William Shakespeare is amazing and one of my favourite playwrights/poets ever! His works are so beautiful, clever and are written so amazingly. He’s just… wow! I enjoy watching movie adaption and reading his plays (although sometimes it can take a lot of concentration to read a play). Here are my top 5 favourite plays of his:
- Romeo and Juliet. I’m not even sorry. Yes, I am a typical ‘girly-girl.’ Quite a lot of people think that this is awful (especially the movie adaptions with Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio – I actually love that one) but I think he wrote it so beautifully and romantically. Cliché’s aside, it has a strong moral message about love and hate. Cynics may vomit but optimists will see the brighter side!
- Macbeth. Total opposite of Romeo and Juliet, but this, again, has such beautiful language. The metaphors, narrative and characters are so interesting and powerful. It is dark, magical, intense and complex. There’s so much to think about whilst reading or watching it. Plus, the three witches! Their chant relates to Harry Potter so much, which I find cool.
- A Midsummer Nights Dream. Again, this has such beautiful language – probably something I’ll say for the next two plays. But, this has romantic and magical imagery as well, with all of the fairies and weddings. The narrative is clever with how it all connects and the love triangle… or square, in this case, gets muddled up. Let’s not forget the play on words, though; Nicholas Bottom. Great foreshadowing, Shakespeare!
- Othello. *Brief mention of the language.* Othello is a great but tragic story about racism and differences. It truly is underrated, it’s one of the most moving and important plays of his. And it also brings us to the real question – who is the tragedy about?
- Twelfth Night. *Another brief mention of the language. Do I even have to keep mentioning it?* This is so entertaining with the fun narrative that also has a great message. But what makes it even more fun is how different the characters are, with them cross-dressing. I’m not making fun of it, but you have to admit, it is quite humorous to think of what it would have been like back then.
What are your favourite Shakespeare plays or sonnets?
I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a magical day!
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