The crowd in the natural amphitheater collectively holds its breath while Wilhelm Tell, the mythical Swiss hero, draws his arrow, aiming directly at an apple resting on his son's head. He releases the bow, and the arrow goes flying, a hundred paces in the air, before it stabs the apple straight on, knocking it to the ground. With this act, Wilhelm and his child, Walter, have avenged the Austrian tyrant and his evil vice regent, Herman Gessler.
Because of this, Wilhelm Tell is the Swiss national hero. The story, of how Tell helped Switzerland gain its independence, was told by the famous 18th century German playwright Friedrich Schiller. Since his story depicts history as well as legend, the dra...Read More