We all know that Shakespeare is great but do we know why is he great? The reason behind his greatness? It has been rightly quoted that “Shakespeare can be Newton, but Newton can not be Shakespeare” what do this quote mean? How to understand this man? I will not go in much detail as the whole library is insufficient to describe him, and the lifetime is insufficient to understand him. Newton made his law of gravation after his observation on apple falling to the ground, his law of gravity was based on the imagination that why apple has fallen to the ground and why not went flying to other place, and as far as imagination is concerned Shakespeare is the master in this, just because the one imaginative clue Newton made his theory of gravitation, while Shakespeare is the store house of imagination.
On the question why Shakespeare is great, anyone will answer that he had written many plays that he is great, but this is not the complete answer, look at the directors and writers of today's generation that specializes on single type of writing or direction, there are comic writers, tragic writers, writers on society affairs, horror movie writers, romantic writers etc, now look at Shakespeare's writing, when he wrote “Romeo and Juliet” it is the best ever written romantic play, the scene of “Romeo and Juliet “where Juliet stands on her balcony and Romeo with flowers in his hands waits for her, can be still seen in some advertisements and movies, when Shakespeare wrote a tragedy, how can we forget Macbeth the tragic man, and the flaw in character he had, Othello, King Lear etc. When he wrote comedy, none of the play can surpass As You Like It, the unforgivable dialogue of Jacques in which he tells about seven stages of man is still remembered by us. When he wrote historical plays King Richard series will not be superseded, when he used his hand in poems, look at the lines from his sonnet and the way he treated the subjects. So this man called Shakespeare specializes in all the themes and forms.
When we look at the characters portrait by Shakespeare we remember the unforgivable character of Othello, Macbeth, Brutus, Romeo, etc. the villainous character of Iago in Othello can not be surpassed by any of the villain ever created.
The plays by Shakespeare and its resemblance in today's generation are also notable. What Shakespeare wrote 500 years ago is also applicable today, we can see the situations in our society and neighborhood and characters which we meet having the close resemblance with the society and characters of Shakespeare's play. So did this man have a time machine by the aid of which he saw the characters and society of 21st century and portrayed it into his plays? Coming to the vocabulary, it is said that the vocabulary of a learned man is not more than 2000, compare it with the vocabulary of Shakespeare who had more than 40000 active vocabularies count.
Many says that Shakespeare was not a single man and it was a institution called Shakespeare, where different writers took part, as it is impossible to have 40000 vocabulary, impossible to specialize in all the fields.