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A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night's DreamOur price: £5.99View A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written by William Shakespeare in theyear 1594 or 1595. It is one of a group of his early plays in which thenature of love is the central theme.The play combines four different stories in which love plays a large role:the story of the mature and stable love of Theseus and Hippolyta whoare to be married; the story of the four young lovers, Lysander andHermia, Demetrius and Helena, and their hectic journey from physicalpassion to true love; the story involving the fairies and the fickleness ofthe love shared by Oberon, King of the Fairies and Titania, Queen of theFairies; and the story of Bottom and his clowns and their play within aplay Pyramus and Thisbe. The idea that things are not necessarily whatthey seem to be is also at the heart of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and inthe very title itself.The main comic interest in the play lies partly in the series of humoroussituations which grow out of the use of a magic flower by Oberon andPuck, and partly in the absurd attempts of Bottom and his companionsto prepare their play and present it before Theseus. There is much thatis entertaining in A Midsummer Night’s Dream: the music and dancing; thecostumes and scenery; the mingling of fairies and clowns, of mythicalheroes and inconstant lovers.Julius Caesar - The Student's ShakespeareJulius Caesar - The Student's ShakespeareOur price: £5.99ViewIn Shakespeare's tragedy Julius Caesar , the great ruler of Ancient Rome is stabbed to death by a group of conspirators, led by his friend Brutus. Rome was a republic, and the assassins feared Caesar would declare himself king and become a tyrant. They expected support from the ordinary people of Rome, but the plebians loved Caesar and were moved to pity by Mark Antony's stirring funeral oration. In the civil war that followed, Brutus was defeated and took his own life. Macbeth: With notes, characters, plot and exam themesMacbeth: With notes, characters, plot and exam themesOur price: £5.99ViewMacbeth is one of Shakespeare's finest plays, and presents a man's conscience and the effect of guilt on his mind. A dark and bloody play, Macbeth explores reality and illusion; witchcraft and the supernatural; ambition and kingship; the natural order; light and life, darkness and death; blood and dead babies.
Othello: With notes, characters, plot and exam themesOthello: With notes, characters, plot and exam themesOur price: £5.99ViewOthello is one of the most powerful of Shakespeare’s tragedies. It is a thrilling drama about love and hate, trust and betrayal, jealousy and revenge. With its complex themes, and compelling language, it speaks directly to today’s audiences and sparks vigorous debate.Romeo and Juliet: With notes, characters, plot and exam themesRomeo and Juliet: With notes, characters, plot and exam themesRRP: £5.99Our price: £2.99You save: £3.00 (50%)ViewThe play Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy and is based on the long-standing feud between Verona’s two noble families of Montague and Capulet. The prologue to the play warns that Romeo (Montague) and Juliet (Capulet) are ‘star-crossed lovers’. Elizabethan belief was that the stars govern fate, and that the love between Romeo and Juliet will not work out.The Complete Works of William ShakespeareThe Complete Works of William ShakespeareOur price: £9.99ViewWilliam Shakespeare is the best-known writer in all of English literature and has not earned this reputation without reason. This volume contains the complete dramatic works of the literary genius whose work has enthralled audiences since Elizabethan times.
The Merchant of Venice: With notes, characters, plot and exam themesThe Merchant of Venice: With notes, characters, plot and exam themesOur price: £5.99ViewIn The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s most controversial comedy, the merchant Antonio, on behalf of his friend Bassanio, seeks a loan from Shylock. The loan is required to help impress an heiress.Twelfth Night - The Student's ShakespeareTwelfth Night - The Student's ShakespeareRRP: £5.99Our price: £2.99You save: £3.00 (50%)ViewTwelfth Night
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