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Author Name: SHIVAM SAHNI | Format: Paperback | Genre : Dramas & Plays | Other Details

This book is an analysis of not only the literal merits of the bard but also the influences and impacts of his works on society, as well as the different incantations of the human mind and interpersonal relationships. From addressing the status of Jews in Venice, to the differences between fate and destiny, to the vainglorious villainy of Iago, it delves at times deep into human psyche. It addresses issues that were not only relevant then but seem to transgress the eons. Its significance lies in identifying and challenging beliefs of characters and conditions. Was Caesar heroic or was Brutus the great devil? What role did the essence of time and timing play in the tale of Romeo and Juliet?  How was gender ambiguity presented in The Tempest? It examines the tiny sliver that separates hate and love and what it might take to unite or cross that divide.

“I am so impressed with your study of historical positions to contradict some of the playwright’s assumptions. But equally awesome is your sensitive interpretation of communal bias in those times and Shakespeare’s role in portraying it. You will certainly have a great future as a scholar and writer.”

–Coomi Kapoor, Contributing Editor, The Indian Express

“Extremely well-written blogs… You have brought out so clearly the role played by fate and destiny in this story of the star-crossed lovers while also drawing attention to the manner in which character determines the crucial choices made by the protagonists. Your analysis of the paradox of a love story interspersed with violence was also very interesting. You evidently have the ability and the inclination to look at Shakespeare’s plays critically. Wonderful and so unusual in a young person today. Do keep writing.”

–Dr. Ranjana Kaul, Associate Professor, Delhi University

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Shivam Sahni is a seventeen-year-old student at Modern School Vasant Vihar. Currently in twelfth grade, his encounter with William Shakespeare’s work led to analyses and him publishing his own first book eventually. He is incredibly zealous about literature, both classic and contemporary, and the arts as a whole, and is looking to pursue English for his further studies. Shivam lives in New Delhi, India with his family.