How Did Shakespeare Influence Modern Society?

William Shakespeare's legacy has been far-reaching within modern society, his work having paved for the way for greater sexual openness and racial equality as well as influencing the fields of psychology, sociology and politics. For example, a common narrative device employed by Shakespeare in his plays was the soliloquy, which involved characters speaking aloud their inner thoughts and feelings. This was long in advance of, and perhaps influential for, psychoanalytic therapists and theorists such as Sigmund Freud.