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Fortune in Chaucer's Troilus and Cressida - Lady Fortune and her wheel are two of the most enduring symbols in mankind’s history. Witness the popular game show, Wheel of Fortune. While it may seem silly, it proves that something of this concept has stayed with in our psyche, even today. The question of fortune is paramount is Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Chaucer gives the reader characters with completely conflicting ideas of Lady Fortune and her affect on their lives. By examining Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy, the reader can hope to find an answer for these differing views on fortune....   [tags: Chaucer Troilus Cressida Essays]
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Troilus and Cressida - Troilus and Cressida Assessing the sources of Troilus and Cressida, it is usual to separate them according to their specific historical or literary influence. Caxton's 1474 Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye and Lydgate's Troy Book, as well as Chapman's seven book translation of the Iliad are cited as sources of the historical matter of the play, all with their antecedents in earlier treatments of Trojan history: Dares, Dictys and Guido's 1271 Historia Troiana. Literary influences include, of course, Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, and Henryson's Testament of Crisseid (which were published under one author until the early 18th century), and to an extent, Chapman's Homer....   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays] 1055 words
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The Significance of "Tickle" in Troilus and Cressida - William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida is a play filled with marked variations of tone. The language ranges across the gamut from satirical to anticlimactic to dignified to tragic. This explains, to some extent, the level of difficulty that commentators have had in classifying the work. A close reading of the word choice and sense of tone in the play contributes a great deal to a better understanding of its meaning. Analysis of particular word choice should be, in fact, a very important consideration when attempting to understand Shakespeare's works....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ] 1887 words
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Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida - Shakespeare’s works are some of the finest examples of Tragedy and Comedy from the English cannon of literature. The reason that his works are so poignant and reflective is his use of both emotions in order to progress the other. In his interpretation of Troilus and Cressida the traditional story of tragic love and loss are peppered with irony and satire in order to address topical issues of Gender roles, Government action/inaction, and hero worship through juxtaposition and humor. The character of Troilus before Shakespeare’s play can be seen as a perfect archetype for the tragic romantic....   [tags: Tragedy, Comedy, Gender Roles]
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Essay About the Love Theme in Troilus and Cressida - The Love Theme in Troilus and Cressida The love theme in Troilus and Cressida is undramatic, lacks plot interest and suspense since Shakespeare was concerned with portraying characters and the sketching of their emotions. Only a sad ending is likely since the audience already knows the outline of the story, the separation of the lovers. There are characters' utterances and actions which emphasise how an ironic undertone features throughout the play especially in the first two scenes in the presentation of idealised Cressida being undercut by Pandar and by Cressida herself....   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays] 1626 words
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Comparing Sexuality in All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, and Troilus and Cressida - Female Sexuality in All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, and Troilus and Cressida      Although strict chronology is a problematic proposition, most scholars believe that the problem plays - All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, and Troilus and Cressida - were composed in the period between Hamlet and Othello (Mabillard), a period in which Shakespeare was focusing his energies on his great tragedies.  This fact, some believe, may help to account for the darker mood of these ostensible comedies.  In fact, Boas, the critic who coined the term "problem play," originally included Hamlet in this grouping, since he found a similarity of theme and irresolution between that p...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Chaucer and Shakespeare - Two of the greatest masters of British literature, Shakespeare and Chaucer, tended to look to the classics when searching for inspiration. A lesser-known example of this lies in an ancient tale from Greece about two star-crossed lovers. There are many variations on the names of these lovers, but for the purpose of solidarity, they shall henceforth be referred to as “Troilus and Criseyde” for Chaucer and “Troilus and Cressida” for Shakespeare. Chaucer’s “Troilus and Criseyde” offers up a classic tale of love that is doomed, whereas Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida” is not only tragic but also biting in its judgment and representation of characters....   [tags: British literature, Troilus and Cressida, tale]
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Betrayal and Love - Betrayal and Love William Shakespeare is a famous writer who wrote many plays. Most people would concur he is the greatest writer of all time. His plays fall under the categories of histories, comedies, and tragedies. Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy, but many would say it is not because Troilus does not die. Instead a noble fighter named Hector dies. Betrayal, love, and love causing betrayal is expressed in Troilus and Cressida when Cressida betrays Troilus by not railing against the Greeks, Troilus falling in love with Cressida, and in a way, Paris betraying the Trojans because he would not give up Helen which made the Trojans continue fighting....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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The Character of Criseyde in Troilus and Criseyde - The Character of Criseyde in Troilus and Criseyde       Criseyde is a woman that is easily manipulated by male characters throughout Troilus and Criseyde. Despite being taken advantage of often, she takes advantage of each fall, making it into joy.   The first important passage is when Pandarus first approaches Criseyde on behalf of Troilus. At the beginning on Pandarus' pleading, Criseyde is reluctant to accept Troilus. She has her doubts about the entire affair as any sane girl would. She exclaims that Pandarus is placing a double standard on her by saying she should get to know Troilus knowing his intentions are to love her....   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays]
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Courtly Love in Troilus and Criseyde - Courtly Love in Troilus and Criseyde        Courtly love was a popular theme in literary works and poetry in thirteenth century Europe.  Andreas Capellanus, chaplain to Marie de France and author of the classic The Art of Courtly Love defines courtly love as "...a certain inborn suffering derived from the sight of and excessive meditation upon the beauty of the opposite sex, which causes each one to wish above all things the embraces of the other and by common desire to carry out all of love's precepts in the other's embrace."   In reality, courtly love was no more than an explicit court of rules for committing adultery.  However, in literary works, the basis of chivalry became the prese...   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays]
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Influence of Boethius on Troilus and Criseyde - Influence of Boethius on Troilus and Criseyde Around 524, the Christian philosopher Boethius awaited his death. During the last stage of his life, he composed one of the most influential writings of the Medieval period: The Consolation of Philosophy. C.S. Lewis says of the work, "To acquire a taste for it is almost to become naturalized in the Middle Ages" (Lewis 75). Over 800 years later, Geoffrey Chaucer, one of the most highly praised authors in the English language, would draw upon Boethius to compose his finest work, Troilus and Criseyde....   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays] 1065 words
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Poynte in Troilus and Criseyde - Poynte in Troilus and Criseyde       Poynte Book III of Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde is marked by attentive description of the clandestine first encounter of Trolius and Criseyde at Trolius' bedside. The narrator spares his audience few details in the portrait, recounting extensive dialogue and even the physical mannerisms of the two characters. Chaucer's carefully chosen language and integration of literary vocabulary "echo[es] the concern of the medieval author to elaborate his text by the use of the ornaments of rhetoric" (Burnley, 162)....   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays]
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Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde - Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde is a very widely applauded work of poetry. His works, which include the extensive Canterbury Tales, have a history of being appealing to a variety of people, from the members of the Court to the lesser population. This, some would say, would probably be because Chaucer chooses to direct his writings at all types of characters through the medium of language topical issues and style, but Troilus and Criseyde is a work vastly culminating towards a fairly restricted audience....   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays]
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Images of Love in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde - Images of Love in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde       The image of love created by Chaucer in Book I of "Troilus and Criseyde" is one which elicits pity rather than admiration. Yet, the poet professes to serve and celebrate the God of Love. Is the superficially motivated but all-consuming passion sparked in Troilus meant to serve as a warning to other lovers or a model. With the presence of several narrative interjections by the poet himself suggesting a method of interpretation, clearly some emphasis is placed upon an audience's ability to learn from "The double sorwe of Troilus" (1)....   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays]
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Ambiguity and Understanding of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde - Ambiguity and Understanding of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde         One of the aspects of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde that seemed most confusing at first was the apparent ambiguity or complete lack of motivation that the author provides for the main characters. Chaucer provides little explanation for why his major characters act the way that they do; when he does, his explanations are often ambiguous or contradictory. Pandarus is an excellent example of a character whose motives are ambiguous....   [tags: Essays on Troilus and Criseyde]
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Courtly Love Conventions in Troilus and Creseyde - Courtly Love Conventions in Troilus and Creseyde         From the beginning the reader knows that "Troilus and Criseyde" is both a romance and a tragedy, for if the name of the poem and the setting of doomed Troy are not enough of a clue, Chaucer's narrator tells us so explicitly. This is a tale of:   The double sorwe of Troilus to tellen, ... In lovying, how his aventures fellen Fro wo to wele, and after out of joie2   This waxing and waning of Troilus' and Criseyde's happiness in love allows Chaucer to explore the different manifestations of love in his contemporary society, and what the costs of loving might be....   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays]
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Narrative Frames and Interpretive Models in Troilus and Criseyde - Narrative Frames and Interpretive Models in Troilus and Criseyde         Interpretive certainty is purposely elusive in Geoffrey Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde". Meaning within the text is convoluted and continually renegotiated. Any attempt to design a singular coherent stable source of meaning is problematic at best. Throughout the work, narrative frames are broken and reordered and the validity of any fixed interpretive model is challenged. Virtually every broad thematic discussion developed is potentially qualified or compromised by the presence of a key figure, the narrator of the poem....   [tags: Troilus Criseyde Essays]
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Troilus And Criseyde And The Book Of The Duchess - Geoffrey Chaucer has successfully developed several themes which are seen throughout his works. Although the literary techniques that Chaucer uses are not his own, these themes which reoccur are in the one of a kind style which defines Chaucer's works. In both Troilus and Criseyde and The Book of the Duchess, the characters of Troilus and the Black Knight go through heartache and sorrow because of a love they once had but both lost. Both characters are young and naive when it comes to matters of the heart and leave their fate in the hands of Cupid and Fortune....   [tags: Chaucer Geoffrey] 1054 words
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Troilus and Criseyde Love Analysis - Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde focuses on Troilus role as a lover. The story relates to Troilus romance build on inside the framework of courtly love. Courtly love was a popular and common theme in literary works in the thirteenth century. Usually, courtly love is defined to be a secret between members of nobility. Criseyde is not a truthful lover and she is to blame alone as we all know Troilus love for her was very strong. Her love for him was nothing but a lie. Come to think of it this kind of love cannot possibly exist....   [tags: geoffrey chaucer, courtly love, lover] 1216 words
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The False Integrity of Troilus and Criseyde’s Love - Pandarus, from Troilus and Criseyde written by Geoffrey Chaucer, behaves as an intermediary in developing a relationship between Troilus and Criseyde. He is often seen as pedantic, meddling and self motivated, although the reader never discovers his true intent, he is a central role in the poem. Pandarus is an unsuccessful lover but sets himself up as a “servant of love’s servants” (pg 63) such as the narrator does. His credibility is undermined because of his unsuccessful previous ventures into love and this suggests that his involvement in Troilus and Criseyde love is useless....   [tags: romance poem, pandarus, geoffrey chaucer]
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Importance of Thinking in Troilus and Criseyde and Hamlet - Importance of Thinking in Troilus and Criseyde and Hamlet Troilus and Hamlet have much in common. Both have represented the quintessential tragic heroes of two literary periods. Both lovers, Troilus and Hamlet lose what they love despite their earth-shaking groans. Both are surrounded by traitors and are traitorous in kind. Both are embattled and--this is no secret--both die. But somewhere on that mortal coil on which they are both strung, they confront a similar question, a question which divides them in no sense less than the waters divide England and Denmark--the question of action....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Free Essays On Shakespeare's Sonnet 154 - Analysis of Sonnet 154 The little Love-god lying once asleep Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand, Whilst many nymphs that vow'd chaste life to keep Came tripping by; but in her maiden hand The fairest votary took up that fire Which many legions of true hearts had warm'd, And so the General of hot desire Was sleeping by a virgin hand disarm'd. This brand she quenched in a cool well by, Which from Love's fire took heat perpetual, Growing a bath and healthful remedy For men diseas'd....   [tags: Sonnet essays] 414 words
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Character Construction in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde - Character Construction in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde Chaucer’s epic poem, Troilus and Criseyde, is not a new tale, but one Chaucer merely expanded upon. One of these expansions that Chaucer’s work has become renowned for is the improvement of the characters. Generally, Chaucer’s characters have more texture, depth, humanity, and subtlety than those of the previous tales. Of the three main figures in the epic poem, Troilus, Criseyde, and Pandarus, Pandarus is the character that Chaucer took the most liberty with, creating and evolving Pandarus until he had taken on an entirely different role....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Burdened with Too Many of These Wacky Stories: Myths, folktales, and legends - Myths, folktales, legends, they have been poured upon us from a seemingly inexhaustible horn of plenty since the days of the ancient. We are burdened with far too many of these wacky stories and whopping lies, and the very least we must do is to critically evaluate the content of these mostly crazy concoctions by using our common sense. There are three primary reasons why many people firmly believe in some of this crap: 1. They do not know better. 2. They like it or they just accept it this way....   [tags: myths, folktales, legends, fairy tales] 1267 words
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Criseyde's Personality in her Thought Life and Reality - The character of Criseyde in Troilus and Criseyde is intriguing not only because of the conflicts and tensions she is faced with, but also because of the occasional variations between the type of person she is in her thoughts and the type of person she is when she interacts with Pandarus or Troilus. In her thought she is more independent, self confident and her feelings for Troilus are made evident. Whereas her persona when she’s interacting with Pandarus or Troilus is more reserved and her actions depict her as weak and victim like....   [tags: Character Analysis, Troilus and Criseyde] 2545 words
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Gender Inequality In Literature - As we all know, gender inequality is a social issue that has been addressed over the years and has however, given rise to other issues such as misogyny, feminism, male sovereignty, female oppression and criticism, and the list goes on. Most times, especially during the Elizabethan era, before feminists began to fight for their rights as women, women were viewed as substandard when compared to men and they were classified more as possessions rather than as people. These gender biased opinions were developed under the reign of Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare’s explicit exhibition of this fact in his plays can be traced to the circumstances at which the society was at that time....   [tags: Gender Equality] 1115 words
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Shakespeare's Measure for Measure - Shakespeare's Measure for Measure Game-playing in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure Thieves for their robbery have authority When judges steal themselves Critics have often seen Vincentio, the Duke in Shakespeare's play Measure for Measure, as performing a function similar to that of Prospero in The Tempest. The reasons for such an assumption is clear in the very first scene of the play, as both characters set the plot into motion by exercising their power, withdraw to observe events from behind the scenes, then return to restore order at the end....   [tags: Shakespeare Measure Essays]
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The Clash of the Rapier in Shakespeare's Plays - Everyone knows the twenty passes, turn, and fire. This is a classic image of a duel. Before, however, duels were fought with the long sharp blades of a rapier. Some professionally fought with a call to fight, but some fought on the brink of the moment. A duel was meant to defend one’s honor. It was better to die than to live in shame. This was shown in Shakespeare's Richard II, Henry IV, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and many others. Shakespeare brilliantly preserved the practice of dueling throughout history in his plays....   [tags: the practice of dueling ]
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From Where did William Shakespeare's Greatness Come? - ... And curst be he yt moves my bones. Shakespeare’s work was different than most literature at the time of the Renaissance, starting with the three categories his comedies fall into. His early comedies expressed a sense of nationalism in England. These comedies stopped showing up around the time England defeated the Spanish Armada and his son, dad, and the Queen died. His comedies then switched over to the middle year comedies. These comedies were written with success in the romantic field. The final category of comedies is Shakespeare’s mature comedies....   [tags: famous, theater, plays]
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Fan Fiction in a Literary Context - Fan Fiction in a Literary Context For most people, John F. Kennedy Jr was a character in a play, a character in a story, just the way Sherlock Holmes was. When he's lost, then people react very emotionally. Constantly rehearsing the details of somebody's life and death shows that people are trying to continue the story. We always try to do that when the story ends before we're prepared for the ending. - Neil Postman, chairman of the department of culture and communication at New York University[1] On the official Anne Rice web site[2] appears the following message: I do not allow fan fiction....   [tags: Fan Fiction Essays]
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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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Shakespeare's Influence on the Audience's Opinion of Macbeth in the Play - Shakespeare's Influence on the Audience's Opinion of Macbeth in the Play Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most terrifying tragedies. It centres around two main characters Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth. It tell us of Macbeth rise to power as King of Scotland, by murdering the current King Duncan I, after three witches forewarn him of his coming of power. He then seeks to secure his position; by killing anyone who threatens him, for instance Banquo, because the three witches, also told Macbeth that Banquo's children will be kings....   [tags: Papers] 1997 words
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An Analysis of Nature in Shakespeare's King Lear - An Analysis of Nature in King Lear The concept of Nature in Shakespeare's King Lear 1[1] is not simply one of many themes to be uncovered and analyzed, but rather it can be considered to be the foundation of the whole play. From Kingship through to personal human relations, from representations of the physical world to notions of the heavenly realm, from the portrayal of human nature to the use of animal imagery; Nature permeates every line of King Lear. However as I intend to argue, Nature in all of these contexts is a social construct, which is utilized in order to legitimize the existing social order.  In order to do this it is first necessary to draw a very brief sketch of the politi...   [tags: King Lear Essays]
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Cesorship of the Works of William Shakespeare - Cesorship of the Works of William Shakespeare Why have the works of Shakespeare been censored. William Shakespeare is arguably the most famous and respected author ever to write in the English language. His plays have been read by millions and watched, both on stage and on screen, by billions of people worldwide. Yet, his works have provoked censorship ever since their writing--even before their first performance on stage. Why. The reasons for censorship are nearly as varied as the works themselves; however, unlike Shakespeare's works, the reasons for their censorship have changed significantly over time....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The Nature of King Lear - The most prevailing images in King Lear are the images (metaphoric and actual) of nature. The concept of nature seems to consume the dialogue, monologues, and setting. It might be useful to view nature as `the natural order of the world' (and, perhaps, the universe). When one goes against the natural order, chaos will follow. Shakespeare has made this point clear in "Troilus and Cressida" where Ulysses predicts that once "the specialty of rule hath been neglected disaster will follow, for take but degree away, untune that string, and hark what discord follows" (I.iii)....   [tags: European Literature] 770 words
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Shakespeare's Problem Plays - Shakespeare's Problem Plays I suggest that a label for the causes of these feelings [of uneasiness and uncertainty of interpretation] might be the tragi-comic view of man: a view which splits the world today, and gives us the "totalitarian" attitude versus the end product of a European tradition which was chivalric and Christian. I mean by this any or all of the following, or any combination of these distinguishable attitudes. 1. A refusal or failure wholly to credit the dignity of man, and the significance that that gives the individual in tragedy....   [tags: William Shakespeare Poems Literature Essays] 1204 words
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Shakespeare the Plagiarist - Shakespeare the Plagiarist Shakespeare was a man of many accomplishments. Many were in his writings; others were in his great director and playwright skills. The play Hamlet is one of the most re-created and re-written books to date. Hamlet is still being performed in theaters around the world. Even though many people perceive Shakespeare as a literary genius, we can not give him sole credit for his plays and sonnets. With a few exceptions, Shakespeare did not invent the plots of his plays. Sometimes he used old stories (Hamlet, Pericles)....   [tags: Plagiarism Shakespeare]
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Rebelz page - his dramatic works, Shakespeare has provided insights into human nature which, in the opinion of many of his disciples, equal those of the greatest modern psychologists. The impact of the Bard's insights is compounded by a masterful use of the language which makes him the mostly widely studied English writer. Church records indicate that William Shakespeare was baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire on April 26, 1564. April 23 is widely accepted as his date of birth. His father was a respected tradesman (a glover who was involved in a variety of commercial activities) who held several important municipal offices....   [tags: essays research papers] 544 words
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Gender Roles in Shakespeare - It is a peculiar feature of Shakespeare's plays that they both participate in and reflect the ideas of gender roles in Western society. To the extent that they reflect existing notions about the 'proper' roles of men and women, they can be said to be a product of their society. However, since they have been studied, performed, and taught for five hundred years, they may be seen as formative of contemporary notions about the relationships between males, females, and power. Derrida was right in asserting that "there is no 'outside' to the text." His claim is that every text is affected by every other text and every other speech act....   [tags: essays research papers]
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Criseyde: Negligence, Manipulation and the Lack of Willpower - Criseyde: Negligence, Manipulation and the Lack of Willpower We all know what it is like to be pressured into a relationship. Okay, maybe we don not ALL know what it is like, but most of the general dating population has had this experience. It works in this way: your friend Susan comes to you and tells you that your other friend Jim likes you, you never really thought about Jim in this way—but begin to think that there could be a little chemistry there. Susan loves playing matchmaker. She is persistent and will not stop until she gets what she wants....   [tags: Essays Papers] 433 words
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Chaucer’s Pandarus and Foucault’s Theory of Power - If Geoffrey Chaucer for some unforeseen reason was unable to published The Canterbury Tales, then perhaps, his version of Troilus and Criseyde would be widely acknowledged as one of his most epic tragic poems. However, Chaucer’s poem, though adapted widely into various modern translations, for the sake of this paper the translation by Barry Windeatt will be used, the tale’s influential go-between is still a character trope used today. In fact, the romantic entanglements that the main characters find themselves in are the results of the power structure established by the go-between Pandarus....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, Character Analysis]
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The Wedding Planner - Chaucer’s tale of courtly love may have been written in the fourteenth century, but the growth of love that occurs in the story is still a concept that can be seen in the twenty-first century. The script for The Wedding Planner, a 2001 romantic comedy, contains the following lines, said by father to daughter about the development of love in his arranged marriage: “I appreciated her. Then the appreciation grew to respect. Respect grew to like. Then like grew to love.” While Troilus fell head-over-heels in love with Criseyde, his beloved needed some time and persuasion to warm up to his affection....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1627 words
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Samuel Johnson's "Preface to Shakespeare" - We cannot say that a writer is great just because his writings are great and have stood the test of time. In other words a writer cannot be termed great only because of his antiquity. Dr. Samuel Johnson says in his "Preface to Shakespeare" that a work of literature is great only when it is worth reading. When it lacks excellence, it will be rejected. A work of literature lives only when it has some value. Its value changes from time to time and from age to age. In spite of this changing attitude of the readers towards a literary work, the work must contain some absolute standards if it has to stand the test of time....   [tags: European Literature] 767 words
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Romeo as a Typical Courtly Lover in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Romeo as a Typical Courtly Lover in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is portrayed as a typical courtly lover. In my essay I will be examining the first act of the play and exploring Romeo as a courtly lover and his transition from loving Rosaline to loving Juliet. In traditional medieval literature there were often fictional characters who were known as courtly lovers. At the start of the play Shakespeare has portrayed Romeo as a traditional courtly lover because he follows the rules of courtly love....   [tags: Papers] 1509 words
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