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The Power of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - The Power of The Winter's Tale        Many of Shakespeare's later plays broke with customs of genre. The Merchant of Venice has all the elements of a comedy, but deals with very grave matters and ends ambiguously. Pericles foreshadows the novel in its romantic plot and use of narration. Such plays challenged prevalent Renaissance literary theory which demanded fairly strict adherence to classical values of realism and unity. The Winter's Tale is a self-conscious violation of these expectations, and a jibe at the assumptions behind them....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale In Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, the playwright introduces his audience to a world blending natural imagery with that of ancient religion. Appearing as nature’s child, Perdita fails to realize her own identity and does not recognize that the flowers she describes mimic her own image. Just as gillyvors are a result of crossbreeding, the shepherdess is essentially one of nature’s bastards since she eventually discovers Porrus has been an adoptive father for her, and Leontes is her biological father....   [tags: William Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays] 1535 words
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The Importance of Time in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - The Importance of Time in The Winter's Tale   Leon. No foot shall stir. Paul. Music, awake her; strike. [Music] Tis time; descend; be stone no more; approach; Strike all that look upon with marvel. Come. I'll fill your grave up: stir, nay, come away: Bequeath to death your numbness; for from him Dear life redeems you. You perceive she stirs: --The Winter's Tale (V.iii.98-103)   Unlike most of Shakespeare's earlier plays, The Winter's Tale moves from tragedy to comedy. The disastrous consequences of Leontes' jealousy and tyranny are resolved by the passing of time....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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Forces of Nature in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - Forces of Nature in The Winter's Tale       "A sad tale's best for winter," young Mamillius declares (2.1, 25). So ominously begins Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, a story that the audience is immediately tempted to deem a tragedy. However, unlike many of Shakespeare's other later works, which accrue more and more tragedy as the play progresses, The Winter's Tale begins tragically, but concludes happily. The play contains strong elements of both comedy and tragedy, and the course appears to be dictated by the character's relationship with Nature or her representatives....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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The Dark Comic Vision of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - The Dark Comic Vision of The Winter’s Tale       Although Shakespeare’s plays are generally categorized according to their adherence to the formulaic definitions of histories, romances, comedies, or tragedies, there are several plays that complicate the task of fitting neatly into these groupings. Many literary critics, in fact, have singled out a handful of plays and labeled them ‘Problem Plays’ because they do not fall easily into any of the four categories, though they do loosely adhere to the predicated ‘formula’ of the genre under which they appear in the Folios....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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Romance and Tragedy in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - Romance and Tragedy in The Winter's Tale      In The Winter's Tale, the line between romance and tragedy runs thin and almost blends together. The romantic ending would not be possible without the tragic beginning. For example, how could the romance between Leontes and Hermione take place in the end without the almost tragic mistake that Leontes makes in the first three acts of the play. Specific characters are responsible for the way the play turns out, with or without the help of the Fates....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - The Characters of Hermione, Perdita, and Paulina in The Winters Tale Although Hermione is one of the main characters, we see very little of her in the play. She is horribly betrayed by her husband, but we never really see her feelings on the subject. In many other plays, Shakespeare uses asides and soliloquies to give insight into the characters mind. Hermione must be having complex and very troubling thoughts, but we never see them. Hermione is in Act I Scene ii where she plays the perfect royal hostess....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays] 832 words
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Power of Men in William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - Power of Men in William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale It has been said that in "The Winter's Tale" Shakespeare dramatises the contemporary struggle between masculine and feminine power. In light of this comment, examine the presentation of the relationships between men and women. Despite their many differences, contemporary society is now only beginning to realise their equal and respective roles in society. Since the beginning of time a contemporary struggle for equality has been present between masculine and feminine powers....   [tags: European Literature Shakespeare Winter's Tale]
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Art and Nature in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale - Art and Nature in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale In Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”, we see a jealous king convinced he is search of the truth. He will expose his wife and her alleged philandering, but his determination to prove this actually changes this search from one for truth to one for myths—creations, false truths. In essence. Leontes runs into the conflict of defining art versus nature, where art is the view of the world he constructs to prove his paranoia true. Nature itself can exist without art, but the art here is the mangled perception through which Leontes will seek to define Nature....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter Tale Essays] 1325 words
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Relationships Between Men and Women in The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare - Relationships Between Men and Women in The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare The Winter's Tale was written in 1611, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The play is one of Shakespeare's romance titles, though it could be more justly referred to as a 'tragi-comedy' due to the instances of accusation, death, repentance and reunion. To successfully study how Shakespeare presents relationships between men and women in The Winter's Tale there are four main relationships to examine - Hermione and Leontes, Paulina and Antigonus, Perdita and Florizel, and Leontes and Paulina....   [tags: Papers Winter Tale Shakespeare Essays]
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Hermione in A Winter´s Tale by Shakespeare - ... Hermione and Leontes’ only son falls ill and soon dies, which is what is told to cause the death of Hermione. Her friend Paulina, the level-headed, hopeful and magical character in the play, explains that Hermione has died of a broken heart. Her daughter is sent away to be banished in the woods. After these series of events it is explained that sixteen years has passed between scenes. The daughter, Perdita has been brought up by a Shepherd and has become beautiful young lady. She meets King Polixenes’ son, prince Florizel, where they instantly fall in love....   [tags: romance, tragic, died, resurrected, alive] 537 words
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The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare Shakespeare creates many topics for discussion throughout his play, The Winter's Tale. For many of these themes, multiple viewpoints can be derived from the thoughts, words, and actions of the characters in the play. The reasoning for Shakespeare's title is indeed one of the aforementioned topics. Firstly, the title helps to set the stage for which the play takes place. Numerous references hint to the fact that the play is staged mostly during the winter season or close to it....   [tags: Papers] 751 words
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Misfortune and Comedy in Shakespeare's Play, A Winter's Tale - ... However, strangely none of the deaths occur on stage, rather both deaths are announced to the king through someone else. Paulina being the most important of the messengers, for she was the one caring for both Hermione and Mamillius. The way in which she announces Hermione’s death is peculiar, “I say she's dead; I'll swear it. If word nor oath prevail not, go and see: if you can bring tincture or luster in her lip, her eye, heat outwardly or [breathe] within” (50). She confirms that Hermione is in fact dead, but still want Leontes to go forth and see for himself....   [tags: suffering, death, revenge] 1071 words
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A Review of The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare - A Review of The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare Before I actually saw The Winter's Tale, I was apprehensive about whether I would be able to follow the play or whether I would be confused, as it would be using the Shakespearian language. I also wondered whether and how the Sixth Form and the director had developed the play to try and involve the audience more, as there was a language barrier. The play was going to be performed by the Sixth Form in the school hall, so this gave me a feeling that it would not be a very effective performance as it was performed by amateurs....   [tags: Papers] 1384 words
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Feminist Reading of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - A Feminist Reading of The Winter’s Tale       In the Shakespearean tragedies we have studied, we have been exposed to tragic male protagonists who create their own downfall. Within these tragedies, Shakespeare's female characters are vested with varying degrees of power in relation to the tragic heroes. In looking back at Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, The Winter's Tale can be seen as an extension of the exploration into the nature of women and power broached in his earlier tragedies, as well as an amendment for the misogynistic attitudes they contain....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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A Pagan's Perspective in The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare - A Pagan's Perspective in The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale depicts a family torn apart as a result of the jealous actions of Leontes, the King of Sicilia. The actions and personality of Leontes can also be observed in Greek Tragedies by Homer and Sophocles. The relationship between the members of the royal family portray direct and subtle parallels to the Classical works before it. Louis Martz comments on the parallels between The Winter's Tale and Greek tragedies in his article: Shakespeare's Humanist Enterprise: The Winter's Tale....   [tags: Papers] 795 words
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Feminist Perspective of Paulina in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - A Feminist Perspective of Paulina in The Winter's Tale      Feminist criticism explores gender themes in literature, assesses the worth of female characters, promotes unknown women writers, and interprets the canon from a politically-charged perspective. Shakespeare has proven more difficult to categorize than other white male masters of the written word, precisely because of the humanity of his female characters. Critic Kathleen McLuskie urges feminists to "assert the power of resistance, subverting rather than co-opting the domination of the patriarchal Bard" (McLuskie 106)....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Act 3 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - Act 3 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale In Act 3 Scene 2, Shakespeare uses the climax of the courtroom scene as a device to conclude the first half of the play. The preceding acts lead up to the courtroom scene where many of the audience’s questions are answered. Will Hermione be found innocent. And will Leontes realise and admit his mistakes. Both the courtiers’, present in this scene and the audience reach the courtroom scene with the expectation that sanity will prevail....   [tags: Papers] 1713 words
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Essay on Jealousy in Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and Winter's Tale - Jealousy in Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and Winter's Tale   The common thread of jealousy ties together the main plots in Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and The Winter's Tale. In each of these plays, the main conflict is centered around some form of jealousy. While jealousy is the mutual, most prominent cause for turmoil in these plays, its effects on the characters, and ultimately the plots, is different in each case. This difference has much to do with the way in which the concept of jealousy is woven into each play, and what it is intended to accomplish....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays shakespeare] 875 words
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The Winter's Tale, The Remains of the Day, & The Great Gatsby - All three texts portray leading characters who suffer due to flaws within their own personalities; however, it could be argued that the flaws these individuals fall victim to are directly a product of their environments rather than being innate within themselves. These texts were written between 1623 and 1989 and depict figures from all levels of the social hierarchy; from a King in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale to a servant in Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and a socialite in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, showing that falling victim to a weakness within one’s own character is not an experience exclusive to one era or one class of people....   [tags: Protagonists, Character Fates, Flaws]
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Female Betrayal in The Winter's Tale compared to Iago in Othello - ... Othello’s concerns here are his heart, his pride, and his power. Othello main concerns when confronted with the actions of his wife are his heart. Othello is self-conscious, often presenting himself as an outsider. He is in a position of power that would not be expected of someone of his nationality. For this reason many people dislike him and think less of him. Othello reflects other people’s views of himself in his character. As white people think less of him, he seems to think more of them....   [tags: fantasies, jeolousy, pregnancy] 673 words
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Free Will vs. Fate in The Winter's Tale - The Winter's Tale The Winter's Tale is one of jealousy, betrayal and redemption. While this story involves many characters and opens questions of the flaws in human nature and the power of forgiveness, there are two main characters of particular anomaly. The actions of Leontes and Perdita in this play are unique unto themselves. As King, Leontes' every decision weighs heavily upon the court and his country. As we have seen in several other plays by Shakespeare, when the King is in distress, Nature herself is disrupted....   [tags: European Literature] 1644 words
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Critique of The Winter's Tale - Critique of The Winter's Tale The Winter's Tale is a perfect tragicomedy. Set in an imaginary world where Bohemia has a seacoast, and where ancient Greek oracles coexist with Renaissance sculptors, it offers three acts of unremitting tragedy, followed by two acts of restorative comedy. In between, sixteen years pass hastily, a lapse which many critics have taken as a structural flaw, but which actually only serves to highlight the disparity of theme, setting, and action between the two halves of the play....   [tags: Papers] 482 words
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How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By Florizell: The Winter's Tale - The Winter’s Tale begins with Leontes accusing his wife of adultery, one of the worst accusations a man can make against his wife, Hermione. Not only does he accuse his wife, but he says his childhood friend is the man she has been sleeping with and that his son and the child Hermione is carrying are not his. If that is not enough of a shock, Leontes then tells Antigonus to take his daughter and have her burned to death, only to change his mind and finally decides to have her left in the woods....   [tags: Stephen Greenblatt, literary analysis]
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The Character of Leontes in The Winter's Tale - As Leontes makes his first appearance in Shakespeare's `The Winter's Tales', the reader is confronted by an aggressively insecure character. His conversation with the more relaxed Polixenes is illustrative of this. Polixenes, in his anxiety to leave, explains that he has overstayed his welcome; `Besides, I have stay'd To tire you royalty' Polixenes' suggestion is clearly a polite one, a non-threatening exclamation of gratitude. However, in a representation of his competitive character, Leontes mis-comprehends this as a challenge; `We are tougher, brother, Tha you can put us to't' The friendship that Camillo pointed out in Scene 1; `an affection which cannot choose but branch now', a...   [tags: European Literature] 652 words
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The Winters Tale: The Tragedy Within A Romance - The Winter's Tale: The Tragedy Within A Romance In 1623, the complete works of Shakespeare were published in the First Folio. Within this Folio were the works of Shakespeare categorized by their genre. There were tragedies, histories, comedies, and the final four were romances. Prior to this time, romance was not a widespread genre in anyone's writings. We can see by means of the "genealogy" of writing, that the romance we know today was created through the combination of the Greek novels and Shakespearean comedies....   [tags: essays research papers] 421 words
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Shakespeare Moot Court Project - Shakespeare in My Canada Desmond Manderson and Paul Yachnin created the Shakespeare Moot Court Project in 2002, aimed at exploring the interpretative nature of law and literature in relation to Shakespeare. In this court, Shakespeare is law; his plays and sonnets form a body of law used to argue cases of various topics. In 2003-2004, the project took on the issue of same-sex marriage in “Love on Trial: Same Sex Marriage and the Law of Shakespeare.” Halpern v. Attorney General of Canada, a case from 2002 that challenged the heterosexual definition of marriage in Ontario, was the starting point of the project....   [tags: William Shakespeare]
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Romance in Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors - Comedy of Errors - Romance What is so interesting about Shakespeare's first play, The Comedy of Errors, are the elements it shares with his last plays. The romances of his final period (Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest) all borrowed from the romantic tradition, particularly the Plautine romances. So here, as in the later plays, we have reunions of lost children and parents, husbands and wives; we have adventures and wanderings, and the danger of death (which in this play is not as real to us as it is in the romances)....   [tags: Shakespeare Comedy of Errors Essays] 613 words
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From Playwright to Production: the Process of Recreating Shakespeare - From Playwright to Production: the Process of Recreating Shakespeare Works Cited Missing A full understanding of Shakespeare's plays is arrived at through the process of imaginatively recreating them. Reading a play, or watching a production, or being involved in a production, or reading what someone else has to say is not enough fully grasp any given play. All of these things must be done to achieve a deeper comprehension. On the following pages I will try to organize my ten week Shakespearean experience by drawing parallels between my own experience and the experience of the rude mechanicals and royal audience of A Midsummer Night's Dream....   [tags: William Shakespeare Essays] 3337 words
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Family Trust in William Shakespeare's Plays - Family Trust in William Shakespeare's Plays Family is meant to care for each other, love each other unconditionally, and support each other. Of course, as any holiday at home can prove, complete support is not always possible. Sometimes family members hurt each other and even, in worst-case scenarios, kill each other over issues as important as protecting another or as petty as fighting over a boy. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, and The Winter’s Tale, if family members operate with selfish motives, they hurt the hero and contribute to his fall; but if the family supports each other with only love, the hero can redeem himself from his fall and even s...   [tags: Family Trust William Shakespeare Essays] 2422 words
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Biography of William Shakespeare - ... In 1597 he purchased the second largest house in Stratford which he called New Place. William Shakespeare wrote a series of popular stage plays. Manny of his work including “Romeo and Juliet” and “Macbeth” are still read and performed around the world, and some doubts are there about if someone used to write the plays and poets for him. William Shakespeare’s name became a selling point. William Shakespeare’s career is divided into four periods.Beginning with what is referred to as an experimental period starting around 1591 and ending around 1593 which includes Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen...   [tags: Anne Hathaway, the foil] 770 words
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Shakespeare's Jealous Husbands - Response to Shakespeare’s Jealous Husbands: Othello and Leontes In Shakespeare’s Jealous Husbands: Othello and Leontes by Paul Dean is a play that dramatized the comparison on how Jealousy in Othello with Jealousy in Shakespeare’s late romance The Winter’s Tale, serves as a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change for further action. Shakespeare’s ideas about jealousy came from a variety of literary and cultural traditions, beginning with narrative of the Fall as he read it in the Book of Genesis and as he saw it in the medieval mystery plays still being performed during his adolescence....   [tags: Othello, Leontes, Response, Literary Analysis]
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The Shakespeare Room - The Shakespeare Room The Life of Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to John Shakespeare and his wife, Mary Arden. His father was weathly and held a number of municipal offices. Shakespeare received a good education, but he did not go to the university as many other writers of his time did. Some of these writers ridiculed him and his work because of this. One such example of this ridicule is a pamplet that was published in 1592 by Robert Greene, a famous playwright. In this pamphlet, Greene criticized Shakespeare and his work, a criticism that seems to come mostly from jealosy....   [tags: Essays Papers] 660 words
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The Life Of William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays in his lifetime. These plays included comedies, histories, and tragedies. The plays contain vivid characters of all types and from many walks of life (World Book I). Shakespeare's works contain kings, pickpockets, drunkards, generals, hired killers, shepherds, and philosophers. Shakespeare's plays have been divided into four different periods of which he wrote plays. The first period lasted from 1590 to 1594. In this period he wrote Comedy of Errors, Henry VI, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and King John....   [tags: Papers] 765 words
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Feminism and the Shakespeare's Works - Feminism and the Shakespeare's Works By examining Shakespeare’s treatment of familial ties in his plays The Life and Death of King John and The Winter’s Tale, we can see how his attitudes and opinions towards family relationships evolved. In King John (written between 1594 and 1596), Shakespeare adopts what was then a fairly conventional attitude towards family relationships: his characters never question the highly patriarchal family hierarchy. They also assume that the majority of wives will be unfaithful, simply because they are female—however, they take the charge of adultery rather lightly....   [tags: Papers] 2229 words
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Life of Shakespeare - Well-known throughout the world, the works of William Shakespeare have been performed in countless theatres in different hamlets, villages, and cities for more than 400 years. And yet, the person behind it is somewhat of a mystery to us. The only sources we have of his life are either his work (plays, poems and sonnets) or church and court records However, these only provide an outline and brief sketches of certain events in his life and provide little on the person who experienced those events....   [tags: plays, tragedy, writer] 1014 words
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William Shakespeare - “More is known about Shakespeare than any other professional dramatist of his time (2).” He was born in the small English town of Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of seven, Shakespeare attended a strict, high-status grammar school. Students studied Latin, since it was necessary in the time to have a successful career, and attended classes nine hours per day, almost entirely year round. In November 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. At the time, he was 18, and she was 26. In Early 1585, Anne gave birth to twins, a girl Judith, and a boy Hamnet (1)....   [tags: essays research papers] 633 words
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William Shakespeare or A Different Author? - When books are thought of, it's usually by the author. The author comes up with the ideas for the plot, storyline, characters,etc. But with shakespeare, that's seems to be a different case. Throughout the past couple of years, there has been something known as the “Authorship Debate”. People seem to be coming up with theories that Shakespeare himself, didn't write the play, but someone else. During that era, if you were of high standing, you weren't allowed to write without facing some sort of prejudice....   [tags: Playwright, Poet]
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Zeffirelli and Luhrmann on Movies About Romeo and Juliet - Two directors, (Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann), alike in dignity, forge a motion picture of splendid taste. One ancient view of love to one modern, from Shakespearean play it is based. From forth these remarkable lines, they say, is the moment true love is on display. The two star-crossed lovers make their haste, to say the words that in public disgrace. But, both these directors have their own view, on what they want love to mean to just you. Comparing, contrasting, how they differ, these films are both great, not one clear winner....   [tags: comparative, shakespeare] 794 words
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The Three Tales of Cymbeline - The Three Tales of Cymbeline Cymbeline has always been a difficult play to categorize. The original collection of Shakespeare's plays, "The First Folio" (published in 1623), classifies it as a tragedy; modern editors have revised that to comedy, and to distinguish it further from other comedies, it is also referred to, along with The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, and Pericles, as a romance. Of course, like so many other plays of Shakespeare, these classifications are only guidelines rather than definitions, for an attempt to analyze a work of art according to somewhat arbitrary classifications is to diminish the very essence - its originality - that makes it a work of a...   [tags: Shakespeare Cymbeline Essays] 750 words
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Shakespeare And Catholicism - By researching the life and writings of William Shakespeare, it can be shown that many Christian values and beliefs are displayed through his literary works. In order to understand the religious content in Shakespeare's work it is helpful to first understand what the religious environment in England was like around Shakespeare's time. England, ever since it was ruled by the Romans, had been a Catholic nation. Before Shakespeare's lifetime, a drastic change occurred that completely upended the existing Catholicism of the English people....   [tags: essays research papers] 1258 words
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The Fairy-tale of If on a winter's night a traveler - The Fairy-tale of If on a winter's night a traveler       In the past, fairy-tales have been a major form of writing for the great minds of the imaginative authors of the world. In search of cultural roots, much of Europe focused on its folktale and fairy-tales. However, Early Modern and Contemporary Italy took its tales and changed, manipulated, and combined them, having dissimilar concerns as the other societies of Europe. Influenced by his nation's overall approach to its heritage, Italo Calvino, in his novel If on a winter's night a traveler, is blatantly provided with a fundamental structure, plot, and theme through his use of the fairy-tale....   [tags: If on a winter's night a traveler]
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Did William Shakespeare Write the Plays and Sonnets or Not? - ... De Vere was born into the world of wealth, so he had vast experience of what the real world was and even graduated college. It is said that “De Vere possessed the classical learning and knowledge of the law, music, Italian culture and aristocratic sports that feature so prominently in the Shakespeare canon” (“Edward”). De Vere also wrote poetry and was acknowledged as a playright, just like Shakespeare. To make it even better, Vere was an actor in his own troupe, the “Oxford Boys”. They performed at the Blackfriar theatre, which he owned, and were rivals of The Globe (“De Vere”)....   [tags: pseudonym, authorship debate]
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Jealousy in Shakespeare's Othello - Jealousy in Othello Shakespeare’s play, Othello is mostly concentrated upon one particular evil. The action concerns sexual jealousy. And although human sinfulness is such that, jealousy ceaselessly touches on other forms of depravity, the center of the interest always returns in Othello to the destruction of the love through jealousy, so for that reason in this essay I'm going to talk about the jealousy in which almost everybody in this play is going through. In the play Othello we can fine like a battle that is realized through a taut narrative of jealousy and murder....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 730 words
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Fairy Tales Influence My Writing - I grew up on fairy tales. I was told stories, poems, shown movies and sung lullabies. Fairy tales have been a big part of my life so far, and I hope that they will continue in this way. Fairy tales come in different forms. Some are nursery rhymes, others are ballads, and still others are scary stories that make children – and some adults for that matter – quiver in fear. As a child I was brought up on the good kind of fairy tales, the ones that despite having a villain, the hero always won. The fairy tales that had musicals and happy, picturesque scenes of animation....   [tags: brothers grimm, disney, shakespeare] 770 words
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William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare Born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. His father John Shakespeare and his mother Mary Arden. W.S. was able to attend grammer school and learned Greek and Latin classics (this is comparable to college education today). At age 14 his father lost the family fortune and remained poor until his death At 18 he married Anne Hathaway in 1582. She was 26 years old. They had three children Suzanne(1583) and the twins Hamnet and Judith(1585). In his mid-twenties he left Stratford(supposedly because of poaching on the Queen's land) for London....   [tags: essays research papers] 452 words
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Shakespeare?s Sonnets: The Theme Of Love - Shakespeare’s poems are the monument of a remarkable genius but they are also the monuments of a remarkable age. The greatness of Shakespeare’s achievement was largely made possible by the work of his immediate predecessors, Sidney and Spenser. Shakespeare’s sonnets are intensely personal and are records of his hopes and fears, love and friendships, infatuations and disillusions that in turn acquire a universal quality through their intensity. The vogue of the sonnet in the Elizabethan age was brief but was very intense....   [tags: essays research papers] 1232 words
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Supernaturalism in Hamlet - According to the Oxford dictionary the word supernaturalism is defined as “(a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature” 1. But for some writers it is the element that sets their stories successfully in motion. To some it is the question of similarity between the plots of the two famous tragedies, “The Spanish Tragedy”, written between 1582 and 1592 by Thomas Kyd and Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which was written between 1599 and 1602. But if you dig deeper in, what interests most is the supernaturalism and its effects on the plays....   [tags: Literary Analysis, William Shakespeare]
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