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Coming up with original ideas for plot of plays was not Shakespeare's strong suit. He generally used a story idea he had read about and dramatised it. Sometimes he used passages from his sources with very little change (e.g. the description of Cleapatra's barge in Antony and Cleopatra; the explanation of Henry V's claim to the throne of France in Henry V) but what changes he did make were invariably improvements. The description of Cleopatra's barge in the original is clunky and dull; when Shakespeare was done with it, it sparkled.

Why did he do this? Presumably he felt that it was pointless to reinvent the wheel; why invent a second-rate plot when you can use a great one that already exists? Shakespeare was an expert in creating great dialogue and great characters out of these stale stories. Thank heaven he did copy them! Our ideas about copyright and originality would have prevented the greatest literature in the world from being written.

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Shakespeare wrote his works between 1590 (approximately) and 1613 when he retired.

What langUAGE WAS Shakespeare wrote in?

Shakespeare is from England; his works are in English.

Apart from plays what other types of pieces did William Shakespeare write?

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Did someone else write all of William Shakespeare's works?

Shakespeare didn't write most of his work down, and was transcribed by spectators of the audience who wrote down what was happening. But Shakespeare is the author of his works, but probably did join with other writers.

Did Shakespeare copy Marlowe?

Shakespeare was certainly influenced by Marlowe, but if he directly copied him his copies no longer exist.

Did Shakespeare ever live in London?

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Did William Shakespeare write his works in Scotland?

There is no evidence that Shakespeare ever left England.

How photo copy machine works?

A photo copy machine works by copying the paper or picture you put in

What works did Shakespeare create?

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What play by Shakespeare discusses the prejudice against Jews?

The Merchant of Venice is one, but their are references in other works.

Was shakespare hired as a front man?

This idea is a feature of most theories in which Shakespeare's works were written by someone other than Shakespeare. Since it is obvious that to the world the actor and man from Stratford William Shakespeare is apparently the author of the works which have always been attributed to him, it is only possible that someone else wrote the works if that other person had the real Shakespeare pretend to be the author. Presumably Shakespeare would have accepted this offer if a lot of money came with it. But why would they choose Shakespeare? If they chose him because he was already an established author, then why would the ghost writer write in the style of Shakespeare? And wouldn't Shakespeare himself have continued writing? And, most perplexingly of all, why should the ghost writer do it at all? Why not simply arrange for the plays to be performed or published anonymously?

Did William Shakespeare leave a will?

Yes. If you search for it, you can find a copy on line.

What is the controversy between William shakespeare and christopher marlowe?

It is believed that Marlowe is the real "Shakespeare" and that Shakespeare took their works. Your Welcome, Levi S.

What are some sonnets that Shakespeare wrote?

Sonnet XC. Sonnet XVIII. Sonnet XXXV. Sonnet CL. The Sonnets do not have names, only numbers. If you want the content of the various sonnets you will have to read them. The attached link is one place you can do this (also any copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare)

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Who had a theater specifically built for his works?

William Shakespeare did.

Who is Shakespeare really?

He is really a guy that has been dead for almost 400 years. There is no rational evidence that the writer of his works was anyone other than William Shakespeare, gent., of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

Why should you like Shakespeare?

Why should you like Shakespeare? What kind of question is that? Shakespeare is the most amazing playwright that there ever was. His works are very famous and they are beautiful.

Who owns works in the public domain?

The public, assuming you're asking who owns the copyright of such works. Copies of the works themselves, like any other personal property, may be individually owned by anyone. Owners of works in the public domain can even demand to be paid by others for the privilege of viewing their copy or making another copy of it.

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yes if you have a network copy

What inspired William Shakespeare to start writing?

William Shakespeare was inspired to write by reading the works of Geoffrey Chaucer among others. He also found inspiration in the works of Plutarch.