The continual popularity of Shakespeare, as far as I can see it, has much more to do with the uncompromising use of wit, the constant use of humor and debauchery, and the utter lack of preachiness. While there is still a lesson to impart, a moral of the story, it is not sermonizing or shaming, but instead brought about joyously, or wistfully, as the case requires. We are not spared the tragedy, but also treated to playful words (of which Shakespeare is estimated to have created about 1,700).
One of the items on my bucket list is to see Shakespeare's Canon, which by most standards is considered to be the plays published in the First Folio. To help aid in this pursuit, I've put together a hand-lettered checklist; just in case you might like join me, I've included a download link!
The elements be kind to thee and make
Thy spirits all of comfort! Fare thee well."
-"Antony and Cleopatra" Act III Scene II