Was Shakespeare popular in his time?
Shakespeare was one of the most sought after playwrights of his time, regardless of how he started his career. In the end, it is reasonable to hypothesize that his method of writing, his subject matter, and indeed his life, was heavily influenced by the socio-political events of his time, as well as what was popular in the arena of theater.
But it was. Theatre was very popular in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Though much less sophisticated, drama was always popular in the middle ages. It wasn't until the sixteenth century, however, that drama in England really found its feet and became a true art form. And all the while it increased in popularity. This trend didn't start with Shakespeare. Most of the most influencial trends in Elizabethan drama started before Shakespeare was involved with…
Hecate was well-known in popular mythology of the time. Shakespeare alludes to her in a number of places, and must have assumed that most of his audience would have spotted the allusion. The scenes containing Hecate in Macbeth are probably not by Shakespeare and are more likely to be by Middleton, and are virtually never performed.
Shakespeare was in fact he most famouse and still is today. Every person has somehow heard of shakespeare. But believe it or not Shakespeare went through a very hard quote "comercial" era in his liftime where he faced difficulties in keeping his house or audience. William Shakespeare was truly an ingeniuse mind and i wish i could talk to him ALL the time.
Many Shakespeare fans would be horrified by the analogy but there are parallels. Shakespeare was cranking out popular entertainment for the masses, while the art of the time was being done by the university poets. * Before it is pointed out that Walt Disney died in the 1960's, this contributor interpreted the question to be about the respective legacies of William Shakespeare and Walt Disney, not merely the individuals and what they achieved in life.
William shakespeare became famous by writing stories in his spare time. He worked in a pantomime and some of his friends came across his stories and plays. They decided to keep his plays and use them as their own. They made Shakespeare the main person to make the plays more popular. However they didn't ask William if it was ok! they just did!
The Elizabethan Theatre was the first commercial and popular entertainment system in the world - and Shakespeare was its foremost professional. If popular culture doesn't matter, and if the working classes don't matter, there is a strong case for not studying Shakespeare. Religious bigots and upper-class twits have good reason to fear Shakespeare. The rest of us have just as sound reasons for loving him.
Yes. People went to his plays, and bought his poems and copies of his plays. He was of course only well-known in England, and not all around the world as he is now, nor was he considered the greatest English author of the time, and certainly not of all time. In that sense he was not as popular then as he is now. But as the attached link argues, in another sense he was more…