April 23 rd is recognized as the World Book Day. UNESCO organized this on 23 rd April 1995 and from that on, World Book Day is observing every year. It is intended to promote reading, writing, publishing and copyrighting. Not only that, it is the birth and death dates of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in English language and the world’s eminent dramatist. Shakespeare had a great command over the language and that could be observed in his 37 plays and 154 sonnets. In our daily lives many use Shakespeare’s quotes; as each quote explains what life is, how it could be formed. He had written these plays and sonnets during his life time from 1564-1616, he might have drawn inspiration from the lives of the people of that time; but each of his characters like, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello and Antonio resemble many of us. Their flaws in characters are ours too. The tragic flaws that perished the lives of these heroes like, greed for power, procrastination and jealousy are the sins that ruin our lives too. The works of Shakespeare has thus become relevant in the present century too.
Most of his sonnets are about true love, it seems he was the man who desired for more and more love.
“Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.” (Shakespeare’s 116 sonnet)
The modern world has forgotten the value of true love, we may begin our life with somebody and when we get fed up with that person because of the lack of beauty and financial security, we may throw away that relationship and get involved with some others. We may not be able to see and sense sincerity and fidelity in love; Shakespeare might have foreseen this and he might have written it to guide the new generation through true love. The true love should remain unshaken even if it is tested with so many problems. True love is like the guiding star, that could guide us to the destination and that could sooth and pacify us. We should respect the true love and should follow it.
In his plays, The Gentlemen of Verona comes first and the Henry viii in the last as it is arranged in the chronological order. He had written, comedies, tragedies and tragicomedies; but his tragic heroes are most remembered,may be because of the tragic flaws. Shakespeare revealed his mind, thoughts and attitude through the words of his characters. His quotes on life, like, “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” make us think on the foolishness of our frantic run after money and power.
Let us read Shakespeare and make others to read Shakespeare as it has a lot to study and follow.