Shakespeare's first play was most likely Henry VI Part I, which was first performed between 1590 and 1591 and printed in 1594. Because no recorded dates exist for first performances of any of Shakespeare's plays, scholars have to make decisions based on several types of information.
References to actual events of the time, personal diaries of actors and other contemporaries, print dates and royal court records are sources used in constructing time-lines of performance. Playwrights in the Elizabethan age had to register their work. It was subject to heavy censorship, so many of them wrote under assumed names or avoided registering. Additionally, Shakespeare never claimed authorship of any of his work nor did he oversee printing. These factors combined make nearly impossible to accurately date performances.Learn More
In William Shakespeare's "Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," the title character suffers from a number of character flaws, but the most prominent one in the play is procrastination. By delaying his vengeance on his uncle Claudius, Hamlet becomes responsible for the deaths of several other major characters, including his lover Ophelia and his mother Gertrude.Full Answer >
In lines 157 to 163 of William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet," the nurse tells Romeo that he must not lead Juliet on or lie to her, as it is a "weak" thing to do. She says this would be "gross behavior" because of Juliet's young age.Full Answer >
Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to wash the "filthy witness" from his hands, where the "filthy witness" is the blood still on Macbeth's hands after he kills King Duncan at their castle. Macbeth hears knocking over and over again, which the audience is supposed to take as his conscience starting a slow mental decline. No matter much he washes, he is unable to wash all the blood from his hands.Full Answer >
There are three main categories that William Shakespeare's work can be divided into: sonnets, plays and poems. There are four sub-categories that the plays can be divided into: comedies, tragedies, romances and historical pieces. The romance category encompasses the smallest group of plays.Full Answer >