Top 10 Plays By Shakespeare

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6. Richard III

This play describes the King’s reign and puts him in an unflattering and unfavorable light. Some say that it is a tragedy but critics and scholars believe that it is definitely a part of the histories. It is quite a lengthy play which is why it is not too popular today.


7. Julius Caesar

This play is about the ambitious Roman dictator and focuses primarily on the aftermath of his assassination. Marcus Brutus is the main protagonist who battles with his codes of honor, loyalty and patriotism. It is powerful and well-written and definitely among Shakespeare’s best pieces.


8. Twelfth Night or What You Will

This play is a comedy which was published around 1623. The protagonist gets separated from her twin brother after which she believes him to be dead. She then ‘becomes’ a boy and starts calling herself Cesario. As the play progresses, the readers realize that poor Viola has weaved quite a tangled web for herself.


9. The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew dates back to about 1594 and is about a young man who chooses to marry a bad-tempered but intelligent woman. He tricks her in order to ‘tame’ her and make sure that she does as he says. The play has faced a number of controversies over the years but the content has inspired a number of performances.


10. Othello, The Moor of Venice

Shakespeare wrote this tragedy around 1603. Othello is an ambitious man who lets his ego get in the way. This play explores a myriad of themes like jealousy, racism, betrayal and love because of which it has been used for a number of literary and film adaptations.

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