Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet / Othello / King Lear / Macbeth

Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet / Othello / King Lear / Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

The greatest tragic plays of William Shakespeare--including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth.

The Elizabethans defined it as a "lofty" play showing "personages of great state" caught up in a "lamentable" action that "beginneth prosperously and endeth unfortunately." Whether judged by this or any other standard, the plays selected for this collection are considered to be the four central works of Shakespearean tragedy and must be included in any list of the world's finest tragic literature.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Classics
  • Rating: 4.42
  • Pages: 592
  • Publish Date: June 1st 1998 by Signet Book
  • Isbn10: 0451527291
  • Isbn13: 9780451527295

What People Think about "Four Great Tragedies: Hamlet / Othello / King Lear / Macbeth"

Moda je ovo ipak komad koji treba i gledati, a ne samo itati ali evo ja, i godinama kasnije, smatram da su mnoge stvari preskoene (a trebale su biti ispriane, kako bi se pria bolje doivela); kako je motiv, u trenutku kazivanja ovog dela, kralja Danske i dalje nepotpuno razjanjen (bilo je spomena o manjku oseanja, ali da li o nedostatku potpunom ili samo u pogledu njegovog brata ne zna se. Govori o svojoj kraljici i srei to je sada njegova, a ne njegovog brata, a opet mu je svejedno kada uzima otrovanu au...primera je mnogo, jednostavno nije ostavio dovoljno jak utisak na mene kao zlikovac ove prie); pojavljivanje duha, na poetku tako znaajno, a kasnije mu nema ni traga, pa ni da zahteva osvetu ni da se njome, na posletku, konano zadovolji; Kraljica je ostala toliko nedoreen lik, a imala je potencijala biti i sjajan zlikovac (realno je plot twist mogao biti da je ona uestvovala u zaveri da joj se prvi mu ubije kada se, nakon samo dva meseca, preudala za njegovog brata i ubicu) ali i neko sposoban za pokajanje ali avaj, zato troiti rei na enu? Prvi utisci: Pria poinje kao bajka o starom kralju koji ima tri keri pa pita koja ga voli najvie, da mu opie kako i koliko i ta bi uinila. Tada proteruje i Grofa od Kenta, oveka koji se usprotivio kralju govorei mu da treba da poslua svoju najmlau erku, svoju mezimicu i spozna istinu u njenim reima jer zaista, ona ga voli najvie. Moram priznati da sam ovde poelela da on bude glavni junak nae prie ali, avaj, videemo. Burgundija je odbacuje nakon to uje da kralj nee dati nikakav miraz za nju ali je zato Kralj Francuske oduevljen mladom devojkom i njenom iskrenoi i drage volje je uzima za svoju kraljicu (ovo mi je, moram priznati, bio mali ok, za to doba). Izvrsna je ta ludost ovog sveta: kad se naoj srei smui, esto usled njene presienosti naim vlastitim postupcima, mi krivimo za nae nedae Sunce, Mesec i zvezde; kao da smo mi nitkovi po nekoj neminovnosti; budale po nebeskoj prinudi; nevaljalci, lopovi i izdajnici zbog nadmoi sfera; pijanice, laovi i bludnici zbog nametnute nam pokornosti uticaju planeta; i kao da je sve u emu smo zli podstaknuto nekom natprirodnom silom. Sve u svemu, 4/5 zvezdica.

Or you may just be a little to self-righteous for your own good (Hamlet).

Adding to the delight that reading Shakespeare brings other pleasures, a chance to savor words and phrases that are bantered about the stage and replaced quickly by other words and phrases. If you have never, ever read Shakespeare--start with Macbeth, a short play with witches and ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

I have read this book over and over, for classes and for leisure, and my absolute favorite play is King Lear. He is a wonderful villain and a mastermind, and the only reason to read Othello.

Chris Weidenbach English 017 / Shakespeare 11/30/2013 A Brief Unpacking And Examination Of Corruption And Nationalism Through The Shakespearian Plays: Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Othello, And Troilus & Cressida. The underlying themes of, commentaries about, Nationalism and Corruption are also very present in the plays: MacBeth, Othello, and Troilus & Cressida. On the surface, this is just a term that lets the reader know that Othello is of North African descent, and possible a Muslim, Shakespeare never directly writes such in the play but it is inferred as such. Iago, in a clear example of corruption, and a subtle swipe of the negative aspects of Nationalism tries to convince Brabantio that it was a highly negative thing that Othello be married to his daughter, says, Zounds, sir, you are on of those that will not serve God if the devil bid you. If Brabantio lets Othello have his daughter then the Spanish Donkeys, the Gennys will become apart of Brabantio family, appealing to the subtle draw of Venetian nationalism in that in medieval Europe, as well as in some places in modern Europe, Spain is known as a part of Europe and has European culture, but unspokenly, Spain has been looked down upon by other Europeans as other, not truly European. Roderigo under the corrupting influence of Iago in a plot to gain Desdemona for himself says to Brabantio in Act 1, Scene 1 lines 127-134, Do not believe that from the sense of all civility I thus would play and trifle with your reverence. -- Othello, Act 1, Scene 1 lines 127-134 again giving nod to the same subtle usage of Nationalism and pointing out how he, Othello is an outsider, stating Othello is an, extravagant and wheeling stranger of here and everywhere is in a sense, saying to Brabantio that Desdemona has thrown away her, duty, beauty, with, and fortunes on a wandering nobody. This attempt is a direct appeal to Brabantios sense of nationalistic pride, and is using Nationalism here as a corrupting tool. In the first part of Act 1, Scene 2 Iago attempts to corrupt Othello against the Venetian aristocracy by telling him how horribly they spoke of him and how much harm they could do to him. In the play, MacBeth or The Scottish Play, Nationalism and Corruption are more present. In Act 3, Scene 4, lines 1-38 Lennox and Another random lord have a conversation amongst themselves, where they speak of the killing of Duncan, the fleeing of Malcolm, Donalbain, and McDuff, and openly refer to MacBeth as a tyrant. When reading MacBeth, the reader views MacBeth as a traitor and villain because he does not subscribe to the nationalistic ideology that has Duncan as head of state and corrupt for envisioning himself as head of state but factually Duncan, just as MacBeth, used Nationalism as a tool to establish himself as rightful monarch only more effectively having had other still loyal to him after his death and only having MacBeth revolt against him during his reign. The one ideal in MacBeth were the King is the nation and the ideal found in more modern times where the people of the state, not just its head, are the state, are present. Brutus comes to reason that for the good of the nation, the good of Rome, to keep the established tenets of the latter ideals of Nationalism going not for personal gain, he must kill Caesar. The welfare of the nation of Rome and the corruption of Caesar is the focus of Julius Caesar whereas Troilus & Cressida draws on strains of Nationalism similar to that of MacBeth. The leaders and heroes of the Nations act in a manner that they say is best for the nations but like MacBeth the people and even some of the nobility realize that the war between the Greeks and Trojans is not something that benefits them but only serves to benefit to a very tragic detriment, the egos and pride of the various aristocrats, heroes, princes, and Kings involved. In these plays Shakespeare gives the reader, and subsequently the viewer of the plays, a glimpse of the ideology that is Nationalism and Corruption as a doubled edge sword.

I think that the plays in this book are great, but the format and structure of the book make it difficult to read it.

I just finished Macbeth which I read in conjunction with Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare and plan to read Lear in the near future.

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.