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The Life of William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare was a very talented man known for his various works of literature. His works include poems, plays, and sonnets. His works are then broken down into tragedies, comedies, and histories. Shakespeare left this world centuries ago, but his writings continue to live throughout the world today. He has greatly impacted the world of literature and his existence will forever be remembered. In 1564, William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon (Hazell 32). It seems that Shakespeare’s career began around the year 1592....   [tags: Shakespeare]
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Shakespeare's Portrayal of Women - As Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, the fiction was set in the Renaissance era and therefore the persona of women was reflective of that period. The natural stereotype of that time viewed women as weak, fickle, and dependent of the men in their society and subject to the decisions that men make for them. It was an exceedingly common depiction and very rarely was it proven wrong to the men of that time. Women’s rights were nonexistent in this time period so it wasn’t unusual for the portrayal of women to be so negative and offensive....   [tags: Shakespeare]
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Mindful Destruction of Order in Shakespeare's Othello - A delicate balance of chaos and order exists in our lives; the balance maintains itself by the very acts of human nature. In the drama Othello, the battle between good and evil creates the basic root of human nature as a whole. While at first, order exists in the lives of the Othello and Iago, through dramatic events and manipulation, the balance becomes unstable and starts to shift into chaos. Once the chaos has started, it continues a chain that continues along until the very end where the balance finally restores itself as it would in human nature....   [tags: Shakespeare]
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William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: A Masterpiece of Figurative Language - In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the author embraces his ability to ingeniously use figurative language. Throughout the play, William Shakespeare’s writing enhances his play in numerous ways. Macbeth clearly shows how Shakespeare uses figurative language as an instrument to keep the play interesting with good writing. Using allusions, irony, and foreshadows allows the audience to enjoy the depth Shakespeare creates in his characters and improves the audience’s comprehension of the plot. William Shakespeare keenly incorporates allusions into Macbeth....   [tags: Shakespeare]
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Women in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream - Women in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, is a play that illustrates a good picture of woman’s lack of freedom. It is a story of several couples, among which there is a fairy king, Oberon, who proves his sovereignty over the queen of the fairies, Titania. The two have an ongoing conflict about who should keep the Indian boy, whose mother had recently died. Titania doesn’t want to give him up because she and the boy’s mother knew each other very good; whereas Oberon has no relations to the boy, but really wants him as a servant....   [tags: Shakespeare]
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Macbeth Written by William Shakepeare - Macbeth, written between the years of 1603 and 1606, is one of the most well-known plays of William Shakespeare. This play is based on historical events Shakespeare modified from Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland. This drama portrays the rise of the ambition-powered Macbeth to the throne of Scotland. It depicts the numerous murders and malicious schemes Macbeth undertook to consolidate his power. Many of the accounts in Macbeth are historically accurate; however, some parts of the play were adapted and modified to fit the current times in which Shakespeare lived....   [tags: Play Analysis, Shakespeare] 1614 words
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Heroes and Villains: Iago and the Extent of Human Potential in Shakespeare’s Othello - The character of Iago has traditionally been viewed as the most infamous villain in all of Shakespeare. The conniving ringmaster of the tragedy of Othello, Iago serves as a necessary catalyst for the action of the play. He takes such a principal role in the drama that the play has commonly been described as Othello’s tragedy, but Iago’s play. Scholars have disagreed, however, as to whether or not Iago can simply be described as an ingenious villain lacking all regard for morality. Many have seen some of his most inhuman or evil qualities as the very thing that makes him human; others have attributed his manipulative ambition to a deep-seeded psychological need to belong and have drawn clear...   [tags: Shakespeare]
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Shakespeare’s Use of Love Quarrels to Reach a Comedic Climax in A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Alas, love can be a great source of confusion and sorrow, but it is nevertheless probably the most powerful feeling a human being can experience. In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lysander says that “the course of true love never did run smooth” (Shakespeare 1.1.134), which is seen in the quarrels between the couples throughout the play. Shakespeare makes use chiefly of the fairies’ supernatural powers to settle the love conflicts and portrays the irrationality in love of the characters, thereby creating numerous comic situations and leading to the unification of the couples towards the end of the play....   [tags: Shakespeare]
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Macbeth, Shakespeare and the Gunpowder Plot - Among the most influential pieces of British literature in the 15th century stands Shakespeare’s Macbeth. During the 15th century in England, a new era was upon the country as a whole. Macbeth reflects one very unique idea in England at the time known as equivocation. The Gunpowder plot was also directly alluded to in Macbeth several times. The play as a whole was written to please King James, and is even thought by some as a way for Shakespeare himself to avoid suspicion by those investigating The Gunpowder Plot....   [tags: classic, shakespeare]
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The Incredible Success of Shakespeare's Macbeth - Macbeth is performed over two thousand times each year and as a result makes it one of the most produced plays ever. William Shakespeare is by far the greatest playwright to ever live. He inspired many, and 420 years have gone by and he is still known and his plays are read. Shakespeare’s eloquent words and famous quotes are what make his plays interesting. In Macbeth, the flow Shakespeare’s ideas throughout the various lines are put in a way that they create a mood for the audience and intrigue them more in what’s is happening....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1412 words
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Hamlet by Shakespeare - Hamlet is a play written by Shakespeare William. It is one of the most criticized literature works and most reviewed plays in the world today. The protagonist in the play is Hamlet. Shakespeare uses his characters very well to represent specific areas of human nature. In Hamlet, Shakespeare creates vivid and in-depth view of his characters that they clearly represent some area of the human nature. Shakespeare uses Hamlet and Ophelia to represent the theme of madness in the play. Ophelia was really mad where her madness originated from the circumstances she faced in her life whereas Hamlet was not really mad but feigned his madness in order to go through with his revenge....   [tags: classic, shakespeare]
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Shakespears sounds - There are many benefits as to why plays are used to deliver entertainment rather than an author just writing their story on paper. A play pleases visual and auditory senses, while still delivering an entertaining storyline. Words on a page are simply no match for a play with the “extras” that come into the making of a play. Quoted to for his plays he wrote Ben Jonson said about William Shakespeare, “Soule of the Age. The applause. delight. The wonder of our stage!” William Shakespeare is one of the most influential playwrights to have ever existed....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 2016 words
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The Life And Times Of William Shakespeare - Introduction Shakespeare is widely regarded as the world’s greatest playwright, and there’s no real reason to dispute that. People are still seeing his plays 400 years after he wrote them, not because it’s “trendy” or “hip,” but because they’re so good. His insight into the human spirit has never been equaled. This paper is a brief biography of Shakespeare and a discussion of the times in which he lived. Discussion His life: It’s somewhat difficult to find factual information about Shakespeare, because the “first attempts at biographical research were not begun until over half a century after Shakespeare’s death” (Best, 2005)....   [tags: Shakespeare] 1272 words
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Theme of Revenge in Shakespeare's Hamlet - For a play to be considered a revenge tragedy, revenge has to be a prevalent theme throughout. Revenge needs to be intertwined in character interactions, and have a strong hold on the driving force of the plot. The desires of Hamlet, Laertes, and young Fortinbras each exhibit how the plot of Hamlet, by William Shakespeare revolves entirely around revenge. The theme of revenge starts off very early in the play, when Hamlet speaks with the ghost of his deceased father. When the ghost tells Hamlet how Claudius murdered him, Hamlet is infuriated and overtaken with feelings of responsibility to right the wrong that has been done; to murder Claudius....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare] 871 words
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Macbeth's Downfall in Shakespeare's Play - Feelings of guilt run through his head. His victim’s blood fills his hands as unlawful proof of his crime. He just knows that he is one step closer to becoming king, after being hypnotized by the witches’ prophecies. Little does he know that this will lead to his downfall. Play writer William Shakespeare shows just how the witches' prophecies impact the decisions that Macbeth makes in achieving power in a scene from his famous play Macbeth. With this in mind, Shakespeare suggests that the witches impact the play and its characters in a very destructive way....   [tags: Macbeth, Shakespeare, ] 494 words
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Francis Bacon Was Shakespeare - The point of this research paper is to prove that Francis Bacon was Shakespeare. However, the fact of who really wrote the writings of Shakespeare is still unknown today. Many researchers have come up with a list of candidates that have the traits or characteristics of Shakespeare. The list includes Queen Elizabeth I, Edward de Vere, Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlow, and William Stanley. There is even a possibility of William Shakespeare being the actual writer of his works. At the top of that list is Francis Bacon, who had an almost direct match the thinking and personality of Shakespeare when reviewing his literature....   [tags: classic, shakespeare]
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Scenes in Shakespeare's Hamlet - When one reflects on the questions they are asked in life, one of the most thought provoking questions is “what is your favorite movie?” Though a trivial question, one constantly finds oneself baffled trying to think of a movie in which they can truly say is their favorite. Once one comes up with an answer to this question, the preceding question is “why?” What is it that truly makes a movie great. One can argue the characters, or the story line that makes the movie great. But ultimately it is the memorable scenes in which make the movie ones favorite....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare] 654 words
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Shakespeare's View On Love - Shakespeare’s View on Love Shakespeare’s plays are very drastic with how he ties love into them. Shakespeare always adds comedy or tragedy to any romance that might be taking place. For example in Twelfth Night, As You like It and Romeo and Juliet there is romance but he also puts comedy in there so love is not that easy. In the play Othello he makes it into a tragedy which makes the love even harder to take place. Shakespeare has always found a way to make love as complicated as he can which leads me to believe that he feels that you must work for love and it should not be handed to you....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1955 words
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Shakespeare's Characterization in Macbeth - William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the history of English literature as well as the world’s paramount playwright. Possibly the most superlative writing attribute he possessed was his unmatched ability of characterization. Shakespeare created unique, opaque, and eminent characters who related to almost everyone. When one thinks of these famous characters, Shakespeare’s tragedy of Macbeth comes into consideration. Macbeth is possibly Shakespearian Theatre’s densest and most disturbed character, and this prestigious title can be credited to his obvious psychological problems....   [tags: Shakespeare, Macbeth, ] 1196 words
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Violence in Shakespeare's Othello - Violence in Shakespeare's Othello In William Shakespeare's Othello violence can be found in several different ways. Violence can be expressed physically, mentally, and verbally. This tragic play shows how jealousy and envy can overpower a person's mind and lead them to wreak havoc on others. Not only does this story give many different examples of violence, it displays how mental violence can promote physical violence, and continues on in that cycle. Mental promotes physical which ultimately leads back to mental....   [tags: Othello Shakespeare] 1336 words
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William Shakespeare's Powerful Use of Language - We have all certainly heard the expression “the pen is mightier than the sword” and as Hamlet states when he realizes the power of words: “I will speak daggers to her, but use none” (Hamlet 3.2: 366). William Shakespeare is one of the most important writers in history and arguably the most notable, particularly with his use of language. I believe that Shakespeare consistently uses the knowledge that language is power to his advantage throughout his plays. From themes of power, control, disguise, deception, and manipulation, there remains the underlying theme that ties all of these together: the power of language....   [tags: William Shakespeare]
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The Domino Effect in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Domino Effect in William Shakespeare's Hamlet If there is one game that turns the gears in the mind of a child, it is dominos. The excitement that builds as one carefully sets up each domino at a time, being sure not to tip any of the pieces over until he or she creates a marvelous maze with curves and zigzags swooping side to side. Finally, after diligently finishing his or her masterpiece, the big moment arrives. The excited child slowly reaches over to the very first domino that he or she has set up, and taps it....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet] 1304 words
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The Supernatural Element in Shakespeare’s Hamlet - A common motif in Shakespeare’s many plays is the supernatural element, to which Hamlet , with the presence of a ghost, is no exception. The story of Hamlet, the young prince of Denmark, is one of tragedy, revenge, deception, and ghosts. Shakespeare’s use of the supernatural element helps give a definition to the play by being the catalyst of the tragedy that brings upon Hamlet’s untimely demise. The ghost that appears at the beginning of the play could possibly be a satanic figure that causes Hamlet to engage in the terrible acts and endanger his soul....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare]
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Theme of Madness Conveyed in Shakespeare's Hamlet - In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, one of the most evident and important themes is the theme of madness. The theme is apparent throughout the play, mainly through the actions and thoughts of Hamlet, Ophelia, and Laertes. Madness is defined as the quality or condition of mental illness or derangement (being insane). Madness is at the center of the conflicts and problems of the play and is conveyed through Shakespeare’s elaborate use of manipulation and parallels between Hamlet, Ophelia, and Laertes to contribute to Hamlet’s tragic character....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare] 1161 words
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Justification of Hamlet's Sanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" is about a complex protagonist, Hamlet, who faces adversity and is destined to murder the individual who killed his father. Hamlet is a character who although his actions and emotions may be one of an insane person, in the beginning of the book it is clear that Hamlet decides to fake madness in order for his plan to succeed in killing Claudius. Hamlet is sane because throughout the play he only acts crazy in front of certain people, to others he acts properly and displays proper prince like behavior who is able to cope with them without sounding crazy, and even after everything that has been going on in his life he is able to take revenge by killing his f...   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare]
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Analysis of Ophelia's Character in Shakespeare's Hamlet - In the English play Hamlet, Shakespeare incorporates deep analytical thought in his writing by the use of character, symbolism, and motifs. Specifically, readers can find these characteristics through analytical reading of the character Ophelia. While initially reading the story, Ophelia represents a character that is typical of the women in the 1600s, one who is too submissive and directed by the people around her. First impressions of Ophelia's character seem much too simplistic- one that is emotionally governed and trivial, in a sense....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare] 1169 words
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Multiple Phases of Hamlet by William Shakespeare - The play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare is a very popular piece till this day. It shows many different obstacles one person can go through and how others can act based off of this one person. Hamlet goes through many phases like: Sarcasm, Suicidal Tendencies, and Procrastination all because of some information that is found out about his father. As he passes through each phase everyone around him is affected in many different ways from insanity, to death this play will always be popular and studied alongside all of Shakespeare’s work....   [tags: Shakespeare plays] 1301 words
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Indecision, Hesitation and Delay in Shakespeare's Hamlet - A tragic hero is defined as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. The hero in these tragedies is often presented as a noble however, flawed character whose demise is often impart to their own decisions, often due to their previously mentioned flaws, error in judgment and imprudent actions. Written in the early 1600’s Shakespeare wrote one arguably one of his greatest and highly controversial plays, the tragedy known as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark....   [tags: classic, shakespeare]
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Purpose of the Different Foils in Shakespeare's Hamlet - In Hamlet, Shakespeare uses foils to enhance the characters namely to enhance Hamlet. A foil is a minor character who with their similarities and differences reveals character traits, that of another character opposite to them. The character may also be put in place by the author to give the main character a person to talk to, through this conversation useful information can be received about either the main character or the plot in general. This can be shown through Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, also the Ghost of King Hamlet, Ophelia, and Laertes....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare] 719 words
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Shakespeare and Humanity - Before Shakespeare led the idea of humanity into his play, everyone knew what humanity mean, but not completely. Many writer, poetic, playwrights, and philosopher interpreted that Hamlet was the first idea to prove humanity in the play by Shakespeare. As interpreted Hamlet, Shakespeare show the idea of humankind, however he did not create the idea of humanity. Shakespeare use Hamlet as an idea of the complex working of the human mind and how human choose their decision upon on their characteristic....   [tags: Shakespeare and Human Nature]
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Polonius in William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet - In William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet, the author brings to life, a story of revenge, betrayal, love, hate and friendship. Polonius, although seen as a conniving old man, deeply loves his children. Polonius is constantly giving his children the sound advice that we would give our own children. He is only looking out for the best interest of his children, although not always seen that way. He is viewed as the bad guy, only because Hamlet is the good guy and we all take Hamlet’s side throughout the play....   [tags: Shakespeare, Hamlet]
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William Shakespeare: A Legendary Author - William Shakespeare’s intellectual use of the English language is what brought him prosperity throughout his lifetime, and what brings us to tears and laughter in the modern world. The life of Shakespeare is of great importance to English literature because of his many contributions including poetry, stories, and plays. However, many people do not know that he also owned a business. “William Shakespeare was a professional actor, a businessman, and a playwright. Today, nearly four hundred years after his death his plays are still performed” (Greenhill and Wignall 4)....   [tags: William Shakespeare Biography]
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The Beauty of Shakespeare's Sonnets - In today's society, not many books or songs describe the true value of human relationships. Most popular songs and books are all about partying and doing things that make us forget about morals. However, if you were to read some of Shakespeare's sonnets, you would find that human relationship's are very much valued. By showing that friendship can mend a persons sorrows, that love could and should be immortalized, and that marriage between two individuals can be strong and true, Shakespeare's sonnets 55, 30, and 116 truly explain the real value of human relationships....   [tags: Shakespeare, Human Relationships, Analysis]
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Ambivalence and Death in Shakespeare's Hamlet - In act IV, scene III, Shakespeare addresses the play’s themes and messages; those being ambivalence and how people are one and the same in the end of life. Hamlet speaks in an eccentric riddle form but there are underlying messages communicated through Hamlet’s craziness and Claudius’ confusion. The ideas are conversed through Claudius and Hamlet and convey the morals of the drama, Hamlet. Shakespeare also takes the liberty in this section to show how diverse and opposite the characters of Claudius and Hamlet are by differentiating their literary devices....   [tags: Death, Shakespeare, Hamlet, ] 1213 words
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Marlowe and Shakespeare: Double Identity? - Is it double identity, or is it just wishful thinking. Some say that Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare are actually one and the same. Others say it is all “poppy-cock.” It could just be a romantic notion. Shakespeare, or someone helping Shakespeare, took the subject matter from Marlowe's four plays and used them to create thirty-eight plays of his own, but was Shakespeare Christopher Marlowe in disguise. When the evidence is reviewed, the idea that Christopher Marlowe faked his death and resurfaced as William Shakespeare becomes quite believable....   [tags: Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare]
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The Theme of Colonialism in Shakespeare's Tempest - The Tempest, by Shakespeare, offers the reader a variety of themes. The one theme that stands out the most is that of colonialism. During the time of Shakespeare, many European countries such as Spain, France, and England, were expanding their borders by taking over less developed countries, referred to as colonies. During this time of exploitation, there was skepticism concerning the possible success of the colonies. While some scholars believe that the play is about the Americas, I argue that the play reflects on colonialism in general and how it is destined for failure which is shown through the character’s relationships throughout the play....   [tags: colonization, shakespeare, americas, play]
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Definitions of a Tragedy: Shakespeare's and Aristotle's - In writing a tragedy, there are certain standards and guidelines to which an author or playwright must follow. One such standard is the Aristotelian definition of tragedy and the tragic hero. William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is a perfect mold of an Aristotelian Tragedy. It displays all eight aspects of Aristotle’s definition of tragedy. It is set mainly in Scotland, but briefly in England during the eleventh century. It illuminates the ideal plot, in which the action of the story, or Macbeth’s murder of Duncan along with his meticulous planning of other murders, takes place over the course of several days in Scotland, particularly at Macbeth’s castle in Dunsinane....   [tags: Tragedy, shakespeare, aristotelian, Aristotle,] 1184 words
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Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare - As one of the most complex characters in the play, Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio’s purpose is to act as a static catalyst for the death of most of the characters. Shakespeare uses Mercutio’s character cleverly as the kind of character that stays in the background, but influences the rest of the cast in the utmost amount. Mercutio’s light and occasionally sardonic humor at inapt times relieves the play from being a complete tragedy and allows the audience a false sense of security before calamity strikes, such as the death of his character....   [tags: Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare] 990 words
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Driving Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Ambition can be defined as the desire and willingness to strive towards achievement or distinction. On the contrary, driving ambition is the outright desire to achieve a certain goal, regardless of any possible consequences. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, driving ambition caused Macbeth and his wife to murder King Duncan because of their desire for power. In an attempt to retain his power Macbeth also murdered Banquo and Macduff’s family. Through both of these cruel actions, Macbeth and his wife displayed that they are not concerned about the cost of the deed, but only final result that is achieved....   [tags: Ambition, Shakespeare, Macbeth] 1447 words
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Ways of Grieving in Shakespeare - When I broke up with my first real boyfriend I was devastated. We had been together for eight months and he was the first person I trusted with my heart. After we broke up, I was immediately shocked and sad; I cried for days. When I was done crying and feeling sorry for myself, I tried to get back at him by playing mind games and acting as though I was completely over him. Next, I was furious at him. I had no clue why he broke up with me and I was angry as hell. Eventually, I learned that I needed to deal with the grief of losing a loved on in a more mature manner....   [tags: Grief , Shakespeare, Tesik, psychology,] 1083 words
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William Shakespeare’s Macbeth - Movies and screenplays are often said to be based on a true story. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is an example of a screenplay that is assumed to be based on a true story but is actually just historic character’s names being used in a brand new story. From the characters, setting, and events all seem to be completely fictional. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth contradicts the historic account of the actual people in Macbeth’s time as king. Some examples of character’s whose events in Macbeth and the actual historical accounts are Macbeth, Malcolm, and the three witches....   [tags: classics, shakespeare]
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Interpreting Shakespeare's Plays - There is no master view of a text; widely differing perspectives of texts are created as our values shift over time, reflecting particular ideologies and enriching the understanding of responders. This is especially true for the Shakespearean play, Othello, whose reception has been heavily influenced by shifting values since the Elizabethan-Jacobean period when it was written. The conception of structuralism and feminism has created widely differing critical interpretations of texts that challenge affirmatory interpretations of traditional criticism, providing insights into varying ideological practices and social relationships of the past and present for contemporary responders....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1052 words
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William Shakespeare’s Hamlet - William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a tragic story that captures the audience’s emotions. The story wraps around the protagonist, Hamlet, whom finds out his father has been murdered by his uncle. Filled with hostility, Hamlet tries to organize a plan to seek his revenge. His hunger for vengeance only grows stronger as Hamlet experiences treachery, despair, sorrow, and animosity. The famous play by William Shakespeare portrays absolute and fabricated madness—from the overbearing grief to complete mania—and delves into the themes of sarcasm, suicide, and procrastination....   [tags: classic, shakespeare]
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet - William Shakespeare's Hamlet The tragedy of Hamlet was a very interesting play with many very interesting characters that did a great many heroic and disappointing things despite the complexity and difficulty to understand the true personality William Shakespeare intended for each. Ophelia, one of the minor characters, represents one of the two women captured between men set out for revenge. Despite the minor role this character played, her impact on the play was quite significant. However, one of the most important questions to analyze, and the question this paper will explore below is why she went mad....   [tags: Hamlet Shakespeare] 1750 words
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Borachio in William Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing - "No Small Parts, Only Small Actors" "There are no small parts, only small actors." Is this statement accurate. Minor characters, by simple definition, are characters who do not play a major role in a work of literature. However, every character serves a purpose. Simply because a character does not have many lines or appear in many scenes does not mean that he does not play a major part in the development of the plot. One such character is Borachio in William Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing....   [tags: Shakespeare]
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The Nobel Hamlet of Shakespeare’s Play Hamlet - The thought of knowing the secret of .your father’s murderer must be extremely agonizing. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, this is the unfortunate tragedy the Prince of Denmark faces. Shakespeare implies the pyramid structure using the five acts, which builds the intensity of the drama before revealing the tragic climax. Hamlet is ordered by the ghost of his beloved father to restore order to Denmark and seek revenge on Claudius. This young prince is eager to revenge his father’s death but he is not sure morally if it’s the right thing to do....   [tags: Shakespeare, Hamlet]
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The Role of the Female Characters in Shakespeare’s Othello - In Shakespeare’s Othello, we the audience are introduced to several characters throughout the course of the play, three of which are female. These characters are Desdemona, wife to Othello, Emilia, wife to Iago and Bianca, Casio’s lover. Shakespeare has chosen to present the reader with only three female characters for specific reasons, as we are able to compare and contrast and see the differences in females in a male dominated society. It also helps us the audience to see how different woman, in different social classes would behave in 16th century Venetian time....   [tags: Shakespeare, Othello] 1612 words
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William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing - In Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare depicts both Benedick and Beatrice as characters with one major flaw: both are full of pride. With the use of the masquerade scene, as well as the orchard scenes, Shakespeare allows the characters to realize their awry characteristic. By realizing their erroneous pride, Benedick and Beatrice are able to correct this and not only become better citizens, but fall in love. From the very first scene in the play, Beatrice is shown as a character who is very prideful, and very protective of it....   [tags: Shakespeare] 1328 words
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Claudius, the Central Antagonist in Shakespeare’s Hamlet - Claudius, the Central Antagonist in Shakespeare’s Hamlet An important factor of any fictional story is the antagonist, or a person who conflicts with the protagonist – the “hero” of the story (Encarta). As many have come to the realization already, Claudius is the main antagonist to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Uncle to Prince Hamlet, King of Denmark and Husband of Gertrude, Claudius is quite a character. Imagine the guilt and anxiety brought about by killing one’s own brother, claiming his kingdom as your own, and then going so far as to marry his widow....   [tags: Shakespeare, Hamlet]
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Themes in Shakespeare's Othello - Othello was written by Jacobean playwright William Shakespeare in 1603. It proved a huge success when first performed in 1604, in front of a huge audience. The story is one of Shakespeare’s great tragedy themed plays. Othello is the black protagonist and highly esteemed Venetian general. Iago is the ambitious but scheming villain of the play. When Othello promotes a man called Michael Cassio over Iago, he is furious and launches a malicious campaign against Othello. Meanwhile, Othello has married a white woman, Desdemona, without her father knowing....   [tags: Othello, Shakespeare, themes,] 1165 words
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Deception, Seduction and Ambition in Shakespeare’s Macbeth - Thesis: Deception, seduction, and ambition are a lethal combination. Shakespeare’s Macbeth establishes this concept early on. Ambition is the motivational thrust that most often gives momentum as one tries to achieve success. However, without the occasional tune-up, Macbeth demonstrates how unchecked ambition can quickly become a speeding, out-of-control, vehicle that ultimately leads to destruction. In Macbeth, Shakespeare sets the themes of seduction, ambition, and deception amid a correlating backdrop, whether you are giving chase on a battlefield, standing in foul weather, or seeing apparitions of bloody daggers we sense danger from the opening act....   [tags: Macbeth, Shakespeare]
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Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" - Romeo and Juliet, is one of the famous plays written by William Shakespeare who is known for his famous plays and poems. Romeo and Juliet are repeated by two different directors which are not alike, in both directing and speaking. The play is a very tragic at the end when Romeo and Juliet die due with their parent’s strife and hatred; however their death ends the anger and rage between the two families. The main theme of the play is romantic but ends with a tragic scene because the two star crossed lovers take their life to a whole misadventured piteous overthrows their parent’s strife....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet,] 740 words
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The True Author of the Works Attributed to Shakespeare - “I am firm against Shakespeare — I mean the Avon man, the actor.” (Whitman) The true author of the works attributed to Shakespeare have been in question since the late eighteenth century and really garnered attention until the early twentieth century, when famous authors such as George Bernard Shaw, Walt Whitman, and Ralph Waldo Emerson declared their opinions on the question. The most popular candidates for authentic authorship, besides William Shakespeare himself, are Edward DeVere, Francis Bacon, Queen Elizabeth I, and Christopher Marlowe....   [tags: shakespeare, christopher marlowe, writings]
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Hamlet by William Shakespeare - The play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, builds up a story beginning with the murder of Hamlet`s father, as it leads to the downfall of not only Claudius, Old King Hamlet`s brother, but also Hamlet`s death, as the story slowly unravels with the death of many other characters, and the events that shape the story into its final moments. The suggestion of suicide is the perception of escapism as one character after another considers taking their lives to escape the frustrations and pains that are associated with existing in a life where constant problems arise in reality....   [tags: Hamlet analysis, William Shakespeare]
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William Shakespeare's Richard II - The famed saying goes, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely". While this is true, an unwavering belief in the impenetrability of that power can be just as corruptive. In William Shakespeare's Richard II, the plays titular character faces exactly this dilemma. Believing his claim to the throne to be ironclad and divinely mandated, Richard finds himself at odds when he returns from war to find he has lost his power over England. In the "death of kings" speech of Act III, scene II, Richard wrestles with the realization that though he is king, he is also a man....   [tags: literary analysis, shakespeare]
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William Shakespeare's Life and Accomplishments - William Shakespeare was born in the year 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, which is in the United Kingdom. William was the third born child in the Shakespeare family, son to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, and brother to Gilbert, Richard, Edmund, Joan and Judith. William’s father, John, was a successful merchant, however WIlliam’s birth seemed to impoverish the family, with John’s wealth decreased by a substantial amount. William attended a school for the underprivileged and received a basic education....   [tags: shakespeare, elizabeth era, queen elizabeth]
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How Shakespeare Altered the History of Macbeth - In what is said to be one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, Macbeth, there are many historical inaccuracies. Many experts in literature believe Shakespeare did this for a couple reasons. One reason is that the changes in history give the play a more dramatic purpose and more exciting story than what actually happened. Another reason could be to give Macbeth and more complicated characterization. The most believed reason that Shakespeare altered history was because he wanted to cater to the desires of the current monarch, King James the First, who was a descendant of Banquo, one of the main characters of the story....   [tags: William Shakespeare, drama, literature]
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Father and Daughter in Shakespeare - William Shakespeare, a poet and playwright wrote many tragedies of similar ideas of young people opposed to marriages. In the story of Othello, Desdemona’s father Brabantio always invites Othello over his house to listen to his stories. Brabantio never expected Othello to marry his daughter. From the beginning of the play Brabantio believes Desdemona is his property and she is only allowed to marry men that he chooses. Because Othello is a moor and not a Venetian Brabantio does not accept him. With the story of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet falls in love with Romeo who is the son of the Montague clan....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Poet, Playwright, Othello]
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Shakespeare’s Exploration of Madness in their Novels - Shakespeare’s Hamlet explores the motif of madness through the portrayal of Prince Hamlet and Ophelia; Shakespeare portrays the madness as originating from King Hamlet and Polonius, the two overbearing fathers within the story. The two fathers can be seen as the catalysts for their children’s madness, whether the madness be feigned or not. Ophelia and Hamlet have in them residing a love that they must hold at bay due to the requests by their separate fathers; one father sends his child on a mission of vengeance that leaves no time for love and the other father fears for his child’s reputation so requests that they stay away from their beloved....   [tags: hamlet, ophelia, polonius, shakespeare]
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The Role of the Witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth - I found responding to the play ‘Macbeth’ difficult because of the era it was written in. Shakespeare wrote the play between 1603-1606 when attitudes were completely different to the attitudes of society today, in particular, widespread belief in witchcraft. In contrast to today, when not many people believe in such things. They used to be feared. They were considered evil, ugly and vindictive. They did not belong to this world, they were ‘supernatural’, with supernatural powers. In the play the witches plant ideas into Macbeth’s head, which affects his inner soul....   [tags: Witches, Shakespeare, Macbeth, witchcraft, ] 1323 words
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Shakespere on Management - Shakespeare on Management I never knew that Shakespeare had to do with management, but after reading this book it made me realize the true importance of being a manager, and the way that real managers act toward their employees. I used to think that Management was just about giving orders and keeping the business on track but after reading this book I recognized that there is a lot more to management than that. Shakespeare wrote plays that were full of contradiction and ambiguity. He chose many different dramatic ways of building ambiguity into his plays....   [tags: William Shakespeare Plays Essays] 1814 words
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Unity of Opposites in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure - Unity of Opposites in Measure for Measure Measure for Measure is an English play written by the famous playwright William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptized) – 23 April 1616) in around 1603. The first publication of the play is originally in the First Folio of 1623 (where it was for the first time categorized as a comedy), while the play's first recorded performance was in the year 1604. Measure for Measure deals with many religious, political and humanistic issues, such as mercy, justice, and truth and their relationship to pride and humility, as it is said, "Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall"....   [tags: Shakespeare, Keepdown, defiance]
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Character Flaws in Shakespeare’s Plays - Introduction The main purpose of this paper is to examine Shakespeare’s characters and their flaws, comparing them with the modern characters written by Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter. For that purpose, comparative analysis will be used in this paper. The results will show that nothing has truly changed since the Shakespearean era. People live in a corrupted society, influenced by poisonous doctrines. However, the paper shows that there are still hope for mankind, but only if people restore the moral compass....   [tags: William Shakespeare, plays]
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Analysis of Jealousy in William Shakespeare's Othello - Analysis of Jealousy in William Shakespeare's Othello Jealousy is described as someone who is feeling or showing envy of someone because of their achievements and advantages. Jealousy plays a major role in Shakespeare’s play Othello. There are many instances throughout the play that show jealousy between the characters. Throughout the play, jealousy is used for destructive purposes only. I believe that Iago longed to get revenge on Othello for previous issues. This only results in a long line of accusations and disputes between the characters in Othello....   [tags: Analysis, Shakespeare, Othello] 501 words
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The Impact of Free Will in William Shakespeare's Macbeth - Free will is defined as the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate. It is the ability to act at one’s own discretion. What this means is that there is no set destiny; only a person’s own decisions can impact the outcome of their life. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, free will plays a very substantial and powerful role. In 11th century Scotland, three witches give a prophecy to Macbeth, a general in King Duncan’s army, that he will one day become King himself. They also give a prophecy to Macbeth’s best friend, Banquo, telling him that his descendants will be Kings....   [tags: Shakespeare Play, Literary Analysis]
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The Virtues of Horatio in William Shakespeare's Play - Throughout literature, there a character who provides a moral compass for other characters. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Horatio’s character seems fairly simple: somewhat of a “yes-man” to Hamlet, often agreeing with anything Hamlet says. However, at the end of the play we understand his significance, as he is one of the last survivors. This transition is unexpected because for most of the play, Horatio is a reserved character and doesn’t speak very often. Despite this, it is clear that Horatio and Hamlet’s friendship is extremely deep, and Hamlet trusts Horatio more than anybody....   [tags: shakespeare, hamlet, horatio] 942 words
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Shakespeare's Sonnets - Shakespeare lives on through each and every soul; for it is whenever you strive to do your best you are reminded that you are capable. Shakespeare’s sonnets empower people all around the world as well as unite others under one cause. Although Shakespeare himself may have written the sonnets years ago, we reflect on them and are able to learn from them. One cause, one love, one purpose. Shakespeare is able to capture the qualities of love, friendship and values of marriage with nothing more than a few words creating a sonnet....   [tags: Shakespeare, Sonnets]
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Guilt and Conscience in Shakespeare’s Macbeth - In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the theme of guilt and conscience is one of many explored throughout the play. Macbeth, is a well respected Scottish noble who in the beginning of the play is a man everyone looks up to; however as the play progresses he makes a number of bad decisions. Eventually, as a result of his actions he suffers guilt and this plays heavily upon his character until his personality is completely destroyed. Shakespeare uses a range of techniques in order to develop this theme such as, characters, imagery....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Literary Analysis] 1298 words
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Critique of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 - Critique of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138 In “Sonnet 138” also known as “When My Love Swears that she is Made of Truth” is a sonnet written by William Shakespeare, has many examples of literary elements such as personification and various types of rhyme. In “Sonnet 138” the author writes the sonnet in iambic pentameter and writes in an ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG rhyme scheme. The narrator also includes examples of connotation and denotation to help change the meaning of the poem. Throughout the sonnet the author obviously is an older man than the younger woman that he is dating....   [tags: Shakespeare, Poetry Analysis] 700 words
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Brutus for Ruler in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" - In the play Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare there are several people who would be good rulers of Rome. Out of them all Brutus would have been the best choice to lead Rome. Brutus would be the best chosen leader for Rome for several reasons. Brutus was a very smart man and smartness is a very good quality for a leader. Another feature Brutus had, was he had very little or maybe even no emotions, and if he did he did a very good job of hiding them. A further aspect of Brutus is that he was very well respected by everyone....   [tags: Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, ]
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Lasting Love in Shakespeare - “So it's not gonna be easy. It's gonna be really hard. We're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day” (Sparks). Being in a relationship is tough now days, and apparently couples in the older times still went through the same types of situations couples today go through. Everyone has their disagreements, and couples never know what life will throw their way. After being with someone for so long, one is bound to have a few fights, but true love perseveres....   [tags: Love, Sonnets, Literary Analysis, Shakespeare]
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Shakespeare's Sonnets - There has been some dispute whether or not the sonnets are actually written by William Shakespeare, the strongest argument for this is the phrase "BY.OVR.EVERLIVING.POET.", in which some, the most notable being the entertainment lawyer and author Bertram Fields, argue that this would mean the author would be dead by 1609, while William Shakespeare lived until 1616.[1] The 154 poems were most likely written over a period of several years and published in the 1609 collection. These were all in sonnet form and previously unpublished, with the exception of poem number 138 and 144 which had been part of The Passionate Pilgrim, released in 1599....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1553 words
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Role Reversal in Shakespeare’s Macbeth - In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, two main characters experience a change that alters their roles and brings out the worst in them. After Macbeth is promised greatness by three witches on a heath, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth try to achieve his prophecy. Because of their over-reaching ambition, they commit numerous murders to obtain their goal of becoming royalty. In order to cope with the guilt, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth undergo a role reversal, where they exchange characters and amount of ambition....   [tags: Shakespeare, Macbeth, roles, ] 553 words
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Shakespeare Being Expressed Through Music - Many of William Shakespeare’s plays have had entertaining music put into them. Music is added to plays and movies to create more of an image to the audience, creating the mood, whether is be suspenseful or calm. For Hamlet, Frank Bridge, a British composer, created a piece that would bring to life the scene of Gertrude’s lament, after the passing away of Ophelia. Looking at the rhythm, tempo, key signature, and orchestration in Bridge’s piece, There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook, we can bring the mood into the reactions and mind of Gertrude as she was suddenly hit with realization....   [tags: Shakespeare, music, musicals, ] 632 words
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Shakespeare’s Strong Women - During the Elizabethan era, women were supposed to be typical housewives and mothers that bore children every two years (Thomas). In contrast, although Shakespeare’s women knew their place, they were intelligent and surprisingly strong willed. Women during Shakespeare’s time were to be considered “the weaker sex”, and that didn’t just mean physically, but emotionally as well. Women were inferior to the men. They always needed to have someone looking after them, and if they were married, it was the husbands job....   [tags: shakespeare, feminism, plays,]
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Shakespeare's King Lear - Shakespeare's King Lear is known as one of his greatest tragedies. The story is full of misfortune, deception and death. The story also contains two plots, a main plot with King Lear, and a subplot with a character referred to as Gloucester. The main plot and subplot in King Lear may have minor differences but the two main characters of each plot share the same fundamental theme of blindness. The theme of a story is the main subject or idea the author is trying to get across. In King Lear there are quite a few themes....   [tags: Play Analysis, Tragedy, Shakespeare]
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The Politics of Contemporary Approaches to Shakespeare - Abstract Postmodern performance of Shakespeare, particularity in film, is characterized by a subjective experience within the play not an objective experience from the play. Under postmodernism, Shakespeare undergoes theorizing, deconstruction, displacement or death of the author, textual criticism, and cultural and political relativism but fails to produce solid answers. Postmodern Shakepseare does not offer new meanings but new and more possibilities for contemplating meaning. This fails both the traditionalist who relishes in reviving universal meaning, and the progressive who relishes propagating their political diatribe....   [tags: Postmodernism and Shakespeare]
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