William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. His work served as an influence on Gargoyles.

An Abridged History

He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Use in Gargoyles

Shakespearian themes, characters, and plots were heavily used in Gargoyles. The love triangle, and production names, between Othello, Desdemona, and Iago were derived from Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello. Macbeth, Banquo, Fleance, and the Weird Sisters are also all featured in Shakespeare's plays. Lord Oberon, and his Child, Puck are from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

During a reading lesson, Broadway read an excerpt from Romeo and Juliet to Angela, and Brooklyn quoted from one of Shakespeare's sonnets.


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