigoted and a religious extremist.