International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 1, Issue 5 (2014)

Eternal Pertinent Themes of Shakespeare


A. Shafee Ahmed Khan

The icon of English literature and the dramatist par excellence William Shakespeare continually remains a firm fascination and enthrallment in the minds of modern day society. Despite departing this earth nearly 400 years ago in 1616, his legacy of the themes and characters of his written works ensure his relevance to society past, present and future never wanes. His themes are eternal and pertinent as Dr. Johnson says that “he is for all ages and for all countries”. He has created many immortal themes through his fantastic and improbable characters both male and female in his plays that are relevant today. In this ultramodern scientific globe his themes and stories are much relevant and the modern people have the rationale to understand his themes very well than his own people of his times of the 16th century. Even the 20th century people failed to understand most of his immortal themes as they did not have that much of reasoning to anticipate his themes in their lives. The themes he has given to the world are immortal as we face such themes in our day today lives. We experience all his characters lively and everyone reflects repeatedly these themes in their lives. Macbeth, the ill-ambitious general, with his evil desire to capture power has surpassed all the moral values. Othello, the jealous and envious Moor has devastated his life. Lear, the proud and egoistic king never likes to hear what he dislikes. Caesar, the autocratic, undemocratic ruler of Rome never likes to follow the reality of the world. Such themes and personalities are very much alive in all times and in all countries. His themes never die as the creator of these themes left us four centuries ago. His significant themes have become the most appropriate themes for the modern entertainment world as these give both enlightenment and entertainment.
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A. Shafee Ahmed Khan. Eternal Pertinent Themes of Shakespeare. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 1, Issue 5, 2014, Pages 136-139
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