English Playwright And Poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616) (Photo: Stock Montage/Getty Images).


Julius Caesar
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar or Julius Caesar is a history and tragedy play by William Shakespeare which may have had written in 1599. The play is one among the several plays authored by Shakespeare based on the true events from Roman history.

The play narrates Marcus Brutus and his role in the assassination of Julius Caesar, one of the greatest Roman emperors. Caesar appears only a few scenes in the play while Brutus appears with conflicting morals and psychological journey throughout the play.

A soothsayer warning Julius Caesar of the Ides of March – the day on which he was assassinated. Illustration for Julius Caesar from an edition of William Shakespeare’s works published in 1858 (Photo: Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hamlet
‘The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,’ known as ‘Hamlet’ is another tragedy by William Shakespeare written during the period between 1599 and 1602. The play is set in Denmark, and it dramatises the revenge of Prince of Denmark, Hamlet.

The story follows Prince of Denmark as he grieves for his father and avenges his death. According to some scholars, tragedies in the play indirectly reflect the psychology of the author’s personal experience of losing his own son. The play tries to explore human psychology in various dimensions before the emergence of Psychology as a concept.

What, frighted with false fire?, scene from Hamlet by William Shakespeare, engraving from The Illustrated London News, No 2754, January 30, 1892.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macbeth
Macbeth or ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ is another play by Shakespeare. The play believed to have been first performed in 1606. The play dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.

Macbeth is short, punchy, and tightly written. This narrates the rise and fall of Macbeth from soldier to King and King to tyrant. Ambition of Macbeth, the author’s most enduring villains drives the entire play forward with huge intensity. The characterisation is accurately written and the plot is formulated perfectly.

A scene from William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Act I, scene 3. First Witch: ‘All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, thane of Glamis.’ Illustration by Gordon Browne. From The Works of William Shakespeare, published 1896. (Photo: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romeo And Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy by Shakespeare during his early period of his career about two young star crossed lovers. One of the main reasons for Romeo and Juliet’s popularity is timeless themes as any one of any age group even today can relate to a drama about two people from different backgrounds falling head-over-heels in love. The play was one of the most famous works during its author’s lifetime and was also one of the frequently performed play.

(Scene from Romeo and Juliet, as played in the Festival Pavilion, Shakespeare Commemoration at Stratford-on-Avon, England, United Kingdom, illustration from the magazine The Illustrated London News, volume XLIV, May 7, 1864 Photo: Getty Images).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing is one of the comedy work by Shakespeare and believed to had been written during the period between 1598 and 1599 when the author was moving towards the middle of his career. The work included in the ‘First Folio’ released in 1623.

Much Ado About Nothing is the dramatist’s best-loved comedy work. The main attraction of the play stays on the turbulent love-hate relationship between Benedick and Beatrice. The two indulge in a war of humour although the audience know duo actually love each other; they just can’t admit it to one another.

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakaespeare. Beatrice and Benedick Act I Scene 1. Illustration by John Gilbert (Photo: Culture Club/Getty Images).