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What does this passage reveal about William Shakespeare the playwright?

"In five terse lines Shakespeare establishes that it is nighttime and cold ("unfold yourself" means "draw back your cloak"), that the speakers are soldiers on guard, and that there is tension in the air. With just fifteen words – eleven of them monosyllables – he has the audience's full, rapt attention."

A )Shakespeare’s plays are captivating, even though he uses so many words.
B) Shakespeare does not use enough words to create the setting and fully engage the audience.
C) Shakespeare masterfully sets the scene with words; he does not need scenery or effects.
D) Shakespeare’s plays suffer from the lack of scenery on the stage.
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The answer is C: Shakespeare masterfully sets the scene with words; he does not need scenery or effects.

There is, perhaps, not a single writer, with the exception of Cervantes, who, at the dawn of Modernity, so masterfully dominated and used words to express ideas, thoughts, and situations, setting the scene for all literature to develop after him and follow on his footsteps. Shakespeare´s use of language was concise and accurate, and yet, so beautifully interwoven, that no one would dare question his art as something other than brilliant.  


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