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William Shakespeare was a prolific writer, with plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear among his best-known works. He was an influential poet and playwright who broke through the English Renaissance theatre.

The plays of William Shakespeare are considered to be the most famous and influential pieces of work in the English language. They are known for their use of lively language and forceful plots that advocated for change in England during the Elizabethan era.
Shakespeare’s plays had varying levels of quality and accuracy that were published in his lifetime.

The First Folio of Shakespeare’s works was published in 1623 by John Heminges and Henry Condell, fellow actors of Shakespeare’s company. The First Folio contains 36 plays and 154 sonnets. It is missing 2 known plays.  Ben Jonson praised Shakespeare in the introduction, with the phrase “not of an age, but for all time”.

The plays can be categorized into 3 sections: Comedies, Tragedies, and Histories

Shakespeare’s tragedies often hinge on such fatal errors or flaws, which overturn the order of the day and destroy the hero and those he loves. For instance, in “Macbeth,” Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to murder King Duncan in order to take his crown. In “Hamlet,” Claudius mistakes Polonius for a ghost and kills him.

The comedy of errors is one of Shakespeare’s most famous works. It tells the story of three servants, who are mistaken for their master, who are then mistaken for each other. Some critics have argued that it is the tale of vices and virtues and how they interact while demonstrating Shakespeare’s moral philosophy.

There have been many conspiracy theories about Shakespeare’s “true” identity that range from him being a nobleman to a commoner. Regardless of his status, he is the most famous and widely read playwright in the world. He has been credited with having one of the greatest influences on literature and theatre in history.

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