It all ends happily in wedding-night revelry complete with a play-within-a-play presented by the laborers to the ecstatic amusement of all. Perhaps the most popular of all of Shakespeare's comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream humorously celebrates the vagaries of love.
Hamlet Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - The ghost, the play within a play, hamlet’s feigned madness, the “closet scene” in which Hamlet accuses his mother of complicity in murder, Ophelia’s death and burial, and breathtaking swordplay are just some of the elements that make Hamlet an enduring masterpiece of the theater. Each edition includes:• comprehensive explanatory notes • vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, detailed bibliographies and performance histories • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English• Completely updated, along with an extensive filmographyFrom the Paperback edition.
Confronted with evidence that his uncle murdered his father, and with his mother’s infidelity, Hamlet must find a means of reconciling his longing for oblivion with his duty as avenger. One of the greatest plays of all time, the compelling tragedy of the tormented young prince of Denmark continues to capture the imaginations of modern audiences worldwide.
Much Ado About Nothing Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - Attracted to each other, the maddeningly skeptical Beatrice and Benedick are dead-locked in a lively war of words until their friends hatch a plot to unite them. But in its clever turns of plot, vivacious displays of wit, jovial conversations, and charming songs, this merry comedy is among Shakespeare's most artistic creations.
. The mutually devoted hero and Claudio, on the other hand, all too quickly fall victim to a malicious plot to part them. Much ado about nothing is one of Shakespeare's most imaginative and exuberant comedies, contrasting two pairs of lovers in a witty and suspenseful battle of the sexes. Near-fatal complications ensue, but with the help of the hilarious Constable Dogberry and his confederates, the lovers are ultimately united.
Much Ado About Nothing Dover Thrift Editions - First presented in 1598, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's last comedies. Its darker undercurrents foreshadow the playwright's growing concern with the frailties of human character that would dominate his late tragedies.
Julius Caesar Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - Based on plutarch's account of the lives of Brutus, and Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar was the first of Shakespeare's Roman history plays. So clearly and urgently does it impact its insights into history and human behavior, Julius Caesar is traditionally among the first of Shakespeare's plays to be studied at the secondary-school level.
In addition to its compelling insights into the human condition, as Brutus, and the other conspirators hatch a plot to overthrow Caesar, Cassius, Julius Caesar is also superb drama, dictator of Rome. After caesar is assassinated, Mark Antony cleverly turns the crowd against the conspirators in one of the most famous speeches in literature.
Julius Caesar Dover Thrift Editions - Presented for the first time in 1599, the play reveals the great dramatist's consummate ability to explore and express the most profound human emotions and instincts. In the civil war that follows, the forces of Mark Antony and Octavius Caesar eventually win out over the armies of Cassius and Brutus. Humiliated and desperate, both conspirators choose to end their lives.
These tragic events unfold in a riveting dramatic spectacle that also raises profound questions about power, ethics, government, and loyalty. Now this great tragedy is available in this inexpensive edition, complete and unabridged with explanatory footnotes.
Othello Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - One of the greatest of shakespeare's tragedies, Othello tells the story of a Moorish general in command of the armed forces of Venice who earns the enmity of his ensign Iago by passing him over for a promotion. When othello later learns of her innocence, he takes his own life. Partly for revenge and partly out of pure evil, Iago plots to convince Othello that Desdemona, his wife, has been unfaithful to him.
Iago succeeds in his evil aims only too well, for the enraged Othello murders Desdemona. Bleak and unsparing, this play offers a stunning portrait of an arch-villain and an astute psychological study of the nature of evil.
Macbeth Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - One of the great shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Set amid the gloomy castles and lonely heaths of medieval Scotland, Macbeth paints a striking dramatic portrait of a man of honor and integrity destroyed by a fatal character flaw and the tortures of a guilty imagination.
A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed soon entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, and more murders, deceit, which ultimately spells his doom.
The Taming of the Shrew Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - The vivid language, studded with elaborate puns, is an engaging complement to the play's slapstick humor. The unconventional romance between a lusty fortune-hunter and a bitter shrew unfolds to the accompaniment of witty, fast-paced dialogue and physical humor in this excellent introduction to Shakespearean comedy.
The freebooter petruchio arrives in Padua to hear of Katharina, a beautiful heiress whose waspish rants and caustic personality have repelled all attempts at courtship. The initial encounter between "Kate" and her wily suitor is spiked with impassioned exchanges of blows as well as jests. After a madcap wedding ceremony, the still-protesting Kate is whisked away to be "killed with kindness" and reborn as a loving wife.
The Taming of the Shrew Dover Thrift Editions - One of the bard's earliest and most popular plays, The Taming of the Shrew is rife with subplots involving his customary devices of disguise and mistaken identity. A rough-and-tumble farce centered around a lively battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew brims with action and bawdy humor. Professing to admire a woman of spirit, Petruchio immediately sets about his wooing.
Reprinted complete and unabridged in this inexpensive edition, The Taming of the Shrew will delight any reader with its wonderful wordplay and rollicking good spirits.
King Lear Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - Greed, treachery, and cruelty are rife and the denouement of the play is both brutal and heartbreaking. First performed about 1805, King Lear is one of the most relentlessly bleak of Shakespeare's tragedies. Probably written between othello and macbeth, lear's themes of filial ingratitude, when the playwright was at the peak of his tragic power, injustice, and the meaninglessness of life in a seemingly indifferent universe are explored with unsurpassed power and depth.
The plot concerns a monarch betrayed by his daughters, robbed of his kingdom, descending into madness. In fact, so troubling is its vision of man's life that, until the mid-19th century, with Lear back on his throne and Cordelia, the play was performed most often with a non-Shakespearean happy ending, the daughter nearest his heart, happily married to the noble Edgar.
King Lear Dover Thrift Editions - But there is a dark magnificence to Shakespeare's original vision of the Lear story, and the play is performed today essentially as he wrote it, uncompromised by later "improvements. King lear is reprinted here from an authoritative British edition, complete with explanatory footnotes.
The Merchant of Venice Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - At the play's climax, shylock insists on the enforcement of a binding contract that will cost the life of the merchant Antonio — inciting Portia to mount a memorable defense. In this richly plotted drama, shylock, whom Shakespeare endowed with all of the depth and vitality of his greatest characters, is not alone in his villainy.
It is reprinted here from an authoritative text, complete with explanatory footnotes. In scene after scene, a large cast of ambitious and scheming characters demonstrates that honesty is a quality often strained where matters of love and money are concerned. The gravity and suspense of the play's central plot, have made The Merchant of Venice a favorite of audiences, together with its romance, and one of the most studied and performed of Shakespeare's plays.
The Merchant of Venice Dover Thrift Editions - At its heart, a venetian moneylender, level-headed Portia, with the gracious, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a wealthy young woman besieged by suitors. The merchant of venice is an intriguing drama of love, greed, and revenge.
The Tempest Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - The story concerns miranda, who dwell on an enchanted island, her philosophical old magician father, and Prospero, a lovely young maiden, and Caliban, alone except for their servants -- Ariel, an invisible sprite, a monstrous witch's son. Into their idyllic but isolated lives comes a shipwrecked party that includes the enemies who usurped Prospero's dukedom years before, and set him and his daughter adrift on the ocean.
Also among the castaways is a handsome prince, the first young man Miranda has ever seen. This bewitching play, shakespeare's final work, articulates a wealth of the playwright's mature reflections on life and contains some of his most familiar and oft-quoted lines. Comedy, romance, and reconciliation ensue, in a masterly drama that begins with a storm at sea and concludes in joyous harmony.
The Tempest Dover Thrift Editions - Students, poetry lovers, and drama enthusiasts will treasure this convenient, modestly priced edition of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays and one of literature's finest comedies.
Romeo and Juliet Dover Thrift EditionsDover Publications - One of shakespeare's most popular and accessible plays, Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two star-crossed lovers and the unhappy fate that befell them as a result of a long and bitter feud between their families. Ideal for classroom use, it is a wonderful addition to the home library of anyone wanting to savor one of literature's most sublime paeans to love.
The play contains some of shakespeare's most beautiful and lyrical love poetry and is perhaps the finest celebration of the joys of young love ever written. This inexpensive edition includes the complete, unabridged text with explanatory footnotes.