William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564. - 1616.) was a great English and also world playwright.

He was born in Stratford-on-Avon in 1564. He was the oldest of eight children and he lived in a wealthy family.

A little is known about his life. 1582. he married Ann Hathway that was eight years older than he was. Soon after that they got a daughter Susann and twins Judith and Hamlet.

Until 1592. he gets of the radar and after that he gets involved with writing and acting in London. Soon after that his poems ‘’Venus and Adonis’’ and ‘’The rape of Lucrece’’ were published.

He wrote a lot and his plays were happily performed by many. He became a co-owner of The Globe theatre. In the last years of his life he decides to go back to Stanford where he dies in 1616.

Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and they are divided to history plays, comedies, tragedies and romance.

His most famous works are "Henry IV", "Richard III", "Romeo and Juliet", "Taming of the Shrew", "The comedy of errors", "Two gentlemen of Verona", "Hamlet", "Othello", "King Lear", "Measure for measure", "Winter’s tale"…

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliette is an epic love story whose plot is set in a small Italian city Verona. A great hatred between the powerful families Capuleti and Montecchi was carried out through generations. Genre: romantic tragedy Time: 14th/15th century Place: Verona and Mantova Book Summary The plot begins on a warm night in July when the Capuletis servants stroll through town … [Read more...]

Taming of the Shrew

"The Taming of the Shrew" was written by William Shakespeare about 1590 to 1592. The story begins with a ruse played on a drunk named Christopher Sly. Some hunters come across him passed out in the alley and decide to put him in a beautiful home and convince him his life as a bum was a dream and this is his real life. Then the host puts on a play to distract him. The play is "The Taming … [Read more...]

King Lear

"King Lear" is a tragic play written by William Shakespeare in 1605. It is based off on a mythological story about a pre-Roman Celtic King named Leir of Britain. The play was performed for the first time on St. Stephen's Day in 1606. The ending was changed to be less tragic after the English Restoration of 1660. King Lear is a man who has fought wars for most of his life. He wants to … [Read more...]

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

"The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" is play written in 1599 by the famous playwright William Shakespeare. The play is one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies and is based on true events from Roman history. The story of the play is the story of the death of the Roman statesman and general Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The plot to assassinate Caesar, his death and the fierce battle that was … [Read more...]

Othello

"Othello" is a play, better said a tragedy, in which the main theme it Othello’s jealousy and revenge and the main motives are racism, love, jealousy, betrayal and fraud in the main conflict between Othello and Cassio. The plot is settled in Cyprus between 1489 and 1570. The objective narrator is in the third person. The play has 5 acts and the main characters are: Othello, Cassio, … [Read more...]

The Tempest

"The Tempest" is a romantic drama written by the biggest English dramatic William Shakespeare. It was written between 1619 and 1611 but it was published more than 10 years later, in 1623. The main theme is a conflict between Prospero, a Duke of Milan who is also a sorcerer banished from Italy and his brothers Antonio and Alonso who threw him into the sea. He found a new (invented) island … [Read more...]

Hamlet

William Shakespeare found his inspiration for his work in a lost play by Thomas Kyd. The plot is set in the castle Elsinore in Denmark and it has 5 acts. The true meaning of ‘’Hamlet’’ isn’t in the tragic destiny of the main character but in meaningless of everything because Hamlet keeps on getting the readers to complicated dilemmas and any kind of meaning is just an illusion that … [Read more...]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

''The Midsummer night dream'' is a comedy written by Shakespeare. It’s a combination between a pastoral and a comedy. It is divided into 3 parts. The first one is set in the castle of Theseus and is about his problems with love. The second part is set between the commoners and is about setting the Athens artisans for a weeding play and the third oneis dedicated to the Midsummer … [Read more...]