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Happy Birthday Shakespeare Reading List, Graphic Novel Style!

Happy Birthday Shakespeare! I wonder if the bard ever conceived of something like today’s graphic novel? Hopefully he would approve of the following renditions of his work! If you don’t want a graphic novel, scroll down to the bottom for links to his other works.

 

Macbeth -  Set in Scotland in the year 1040, Macbeth is thought by many to be Shakespeare’s finest tragedy – it is certainly one of his best known and most dramatic plays. Macbeth is a general  in King Duncan’s army who is highly thought of amongst his fellow countrymen. Returning victorious from a battle, he encounters three witches who convince him that he will be king of Scotland. When Lady Macbeth learns about this, they formulate an evil plan to secure their future.

The Merchant of Venice - Here is the tale of young Bassanio, who, to win the love of fair Portia, entangles his dearest friend, Antonio, in a dangerous bargain with the moneylender Shylock. Only Bassanio’s heartfelt efforts – and a clever intervention by Portia – will save Antonio from paying Shylock “a pound of flesh.”

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream -  In one of Shakespeare’s funniest, most enduring stories, meddling fairies create unexpected love triangles among a group of teenagers. Hermia is in love with Lysander. Demetrius is in love with Hermia. Helena is in love with Demetrius. Add to the mix Puck, a fairy with a powerful love potion, and chaos is sure to follow. Now everyone’s in love with Helena, Hermia is hopping mad, and the fairy queen Titania is in love with a man with a donkey’s head!

Romeo and Juliet - Ideally suited for the manga format, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy has teenage heroes, scheming and villainous adults, heartbreaking tragedy, and the ultimate romantic plot about star-crossed lovers.

 

 

Here are some other non graphic novel works by Shakespeare. Click to see them in our catalog!
Hamlet  
Julius Caesar
King Lear
Much Ado About Nothing

 

 

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