A modern Shakespearean epic, with an interesting twist.
The ‘most powerful’ Shakespearean tragedy is, by far, “Othello.”
“Othellos’ most powerful moment is when he meets the Queen of England, who gives him the opportunity to become King of France and lead the country,” says author Christopher Moore.
“And the Queen is so impressed by his potential that she asks him to marry her.
That moment is one of the most powerful moments in Shakespeare’s play.
And I think that’s one of his greatest triumphs.”
It’s not just the fact that it’s a Shakespearean classic that makes it so powerful, it’s also the fact the play is based on a real historical event.
I think Othello is one [of the] greatest tragedies of all time, and he’s the most famous Shakespearean actor.
Moore is not alone in believing Othellons story is one that can inspire millions of people.
Shakespearean scholar and author of the upcoming “The New Shakespeare,” John R. Lewis, said Othelons story “has a resonance” with a lot of people and has inspired some great plays in the past.
But while Othels story is the most widely-known and widely-told, there are others that are also inspired by the tragedy, he says.
“There’s the play ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ which is based around this very tragic moment in the life of William Shakespeare, and it’s really popular,” Lewis says.
In fact, Lewis says Shakespeare is “almost synonymous with tragic irony” in a way that many modern-day Shakespeare plays lack.
Lewis, who also co-authored a book about Otheleons play titled “Otto’s Tale” and is a regular contributor to ABC Radio Melbourne, says there are a number of Shakespearean characters that are based on real people.
“It’s interesting to think about how often we have this sort of thing that is very common,” Lewis said.
“I’ve been a Shakespeare expert for a long time, but I can tell you anecdotally that it is not the majority of Shakespeare’s work that people like.
For example, we all know about Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet about a man whose wife is pregnant with his child, which is called ‘Julius Caesar’ and has a lot in common with Othella.
There are many more Shakespearean works that don’t really have a great deal in common but are very famous for it.””
And in fact, I think in the next five years we will have a whole generation of people that are going to look back on Shakespeare as a sort of cultural touchstone,” he says, referencing the upcoming release of “The Bard in the Park,” a new documentary about Shakespeare, which Lewis says will be a great addition to the national Shakespeare festival schedule.”
He’s the patron saint of many of the young people in Australia and they’ll go out and they’re going to learn about him and he’ll be one of those people that they look back at and they go, ‘Oh, that’s just so much like me.'””
But it’s going to be a very important part of our culture,” he added.”
You’re going, ‘oh, that must be Shakespeare!'”
Lewis also said that if he could give a personal example of the ‘most influential’ Shakespeare, it would be Othelfs tale.
“O thelfores tale, I would say that it would have to be ‘The Little Prince,’ because it’s about this little boy who lives in a tower, and the tower is filled with beautiful flowers and the prince is a little bit crazy, and we all learn from him,” Lewis added.