This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "1 Henry IV," which is also known as "Henry IV, Part 1." In this book, we learn of Prince Hal's friendship with the... More > evil but witty Falstaff, and we see Prince Hal redeem himself at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403.< Less
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing."
In it, Beatrice and Benedick engage in verbal battles each time they meet, and... More > yet they fall in love.< Less
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."
The Capulets and the Montagues — two families, very much alike in most respects — in the... More > beautiful city of Verona, Italy, battle each other because of a long-standing feud. Because of this feud, the hands of the citizens of Verona become dirty with the blood of other citizens of Verona. The two families have given birth to two children — a boy named Romeo and a girl named Juliet — who become ill-fated lovers and commit suicide. The burial of these lovers also buries the quarrel between their two families. These lovers’ story is told in this book.< Less
This is a retelling in prose of William Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night." In it, a pair of twins — a brother and a sister — are separated and each thinks that the other... More > dead. Of course, they end up finding each other, and they end up finding romantic partners. A major supporting character is Malvolio, who is guilty of the sin of pride. Other supporting characters are the alcoholic Sir Toby Belch and the foolish Sir Andrew Aguecheek, as well as the wise fool and jester Feste.
This retelling is in easy-to-read modern English. Readers may find it useful to read before tackling Shakespeare's early English.< Less
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest." This is the last play he wrote by himself, although later he co-wrote two plays with John Fletcher. In "The... More > Tempest," Prospero, who lives on a mostly deserted island with his daughter, Miranda, uses his magic powers to regain his rightful place as Duke of Milan.< Less
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth."
CHAPTER 1: The Temptation of Macbeth
— 1.1 —
In a deserted place above which thunder sounded and... More > lightning flashed, Three Witches were ending their meeting. Nearby, a battle raged, and soldiers and horses screamed and died.
“When shall we three meet again? Shall we meet in thunder and lightning, or in rain?” asked the First Witch.
“We shall meet again after the battle is over. The battle shall have its conquerors, and it shall have its conquered,” answered the Second Witch.
“The battle will end before the Sun sets,” said the Third Witch.
“In which place shall we meet?” asked the First Witch.
“We shall meet upon the heath,” answered the Second Witch.
“There we shall meet Macbeth,” said the Third Witch.
With the Witches were their familiars. Graymalkin was a malevolent spirit in the form of a gray cat, and Paddock was a malevolent spirit in the form of a toad. The familiars were growing restless.< Less
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," whose major theme is love and the silly things it makes us do:
1) Love can make us see a... More > distinction where no real distinction exists.
2) Love can make us desire someone who is totally unsuitable for us.
3) Love can make us blind to the loved one’s faults.
4) Love can make us jealous.
5) Love can make friends enemies.
6) Love can make us quarrelsome.
7) Love can make us fickle.
8) If we are rejected, love can make us have low self-esteem (e.g., Helena).
9) Love can make us chase after someone who hates us.
10) Love can make us attempt to use reason to explain love although love is a nonrational emotion. (Lysander does this.)
11) Love is not irrational, although it can make people act in silly ways. Love is nonrational.
12) One of the best comments on the nonrationality of love is made by Bottom: “And yet, to say the truth, reason / and love keep little company together nowadays.”< Less
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy play titled "As You Like It." In it, Rosalind and Orlando fall instantly in love. Both need to escape separately... More > to the Forest of Arden. There, Rosalind, in disguise as a young man named Ganymede, teaches Orlando about romantic love and how to be a proper husband for her. The romantic comedy ends with four weddings.< Less
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." In it, Katherina vows before God — in the marriage ceremony — to love, honor, and obey her... More > husband, but very quickly she makes it apparent that she is not taking her vow seriously. Her husband, Petruchio, is determined to convince her to take that vow seriously. At the end of this book, Katherina makes a spirited defense of Christian marriage.< Less