For me it has always been really tough to believe that Shakespeare was not born in the modern times. This Cosmic writer was so much ahead of time. As if, he could foresee and foretell! He beautifully demonstrated all the human feelings, emotions. Tragedy, Comedy, Romance, Revenge, Arrogance; you could find all traits in his dramas.
The first play that I came across was “Julius Caesar”. And it is still fresh in my memory. Quotes like-
“A dish fit for the Gods”
“Et tu, Brute!”
“Beware the Ides of March”
“But, for my own part, it was Greek to me”
These lines were beyond time. They fit perfectly into situations that we counter in our lives. The way in which Shakespeare has demonstrated “Male Ego”, “Acumen of a good Speaker” and “Will power of women”, in this play is simply awesome.
Coming to “Macbeth”, turning candid I have never read this play. I started a couple of times, but to no avail (laziness+laxity). But a couple of quotes from this play are really close to my heart and soul.
“Fair is foul and Foul is fair!”
“Out out brief candle, Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
The above stated lines have been my favourite Shakespearean quote. It beautifully describes the “Rat-race” sort of life we have these days. Full of drama, mixed moments and ultimately it all ends in smoke.
And when you talk about “Romance”, you talk about “Romeo and Juliet”. Perhaps, the most quoted couple ever. I always had this gut feeling, that Shakespeare must be a very romantic man himself! Someone, who could convert emotions into words with such tremendous flair, could impress anyone! The quote that I remember from this master-piece is-
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.
It was not just about tragedy, drama and romance. It was Shakespeare who introduced us to Comedy! “The Comedy of errors”, is an example of impeccable Shakespearean comedy. Comedy had a slightly different meaning in those times. It meant confusion, a state of perplexion coupled with humour. Comedy meant an erratic situation that brought humour unintentionally and automatically. Shakespeare explored almost all the human emotions and was truly someone cosmic!