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Hamlet

hamlet poster“Hamlet” is the longest and most performed Shakespeare play. The original did not come from Shakespeare. It is based on what was an already popular English play at the time, which in turn was based on European . What Shakespeare did was to turn this story into what many critics say is the most powerful in English literature. There are no happy endings here. How many other stories do you know where all of the main characters end up either killing themselves or being killed?

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(n: plot pl plots) The series of events that form the story in a movie, novel, play, etc. (โครงเรื่อง) 3000

legend(n: legend pl legends) A story from the past that is believed by many people but cannot be proved to be true. (ตำนาน)
(adj: legendary) 1. Mentioned etc in legend. King Arthur is a legendary hero. (ในตำนาน) 2. Very famous because of being very great, good etc. He was a legendary football player. (เป็นตำนาน) 6000

(n: tragedy pl tragedies) 1. A very bad event that causes great sadness and often involves someone's death. (เหตุการณ์ร้ายแรง) 2. A play, movie, etc. that is serious and has a sad ending such as the death of the main character. (โศกนาฏกรรม) 3000

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

a midsummer night's dream“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works. Although some people claim that it has too much adult and/or , I don’t share this view. It is a wonderful which looks at the difficulty of love and the difference between appearance and reality. Note that our story only includes the main . We haven’t included the “play within the play” by the six actors from Athens. This is not important to the main story, and needs to be seen acted out (badly, as in the play) in order to how funny it is.

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(adj: immoral) Not morally good or right; morally evil or wrong. (ซึ่งผิดทำนองคลองธรรม) 6000
The prefix 'im' often means 'not' or 'the opposite of' the word that comes after it. The word moral (ทางศีลธรรม) is concerned with the principles of right and wrong. A moral person is someone who always does what they believe to be the right thing to do. An immoral person does things that they know to be wrong.

(n) The ideas, facts, or images that are in a book, article, speech, movie, etc. (เนื้อหา) 2000

comedy(n: comedy pl comedies) A play, movie, television program, etc., that is meant to make people laugh. (หนังตลก) 3000

(n: plot pl plots) The series of events that form the story in a movie, novel, play, etc. (โครงเรื่อง) 3000

(v: appreciate, appreciates, appreciated, appreciating) 1. To be grateful or thankful for something. 2. To value someone or something highly. 3. To understand or be aware of something. 4. To increase in value. 2000

The Merchant of Venice

the merchant of veniceWe have decided to add a new section to xpressenglish.com that provides Simple English stories from famous Shakespeare plays, designed especially for children. Our first story is the “The Merchant of Venice”. As well as being one of my Shakespeare favorites, it is also one of his most popular plays for performance and study at high-school and university.

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romantic(adj: romantic) 1. Of, relating to, or involving love between two people. (เกี่ยวกับเรื่องรักใคร่) 2. Not realistic or practical; imaginary. (เพ้อฝัน)
(n: romance pl romances) 1. The relationship, actions etc of people who are in love. (เรื่องรักใคร่) 2. A feeling of mystery or excitement. (ความโลดโผน) 5000

comedy(n: comedy pl comedies) A play, movie, television program, etc., that is meant to make people laugh. (หนังตลก) 3000