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Best William Shakespeare Plays

The Top Ten

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1. Hamlet

This is my favorite Shakespeare play. In this play, Prince Hamlet seeks out on a night watch with his close friends, but he finds out that his father was murdered by brother, so Hamlet seeks revenge on his father's brother with his own version of the poisoning death of his father and catches the king of his deceit and greed. Overall, this play is amazing.

This is Shakespeare's best play period. I legitimately almost cried at the end. The play is so thought invoking and it is a very well conceived plot. 10/10.

Genre: Tragedy
Summary: Hamlet, the King of Denmark, has died and his brother, Claudius has taken over as the new king of Denmark. Gertrude, the widowed queen, marries Claudius shortly after his death. However, King Hamlet has left a son, Prince Hamlet, who grieves for his father. His best friend, Horatio, comes and informs him that on the nightwatch, two of his soldiers encountered a ghost who resembled his father. Hamlet watches that night and encounters the ghost. The ghost tells him that he is his father and that he was murdered by Claudius. The ghost asks Hamlet to avenge his death. Tirelessly, Hamlet seeks confirmation that Claudius did murder his father before he carries out the deed because he believes he might be going insane. He resolves to act as if he is insane in order to throw everyone off.
I can easily deem this Shakespeare's best play because of how complex it is and how fascinating the story is. The plot described above is only the surface of the story.

I'm a high school junior and I have just read this play in school. Before it, I had only read a couple of Shakespeare plays, and I wasn't sure if Shakespeare really deserved his reputation. I found the language hard to understand, and even after discussion and note-taking gave me the general feel of the plays, I thought they were a bit boring. But Hamlet was a different story. I was gripped from start finish, and though I didn't understand every single word, I understood it a lot better because I actually cared about what was going on. The plot is so well thought-out, and I plan on reading it again at some point to get an even better idea of it. Honestly, this is probably my favorite thing I've ever read period, not just of Shakespeare.

2. Macbeth

Genre: Tragedy
Summary: Three witches meet with Macbeth and inform him that he will be Thane of Glamis, and then the king of Scotland. He goes home and reports this news to his wife, Lady Macbeth, who then devises a plot to assassinate the Scottish king, Duncan, and frame his guards for the murder so that Duncan's sons, Malcolm and Donalbain will flee the country leaving Macbeth to take the throne. After he does this, however, he becomes so paranoid about losing his position of power that he commits murder after murder until finally his soldiers all leave him and he is defeated
This play is notorious for its legendary superstition, believed widely because Shakespeare wrote a real witch's incantation into the text and because of this, superstitious actors believe the play is cursed. In the beginning of the play, the witches seem to know about Macbeth's rise to power before it actually happens, but if Macbeth hadn't met the witches, he wouldn't even have considered .

In the last year I read several of Shakespeare's play, I'm in highschool age but from Germany. I absolutely loved Macbeth. I read it within two days, because it simply was so exciting.- It's the number one piece of literature, which shows what happens with humans who seek power.

I saw it in 4th grade and it was the first Shakespeare play I witnessed; I loved the plot!

Masterful and amazing, one of the greatest works of literature of all time.

3. Romeo and Juliet

I really love this romantic love story between two different families, Montague and Capulet . Back when I was in school , I played a part in this play and as it turned out I was a Montague, it was fun throwing plastic food during the battle scene with my friends . Shakespeare is a wonderful playwriter !

Genre: Tragedy
Summary: Two households, the Montagues and the Capulets have a long standing feud with each other. Two young members from both households meet at a masked ball and immediately fall in love with each other. They keep this a secret from their families in order to maintain peace, yet, the day after the marry, multiple deaths occur leading to violence, Romeo's banishment from Verona, and ultimately, their deaths.
This is widely regarded as Shakespeare's most popular play, but let me be very blunt. Just because this is the most popular play does not make it the best. People are familiar with this play mainly due to the fact that they read it and most likely re-read it all throughout high school. The romantic chemistry between the title couple is practically non-existent, the supporting characters have more interesting story arcs, and have more development. Ultimately, this play did make the list despite its lack of a strong story and lead characters because it ...more

Tragic, touching, EMOTIONAL. Romeo & Juliet is a classic of international literature, the best love story ever written.

Honestly, this doesn't make sense to me. Love at first sight? And why did the families only make up when someone died?

4. Julius Caesar

Genre: Tragedy
Summary: Julius Caesar, returned from war, is elected to rule Rome due to his success in war. Fearing that his rise to power is too great, Cassius and other Senators decide to assassinate him on the Ides of March (March 15th), but after the assassination, conspirators Brutus and Cassius continuously fail to demonstrate that their cause was just.
Like Romeo and Juliet, this is another one of Shakespeare's popular tragedies, and one of the few that involves war. This is also Shakespeare's only play where the title character dies before the halfway mark of the show, as the assassination occurs in Act III, scene I. (The play is 18 scenes long, making Act III, scene II the halfway mark)

Julius Caeser is the first William Shakespeare play I read and the one I will always love. This has the balance of a spectacular ending based off the famous roman king. It is clever that Shakespeare comes up with a play about a famous king. This was well written and has a spectacular audience ending. Plays should come up with the imagination that Shakespeare has in this play

Shakespeare's greatest polished piece of artwork using Plutarch's biographies brings to life the shocking true story of the World's most notorious assassination. Gripping and spellbinding.

This play is incredible. The language in it, and the rhetoric employed in so many of the speeches are just amazing!

5. Midsummer Night's Dream

This love story from Shakespeare is really entertaining. When I was in bare stages theater, I did this play with a wonderful friend of mine Heather white I had the role of puck and it was fun. I really love and admire Shakespeare and this play is enjoyable.

I didn't really understand it in the beginning and wasn't sure if I'd like it or not, but after reading it all the way through, I picked up on what was going on. I have read other plays by Shakespeare such as Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet. I truly enjoyed Hamlet the most; although, A Midsummer Night's Dream is definitely a close second.

I performed this once. Hamlet might be my favorite, but this is certainly better than Romeo and Juliet. Personally, I care more about these characters than those the titular morons of that play.

A very captivating plot. Not being the biggest Shakespeare fan myself, this story is interesting enough, in my opinion, to keep even the least enthusiastic reader turning the next page.

6. Richard III

This is a wonderful play filled with humor and drama and also battles and even death and even ghosts . Shakespeare is a really amazing in this excellent play , one of the famous lines in this play is my favorite line in this play , a horse , a horse my kingdom for a horse . I really love this awesome play

Iago as the greatest Shakespearean antagonist? Oh how I scoff at your ignorance!
Iago may be a spectacularly spontaneous and malignant mastermind bearing a grudge quietly seeding the seeds of doubt in the hearts of everyone with every spoken word and action, but he holds not a candle to the genius of one Richard the Third Earl of Gloucester who in an atypical fashion for a Shakespearean antagonist was winning hearts instead of cutting them out. A man with great dis-figuration and greater ambition, he laid out his Machiavellian machinations bear to the audience in his opening soliloquy and almost bought a country to its knees. Iago may have been silently moving pieces into the night, but it was Richard who embraced the light as he did the shadows and with not only great cunning, but also with a daring that would leave the Heros of Greece looking tame in comparison, carried on his plots with the same precision as did Shakespeare himself.

Makes evil seem so appealing. Explains a lot doesn't it.

This play is amazing, It should be ranked higher.

7. Henry V

The greatest of the history plays. A tale of bloody battles and England's finest leader, King Henry V, a brilliant thinker and an even better warrior.

Amazing. Not as high as number six, but it is perhaps the greatest piece of literature about war, along with War and Peace.

8. Othello, The Moor of Venice

This is a wonderful play , I have a big collection of Shakespeare 's plays and this is my second favorite play with Romeo and Juliet as my first favorite . This is a wonderful play with a great humor and drama . This play is so amazing and very powerful !

Othello presents the man who all villains aspire to be; the one they were named after! It's... IAGO!

Shakespeare was the first great psychologist, as this play bears witness.

Contains the finest villain ever

9. King Lear

Genre: Tragedy
Summary: King Lear is the king of Britain who is giving up his throne and dividing his kingdom between his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. When he gives away pieces of the kingdom, he has each daughter speak and say how much they love him so it'll look like he's giving them portions on who has the best response. Goneril and Regan are evil and don't love their father, but they lie to him and say they do. Cordelia, who actually does love him, angers him when she says she loves him according to her bond, no more or less. Because of this, Lear divides Cordelia's portion of the kingdom between Goneril and Regan. In a subplot, Edmund, the illegitimate son of the Earl of Gloucester wants to take away his father's title because Gloucester is clearly embarrassed by having to admit that he had an affair and that Edmund was born out of wedlock.
This play's main theme is about relationships between fathers and their children. It's a lengthy story.

King Lear is Shakespeare's best. Many critics believe it too. It should be the number 1

King Lear should be much higher than eleven. It should at least be top five.

10. Twelfth Night

I just acted in this play last year and I got to play Maria. It was such a blast! The play is hilarious and wonderful to act in! (Especially when you have great actors with you!) Please read this! It's so good

Genre: Comedy
Summary: A pair of twins, Viola and Sebastian get in a shipwreck and are separated from each other. They believe each other is dead, even though they both survive the wreckage. Viola washes up in a country called Illyria and decides to disguise herself as a man and enter the court of the Duke of Illyria, Orsino. Orsino is in love with a countess named Olivia who is grieving for her brother and refuses to have any suitor until seven years of time have passed, until she meets Viola (who is under the guise of Cesario) Viola can't return her affections because she falls in love with Orsino. In a subplot, Olivia's steward, Malvolio, earns the ire of her uncle, Sir Toby Belch and his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and they play a prank on him by having Maria, Olivia's housekeeper, write a letter addressed to Malvolio professing her love to him and that she wishes to see him in yellow stockings, cross gartered, and smiling constantly.
This play is similar to the.

Great play, very entertaining. It should be higher than nine.

This is confusing and hilarious. It fuses shakepears love of comedy.

 

 

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