As the title. I’ve tried to include all the biggies from his comedies, tragedies and histories - as well as included the mandatory ‘other’ option and an option for those who don’t care for old Bill.
Say what you like about Bill, he was rather prolific. At school we mainly looked at his comedies (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night), which I think was a big mistake - looking back, I can’t stand them. The jokes fall totally flat and the puns are unbearable. Mind you, I can’t exactly blame him - in 500 years I’m sure people will be scratching their heads at The Simpsons. “The goggles, they do nothing”?
I have to say from my fairly limited readings, that my favourite bits tend to be in Hamlet - the famous “To be, or not to be…” soliloquy is found here, as well as “What a piece of work is man…”, both iconic Shakespearian lines.
I also like the “If you prick me, do I not bleed?” bit in The Merchant of Venice, although the overall antisemitic overcurrent in the play leaves a bad taste in the mouth these days. Henry V wins in terms of pure badassery.
My reading of the bard is still very limited, so what say the more literate Dopers?