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Medusa_Zenovka May 31 2013 says:

He was taking inspiration.

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CommanderDef May 31 2013 says:

You can't think about it that way. Literature started on mythology, while myths were exchanged, traded, modernized and upgraded by all civilizations.

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ComradeWinston May 31 2013 says:

Anonymous( Imdb.com ) is a pretty good movie about Shakespeare. Its fictional but I still liked it. And who cares if he did, I mostly found his stuff annoying in school up until a month before I left. Tons of things are just iterations of similar things just made better, why should literature be any different?

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ElfFriend May 31 2013 says:

I don't understand why Shakespear is regarded as a great writer since there are many better stories than what he wrote....

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Medusa_Zenovka May 31 2013 replied:

Just because some might be better doesnt mean that he is a bad author.

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KnightofEquulei Jun 1 2013 replied:

I enjoyed Romeo and Juliet. Normally most young people say they hate Shakespere because they had to study one of the plays but I enjoyed the story even if the ending could have been avoided if someone in it was a bit more intelligent. Personally I blame the priest geezer.

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ElfFriend Jun 1 2013 replied:

I think most people blame the priest... the teacher asked us at the end who we thought was the most at fault, and almost everyone chose the priest.

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Baron Brosephus Jun 1 2013 says:

The only form of plagiarism in Shakespeare's writing were references to other literary works of art. While some today lack proper appreciation for his work, in his day, it was a masterpiece. It still is, if you look at it from an unbiased and contextual viewpoint.

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ElfFriend Jun 1 2013 replied:

but the thing that made shakespeare's stories good was the idea of catharsis. back then people couldn't see the latest horrible news to remind themselves that their lives don't suck that much compared to someone else. instead they had to watch plays where the characters lives sucked more than their lives. I personally don't support the idea that you have to see someone else suffering to appreciate what you have, which is why i gave up on the dieing TV platform and on news from major corporations.

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InsanityPays Jun 1 2013 says:

You'd have to remember that no one really is "original". Everything is stolen from somewhere.

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Over the centuries, William Shakespeare has been accused of plagiarism on grounds that he pirated plots, phrases, lines of verse, and even entire poems.
Some examples include exerts in his pieces from Ovid, Plautus, Boccaccio, Cinthio, Thomas Lodge, Arthur Brooke, Christopher Marlowe, and Robert Greene.
Would it be wrong to accuse him of plagiarism? Or is it just taking inspiration?

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