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Shakespeare's most significant and famous work

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Shakespeare's most significant and famous work is often considered to be Hamlet. This tragedy is renowned for its complex characters, profound themes, and iconic soliloquies, such as "To be, or not to be." It explores themes of revenge, madness, and mortality, and remains a cornerstone of English literature and theater.

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What is one of Shakespeare's most famous works?

I love the plays but would head straight to the sonnets in response to this topic.  If you read enough of them you notice a progression in thought and attitudes about love, loyalty, fame, and a host of other themes.  While we don't know in what order they were written, we tend to study them in order.  Sonnet 18 is probably the most widely anthologized, and Sonnet 130 is a great example of Shakespeare's ability to take a common idea, in this case what is typically regarded as beautiful, and turn it on it's head, ending with the utmost compliment that his love is rarer than all others. 

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Most English teachers will reference his Big 5 rather than any one individual work - Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear (although some substitute Othello for KL).

One other interesting thing that hadn't been mentioned yet - WS was the inventor of the mini-series.  His plays about King Henry IV and King Henry VI were originally performed in installments.

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Think of the soliloquies within the plays...Hamlet's "To be, or not to be;" Macbeth's "Life's but a walking shadow;" Juliet's "Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds"...Even the small bits are genius!

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While some of his plays and sonnets are more known than others, I would agree with earlier posts that there isn't one "most famous" piece.  What is interesting is the many ways that he and his writings have influenced art, literature, and pop culture in the time since he lived.

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I agree that perhaps just one cannot be singled out for being most famous; however, instinct would lead me to say Romeo and Juliet.

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Don't forget the sonnets...I love Sonnet 130 and Sonnet 29.  I think the latter is the most famous.

Everything this man wrote is worth reading.  Dig in! 

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I would have difficulty naming just ONE of Shakespeares famous works. There are so many that come to mind. They infiltrate so much of what we see and hear today. For example, the films What Dreams May Come and Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country both get their titles from lines in Hamlet, and the book title The Sound and the Fury is an allusion (or reference) to Macbeth. So, I will list a few of my favorites that are very well-known.

Tragedies:

Romeo and Juliet

Julius Caesar

Hamlet (my personal favorite)

Macbeth

King Lear

Comedies:

Much Ado About Nothing

A Midsummer Night's Dream 

The Taming of the Shrew

As You Like It

Histories:

Henry IV (parts one and two)

Henry V

And of course, he his famous for his many sonnets.

You can find lots of information on Shakespeare and his works at the link below.

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You'll be hard-pressed to identify a single work of William Shakespeare that people would agree on being his most significant. Shakespeare was a prolific writer. Having written at least thirty-seven plays and more than 150 poems, there are a lot of works from which to choose. There is no single work of his that defines him as an artist. Nearly all his plays are regularly performed around the world, both just as he wrote them and as interpretive adaptations.

We might judge the significance of Shakespeare's works based on how often they are performed. By this criteria, the comedic play A Midsummer's Night Dream is the most significant. In the past decade, this play has been staged more than any other work of the bard. However, this play does not offer that many deep messages and has a rather straightforward, though entertaining, narrative. In this sense, some might not consider it to be that significant.

Many aficionados and scholars feel that Shakespeare's tragedies offer more in the way of critical analysis. They tend to include more complex characters and timeless lessons for consideration. For instance, Macbeth holds many lessons about the role of fate and free will and the corruptive nature of unchecked ambition. Hamlet, one of the most performed tragedies of Shakespeare, deals with the mysteries of human existence and the true price of vengeance.

In fact, many literary critics consider Hamlet to be the most significant play of Shakespeare for its psychological concepts. However, others might lean toward Julius Caesar for its message of how one might deal with moral dilemmas. Much Ado About Nothing is well-loved for its combination of comedy and tragedy and its great use of witty dialogue. Shakespeare's collection of sonnets are also considered some of the greatest poetic works in the English language.

Given all of this, I imagine that just about every one of Shakespeare's works has someone who would say it is the most significant.

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