3 Literary Devices Most Used By Shakespeare for Dramatic Effect – Peter Salzano

According to Peter Salzano,” William Shakespeare is the master of playwriting and you can draw valuable insights reading his work.” Well, it can’t be denied that William Shakespeare was the one who defined new heights of playwrighting. Many people including Peter Salzano considers him the greatest creative writer in the history of English Literature.

His work has inspired many writers to explore new depths of writing. Though there were several signature literary effects of Shakespeare that can be found in all his plays, but there are three literary devices that he often used to create dramatic effects in his plays.

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1. Allusion

There are several incidents when Shakespeare refers to a person, place, or event without any definite identification. That’s called Allusion. The referred person, place, or event can be from mythology, the Bible, historical events or any other literary work. Shakespeare usually used allusions that were references to mythology. One of the most popular allusions used by Shakespeare is in Antony & Cleopatra, where he used to describe the earthly lovers as the Roman Gods.

2. Monologue

Every Shakespearean play has a long, uninterrupted speech that a character speaks in front of others. Such single long dialogues are called monologues. Monologues are often used by Shakespeare to emphasize the intensity of the situation.

3. Symbolism

Shakespeare made symbolism quite popular in the early centuries. Symbolism is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of Shakespeare’s works. Symbolism refers to the practice of using those words, places, object, or characters so frequently that have meaning beyond their literal explanation. For example, the use of the word ‘blood’ in Macbeth & Romeo and Juliet implies several meanings like violence, passion, youth, family ties.

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Peter Salzano says that every writer has his/her own essence that can be felt in his/her writings. You can always surprise the audience with your signature writing style. All you need to do is to be confident and take the risk of introducing something new to the industry.