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Essay | Samuel Johnson's "Preface to Shakespeare"

This student essay consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis of Samuel Johnson's "Preface to Shakespeare".
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Samuel Johnson's "Preface to Shakespeare"

Summary: In a 1765 complation of William Shakespeare's play, Samuel Johnson wrote the preface in which he displays classic critical form. He wrote that Shakespeare's greatness lies in his style of representation of the general human nature. His characters are neither type of certain qualities nor are they some particular persons of distinctive individualistic traits. They are the true representation of human nature. Even in his dealing with the issues, Shakespeare is representative and true for all times. Johnson also listed Shakespeare's inadquacies and was very impartial in his assessment.
We cannot say that a writer is great just because his writings are great and have stood the test of time. In other words a writer cannot be termed great only because of his antiquity. Dr. Samuel Johnson says in his "Preface to Shakespeare" that a work of literature is great only when it is worth reading. When it lacks excellence, it will be rejected. A work of literature lives only when it has some value. Its value changes from time to time and from age to age. In spite of this changing attitude of the readers towards a literary work, the work must contain some absolute standards if it has to stand the test of time. In the light of the above, we can Asses the value of a literary composition from the way it appeals to the readers of a particulate time and...

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