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Study Guide to Shakespeare's Sonnet 29
Our study guide to Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 provides translations and a sonnet analysis. It explores the notion that love can cure all ills.

Major Themes in 'Much Ado About Nothing'
An analysis of the major themes in Much Ado About Nothing.

Puck Character Analysis in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
A character analysis of Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream's most magical character. Discover Shakespeare's most mischievous sprite in our analysis.

Macbeth - Analysis of the Character
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most intense and attractive villains. As this character analysis reveals, he is a complex and multi-faceted character.

'Macbeth'
'Macbeth' is Shakespeare's shortest and most intense play. It follows the rise and fall of the tyrannical Macbeth as he murders his way into power. This collection of resources are designed to help you study the play.

The House of Montague in Romeo and Juliet - Characters
This guide provides commentary on all the main characters in the House of Montague. Commentary on the House of Capulet is also available.

Lady MacBeth Character Analysis
This Lady Macbeth character analysis introduces one of Shakespeare’s best female villains and asks if her presentation is misogynistic.

An Analysis of Macbeth's Ambition
In 'Macbeth', ambition is presented as a dangerous quality. Ambition is the driving force of the play as this analysis reveals.

The Top Five Shakespeare Characters
Who's made it into our top 5 list of Shakespeare characters? Find out with our essential guide to the best Shakespeare characters.

Facts About Shakespeare to Get You Thinking
Think you know the Bard? Here are 5 facts about Shakespeare to get you thinking. How many did you know?

How Many Plays Did Shakespeare Write Altogether?
How Many Plays Did Shakespeare Write Altogether? Discover the answer on About.com along with answers to other essential Shakespeare questions.

Shakespeare's Sonnets
Discover more about Shakespeare's sonnets with our overviews and study guides. You can also read his sonnets here and discover the Bard's poetry first hand.

The Comedies
Read Shakespeare's plays first hand on About.com. Here, you can read his comedy plays alongside annotations to help you understand the text.

The Fair Youth Sonnets (sonnets 1 – 126)
Read Shakespeare’s sonnets first hand on About.com. Here, you can read the first sequence of sonnets called the Fair Youth Sonnets.

Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, Five Facts
This remarkable building was built as an open-air theater that could contain 3,000 spectators. Shakespeare was a shareholder.

What Is a Sonnet? - Overview and Characteristics
The sonnet is a poem written in a strict poetic form that was very popular during Shakespeare’s lifetime. Here we identify it's characteristics.

Top Five William Shakespeare Sonnets
The Shakespeare sonnets are considered by many to be the most romantic poems ever written. We pick out the top 5 Shakespeare sonnets.

Top 5 Plays by Shakespeare
What are the top 5 plays by Shakespeare? Find out in our top picks list and see if your favorite plays by Shakespeare are included.

The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy play and was written by William Shakespeare in the late 1500s.

Cymbeline
A study guide to Shakespeare's historical comedy, Cymbeline.

The Comedy of Errors
A study guide for Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.

All’s Well That Ends Well
All’s Well That Ends Well is a problem play written by Shakespeare in the early 1600s.

Troilus and Cressida
Written in 1602, Troilus and Cressida is a drama based on the events of Troy.

Love Labour's Lost
A study guide to William Shakespeare's Love Labour's Lost.

Love Labour's Won
Love Labour's Won, the lost Shakespeare play.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
A study guide to 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona', one of Shakespeare's most difficult comedies.

'The Merchant of Venice'
Discover 'The Merchant of Venice', one of Shakespeare's most loved plays, with our study resource from the Shakespeare pages of About.com.

Shakespeare's Language
Shakespeare was using the everyday language of his time. To really get to grips with his use of language, there are a few simple techniques and conventions that you need to understand.

'The Tempest'
'The Tempest', written in 1611, is one of Shakespeare’s last plays. It is the Bard at his most imaginative and magical - and in terms of the quality of language, 'The Tempest' is Shakespeare at his best!

'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was written in the first half of the 1590s and is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. The plot concerns the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta.

'As You Like It'
'As You Like It', written around 1600, has split critical opinion. Some find it a complex love-drunk romp whilst other critics see little merit in the text. Either way, it has remained a firm favorite with audiences for hundreds of years.

'Measure for Measure'
Study resources for Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure'.

'The Taming of the Shrew'
'The Taming of the Shrew' is a Shakespeare comedy written between 1590 and 1592. It is one of the most popular comedies and modern performances still attract large audiences.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
For a Shakespeare comedy play, Pericles, Prince of Tyre contains a lot of tragedy! This play is often overlooked because of some weakly written scenes.

How to Identify a Shakespeare Comedy
What are the common characteristics of a Shakespeare comedy? Our guide shows you how to identify a Shakespeare comedy.

Iambic Pentameter Examples in Shakespeare Plays
This collection of iambic pentameter examples from Shakespeare’s plays reveals how much the Bard used Iambic Pentameter.

Guilt in Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
An analysis of guilt in Shakespeare's tragedy. It softens Macbeth's callousness and, though unconscious for Lady Macbeth, makes her life unbearable.

'Hamlet'
‘Hamlet’ is regarded by many as Shakespeare’s greatest play. This is perhaps due to the psychological complexity of the central character. Written in around 1600, some historians believe that Hamlet the character is semi-autobiographical.

10 Famous Shakespeare Quotes From Hamlet to MacBeth
Discover the top 10 famous Shakespeare quotes from the world's greatest poet and dramatist. Famous Shakespeare quotes come from great plays like 'Hamlet' and 'Romeo and Juliet'.

revenge tragedy driven by hamlet
Why doesn’t Hamlet take revenge? Discover how the theme of revenge in ‘Hamlet’ drives the narrative of the play.

Complete List of Shakespeare Plays
This chronological list of Shakespeare plays brings together all 38 plays in the order in which they were first performed.

Romeo - A Character Profile From Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet are literature's most famous lovers. Read our character profile of Romeo son and heir of Montague here.

The Montague-Capulet Feud in 'Romeo and Juliet'
The Montague-Capulet feud dominates 'Romeo and Juliet' and helps drive the plot to its tragic ending. But, who's who in the Montague-Capulet feud?

The Plays
Discover more about Shakespeare's plays with our overviews and study guides. You can also read play extracts and discover the Bard's work first hand.

Shakespeare's Life
Who was William Shakespeare? Learn about the life and times of the world's most famous playwright and find answers to your questions. Did he actually write the plays? Where was he buried?

Shakespeare Basics
Shakespeare isn't difficult. Find out everything you need to know about the Bard with our simple and concise guides.

Trivia, Quizzes and Quotations
So, you think you know your Shakespeare? Find out with our interactive quizzes or brush up with our essential Shakespeare trivia.

Shakespeare's Legacy
Learn why Shakespeare is the most influential writer of all time and discover his massive contribution to the English language.

Speeches for Men
A collection of audition speeches for men, with delivery advice.

Teaching Shakespeare
Duncan Fewins, our “Teaching Shakespeare” columnist, is here to show you how to breathe life into Shakespeare’s plays. Each month he will provide practical exercises and performance tips to help teachers and students rediscover Shakespeare in the classroom.

No Fear Shakespeare - Why you shouldn't be scared of Shakespeare!
Have no fear of Shakespeare - Duncan Fewins explains how to overcome your fear of Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare's Plays Information
The ultimate guide to Shakespeare’s plays - Everything you need to know about Shakespeare plays in one place.

A Guide to Power Relationships in 'The Tempest'
In 'The Tempest', power and control are dominant themes. Many of the characters are locked into a power struggle for their freedom and for control of the island.

Shakespeare's Plays Sorted by Tragedy, Comedy, History
Three lists of the plays by William Shakespeare- one for his tragedies, a second for his comedies, and a third for his histories.

Shakespeare Facts for Kids
Need help with your Shakespeare homework? Here are our Shakespeare Facts for Kids.

Shakespeare Quotes - Browse by Theme and Genre
Looking for the best collection of Shakespeare quotes on the web? Look no further - here they are organised by theme.

How to Perform a Shakespeare Soliloquy
Need to know how to perform a Shakespeare soliloquy? We will guide you through everything you need to know, step by step.

Quotes from Shakespeare Plays - The Comedies
Quotes from Shakespeare comedies offer some of the most memorable quotes from the Bard's plays. Let us guide you through the best quotes from Shakespeare comedies.

Richard III: Now is the winter of our discontent
Shakespeare audition speeches with a punch from Richard III: “Now is the winter of our discontent” and “As I intend to prosper and repent”.

Shakespeare's Plays
Discover the magic of Shakespeare’s plays and find out why Shakespeare penned some of literature’s greatest works.

Shakespeare Plays - Study Guides to Shakespeare Plays
Shakespeare Plays - Our collection of study guides to Shakespeare Plays are designed to accompany your own reading. They are an ideal way to introduce newcomers and immerse more experienced readers deeper into Shakespeare Plays.

Facts About Shakespeare - A Shakespeare "Crib Sheet"
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Was Shakespeare Gay?
One question has sparked controversy for years: was Shakespeare gay? This article looks at the facts and asks if Shakespeare was homosexual.

Shakespeare Family
Discover William Shakespeare’s family? Who did he marry and how many children did he have? Are there direct descendants around today?

Who Wrote William Shakespeare's Plays?
A look at the debate and the numerous theories surrounding the authorship of the plays attributed to Shakespeare.

'The Tempest' Facts
We bring you 'The Tempest' facts for students who need info quickly! Discover the key things you need to know about Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' in our concise guide.

'The Tempest' - Study Guide
Are you studying Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'? Then this study guide is written for you!

Top 10 Quotes: Richard III
We bring you the top 10 quotes from Richard III - among Shakespeare's most beautiful verse!

Richard III Themes: God's Judgement
The judgement of God is an important theme in Richard III. We explore this theme in depth to aid your study.

Richard III Themes: Power
Power is the central theme in Richard III - it drives the play! We explore this theme in depth to aid your study.

Richard III Themes: Rise of the Tudors
What was the impact of the rise of the Tudors on Shakespeare's Richard III? We explore this theme in depth to aid your study.

Richard III Character Analysis
Discover the ultimate Shakespeare villain: Richard III with our character analysis.

Richard III and Lady Anne: Why Do They Marry?
The relationship between Richard III and Lady Anne is central to this play, but how does Richard III convince her to marry him?

Shylock Character Analysis
Who is Shylock? Character Analysis of 'The Merchant of Venice' reveals why Shylock is one of Shakespeare's best villains. Enjoy!

Richard III
A study guide to Shakespeare's Richard III

About Shakespeare: 101
Need to learn about Shakespeare fast? We’re here with a fast-track Shakespeare 101 to teach you everything you need to know about the Bard - his life and works.

William Shakespeare Info
Need William Shakespeare info quick? Look no further than our ultimate resource looking at everything Shakespeare!

'Richard III' - Study Guide
Our 'Richard III' Study Guide helps students of all ages really get to grips with this fantastic Shakespeare play! Read and enjoy!

'Measure for Measure' - Study Guide
Our 'Measure for Measure' Study Guide is written for students needing to learn more about this classic Shakespeare play.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' - Study Guide
This 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Study Guide is perfect for anyone studying this classic Shakespeare play.

'As You Like It' Themes: Love
Discover 'As You Like It' themes. Love presents itself in different ways in 'As You Like It'. Discover how Shakespeare presents love in our guide.

'As You Like It' Characters: The de Bois Household
'As You Like It' character analysis of the de Bois family, including profiles for Orlando, Oliver and Jaques de Bois.

'As You Like It' Summary
In need of a 'As You Like It' Summary? Look no further. Our 'As You Like It' summary will help new readers to unpick the complex plot.

Shakespeare Resource Site for Students and Teachers
Shakespeare - Shakespeare is the world's most influential playwright and poet. This free Shakespeare resource site provides insightful analysis of Shakespeare's writing alongside resources for students and teachers of Shakespeare. We help demystify Shakespeare for newcomers and suggest new approaches for those already familiar with Shakespeare's work.

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Shakespeare Prose - An Introduction
What is Shakespeare prose? Find out in our handy guide and discover why Shakespeare used prose to give his characters more depth and vary the overall rhythmic structure of his plays.

Is King Lear a Tragic Hero? Character Analysis
Discover King Lear, tragic hero that battles with madness throughut the play. Discover more with our character analysis

Shakespeare Biography
This Shakespeare biography reveals the life of the man behind the plays. Discover the William Shakespeare biography.

Portia - Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'
Portia, Shakespeare's most loved characters from 'The Merchant of Venice', is a strong female lead. Discover why in our handy guide.

Magic in 'The Tempest'
How does Shakespeare use magic in 'The Tempest'. We look at the use of magic from Prospero's books to Caliban's uncertain humanity to the storm that provides the title. Enjoy!

'King Lear' Themes
Discover the main 'King Lear' Themes in our handy guide. We explore justice, madness, compassion, appearance vs. reality, nature and blindness.

'Romeo and Juliet' Scenes
Discover 'Romeo and Juliet', the greatest love story ever written, with our scene-by-scene breakdown. Perfect for students and new readers.

Shakespeare 400 Year Celebration
What happened on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016?

Shakespeare in Performance
If Shakespeare's plays were written for the stage, then we should appreciate them in performance. Here you can learn about major productions, festivals and films, and even get advice on how to perform Shakespeare yourself.

Was Shakespeare a Businessman?
Shakespeare was a businessman as well as writer. We reveal how he supported his writing career with shrewd and sometimes cut-throat business activities.

Hamlet: How to Perform Hamlet
Are you playing Hamlet? Discover some great tips on how to perform Hamlet and make the role your own.

"To be, or not to be": Why is this Shakespeare Quote so Famous?
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10 Shakespeare Quotes on Tragedy
Shakespeare Quotes on Tragedy are the most remembered lines from Shakespeare. Discover the Bard at his best!

List of Phrases Shakespeare Invented
You have probably quoted Shakespeare thousands of times without realizing it. His writing lives on in our everyday language - testament to his powerful influence over the English language.

Women in Shakespeare: 'Shrews' in Shakespeare Comedies
We explore women in Shakespeare comedies, looking closely at the so-called 'shrews'.

'Othello'
'Othello' is a timeless play - and many of the themes it contains are still relevant in today's world. It is widely regarded as a classic, and as such, is widely studied.

Desdemona and Othello Analysis - Shakespeare
The relationship between Desdemona and Othello is central to Shakespeare’s 'Othello'. This character analysis explores Desdemona and Othello.

'Macbeth' Witches
The 'Macbeth' witches are essential to the plot of 'Macbeth' because their prophesies drive Macbeth’s thirst for power and enable Lady Macbeth to pursue her own ambitions.

'King Lear'
'King Lear' is one of Shakespeare's best written plays and deserves its place as one of the greatest tragedies ever written.

Cordelia From King Lear: Character Profile
Cordelia from 'King Lear'. In this character profile, we take a close look at Cordelia from 'King Lear'.

Regan and Gonerill: Character Profile
A character profile of Regan and Goneril from 'King Lear' - two of the most disgusting villains ever written!

Cross Dressing in Shakespeare Plays
Cross dressing in Shakespeare plays is commonplace. We look at the top 3 cross-dressers: Portia, Rosalind and Viola.

Shakespeare's London
What was Shakespeare's London like? Slip back in time with us and let us give you a guided tour of Shakespeare's London.

Historical Context
Shakespeare and his writing is a product of the world around him. Here, you can find everything you need to know about Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

Where Was Shakespeare Born?
Where was Shakespeare born? And When? Did you know you can still visit the actual house where Shakespeare was born? Discover more!

Shakespeare's Grave in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
Find out where to find Shakespeare's grave and discover the

William Shakespeare's Catholicism and Speculation
Was Shakespeare Catholic? Although there is no conclusive proof, there is strong circumstantial evidence to suggest that he was a practicing Roman Catholic. We explore Shakespeare's Catholic Roots.

The Theater Experience in Shakespeare's Lifetime
Exploring the context of Shakespeare's theater and the theater experience in Shakespeare's lifetime gives you a fuller understanding of his plays. Shakespeare wasn't writing for today's literary audience; he was writing for the masses, many of whom couldn't read or write. Dicover the theater experience in Shakespeare's lifetime

The Influence of the Renaissance in Shakespeare's Time
The renaissance was in full swing during Shakespeare's time and the Bard was a product of the huge cultural shifts occurring at the time. Read on!

Shakespeare Timeline
This Shakespeare timeline covers all the significant events that shaped Shakespeare's life. When was 'Hamlet' written? When did Shakespeare get married? Find out all this and more with our Shakespeare timeline.

Anne Hathaway - William Shakespeare's Wife
Who was Anne Hathaway? Read our biography for Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare's wife.

Iago from 'Othello'
Iago from 'Othello' is a horrid character. Discover what makes Iago evil to the core in our character profile for Iago from 'Othello'.

Emilia in 'Othello'
Need to know who Emilia in 'Othello' is? Discover everything you need to know with our handy character guide to Emilia from 'Othello'.

How did Shakespeare Die?
'How did Shakespeare die?' is a common question - with an intriguing answer. Let us tell you this amazing story.

Shakespeare's Skull
Shakespeare’s skull was stolen from his grave 200 years ago. We reveal what happened to Shakespeare’s skull and ask where it could be today.

'Much Ado About Nothing'
'Much Ado About Nothing' is one of Shakespeare's most memorable romantic comedies. First published in 1600, but probably written in 1598, the play enjoyed as much popularity then as it does today.

Oberon and Titania Character Profiles
The Oberon and Titania characters from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' are central characters. Our character analysis helps you understand them and their role in the play.

"All The World's a Stage" - Quote Meaning
What is the meaning behind Shakespeare's

'Much Ado About Nothing' Characters
Who's who in 'Much Ado'? Find all the 'Much Ado About Nothing' characters here and discover why they make this play so memorable.

'Romeo and Juliet'
'Romeo and Juliet' is one of the best-known tragic love stories of all time. Originally written in the earlier stages of Shakespeare's career around 1594, the play has since become an enduring symbol of romanticism in popular culture.

Love in 'Romeo and Juliet'
'Romeo and Juliet' has become forever associated with love. But Shakespeare's treatment of this theme is complex and multifaceted.

Shakespeare's Language (Lyn Darnley Interview)
The Royal Shakespeare Company's voice coach, Lyn Darnley, shares her love of Shakespeare's language and reveals why Shakespeare's writing has been so enduring.

Performing Shakespeare - Interview With Ben Crystal
Ben Crystal is the author of 'Shakespeare on Toast', a new book that dispels the myth that Shakespeare is difficult. Here, he shares his thoughts about performing Shakespeare and reveals his top tips for first-time actors.

Hamlet Study Guide - Act 1, Scenes 1-5
‘Hamlet’ Act 1 scene guide - This ‘Hamlet’ Act 1 scene breakdown guides you through Act 1 of Shakespeare’s longest play.

Shakespeare Insults: By Play
Shakespeare's plays are crammed full of witty insults. We bring you the best Shakespeare insults organised by play.

Henry V
A study guide to Shakespeare's greatest history play, Henry V.

Study Guides to Shakespeare's Sonnets
Read Shakespeare's sonnets alongside our overviews and critical analyses. Our study guides also provide you with sample exam questions designed to improve your critical reading skills.

The Dark Lady Sonnets (Sonnets 127 - 152)
Read Shakespeare's sonnets first hand on About.com. Here, you can read the second sequence of sonnets called the Dark Lady Sonnets.

'As You Like It' – The Complete Text Online
Read the complete and original text of 'As You Like It' online and discover one of Shakespeare's most-loved plays.

Henry VIII
Henry VIII was written in 1613 as a collaboration William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, documenting the life of King Henry VIII.

Julius Caesar
A study guide to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

King John
Discover Shakespeare's King John with our unique study guide.

Authorship Debate
William Shakespeare definitely existed, but did he actually write the plays? Explore the greatest Shakespeare conspiracy theory and read about the chief suspects.

Critical Approaches
The depth and diversity of Shakespeare's writing lends itself to a range of critical approaches. Explore his plays through the eyes of feminism, race or political ideology and improve your critical understanding of Shakespeare.

Criticism
Improve your critical understanding of Shakespeare with our academic study guides to critical approaches and our collection of interviews with leading Shakespeare experts.

Interviews
Our collection of interviews with experts is designed to reflect the full breadth of Shakespearean studies. Here, historians, academics and practitioners all share their unique perspectives on the bard.

Journals and Magazines
Keep up-to-date with developments in the field with our list of scholarly journals and magazines.

Sexuality Debate
Many of Shakespeare's sonnets declare love for a young man, leading some historians to claim that Shakespeare was gay. Explore the Shakespeare sexuality debate for yourself and make up your own mind.

Speeches for Women
A collection of audition speeches for women, with delivery advice.

The Histories
Read Shakespeare's plays first hand on About.com. Here, you can read his history plays alongside annotations to help you understand the text.

The Tragedies
Read Shakespeare's plays first hand on About.com. Here, you can read his tragedy plays alongside annotations to help you understand the text.

Shakespeare FAQ
Our Shakespeare FAQ is here to help you find answers for those tricky questions about the Bard. Our Shakespeare FAQ contains information on the plays, sonnets and Shakespeare's life.

'Romeo and Juliet' – The Complete Text Online
Read the complete and original text of 'Romeo and Juliet' online and discover the greatest love story ever told first-hand!

'Hamlet' - The Complete Text Online
'Hamlet' is often described as Shakespeare’s greatest play. We bring you the complete text online to 'Hamlet' containing links to helpful articles and resources. This complete text to 'Hamlet' is the perfect study companion!

Audition Speeches
Auditioning for drama school, an exam or professional work? No idea where to start with your Shakespeare speech? Well, our collection of audition guides is here to help with everything from selecting the speech to the final performance.

Shakespeare Glossary
Need help with those tricky literary terms? Complete your understanding of Shakespeare's work with our glossary and improve the quality of your critical writing. Being able to discuss and apply literary terms is an essential part of your coursework, class essays and examinations.

The Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre is almost as famous as Shakespeare himself. Discover the building's long and interesting history and learn about its reconstruction.

Royal Shakespeare Company
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is the World’s leading producer of Shakespeare. Headquartered in the Bard’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company works hard to connect new audiences with Shakespeare’s writing and theater.

Types of Female Characters in Shakespeare
This guide looks at the most common types of female characters in Shakespeare's plays from the

Shakespeare's School Life
Discover what Shakespeare's school life was like, and how it probably sparked his later career as a playwright.

Shakespeare's Brothers and Sisters
Discover Shakespeare's brothers and sisters in our handy guide.

Shakespeare's Contemporaries: Marlowe, Jonson and Kyd
Who were Shakespeare's contemporaries? We look at Christopher Marlowe, Benjamin Jonson and Thomas Kyd.

Shakespeare for Kids
Shakespeare for Kids - 6 great ideas to get your kids to love Shakespeare, including making, drawing, acting and swashbuckling activities!

Shakespeare's Birthday - How to Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday
Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday in style! This list of Shakespeare birthday activities will get your Bard party started!

Top Tips for Teaching Shakespeare
Share your top tips for teaching Shakespeare with English and drama educators from around the world.

Characters in 'Romeo and Juliet': Paris, Friar Lawrence and Others
Discover the other characters in 'Romeo and Juliet': Paris, Friar Lawrence, Mercutio, The Prince, Friar John and Rosaline.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Sonnet Examples
Looking for sonnet examples by Shakespeare? We bring you a collection of Shakespeare's most renowned sonnets as examples.

Pericles Themes
Discover the 'Pericles' themes that drive Shakespeare's 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre'.

Disguise in Shakespeare
Why is the use of disguise in Shakespeare plays so commonplace? A simple question with an incredible answer.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre Summary
Free Pericles, Prince of Tyre summary and easy to understand analysis for students.

Pericles Characters
Our 'Pericles' character profiles are here to help you understand Who's Who in Shakespeare's 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre'.

Theseus and Hippolyta
Theseus and Hippolyta are the rulers in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Read all about them in this Theseus and Hippolyta character analysis.

Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare Study Guide
Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 is romantic poetry at its best! Discover why in our study guide to Sonnet 116, complete with a modern-day translation.

'Othello' Act 5, Scene 2 - Analaysis
Need free analysis of 'Othello' Act 5, Scene 2? This fantastic resource is perfect for all students.

'King Lear' Act 2 - Analysis
Need analysis for Shakespeare's 'King Lear', Act 2? Get all the essential info here and understand this play.

'King Lear' Act 5 - Analysis
Everything you need to know about Shakespeare's 'King Lear', Act 5. Here is your analysis of the final tragic act!

'Measure for Measure' Act 2 - Analysis
Free analysis of Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure' Act 5. Perfect for students.

'The Merchant of Venice' Act 3, Scene 1 - Summary
Get help with 'The Merchant of Venice' Act 3, Scene 1. This summary will guide you through the play scene by scene.

'The Merchant of Venice' Act 1, Scene 3 - Summary
Need help with 'The Merchant of Venice' Act 1, Scene 3? This summary is here to help you analyze this classic play.

Mistress Quickly: Character Analysis
Mistress Quickly is one of Shakespeare's funniest reoccurring characters, appearing in in 'The Merry Wives of Windsor', 'Henry IV' and 'Henry V'.

Sir John Falstaff: Character Analysis
Sir John Falstaff is one of Shakespeare's most loved characters. He is a reoccurring character, appearing in 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' and the Henry IV.

The Merry Wives of Windsor - Theme Analysis
Use this 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' Theme Analysis to help you with your essay or project. We look at feminism, jealousy and the outsider themes.

'The Merry Wives of Windsor' - Character Analysis
Discover who's who in 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'. This Character analysis of all the main characters is essential reading for students and new readers.

'The Merchant of Venice' Act 2 Summary
Our 'The Merchant of Venice' Act 2 Summary reveals the antisemitism that is associated with this play.

'The Merchant of Venice' Act 1 Summary
Explore the opening scenes of 'The Merchant of Venice'. Act 1 Summary walks you through the plot in plain English.

'Othello' Act 2 Summary
Our 'Othello' Act 2 summary examines the opening scenes of Othello and establishes all of the key characters in this classic play.

'Othello' Act 2 Summary: Scene 3
Cassio is sacked by Othello in Act 2, Scene 3. Our Act 2 summary looks closely at this scene and shows how Iago manipulates events.

'Othello' Act 1 Summary
Our 'Othello' Act 1 summary examines the opening scenes of Othello and establishes all of the key characters in this classic play.

Study Shakespeare
Need to study Shakespeare but don't know where to begin? We guide you through step-by-step to help you study Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

The Merry Wives of Windsor Plot
The Merry Wives of Windsor plot is summarized here for new readers. Discover this little-read Shakespeare comedy play.

The Merry Wives of Windsor Summary
Our Merry Wives of Windsor summary is written for new readers to this classic Shakespeare comedy play, featuring Sir John Falstaff.

'Macbeth' Facts
Looking for 'Macbeth' facts? Everything you need to complete that assignment about Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' is right here!

Facts: Romeo and Juliet
Get your Romeo and Juliet facts here - everything you need to know about the play in one place.

'King Lear': Albany and Cornwall
These character profiles for Albany from 'King Lear' and Cornwall from 'King Lear' show how these characters become central to the plot of the play.

'Othello': Cassio and Roderigo
Discover Cassio from 'Othello' and Roderigo from 'Othello' with our character analysis.

Plays Written by Shakespeare: How Many Plays Did He Write?
Do you know all the plays written by Shakespeare? Do you know how many in total? Find out here!

'Othello' Act 4 Summary
Discover the plot of 'Othello' Act 4. In the first scene, we Othello turned against his wife, Desdemona.

'King Lear': Act 3 Analysis: The Torture of Gloucester
The torture of Gloucester where his eye is gouged out is a shocking and violent scene. We make sense of it in our 'King Lear' Act 3 Analysis.

'King Lear': Act 3 Analysis
'King Lear', Act 3 analysis for students. We look at each scene in turn to help you understand 'King Lear'.

List of Shakespearean Sonnets
A full list of Shakespearean Sonnets - all 154 sonnets sorted by section.

Shakespeare Themes: Loss of Power
Power is an essential Shakespeare theme in his plays. Here, we look at the loss of power and the impact this has on Shakespeare's characters.

Shakespeare themes: Power Struggles
We look at the power struggles that thread throughout Shakespeare's plays. This Shakespeare theme is revisited time and time again.

Characters in Cymbeline
Who's Who in Cymbeline? Discover the main characters in Cymbeline with our handy guide.

Cymbeline Plot Summary
Our plot summary to Cymbeline will help you discover this little-known play by William Shakespeare.

Summary: 'The Tempest' Act 4 and 5
How does The Tempest end? Find out in our summary of The Tempest Act 4 and 5.

'Hamlet' Summary – What Happens in 'Hamlet'?
This condensed version of 'Hamlet' captures the essence of Shakespeare’s longest play.

'King Lear': Act 1, Scene 2 Analysis
Shakespeare's 'King Lear', Act 1, Scene 2 is an enthralling scene from the first act of this wonderfully written play. Discover why here!

'King Lear': Act 4, Scene 6 Analysis
An analysis of 'King Lear' Act 4, Scene 6 and 7, looking at the drama that concludes the fourth act of this marvelous play.

'King Lear' Act 1: Analysis of the Opening Scene
How does Shakespeare's King Lear, Act 1 start? We analyze the opening scene: Act 1, Scene 1.

Shakespeare Sonnet 3 - Analysis
Study guide, translation and analysis for Shakespeare's Sonnet 3.

Shakespeare Sonnet 6 - Analysis
Our Shakespeare Sonnet 6 analysis is for new readers and students. We provide a modern-English translation and analysis.

Shakespeare Sonnet 4 - Analysis
Shakespeare's Sonnet 4 - a translation and analysis for new readers.

William Shakespeare's Real Name: Edward De Vere?
Could William Shakespeare's real name be Edward De Vere? We ask Matthew Cossolotto if Shakespeare was a pseudonym for Edward De Vere.

William Shakespeare: Timeline of his Life
Our William Shakespeare timeline pieces together the most important events from the life of William Shakespeare.

The Poems
Discover Shakespeare's Poems.

Shakespeare's 'A Lover's Complaint'
Our study guide to Shakespeare's 'A Lover’s Complaint' explores this long poem for new readers.

Characters in 'All's Well That Ends Well'
Who are the main characters in 'All’s Well That Ends Well'? Why did Shakespeare not write them with the same depth as characters from his other plays?

The Comedy Of Errors; Themes: Isolation
The most important of the ‘The Comedy of Errors’ Themes is isolation. Discover how each of the characters experience isolation in the play with our analysis.

Characters in 'The Comedy of Errors'
Get to know the characters in 'The Comedy of Errors' and discover this classic Shakespeare comedy.

Shakespeare Sonnet 2 - Analysis
Find out why Shakespeare's Sonnet 2 furthers the poets plea for the fair youth to procreate. Discover translations and a sonnet analysis.

Shakespeare Sonnet 5 - Analysis
Translation and analysis for Shakespeare Sonnet 5. Discover how the poet appeals to the fair youth’s vanity.

Shakespeare Sonnet 7 - Analysis
Discover Shakespeare Sonnet 7 with translation and analysis. An extended metaphor is used to explain why the fair youth may be overlooked in the future.

A Shakespeare Lesson Plan for Students new to the Bard
It’s essential for teachers to make their first Shakespeare lesson practical, accessible and fun. This month our “Teaching Shakespeare Columnist” shows you how to introduce the Bard in your first Shakespeare Lesson.

Shakespeare Interpretation – Developing Shakespeare Interpretation Skills
Discover how to develop stronger Shakespeare Interpretation Skills when putting Shakespeare plays on the stage.

Shakespeare Dialogue - How to Read Shakespeare Aloud
Shakespeare dialogue is easier to read aloud than you think. Everything you need is in the dialogue – you just need to know what you’re looking for!

'Hamlet' Scenes - A 'Hamlet' Scene-by-Scene Breakdown
Our overview of Hamlet scenes provides a breakdown of this classic play into individual acts and scenes. The perfect study guide!

What Plays Did Shakespeare Write?
What Plays Did Shakespeare Write? Discover the answer on About.com along with answers to other essential Shakespeare questions.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 1, Scene 1 Summary
This analysis of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 1, Scene 1 provides a plain-English summary to the opening scene of this play.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 1, Scene 2 Summary
Our analysis of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 1, Scene 2 is the perfect study guide to help you understand and enjoy this classic play.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 3, Scene 2 Summary
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 3, Scene 2 is a complex scene to follow; this guide walks you through the scene to aid your understanding.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 4, Scene 1 Summary
Read our analysis of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 4, Scene 1 to help you really get to grips with one of Shakespeare's best play texts.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 2, Scene 2 Summary
Our guide to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 2, Scene 2 provides a plain-English summary to accompany your study of the play.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 2, Scene 1 Summary
Our modern-English summary of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Act 2, Scene 1 is designed to help you study the play.

'The Taming of the Shrew' - Study Guide
This study guide to 'The Taming of the Shrew' is written for students needing to better understand this classic Shakespeare play.

'As You Like It' - Study Guide
Our 'As You Like It' Study Guide is written for students of all ages and levels looking to understand this classic play quickly!

'The Merchant of Venice' - Study Guide
'The Merchant of Venice' Study Guide from About.com is written for students and people new to this infamous Shakespeare play.

How to analyze a sonnet
Sonnets are beautiful - and we will show you how to analyze a sonnet, step-by-step.

How Many Shakespeare Sonnets Are There?
How Many Shakespeare Sonnets Are There? Discover the answer on About.com along with answers to other essential Shakespeare questions.

How Many Sonnets Did Shakespeare Write?
How Many Sonnets Did Shakespeare Write? Discover the answer on About.com along with answers to other essential Shakespeare questions.

Introducing Shakespeare's Dark Lady Sonnets
The Dark Lady Sonnets are the second sequence in Shakespeare's sonnets in which a

Sonnet Summary for Shakespeare's Poems
Shakespeare's sequence of 154 sonnets revolves around the poet's relationship with his two muses - a young man and an older lady.

How Many Sonnets Did Shakespeare Write?
A simple question with a startling answer ... Q: How many Shakespeare sonnets are there? A: Just the right amount to match the maximum number of syllables

History of the Shakespearian Sonnet
The Shakespearian Sonnet has had a long and confusing history. We ask to whom they were dedicated, how they have been misprinted over the years, and question whether Shakespeare even want them published in the first place?

Polonius Monologues: "Ay, springes to catch woodcocks"
Polonius from Hamlet is a fun part to play and offers a strong alternative to the more obvious Hamlet audition monologues.

Ophelia Monologues: "O my lord, my lord, I have been so affrighted!"
With only a few female parts in 'Hamlet', it can be hard to find audition monologues for women, By far, Ophelia is the strongest character for audition - we bring you her best speeches!

Claudius Monologues: "O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven"
Claudius from Hamlet has some great monologues - we bring you the two best Claudius monologues.

'Othello' Study Guide
Our Othello study guide provides plot overviews, scene analysis, character profiles and themes. Enjoy studying this classic play.

'King Lear' Study Guide
Our King Lear study guide provides overviews, act-by-act analysis, character profiles and theme analysis.

Macbeth Ambition Quotes
A guide to Macbeth's character development, quote-by-quote. The best resource for Macbeth ambition quotes with character analysis.

How to Write a Sonnet ... Like Shakespeare!
This sonnet template and advice shows you how to write a sonnet just like Shakespeare!

Love's Labour's Lost Monologues - The Men
Looking for a great male audition speech or monologue. Love's Labour's Lost is the place to look. We bring you the best speeches from this play.

Love's Labour's Lost Monologues - The Women
We bring you the best Love's Labour's Lost Monologues for women. These are great audition speeches for young performers looking for something different.

Love's Labour's Won - The Lost Shakespeare Play
Discover Love's Labour's Won, the infamous lost Shakespeare play! Was this play a sequel to Love's Labour's Lost or an alternative title for another play?

Love Labour’s Lost - Themes
Discover the main Love Labour's Lost themes, including analysis of reckoning, rationalisation and fantasy.

'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' – Summary
Our 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' summary reviews the plot of this early Shakespearean comedy. Get to know this classic play!

Masculinity in Love Labour’s Lost Themes
How is masculine desire presented in Love Labour’s Lost? Discover more with our theme analysis and dig deeper into this classic comedy play.

Women in 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona'
An analysis of women in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Why do feminists find this is a difficult play?

Love Labour's Lost – Summary
This Love Labour's Lost Summary introduces new readers to this Shakespeare comedy play.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre – Getting Closer to the RSC Actors
A photo tour of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the World’s leading producer of classical theater. Explore the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Page 5.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre – History and Heritage
A photo tour of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the World’s leading producer of classical theater. Explore the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Page 8.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre – A New Tower
A photo tour of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the World’s leading producer of classical theater. Explore the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Page 6.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre – A New Look Royal Shakespeare Theatre
A photo tour of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the World’s leading producer of classical theater. Explore the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Complete Works of Shakespeare
Read the Complete Works of Shakespeare online. Every month we’ll be adding the complete and original texts from Shakespeare’s plays to build up the Complete Works of Shakespeare online.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage - A Tour of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford upon Avon
Anne Hathaway's family home has been described as the UK's most romantic cottage - a well-deserved reputation with its timber beams, thatched roof, sprawling orchards and woodland walks.

New Place was Shakespeare’s Final House in Stratford-upon-Avon
Shakespeare spent the last few years of his life in New Place - One of Stratford upon Avon's largest houses which was pulled down in the 18th century.

Shakespeare's Birthplace - A Tour of Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford upon Avon
Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon has become a place of pilgrimage for the literary minded since the 18th century. Today, the house in Henley Street has been preserved by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is open to the public.

Holy Trinity Church is Shakespeare's final resting place
Holy Trinity Church - Shakespeare was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, where you can still visit his grave and read his epitaph.

Venus and Adonis
Shakespeare enabled modern day poetry. Read our study guide to Venus and Adonis and find out why!

Julius Caesar Play
An introduction to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar play, following the demise of the Roman Empire's most infamous ruler.

King John - Summary
Discover King John, one of Shakespeare's lesser-known plays, in our King John Study Guide.

The Rape of Lucrece - An Introduction
An introduction to William Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece.

Themes in The Rape of Lucrece
Discover the main themes in William Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece.

Rosalind from As You Like It And Why I Pray You
Top monologues by Rosalind from As You Like It:

How to Understand Shakespeare Words
Shakespeare Words - Shakespeare’s words and phrases are easier to understand than one might think. This month our

Types of Shakespeare Songs: An Analysis
How did Shakespeare use songs? Shakespeare’s plays feature over one hundred songs - discover more!

Richard III - Plot Overview
This Richard III plot overview condenses the entire play into one page of text. Enjoy!

Introduction: Troilus and Cressida
Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida is based on the events of Troy. This one-page intro brings you up to speed!

Shakespeare Tragedies - 10 Plays With Common Features
The Shakespeare tragedies share a number of common features, as this introduction to the Shakespeare tragedies reveals.

Introduction: All’s Well That Ends Well
An introduction to William Shakespeare's 'All’s Well That Ends Well', written between 1601 and 1606.

Shakespeare’s Henry VIII: All is True
An introduction to Henry VIII - a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, documenting the life of King Henry VIII.

Lady Macbeth Soliloquy: They Met Me in the Day of Success
The best female Shakespeare audition speeches can be found in Lady Macbeth's soliloquies. Read on!

Juliet: O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet, offers some of the most stunning audition speeches for young female actors.

Helena: Lo, She is One of this Confederacy
Looking for an audition speech that is packed with poetry and romance? Look no further than Helena from A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Puck: If We Shadows Have Offended
Looking for a great audition speech? Read the best Puck Audition speeches from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Themes in Henry V
A theme analysis of Shakespeare’s Henry V, discussing war, patriotism and Henry V's difficult role and king.

Shakespeare’s Problem Plays
Discover Shakespeare’s Problem Plays with our concise guide.

Henry V: Famous Quotes
We select the best and most famous quotes from Shakespeare's Henry V - Enjoy!

Top 5 Shakespearean Comedies
Discover the Top 5 Shakespearean Comedies. Is your favorite play on the list?

Shakespeare’s Histories: Analysis
Shakespeare wrote ten English history plays ... find out why and discover Shakespeare’s Histories with our analysis.

The Comedy of Errors: Plot Summary
Read our plot summary for The Comedy of Errors - the entire play in one page!

Henry V: Plot Summary
Read our plot summary for Henry V - the entire play in one page!

Top 3 Richard III Quotes and Speeches
We bring you the best Richard III quotes and speeches that made this character one of Shakespeare’s most memorable villains.

Macbeth: Is this a dagger which I see before me?
Discover the best Macbeth speeches for your Shakespeare audition: “Is this a dagger which I see before me?” and “If it were done, when ’tis done”.

Richard II: No matter where, of comfort no man speak
Want a really original Shakespeare audition speech? Look at Richard II: “No matter where, of comfort no man speak” and “I have been studying how I may compare”.

Angelo from Measure for Measure: What's this? Is this her fault, or mine?
Villainous Shakespeare audition speeches from Angelo in Measure for Measure: “What’s this? Is this her fault, or mine?” and “Who will believe thee, Isabel?”.

Shylock from The Merchant of Venice: Signior Antonio, many a time and oft
Find the top Shylock audition speeches here: “Signior Antonio, many a time and oft” and “If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge”.

Antony from Julius Caesar: “Friends, Romans, Countrymen”
Brilliant Shakespeare audition speeches from Antony in Julius Caesar. These speeches are a superb opportunity to show off your voice and language skills. Read “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” and “O pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth” now.

Hamlet: “O, that this too too solid flesh would melt”
Looking for a brilliant Shakespeare audition speech from Hamlet? But want to avoid the predicable

Henry V: “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”
Find a brilliant Shakespeare audition speech from Henry V. Rousing speeches, perfect for audition, include “Once more unto the breach, dear friends

Top 5 Shakespeare Villains
Discover the Top 5 Shakespeare villains from the Bard's plays, including Aaron the Moor, Cornwall, Richard III, Iago and King Claudius.

Top 5 Female Villains in Shakespeare Plays
Who are the top 5 female villains from Shakespeare's plays? Find out here!

Shakespeare's Top 3 Tragedy Plays
Shakespeare was at his best when writing tragedy. But what are Shakespeare's Top 3 Tragedy Plays?

Shakespeare New Year and Christmas Quotes
Shakespeare New Year and Christmas quotes are hard to find. We bring you the key quotes and explain why Shakespeare did not write about New Year and Christmas.

An Introduction to Studying Iambic Pentameter
Iambic pentameter is the meter that Shakespeare nearly always used when writing in verse. This guide tells you everything you need to know about iambic pentameter. Read on.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, An Analysis
A study guide to Shakespeare's love poem, 'Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?' including study questions.

Fate in 'Romeo and Juliet'
Are Romeo and Juliet fated to fall in love and die from the very start? Discover how fate permeates the events and speeches of 'Romeo and Juliet'.

William Shakespeare: Last Years of His Life, and Death
Discover the facts surrounding Shakespeare's death in 1616. Where did Shakespeare die and what could have caused Shakespeare’s death?

What Types of Plays Did Shakespeare Write?
What Types of Plays Did Shakespeare Write? The answer is revealed here along with other essential facts about Shakespeare's plays.

Plot Summary for 'Much Ado About Nothing'
A plot summary and scene-by-scene breakdown of Much Ado About Nothing.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 - Study Guide and Analysis
Our study guide to Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 provides translations and a sonnet analysis. In Sonnet 73, the poet is concerned with his own mortality.

Hamlet - Character Analysis and Relationships
This Hamlet character analysis reveals Shakespeare’s most complex character. Explore Hamlet’s emotional turmoil in our Hamlet Character Analysis.

Othello in Shakespeare's Tragedy
An analysis of the title character in

The House of Capulet in 'Romeo and Juliet'
The House of Capulet in Romeo and Juliet is one of “fair Verona’s” two feuding families, the other being the House of Montague.

Death in 'Hamlet' - a Theme of Shakespeare's Play
Discover how the theme of death permeates ‘Hamlet’ from the very start.

Sonnet 1 by Shakespeare (Study Guide)
Find out why Sonnet 1 is the first of Shakespeare's 17 poems that explore the issue of procreation in our study guide to Shakespeare's Sonnet 1. Expect to find analysis and translations.

Introducing the Shakespeare Histories
The Shakespeare histories share a number of common features, as this introduction to the Shakespeare histories reveals.

Popular Sonnets by William Shakespeare
We bring you the complete texts of the three most popular sonnets by William Shakespeare together with commentary on what makes them such popular sonnets.

'Othello' by William Shakespeare -Themes
What are the main themes in 'Othello'? We examine the top 'Othello' themes, including race, jealousy and duplicity.

Why Has Shakespeare Been Popular for 400 Years?
Why has Shakespeare been popular for over 400 years? We look at the secret to his success.

Introducing Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
A brief history of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London from 1598 to the present day. Discover Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Discover the Top 10 Shakespeare Love Quotes
Discover the top 10 Shakespeare love quotes with the world's most romantic poet and dramatist. Shakespeare is responsible for 'Romeo and Juliet' and Sonnet 18, the greatest love story and poetry ever written.

What Year Did Shakespeare Write ‘Romeo and Juliet’?
What Year Did Shakespeare Write ‘Romeo and Juliet’? Discover the answer on the Shakespeare pages of About.com alongside your other essential Shakespeare questions.

Audition Etiquette - How to Behave at an Audition
Auditioning for a Shakespeare play? Read our tips on how to behave at an audition, what to wear, and how to land the part.

'Hamlet' Study Guide
Your ultimate 'Hamlet' study guide to Shakespeare's longest play. Find out why 'Hamlet' has stood the test of time and is considered to be one of the best plays ever written in our 'Hamlet' study guide.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare - Plot Summary
What happens in 'Macbeth'? The story of Shakespeare's most intense tragedy is condensed into this summary, from the three witches to the final battle.

Love in the Work of William Shakespeare
A look at love in Shakespeare's plays,including

How Many Plays Did Shakespeare Write?
How many plays did Shakespeare write? Discover the answer on About.com along with answers to other essential Shakespeare questions.

Shakespeare's Fair Youth Sonnets
What are the Fair Youth Sonnets? The first 126 of Shakespeare’s sonnets are addressed to the fair youth with whom the poet has a deep and loving friendship.

Richard III - Act 5, Scene 7-8 Summary
How does Richard III end? We translate the final scenes into modern English as part of our Richard III Summary.

Richard III - Act 5, Scene 6 Summary
We translate Richard III Act 5, Scene 6 into modern English to help you fully understand this poetic, but difficult play.

Richard III - Act 5, Scene 5 Summary (Part 3)
The concluding part of our Richard III (Act 5, Scene 5) summary help you unpick this difficult scene.

What Was Shakespeare's First Performed Play?
What Was Shakespeare's First Play? Discover the answer on the Shakespeare pages of About.com alongside your other essential Shakespeare questions.

What Tragedies Did Shakespeare Write?
What Tragedies Did Shakespeare Write? Discover the answer on the Shakespeare pages of About.com alongside your other essential Shakespeare questions.

Helena and Demetrius – Character Analysis
Discover the lovers from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' with our character analysis of Helena and Demetrius.

What Was The First Play Shakespeare Wrote?
What Was The First Play Shakespeare Wrote? Discover the answer on the Shakespeare pages of About.com alongside your other essential Shakespeare questions.

Ariel in 'The Tempest'
Need to know about Ariel in 'The Tempest'? Our characters analysis of Ariel in 'The Tempest' reveals all about Shakespeare’s most magical spirit.

Shakespeare for Beginners
Are you a Shakespeare newbie? Discover the Bard for the first time with our Shakespeare for Beginners FAQ.

Shakespeare's Ultimate Valentine's Day Poem
The most romantic Valentine’s Day poem ever written is surely Shakespeare's Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?

What Was William Shakespeare's First Play?
What Was William Shakespeare's First Play? Discover the answer on the Shakespeare pages of About.com alongside your other essential Shakespeare questions.

'Macbeth' Study Guide - 'Macbeth' Study Guide and Summary
Our 'Macbeth' study guide is the ultimate guide to Shakespeare's shortest play. Find out why 'Macbeth' is Shakespeare’s most widely studied play in our 'Macbeth' study guide.

Richard III - Act 5, Scene 3-4 Summary
This Richard III (Act 5, Scenes 3 and 4) summary provides an overview of important plot developments in modern English.

Richard III - Act 4, Scene 4 Summary (Part 1)
We bring you a translation and summary to Richard III (Act 4, Scene 4) to help you study this complex scene from one of Shakespeare's most poetic plays.

Richard III - Act 4, Scene 2 Summary
Our Richard III (Act 4, Scene 2) summary provides students with a modern English translation of this complex play.

Is Othello Really a Racist Play?
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Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Shakespeares most famous stage direction, Exit, pursued by a bear, came to life in a Suffolk forest last month when Red Rose Chain Theatre Company

8 Shakespeare Facts You Didn't Know
We all think we know William Shakespeare, but here are 8 unusual Shakespeare facts that will surprise you! Enjoy.

Top 10 Shakespeare Death Quotes
Shakespeare is at his most emotive when writing about death. Here are the Top 10 Shakespeare death quotes.

Richard III - Act 3, Scene 1 Summary (Part 1)
Need a modern-English summary of Richard III? Look no further than this translation of Richard III Act 3, Scene 1.

Richard III - Act 2, Scene 3 Summary
This modern-language guide to Richard III Act 2, Scene 3 takes your through this classic scene step-by-step.

'Romeo and Juliet' Act 1 Scene 5
Read the original text to 'Romeo and Juliet' Act 1 Scene 5 where Romeo first sees Juliet and falls head-over-heals in love. 'Romeo and Juliet' Act 1 Scene 5 is one of the most famous scenes from this play.

'As You Like It' Act 2, Scene 1
The original text to 'As You Like It' Act 2, Scene 1 can be read online by students and Shakespeare fans for FREE! Enjoy.

'As You Like It' Act 2, Scene 2
Read the complete and original text to Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' Act 2, Scene 2.

'Othello' Act 3, Scenes 1-3 Summary
To aid your study of Shakespeare's 'Othello', we have put together scene summaries. Here, we delve into 'Othello' Act 3, Scenes 1, 2 and 3. Enjoy!

'The Merchant of Venice' Summary: Act 3, Scene 2 (Part 1)
Our study guide walks you though 'The Merchant of Venice' Act 3, Scene 2 - one of the plays most complex scenes.

'The Taming of the Shrew' - The Complete Text
Here you will find the complete text to Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew', a comedy written between 1590 and 1592.

'King Lear' - The Complete Text Online
'King Lear', one of Shakespeare's best written plays, deserves to be read in its original form! Here you can read the original text to one of the greatest tragedies ever written.

Richard III - Act 1, Scene 2 Summary (Part 3)
Want to read Shakespeare's Richard III in plain English? Here we conclude our modern translation of Richard III Act 1, Scene 2.

'As You Like It' Act 2, Scenes 5-6
Read the original text to 'As You Like It' - Act 2, Scenes 5 and 6 are short, punchy and easy to read! Enjoy them here on About.com.

Benedick's 'This Can Be No Trick' Audition Speech
Benedick is one of Much Ado About Nothing’s most lively and interesting characters making him an ideal candidate for audition.

Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure' Themes Analysis
Our analysis of the Measure for Measure themes reveals everything you need to know to gain a deeper understanding of the play.

Lysander from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' – Analysis
Lysander is one of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream's' most likable characters, as this Lysander character analysis shows.

Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' - Summary of Act 3
Read our 'The Tempest' Act 3 summary and analysis to help you understand Shakespeare’s most magical play. Key quotes from 'The Tempest' Act 3 are also included.

'The Tempest' Analysis Discusses Morality and Fairness
Study 'The Tempest' with our 'The Tempest' analysis. This 'The Tempest' analysis discusses Shakespeare’s presentation of morality and fairness in the play.

'The Tempest' by Shakespeare (Act 2 Summary)
Get you teeth into 'The Tempest' Act 2 with our summary – the perfect study companion to 'The Tempest' Act 2 – Summary, analysis and quotes from 'The Tempest' Act 2.

Shakespeare Lesson Plans - A Free Collection
Free Shakespeare lesson plans. Our free collection of Shakespeare lesson plans and workshop ideas has been designed for teachers looking to breathe new life into Shakespeare’s plays. Our Shakespeare lesson plans are written by our resident expert.

'As You Like It' Characters: Duke Frederick & His Court
This analysis of 'As You Like' It characters focuses on Duke Frederick's Court and includes character analysis of Rosalind, Celia, Le Beau, Charles the Wrestler and Touchstone.

A Guide to the Main "The Tempest" Themes
Read about all of the main 'The Tempest' themes with our concise 'The Tempest' theme guide. The 'The Tempest' themes covered include morality, power, control and fairness.

Who Was Edward De Vere? Was He the Real Shakespeare?
Edward de Vere has become the strongest candidate in the Shakespeare authorship debate. Discover the case in support of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and reach your own conclusion in the Shakespeare authorship debate.

Hermia and Her Father – Character Analysis
Hermia and her Father from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' are central characters. This character analysis will help you unpick the relationship between these complex characters.

Other Themes in 'Hamlet' - Shakespeare
Find out why the state of Denmark, sexuality, incest and uncertainty are all important themes in 'Hamlet'.

Shakespeare Sonnets
Introducing the Shakespeare sonnets – what makes this collection of 154 Shakespeare sonnets the most important poetry ever written? Find out with our Shakespeare sonnets guide.