The Bard: an Allusion of Fahrenheit 451

William Shakespeare was one of the most influential playwrights of his time. He was born in 1564 on April 23 in Stratford-upon-Avon. Being the son of a prominent businessman, he attended the local grammar school where he learned the basics of reading and writing. Shakespeare loved reading. He soon learned how to translate several languages so that he could read other author’s books, among these were Latin and Roman style books. He married his, 8 year older, wife, Anne Hathaway, on November 28 of 1582. (Laurie 5).

She soon gave birth to his daughter, Susanna, only 6 months after their beloved marriage. A short two years later, Anne gave birth to two more children, twins, Hamlet and Judith. After this, however, the history of our famous, soon to become, playwright comes to a screeching halt until 1592. (Laurie 6). He turns up in London after being chased out of his home town in 1592. From there he gained a reputation of stealing other playwright’s techniques of writing from a jealous man Robert Greene, confirmed that Shakespeare had become quite popular in London.

From here we see his exploits become greater and greater. (Laurie 7). Shakespeare wrote in a way that all men could enjoy his works of art, from kings to peasants. His distinct writing style made his plays more enjoyable for all. He was able to write many different types of stories. For instance, he wrote not only dramas, but comedies, tragedies, histories, adventures, and love stories, too. (Mabillard). He told stories that were relevant to his time period and because of this, authors have been able to recreate the exciting plots, but in a way that would parallel to their time. Some of the greatest movies, books, and even other plays could somehow be linked to a Shakespearean piece. He was known as a “Johannes fac totem” or Jack-of-all-trades. (Laurie 7)

Shakespeare’s ability to create characters is unmatched, because he brought each character to life on stage to create a reality like never been seen before by any scholars of his time. Distinction between the protagonist, or the “good-guy”, and the antagonist, the “bad guy”, made his plays that much more realistic. (Mabillard). Bradbury used Shakespeare in his piece to contradict what Captain Beatty was saying at the time.

Shakespeare changed the face of literature. He pushed the English language to what it is today with an abundance of clichés and complex words. Shakespeare advocated the progress of knowledge, whereas Beatty and the rest of Montag’s society would of rather seen it stop just so they wouldn’t have to sacrifice their “comfort”. Shakespeare once said, “And seeing ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven…” This is an excerpt from Shakespeare’s famous play King Henry VI, states that knowledge is an escape.