Human Values in Shakespearean Plays
Shakespeare is undoubtedly the greatest dramatist of the world. He borrows extensively from history, mythology, legends and folk tales. He quite often borrows from the works of other writers. For instance, Shakespeare picks up the title of Thomas Lodgeâ€™s prose romance Rosalynde: Eupheus Golden Legacy (1590) and ascribes the name Rosalynde to the heroine in As You Like It (1623). Shakespeare is charged with plagiarism for these excessive borrowings. But to designate him as a plagiarist is a misnomer. Shakespeare rewrites these borrowings, enriches them philosophically with his deep knowledge of human nature at the same time colouring them with the alchemy of his genius.