Google Doodle marks William Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary


NEW DELHI: Google has dedicated its today’s doodle to mark the 400th death anniversary of the ‘Bard of Avon’ William Shakespeare.

The doodle features Shakespeare at the centre with four illustrations from his most iconic plays on each side of him.

From his left, it is ‘Hamlet’ at first with the Prince holding skull, second is ‘Julius Ceaser’ with Brutus holding knife behind Ceaser, next to which is Desdemona’s handkerchief from ‘Othello,’ followed by the verandah romance of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

On the Bard’s right is a shipwreck scene that can be from ‘The Tempest’ or from ‘The Comedy of Errors,’ next is ‘King Lear’ sitting on throne. Third is the famous witches from ‘Macbeth’ and finally is the donkey-headed man Nick Bottom from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

Born on April 26, 1564, William Shakespeare has created 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, few other verses and some of uncertain authorship which made him the national poet of England.

He marked the English renaissance and Elizabethan Era of literature and broke the notion of ‘lady on pedestal’ and brought her down to the reality.

Shakespeare’s philosophy “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players” opened a new window to the world of art.

Married to Anne Hathaway on 1582, this great dramatist took his last breath on April 23, 1616.