Literature - Part 3
Folk tales and legends have always been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for many authors, creating their masterpieces in various times. William Shakespeare was not an exception. In a lot of his works a careful reader will notice references to folk legends. And his tragedy named Cymbeline is one of them. The play is not very familiar to a modern reader, but it doesn’t make it less valuable from the literary point of view or less interesting in terms of the intrigue.
Timon of Athens is considered to be one of the most obscure and complicated pieces ever created by Shakespeare. The play has a very extraordinary composition and some of the researchers are sure it was not completed. Moreover, supposedly, it has some additions, made by other authors.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona is known to be the first play created by William Shakespeare. It was never staged while he was alive. Some critics say that, if compared to later works of the great Englishman, it looks a bit immature, but as in every work of the author, the eternal life questions are asked in the play.
The Merchant of Venice is one of the best-known plays of William Shakespeare. Its genre is traditionally defined as a comedy, however, the tragedy of the key character gives the possibility to call it a drama.
“The Comedy of Errors” was written in early 1590ies and is considered to be one of William Shakespeare’s earliest plays. Being both the shortest and the most farcical, the play is characterized by unusual for Shakespeare humorous devices, as the humor mainly comes from slapstick and mistaken identity, as well as from traditional for him puns and play on words.
No doubt, the Genius from the Foggy Albion has left rich literary heritage for his descendants both in romantic genre and in dramaturgy. The Tempest – the last play written by the great master, which is considered to be his most mature and outstanding masterpiece. The Tempest is a kind of quintessence of his gift combined with a personal spiritual experience he gained during the life, which resulted in a unique piece that still can’t but fascinate the admirers of dramatic art.
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare was written in the middle of 16th century. In his masterpiece a genius of words managed to reveal a serious problem of women’s social status in a lighthearted and exquisite comedy. The main values of the Elizabethan era, where the events of the comedy take place, were courtship and marriage. Moreover, the sacred Mystery of Marriage very often turned out to be just a method to obtain power, money or to deliver an inheritor. No need to say that under such conditions women were deprived of the most opportunities available for men.
Romeo and Juliet are considered to be an example of perfect blind love – love that does not obey orders and listens only to the heart. Moreover, it was a tragic love, which did not last for long. Of course, one should not forget that they both are in heaven now and can enjoy one another for eternity. But would you like to experience such destiny yourself?
Othello is introduced to us by the author as the greatest army general in Venice. He is courageous, intelligent and honorable. Nevertheless, his nickname makes us think of him as of an uncultured, crude and coarse creature. In fact, the only problem is that, because he was born in Muslim region, he has got black skin. For this reason his marriage to beautiful Desdemona, the daughter of a prominent Venetian, provokes racial slurs against him.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare,which has remained popular among the readers, actors, directors and theater-goers for more than four centuries. So, what is it that makes it so distinguished?