He was an English poet and playwright.
He was regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.
His works consist of 38
plays, 154 sonnets, two
long narrative poems, and several other poems.
His plays have been
translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Shakespeare was married at the age of 18 and bore three children.
Romeo and Juliet,
Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear,
Timon of Athens, and Macbeth.
King Henry IV ;
Richard III; and King Henry VIII
Taming of the Shrew, Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of
Love's Labour's Lost, Midsummer Night's Dream,
Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing,
As You Like It,
Merry Wives of Windsor,
Troilus and Cressida,
All's Well That Ends Well,
Measure for Measure,
Merchant of Venice
The play famous for the expression "a pound of flesh" , "If you prick us,
do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not
Begins in Venice with Antonio a wealthy
merchant who is not
happy since his ships are at the sea.
Antonio's friend Bassanio asks Antonio for money so he may marry the
wealthy and beautiful Portia and so he can pay back his friend. Antonio has no money now but tells Bassanio to use his good name to try to get a loan...
Portia can choose her husband by means of
three caskets, one gold, one silver and one lead. A suitor must choose one of the three caskets, a picture of Portia being
contained in the correct casket. Portia likes Bassanio...
Bassanio gets his loan of three thousand ducats from a Jewish merchant named Shylock. The price for not repaying the debt is high, namely a pound of flesh from Antonio, but Antonio is not worried. His ships will come back a month before the debt is due...
Shylock's daughter plans to elope with Lorenzo against her father's wishes.
Jessica escapes from her father's house to live a new life as a Christian and as the wife of
We learn that Lorenzo and Jessica escaped successfully, Shylock is furious at having lost his