All of you would have definitely heard about William Shakespeare. He is one of the legends in the field of literature and his works have a global reach, being read even until today. There has never been someone whose works were so captivating and moving. All those who aspire to write, or are already established writers, at one point of time or other draw inspiration from the works of this great man. His works include the very famous Romeo-Juliet, Hamlet and so many more. If there is a couple whose love is unquestionable, it is that of Romeo and Juliet, and the entire world would agree with the same. Such is the recognition and reach for the characters of Shakespeare. He could often instantly connect with the audience through his plays.
In this article, we bring to you the very famous seventeen works of William Shakespeare.
1.Romeo and Juliet
This is an evergreen love story between two people, Romeo and Juliet, and takes place in Italy. What makes it interesting is that the families of Romeo and Juliet were rivals.
This is a tragic plot that takes place in Denmark. The protagonist Prince Hamlet receives orders from his father’s ghost, to kill his uncle Claudius.
Macbeth, is again a tragic plot, that was first performed in 1606. It talks about the ill effects of those who seek to use power for their own benefit.
4. King Lear
King Lear is believed to be written in the year 1605. The title is derived from the name of the protagonist, King Lear, who is a Roman king, and how
Othello was written by Shakespeare, drawing inspiration from a story written by Cinthio. This story touches upon various themes like racism, love, betrayal etc.
6. Merchant of Venice
Merchant of Venice, as the name suggests, takes place in Venice. The highlights of this story are the characters Shylock and Portia. It also talks about the Jews and their mindset.
7. A midsummer night’s dream
A midsummer night’s dream differs from those mentioned above, as it is a comedy play. Its main characters are Theseus and Hippolyta, and the plot revolves around their marriage.
8. The Passionate Pilgrim
The Passionate Pilgrim is a collection of about 20 poems, written by Shakespeare. It also includes two sonnets, and was complied by William Jaggard.
9. Richard III
This is a historical play, that was written in the 1590’s. It mainly talks about Richard III of England, from whose name the title is derived.
10. All’s Well That Ends Well
All’s Well that Ends Well is a play written in the 1600’s, that was first published in the First Folio. Its characters include the King of France, the Duke of Florence, Helena, and many others.
This play was written in the year 1610. The plot takes place in an island, and revolves around a sorcerer Prospero, and his daughter Miranda.
12. Measure for measure
Measure for Measure was written in the year 1603. It talks about the themes of justice, virtue and mercy.
13. Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra is yet another one of the tragic plays of Shakespeare. The plot revolves around the relationship between Mark Antony, and Cleopatra.
14. The Winter’s Tale
This play was originally published in the year 1603. The plot of this story has psychological drama and comedy.
The Cymbeline is a play that is mainly set in Britain, and has its lead character as King Cunobeline. It’s themes also include jealousy.
16. Pericles, Prince of Tyre
This plot revolves around King Antiochus, and his daughter. He promises to give his daughter in marriage to any man who solves a riddle.
17. A lover’s complaint
A Lover’s Complaint is one of the poems, written by Shakespeare. In this poem, a women, who is so much in love, talks about how her lover has hurt her, and in spite of all that, she would always go back to him.
In conclusion, we can see how beautifully Shakespeare has written, be it plays, poems or sonnets. He is truly a legend, for a reason.
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