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Merits of Shakespeare according to Samuel Johnson

Merits of Shakespeare according to Samuel Johnson's 'Preface to Shakespeare' ‘Preface to Shakespeare’ is an overview by Samuel Johnson. Jonhson’s ‘Preface to Shakespeare ‘ basically a comment on the argument over the ancient and modern, published on 1765. In 'Preface to Shakespeare' , Johnson has shown the merits (and demerits) of Shakespeare based on the plays he has edited.  Here he gives the readers some sound ideas about the virtues and faults of Shakespeare. That Shakespeare's characters have an interaction with nature and that his works have a universal appeal are the major assertions of Johnson in favour of Shakespeare's merits and what he says about the demerit of Shakespeare is that Shakespeare tries more to please his audience than to instruct them which is a serious fault because it is always a writer's duty to make the world morally better. However, what Johnson has seen as the merits of Shakespeare are given below:
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