Tag: Tragedy

William Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Review

Title: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Author: William Shakespeare

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 194

Rating: 3/5

 

William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

This wasn’t my favourite of Shakespeare’s plays, but perhaps that’s because it’s a comedy instead of a tragedy. It just wasn’t particularly funny, probably because tastes have changed over the last several hundred years, and I’ve always preferred stuff with a bleak ending.

Still, it was nice to get to meet well-known characters like Puck and to see which parts have been absorbed into popular culture or parodied on television shows. I also found it super interesting to read all of the notes, although I waited until the end to do that. I learned a few things that I can put to use elsewhere.

But I’ve rated this on the play itself rather than on the notes, and it was a little bit of a disappointment for me after Othello, which had its flaws but which entertained me more. If I were to go and see a Shakespeare play, I wouldn’t pick A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But if I got a chance to go for free, I’d jump at the chance.

 

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

 

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William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet | Review

Title: Romeo and Juliet

Author: William Shakespeare

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 148

Rating: 10/10

 

William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet

 

Romeo and Juliet is my favourite of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and I’ve been lucky enough to see several performances of it. I also know the prologue off by heart – we were forced to memorise it at school, but I’m glad that we did.

I won’t go into the story, because everyone knows it already – it’s a tragedy, but it’s a beautiful tragedy, and it’s one that everyone in the world should read and enjoy. The good thing about Shakespeare’s work is that it can be read and enjoyed by all ages, although if you’re an adult then you’re more likely to understand some of the more difficult language.

Language isn’t too much of a problem in Romeo and Juliet though – it’s just a cracking love story.

 

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

 

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