1 Two Gentlemen of Verona|
2 Taming of the Shrew
3 Henry VI, part 1
4 Henry VI, part 3
5 Titus Andronicus
6 Henry VI, part 2
7 Richard III
8 The Comedy of Errors
9 Love's Labours Lost
10 A Midsummer Night's Dream
11 Romeo and Juliet
12 Richard II
13 King John
14 The Merchant of Venice
15 Henry IV, part 1
16 The Merry Wives of Windsor
17 Henry IV, part 2
18 Much Ado About Nothing
19 Henry V
20 Julius Caesar
21 As You Like It
23 Twelfth Night
24 Troilus and Cressida
25 Measure for Measure
27 All's Well That Ends Well
28 Timon of Athens
29 The Tragedy of King Lear
31 Anthony and Cleopatra
32 Pericles, Prince of Tyre
34 Winter's Tale
36 The Tempest
37 Henry VIII
Actually, William Shakespeare's writing has had a tremendous influence right up to the present day. For example, here are some quotes that you must have heard - and all of these quotes are from Shakespeare's plays.
Antony and Cleopatra
Now is the winter of our discontent
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves
The evil that men do lives after them;
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
As You Like It
Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
A dagger of the mind, a false creation
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
O! Beware, my lord, of jealousy;
All that glisters is not gold
The quality of mercy is not strained.
Merchant of Venice
The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
This above all; to thine own self be true.
To be, or not to be: that is the question.
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all.
perchance to dream
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil
. . . The play's the thing
He will give the devil his due
Henry IV - Part I
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
Henry IV - Part II
rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Romeo and Juliet
Well, you've just read some very familiar quotes and also have seen
how some present-day authors have "borrowed" from Shakespeare.
Romeo and Juliet (1936) (1954) (1966) (1968) (1996)
Hamlet (1948) (1990) (1996)
and that is a listing that just barely scratches the surface.
There have also been many films based on Shakespearian plays:
Manchurian Candidate (1961) - Hamlet
West Side Story (1961) - Romeo and Juliet
Forbidden Planet (1956) - The Tempest
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) - The Taming of the Shrew
Men of Respect (1991) - Macbeth
Again, that lists a small part of all the films,
television shows, books, etc based on Shakespeare's plays.
Perhaps one of the more unusual references to Shakespeare is in the Beatles' song "I Am The Walrus". Listen to the end of the song. What you will hear is a BBC presentation of "King Lear" and the words are from Act 4 Scene 6 Lines 273 through 281:
If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body;
I know thee well: a serviceable villain;
What, is he dead?
Sit you down, father; rest you
Give it a try. Those particular lines were chosen randomly from a program
that just happened to be airing when the song was being recorded or
when the song was in post-production. Those lines and their
references to death, give the ending of that song a certain creepiness.
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