Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Question of the Day

What, in your opinion, was Shakespeare's greatest play?

For your convenience, below are the best known plays from his extensive body of work:

Romeo and Juliet
Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
A Winter's Tale
The Merchant of Venice
Henry IV Part One
King Lear
Henry V
Twelfth Night


Brother Spotless said...

Hamlet, no question.

Brother Smartness said...

I'm torn between Merchant of Venice and Hamlet.

Brother Spotless said...

I'm not a fan of the comedies, the characters are too simple-minded and easily tricked. The tragedies possessed a depth that I could really sink my teeth into.

I must admit, I never read Merchant of Venice...

Brother Smartness said...

Merchant of Venice is often considered a comedy, but it is one that will alter the current perception you have about the nature of its characters.

A man of your refined taste would certainly enjoy this work.

Brother Darkness said...

Hmm...the best Shakespeare play?? Thats a tough one. I've read many of those and seen their film adaptations. I'd say Macbeth is my favorite. Hamlet is probably his best work. Merchant of Venice isn't that bad and the movie actually did a decent job adapting his language to the screen. Twelfth Night is my favorite comedy and I think Othello is one of his plays that gets overlooked. I still remember Lawrence Fishburn playing him in a movie a while back.

Anonymous said...

Spotless, the characters of the comedies are just as deep as those in his tragedies. The story is where they differ. As for being easily tricked, I believe Othello (Spotless he was the protagonist in the play Othello) was the easiest character to trick. He ate the lies Iago fed him with a silver spoon and killed his wife. That's my favorite anyway, because it made me so angry.