William Shakespeare is definitely the world’s greatest writer. He has a hundred masterpieces including tragedies, comedies, histories and poems and sonnets. His plays contributed to his worldwide acceptance, because of his distinct flavor and touch of his stories. Here are some of his best plays that continue to influence the modern era:
Undeniably, Hamlet is considered to be Shakespeare’s greatest play of all time. Set in Denmark, this play follows the tragic story of Prince Hamlet who grieves for his father and avenges for his death. The play vividly embraces the theme of madness, from overwhelming grief to seething rage. It also explores treachery, incest, and moral corruption. Hamlet, Shakespeare’s longest play was truly the most powerful tragedy in English literature.
Romeo and Juliet
Next to Hamlet is Romeo and Juliet. This Shakespearean play has entered the consciousness of pop culture as the classic love story of two “star-crossed lovers” whose untimely deaths unite their feuding households. Its influence can be felt everywhere, very popular because of its timeless themes anyone can relate. Rome and Juliet have been the language of lovers to today, translated into musical works, theatre and films.
Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. This play is tightly written with short, punchy and intense plot following the rise and fall of Macbeth from soldier to King to a tyrant. This revolves around h theme of lust for power and betrayal of friends. This has been performed and adapted for books, opera, theater, and films.
Julius Caesar is one of the Shakespearean plays that was written based on true events from Roman history. It portrays the conspiracy against Julius Caesar, his assassination, and its aftermath. Although the play is titled “Julius Caesar”, Caesar only appeared in a handful of scenes. The story centers Marcus Brutus who was involved in the assassination of Caesar. This work shows the struggle between conflicting demands of honor, patriotism, and loyalty.
Much Ado About Nothing
This is considered to be Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy. The play combines comedy and tragedy with interesting texts from a stylistic point of view. The key to its popularity rests on the wild love-hate relationship between Benedick and Beatrice. However, the comedic element of the play lies in the supporting characters who provided us with wit and confound us with absurdity.
Midsummer Night’s Dream
This romantic comedy portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. It also portrays the adventure of four Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest, which they play is set.
Henry Vs is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by “Richard II,” “Henry IV, Part 1” and “Henry IV, Part 2.” It was written in 1599 based on the life of King Henry V of England during the events before and after the Battle of Agincourt in the Hundred Year’s War.
The Tempest believed to be the last play Shakespeare wrote in 1610 to 1611. It follows the story of the sorcerer Prospero plans to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place through illusion and skillful manipulation. The Tempest is a play honoring the glories of reconciliation and forgiveness.
How many plays of Shakespeare have you read and what are your most favorite among them?