my personal favorite is a midsummer night's dream. i just love the magical atmosphere that is created. whenever i read it, i get very vivid images of a magical, enchanted forests, fairy sprites, and the like. it almost seems to put me under a spell. what's amazing is that there's no real physical description of the environment and i still find it more enchanting than almost any other fantasy I've read.
What really makes the play is Brutus' struggle between his love for Caesar and his love for Rome, and the opposing personality of Cassius. Brutus and Cassius are just a really great pairing.
Also there are instances of amazing imagery and poetry, which is cool given that the dialogue in the play tends to be more down to earth than most of shakespeare's plays. One of my favorite passages:
I could be well moved if I were as you. If I could pray to move, prayers would move me. But I am constant as the northern star, Of whose true-fixed and resting quality There is no fellow in the firmament. The skies are painted with unnumbered sparks. They are all fire and every one doth shine, But there’s but one in all doth hold his place. So in the world.
Othello, to make something so dramatic for something so pure is extremely difficult. As it is written no one is fit to play the three main roles perfectly. The dual Iago just makes it have so much more meaning.
>>7641982 Hamlet because is one of the longer ones and yet there isn't anthing extra (like a shoehorned scene to make sure sn actor had time to change and drink a little) to it nor missing. It touches upon the hypocrisy of the world with an existential dialectic, it has a drama in its drama that mocks how everything is just pretending, it has death, madness and logic that is taken by crazyness...
Also the Tempest because is his last one and he knew it.
"Now my charms are all o'erthrown, And what strength I have’s mine own, Which is most faint. Now, ’tis true, I must be here confined by you, Or sent to Naples. Let me not, Since I have my dukedom got And pardoned the deceiver, dwell In this bare island by your spell, But release me from my bands With the help of your good hands. Gentle breath of yours my sails Must fill, or else my project fails, Which was to please. Now I want Spirits to enforce, art to enchant, And my ending is despair, Unless I be relieved by prayer, Which pierces so that it assaults Mercy itself and frees all faults. As you from crimes would pardoned be, Let your indulgence set me free."
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