Hamlet One of the most famous plays of all time, the compelling tragedy of the young prince of Denmark who must reconcile his longing for oblivion with his duty to avenge his father’s murder is one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. The ghost, Ophelia’s death and burial, the play within a play, and the breathtaking swordplay are just some of the elements that make Hamlet a masterpiece of the theater. Othello This great tragedy of unsurpassed intensity and emotion is played out against Renaissance splendor. The doomed marriage of Desdemona to the Moor Othello is the focus of a storm of tension, incited by the consummately evil villain Iago, that culminates in one of the most deeply moving scenes in theatrical history. King Lear Here is the famous and moving tragedy of a king who foolishly divides his kingdom between his two wicked daughters and estranges himself from the young daughter who loves him–a theatrical spectacle of outstanding proportions. Macbeth No dramatist has ever seen with more frightening clarity into the heart and mind of a murderer than has Shakespeare in this brilliant and bloody tragedy of evil. Taunted into asserting his “masculinity” by his ambitious wife, Macbeth chooses to embrace the Weird Sisters’ prophecy and kill his king–and thus, seals his own doom. Each Edition Includes: • Comprehensive explanatory notes • Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English • Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography
In This Book Bradley Approaches The Major Tragedies Of Shakespeare Through An Extended Study Of The Characters, Who Were Presented As Personalities Independent Of Their Place In The Plays. Though His Approach Has Been Questioned Since The 1930S, The Work Is Considered A Classical Masterpiece And Is Still Widely Read.The Book Studies In Detail Four Tragedies Of Shakespeare, Namely, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear And Macbeth. But Much That Is Said On The Main Preliminary Subjects Holds Good, Within Certain Limits, Of Other Dramas Of Shakespeare. Of Course, It Will Apply To These Other Works Only In Part, And To Some Of Them More Fully Than To Others.
Never before have Shakespeare’s plays been depicted in LEGO bricks, and now Brick Shakespeare: The Tragedies—Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar and Brick Shakespeare: The Comedies—A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Taming of the Shrew are available in one extraordinary hardcover box set. With over two thousand color photographs depicting the most well-known scenes in some of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays (including a bonus double-sided, full-color poster), this box set is the perfect gift for your LEGO- and Shakespeare-loving friends and family! Fall in love with LEGO Juliet on her balcony as Romeo proclaims his love. See the full effect of Lady Macbeth’s manic “Out, out, damn spot!” in a whole new way. Laugh along with LEGO Puck as he mischievously hassles the lovers in the woods. Cast a storm with brick Prospero as he strands his usurping brother on his deserted island. With this beautiful, two-book collector’s set, you can continue to be amazed by Shakespeare as illustrated by your favorite toy. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
This four-volume Companion to Shakespeare's Works, compiled as a single entity, offers a uniquely comprehensive snapshot of current Shakespeare criticism. Brings together new essays from a mixture of younger and more established scholars from around the world - Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Examines each of Shakespeare’s plays and major poems, using all the resources of contemporary criticism, from performance studies to feminist, historicist, and textual analysis. Volumes are organized in relation to generic categories: namely the histories, the tragedies, the romantic comedies, and the late plays, problem plays and poems. Each volume contains individual essays on all texts in the relevant category, as well as more general essays looking at critical issues and approaches more widely relevant to the genre. Offers a provocative roadmap to Shakespeare studies at the dawning of the twenty-first century. This companion to Shakespeare’s tragedies contains original essays on every tragedy from Titus Andronicus to Coriolanus as well as thirteen additional essays on such topics as Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies, Shakespeare’s tragedies on film, Shakespeare’s tragedies of love, Hamlet in performance, and tragic emotion in Shakespeare.
This study of the political and romantic impulses of Shakespeare's tragic characters - including Macbeth, King Lear, Hamlet, Othello, and Iago, among others - discusses the overblown ambition of these characters as they embrace cunning and evil in order to acquire power and romance. The excessive ambition shown by these characters fuels action in the plays and significantly contributes to their downfall. In other words, the book interrogates, in a pluralist critical frame, the forces behind the quest for power and romance by Shakespeare's protagonists, and explores how these forces propel the demise or fall of the heroes and heroines. While Edmund in King Lear, for example, is analysed as a crafty villain who exploits any opportunity to politically aggrandise himself, Claudius in Hamlet is portrayed as a diabolical schemer who acts mostly independently in his bid to secure the Danish throne. On the other hand, Macbeth's killing of Duncan is considerably invigorated by the ambition of Lady Macbeth to become queen and the prophecy of the witches that Macbeth shall be king. However, Iago is seen to display the scheming and ruthlessness of a traditional stage villain in his mission to unseat Cassio and overthrow Othello. The study contends that most of the politically and romantically driven characters of Shakespeare in the Four Great Tragedies are avaricious, artful and callous. As a result, the actions of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Claudius, Edmund, Iago, for instance, are activated by their excessive political and romantic cravings, which subvert the norms of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. In depicting these characters, Shakespeare decries unorthodox methods of realising one's dreams, and demonstrates attempts to challenge Elizabethan and Jacobean orthodoxy.
This handbook brings together 54 essays by scholars from all parts of the world. It offers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of Shakespeare tragedies as both works of literature and as performance texts, written by a playwright who was himself an experienced actor.
This ground-breaking study reveals the prophetic, revolutionary vision at the heart of Shakespeare's four greatest tragedies: Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. Shakespearean Tragedy engages with each of these titanic masterpieces as a singular, complete work of dramatic art with its own distinctive concerns and critical challenges. Through compelling new readings of the plays, couched in lively, accessible prose and grounded in close analysis of their language and form, Kiernan Ryan transforms our understanding of Shakespearean tragedy by revealing the radical egalitarian perspective from which it is conceived and written. In recent decades criticism has striven to entrench these plays in the culture of the distant past from which they sprang. This book frees them to show how Shakespeare dramatises the tragic realities of his world from the standpoint of the transfigured future that our world still awaits.
This book is a study of four of Shakespeare's major tragedies - "Hamlet", "Othello", "King Lear" and "Macbeth". It looks at these plays in a variety of contexts - both in isolation and in relation to each other and to the cultural, ideological, social and political contexts which produced them.
Four of the most important plays ever written, each one a masterpiece in human psychology, with a flawed yet fascinating main character at its heart. In more than five hundred years the characters that inhabit the tragedies of William Shakespeare have not been equalled in English literature. Macbeth: a study in overweening pride, driven to commit regicide and ultimately to despotism by an ambitious, scheming wife. Othello: an outwardly strong man, a leader, brought to self-destruction by a series of lies cunningly orchestrated by a trusted confidant. King Lear: one of literatures's most complex characters, his contradictions are laid bare with forensic detail. Hamlet: a prince full of faults and yet, as with Lear, we feel his pain and his dilemmas. These tragic heroes are assembled together in this deluxe slipcase edition and it contains the complete text of the plays and respective character lists.
This qualitative study explored leadership failure in characters from four plays written by William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear. The literature review suggests that leadership failure is understudied (Kellerman, 2004) and that the phenomenon is complex and contextually determined. This study's findings are closely related to concepts in the literature and this analysis consistently discovered concepts derived from the literature in the dramas examined. This study employed the qualitative research methodology of hermeneutics, a field of literary criticism using constant comparative procedures.