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|BOOKS BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE:|
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lovers lives are complicated by city law, feuding faerie royalty, and... love.
|As You Like It|
Shakespeare transplants the sophisticated denizens of the court to the starkly simple Forest of Arden, where witty clowns woo country wenches, philosophers wax melancholic and girls will be boys.
King Lear, the protagonist and central figure of this tragedy, is a proud and stubborn man. Because of his lack of good judgment, Lear loses his power and is humiliated by two of his daughters, whom he had trusted.
When Hamlet's mother remarries shortly after his father's death he's suspicious. And when his father's ghost tells him that he was murdered by the queens's new husband, Hamlet swears to take his revenge.
Macbeth's tragedy is that of a good, brave and honourable man turned into the personification of evil by the workings of unreasonable ambition.
1607 (first published 1609)
One of Shakespeare's 'romances', about Pericles, the prince of Tyre, and his quest for love. The plot is a series of setbacks and frustrations in his life: he loses everything, but it is eventually restored to him.
1609 (first published 1623)
One of Shakespeare's 'romances'. The King of Britain, enraged by his daughter's disobedience in marrying against his wishes, banishes his new son-in-law. Having fled to Rome, the exiled husband makes a foolish wager with a villain he encounters there gambling on the fidelity of his abandoned wife.
|The Winter's Tale|
1610 (first published 1623)
One of Shakespeare's 'romances': Leontes, the king of Sicilia, is a happy man, blessed with a noble queen, Hermione, an affectionate childhood friend, Polixenes, a promising child Prince, Mamillius and loyal courtiers. Yet he becomes unduly possessed by overwhelming jealousy as he suspects an illicit relationship between his friend and his wife.
1611 (first published 1623)
One of Shakespeare's 'romances': Prospero, the duke of Milan and a powerful magician, is banished from Italy and cast to sea by his usurping brother, Antonio, and Alonso, the king of Naples. As the play begins, Antonio and Alonso come under Prospero’s magic power as they sail past his island. Prospero seeks to use his magic to make these lords repent and restore him to his rightful place.
|King Richard II|
To Shakespeare's contemporaries, Richard II was a balanced dramatisation of the central political and constitutional issue of the time, how to cope with an unjust ruler. But over the last century or so, the play came to be regarded as the poetic fall of a tragic hero.
The destructive effects of jealousy underlie this tale. Othello, a man of quailty and superior intelligence, is brought down by his suspicions of his wife, Desdemona.
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