Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human Setting & Symbolism

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Hamlet- play

The play Hamlet is Shakespeare's tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and his attempts to avenge the death of his father. This is often cited as Shakespeare's best play, though some critics like T.S. Eliot thought it was too long. Still, most critics view Hamlet as Shakespeare's most successful play.

Henry IV, Part I and II- plays

The author finds Henry IV, Part I and II to be Shakespeare's best history plays, mainly because of the comic relief provided by Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff is the friend and companion of Prince Hal, who later becomes King Henry V.

The Tempest- play

The Tempest is often mentioned as the leading play of Shakespeare's late period. The author finds it to be a great play but often frustrating because of its lack of plot. It centers around the development of the sorcerer Prospero.

London, England, and the Globe Theater

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