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The Principal Characters of Shakespeare's Sonnets - One of the many intriguing aspects of Shakespeare's Sonnets is the identity of the principal characters within them, of which there are three: - The Young Man - The Dark Lady - The Rival Poet Nowhere in the Sonnets are these people explicitly identified and their anonymity has spawned much debate as to who these people could have been. The content of the Sonnets that refer to these people however, undoubtedly show that these were indeed real, living people and not imaginary inventions by the author for the sake of literary exercise....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Sonnets] 380 words
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The Complex Character of Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Complex Character of Shakespeare's Hamlet Upon examining Shakespeare's characters in this play, Hamlet proves to be a very complex character, and functions as the key element to the development of the play. Throughout the play we see the many different aspects of Hamlet's personality by observing his actions and responses to certain situations. Hamlet takes on the role of a strong character, but through his internal weaknesses we witness his destruction. In the opening of the play, Hamlet is confronted by the ghost of his father and told to revenge his "foul and most unnatural murder"....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet] 399 words
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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Everyday there is something that one must interpret whether it is a book, movie, or even the news. One must come to one’s own conclusion about the information they are interpreting. For instance movies are mostly easier to understand then books though the plots may have slight differences. In the 1996 movie “The Tragedy Of Romeo and Juliet” by Baz Luhrman, there are some major differences between his version and the book “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. One of the major differences is that the book takes place in the seventeen hundreds in Verona, while the movie takes place in the late twentieth century still in Verona....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 406 words
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Shakespeare and the Wedding Ring Tradition - The Wedding Ring Tradition Significance of Rings To Shakespeare During Shakespeare's time, the wedding and engagement rings indicated commitment. The rings Portia and Nerissa gave to Bassanio and Gratiano, that they were never to remove, were just that. "I give them with this ring, Which when you part from, lose, or give away, Let it presage the ruin of your love And be my vantage to exclaim on you" (3.2.171-4). The rings stood for the man's commitment to his wife just as rings Bassanio and Gratiano would give to Portia and Nerissa at their weddings would stand for the wives' commitment....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 407 words
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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - The most important purpose for adopting a Shakespearean play to film is showing the action and the real emotion of the play. I feel the Dicaprio version fulfills this purpose better than the Zeffereli version for the following reasons. Overall it is more entertaining, more attention is paid to action scenes such as the intensity of the feud, and the music really suits the play and makes it that much easier to watch. When I say the modern version is more entertaining I mean that it is far more captivating to watch then the Zeffereli rendition....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 448 words
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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Are there such things as true love and hatred. In the story Romeo and Juliet, written by William Shakespeare there is true love and hatred. Romeo, a Montague and Juliet, a Capulet are two star-crossed lovers who will always love each other. The hatred between the two families will be a problem for the couple to get together. These two families the Montagues and the Capulets truly dislike each other for no true reason. For example at the beginning of the script Sampson, a Capulet says “Nay, as they dare....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 482 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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The Rash Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - The Rash Romeo in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In the play Romeo and Juliet, Romeo’s actions are rash throughout the play. For example, Romeo does not consider the consequences of his actions when he insists on marrying Juliet. Also, Romeo shows rashness when he kills Tybalt. Finally, Romeo is rash when he kills himself. Rashness is a quality that haunts Romeo throughout the play. One of Romeo’s acts that shows his rashness is his marrying Juliet. After Juliet says that she does not want to marry Romeo, he persists and says that he wants “Th’ exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine” (2.2.134)....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 505 words
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Analysis of Shakespeare's The Tempest - Caliban and Trinculo - Psychoanalytic Analysis of Caliban and Trinculo of The Tempest    From a psychoanalytic perspective, both Caliban and Trinculo of Shakespeare’s The Tempest are interesting characters. Caliban is very sexual and bitter, while Trinculo is at odds with everything: his situation of being washed ashore and wrongly accused of saying things when he did not utter a word, as well as Caliban’s worship of an unkingly man, his drunken friend Stephano. Caliban has obviously not had all of his desires trained to stay within him, despite Prospero’s punishments and Miranda’s schooling....   [tags: Shakespeare The Tempest] 511 words
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Appearance vs. Reality in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Appearance vs. Reality in Shakespeare's Hamlet In Hamlet deceiving illusions are frequently used to protect truth from being a destructive force. Situations within acts one and two that appear to be true and honest are really contaminated with evil. Various characters within the first two acts hide behind masks of corruption. In the first two acts most characters presented seem to be good and honest making it a complex task for Hamlet to discover all the lies that have hidden objectives within them....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet] 513 words
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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Topic: Prince Escalus announces that "Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished" at the end of Romeo and Juliet. Clearly identify and discuss THREE (3) characters who were responsible for the tragic outcome of this play. William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet tells the tale of two star crossed lovers who end their lives because of their love for one another. Rash unadvised decisions, meddling, and dueling matches were the primary factors that affected Romeo and Juliet's deaths. The people who are responsible for their passing are: Friar Laurence, Tybalt, and Romeo himself....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 525 words
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Hamlet: Shakespeare Tragic Hero - Hamlet: Shakespeare Tragic Hero         In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the main character is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero.  Hamlet is considered to be a tragic hero because he has a tragic flaw that in the end, is the cause of his downfall.  The play is an example of a Shakespearean tragic play because it has all of the characteristics of the tragic play.  As defined by Aristotle, a tragic play has a beginning, middle, and end; unity of time and place; a tragic hero; and the concept of catharsis....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 528 words
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William Shakespeare's Sonnet #55 - William Shakespeare’s Sonnet #55 is a Shakespearian sonnet. It contains three quatrains, or four line stanzas, and ends with a couplet. The poem is written in iambic pentameter William Shakespeare’s Sonnet #55 is a Shakespearian sonnet. It contains three quatrains, or four line stanzas, and ends with a couplet. The poem is written in iambic pentameter. The speaker is the older man. This is the same speaker in many of Shakespeare’s sonnets. In this sonnet the speaker is telling the young man, beautiful, male addressee that he is not sharing his beauty with the world, but is selfishly keeping it all to himself....   [tags: English Literature Shakespeare Shakespearian]
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The Tragedy of William Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Tragedy of William Shakespeare's Hamlet It seems that in this merciless mourning, I have opened a tomb. And though my sight be of seeing, it is not as it once was. For what I see is not with thine own eyes. It is as death appears to those awake. A coldness, an emptiness, that I cannot forsake. Hope Saphos DeVenuto A melody in literature is a language that Shakespeare uses freely in Hamlet with infinite variety. The imagery relates to us to create to the senses a realization of what is occurring as well as to kindle our responses....   [tags: Tragedy William Shakespeare's Hamlet] 574 words
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The Benefits of Reading Shakespeare - The wonders of Shakespeare As students we can concur with you that the works of Shakespeare are some of the most challenging that we are obliged to study in school. He does not seem to use English at all and his works are almost always lengthy and tragic. However, you can benefit from reading and understanding his writings. The fact that you as a student dislike Shakespearean Literature is something that we are well aware of. As you get more involved in reading his works though, you will be able to developed sharpened comprehension skills, better understanding his style of writing and you feel a sense of fulfillment....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 583 words
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Fates Role in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Fate’s Role in “Romeo and Juliet” In William Shakespeare’s play, “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”, fate plays one of the largest roles in the plot. In order to understand how fate plays a role it is important to examine how the story begins, when Romeo meets Juliet, and when Romeo fights Tybalt after Tybalt kills Mercutio. One reason why fate plays a big role is that the play begins by hinting that Romeo and Juliet will be affected by fate. The chorus begins the play by giving the general idea of the story....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 605 words
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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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Critical Analysis of Shakespeare's Hamlet - Critical Analysis of Shakespeare's Hamlet What is mans' purpose in life. Is there a purpose. If there isn't, then is it wise to end it, despite the fact that there might be nothing better. In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Hamlet struggles with these and other issues. He states that the question of life is "To be, or not to be...?" Is existence really worth the troubles of life. In this monologue, Hamlet is wondering what is his purpose. He asserts that the only reason people endure their horrible lives is the uncertainty of what lies after death....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet] 639 words
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There is No Ghost in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - There is No Ghost in William Shakespeare's Hamlet   "Hamlet", written by William Shakespeare in the seventeenth century, is a tragedy of great proportion and great debate. When the play begins, Hamlet is moping around at home. His father recently died, his mother sinfully married her brother-in-law, and he was cheated out of the throne by his ambitious uncle. He is angry and bitter, and after initial skepticism, is more than willing to accept the ghost who seems to resemble his deceased father....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Timelessness of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - The classic play Romeo and Juliet by the famous playwright William Shakespeare is one of the most beautiful love stories of all time and has captured and inspired readers everywhere. Regardless of the fact that it was written in the 1500’s, it is still being performed and extolled today. There is a multitude of reasons for such continuance of the play. First of all, its everlasting themes of love and hate enable people to deeply relate to the story. Secondly, its memorable characters deeply imprint on the minds of readers....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet] 643 words
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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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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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Deception in Shakespeare's Othello - Deception in Shakespeare’s “Othello”      One may readily perceive the theme of Shakespeare’s “Othello” as deception. Deception appears many times in Othello, but in almost every incident the degree of deception is different. Deception is to “deceive another, illusion, or fraud” (Webster’s New World Pocket Dictionary 69), which is seen as a wrongful act. However, deception may be used to protect someone from getting hurt therefore being used with good intentions.      The very first act of deception is done by the character Desdemona....   [tags: Othello Shakespeare Deception]
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The Role of the Witches in the Downfall of Shakespeare's MacBeth - The Role of the Witches in the Downfall of Shakespeare's MacBeth MacBeth by William Shakespeare is a play which shows the uprise of MacBeth, the treachery and his eventual downfall. Witchcraft plays a major part in MacBeth's actions and his weak character is easily manipulated. Although being an honest and brave man earlier, his ambition clouds his judgement. His life is tragic and through some terrible deeds ends in catastrophe. MacBeth is Thane of Glamis and a highly honorable and respected man....   [tags: Shakespeare MacBeth] 699 words
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Condemnation of Prejudice in Shakespeare's Othello - Shakespeare’s Condemnation of Prejudice in Othello      American history is a cornucopia of racial tension, beginning with the slave trade and spanning the centuries to the Ku Klux Klan and to the days of Martin Luther King. There is evidence that racial prejudice was just as prevalent in sixteenth century England as in modern day America. Othello can be seen as Shakespeare’s condemnation of racial prejudice. The character of Iago uses racial stereotypes both to disparage Othello and to plant the seeds of jealousy in him....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 715 words
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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'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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Women in Shakespeare’s Hamlet - Women in Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” Throughout Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” women are used as method for men to get what they want. The men in Hamlet, either directly or indirectly continuously use women to acquire something from other men. The only two women in the entire play are Gertrude and Ophelia, who are consistently used by the current king, Claudius, Polonius, and Hamlet. Ophelia is exploited by Polonius and the King (mainly together), and is also used by Hamlet. Gertrude is used by the King, as well as Polonius....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet]
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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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Shakespeare's Othello - Honest Iago - Othello – Honest Iago Without a doubt, one of the main themes that runs throughout William Shakespeare’s tragic play, Othello, is that of honesty.  In the play, the most interesting character is Iago, who is commonly called and known as "Honest Iago."  However, this could not be farther from the truth.  Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits and moves him closer to his own goals.  He is smart and an expert at judging the characters of others.  Because of this, Iago pushes everyone to their tragic end....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 785 words
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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet        Shakespeare's Hamlet is a master of deception. Hamlet decides to make Claudius believe that he is insane, but the scheme backfires when everyone, except Claudius, falls for it. Ophelia is one of those who believes Hamlet lost his mind, and when he does not return her love, she is so brokenhearted that she commits suicide. Near the end of the tragedy, Hamlet plays the part so well, that he convinces himself he is insane. Clearly, Hamlet's plan to put on an antic disposition is a tragic error....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Romeo and Juliet In Act 3 Scene 1, the violence results in the banishment of Romeo. The purpose of this coursework is to explore how Shakespeare makes Act 3 Scene 1 exciting for the audience. Act 3 Scene 1 is the main turning point of the play where it becomes a tragedy, the scene begins with Mercutio humouring everyone and then enters the happily married and love-struck Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt now that he has married Juliet, Tybalt thinks that Romeo is mocking him but still refuses so Mercutio decides to fight for Romeo because he has dishonoured himself, Romeo tries to stop them fighting but ends up getting Mercutio killed, filled by his rage he kills Tybalt, both families rush to...   [tags: William Shakespeare Tragedies Essays] 795 words
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Dramatic Irony in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare uses irony to great effect in his many plays, specifically dramatic irony, and some cosmic irony, in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. But why does he use it. What is he trying to achieve or portray. It varies throughout the play, but there are general trends as the story develops. In the beginning we see that it is almost comical uses. The irony then develops into more interesting and intriguing uses meant to keep the audience, especially the groundlings, interested and wanting more....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 800 words
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SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS - A sonnet is a lyric poem of fourteen lines, following one of several set of rhyme-schemes. Critics of the sonnet have recognized varying classifications, but the two characteristic sonnet types are the Italian type (Petrarchan) and the English type (Shakespearean). Shakespeare is still nowadays seen as in idol in English literature. No one can read one of his works and be left indifferent. His way of writing is truly fascinating. His sonnets, which are his most popular work, reflect several strong themes....   [tags: Shakespeare, Analysis] 815 words
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Animal Imagery in Shakespeare's Coriolanus - Animal Imagery in Shakespeare's Coriolanus      Caius Martius Coriolanus, the protagonist in Shakespeare's play that bears his name, undergoes a circular transformation. He changes from the hero of Rome to an outcast and then back to a hero. As he undergoes this transformation he is likened to a dog, a sheep, a wolf, and an osprey. The invocation of animals to describe Coriolanus is ?perhaps based in the very animal like nature of Coriolanus himself?(Barton 68). His actions like those of an animal are not based on rational thought, instead they are based on instinct....   [tags: Coriolanus Essays Shakespeare]
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The Subject of Choice in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Subject of Choice in Shakespeare's Hamlet It is said that life is nothing more than an endless stream of choices. Every day before work or school, we must all make choices—what to eat, what to wear, whether or not to bother with that homework assignment—some of which are trivial, while others have the direst consequences. In Shakespeare’s classic play Hamlet, the inner thoughts that accompany each decision, as well as the quest for what is actually truth and what is lie, is brought to light in Act 2.2....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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Age and Youth by William Shakespeare - Age and Youth by William Shakespeare The poem "age and youth", by William Shakespeare (born April 26th 1564 – died April 23rd 1616) is one of his profound poems which was published in 1588. It is apart of a collection of numerous poems in "The Passionate Pilgrim", ‘Age and Youth being numeral XII. These various poems centre on the ideas of the early and late stages in life. More notably however his one sided perception on the two topics. "Youth" is cast as being the more favourable and several lines throughout the poem display this bias....   [tags: Poetry Poem Shakespeare] 861 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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The Corruption in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Corruption in William Shakespeare's Hamlet Central to the plot and the themes developed in Shakespeare's Hamlet, are the varying elements of corruption which occur during the play. This is echoed in Marcellus' famous comment of 'Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,' when Hamlet is beckoned away by the Ghost (1.4.90). As the play continues and the story enfolds, it becomes apparent that there truly is 'something rotten in the state of Denmark,' and rather that it is not just one 'something,' but many things....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 894 words
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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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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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The Structure of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar - The Structure of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar The structure of the tragedy is chronological, in the sense that the different situations that take place are in order, despite the fact that Shakespeare, in some cases, cuts the time between an event and the other so as to be able to cover from the time the conspiracy is planned until the death of Brutus. However, the different themes of the play contribute to its structuring, in various ways. According to Marvin Speavock and other critics on Shakespeare, the play presents a “two-peak action”, meaning that the play is divided in two different parts: the first three acts on one side, and the last two on the others....   [tags: William Shakespeare Play Analysis] 915 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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William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 - Keeping love alive is not easy. One knows that life eventually comes to an end, but does love. Time passes and days must end. It is in "Sonnet 18", by Shakespeare, that we see a challenge to the idea that love is finite. Shakespeare shows us how some love is eternal and will live on forever in comparison to a beautiful summer's day. Shakespeare has a way of keeping love alive in "Sonnet 18", and he uses a variety of techniques to demonstrate how love is more brilliant and everlasting than a summer's day....   [tags: Shakespeare Sonnet]
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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - The opening scene of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will be the scene that I choose to analysis. Elements of plots that could be found in the first scene are exposition, point of attack, discovery and foreshadowing. Each one of these elements will be used to help analysis the scene and make it clear as to what is going on in the mind of Shakespeare. The first element of plot found in the first scene is exposition. We read that there are two groups The Montague’s and The Capulets, and they seem to not like each other....   [tags: William Shakespeare]
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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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William Shakespeare's Hamlet - William Shakespeare's Hamlet Disillusionment. Depression. Despair. These are the burning emotions churning in young Hamlet's soul as he attempts to come to terms with his father's death and his mother's incestuous, illicit marriage. While Hamlet tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered idealism, he consciously embarks on a quest to seek the truth hidden in Elsinore; this, in stark contrast to Claudius' fervent attempts to obscure the truth of murder. Deception versus truth; illusion versus reality....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 940 words
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Crimes Committed in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - In William Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet", Prince Escalus exclaims at the end; "All are Punished." Is this true. Montague and Capulet have certainly committed a crime of upholding an ancient grudge that has claimed many lives. The Friars crime was to run away from a suiciding person and also to mastermind Romeo and Juliet’s wedding and plans to run away, which eventually lead to the death of Romeo and Juliet. Even the main characters, who are painted as innocent and saint-like, have committed crimes punishable by the law....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 944 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet - "This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man" (Shakespeare 1794). This bit of advice from Polonius to his son Laertes, starts a running motif in Hamlet. Shakespeare uses this motif to foreshadow what will unfold internally among each of the major players in Hamlet, such as Ophelia, Polonius, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Laertes and Hamlet. Many of the characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, cause their own self-destruction by following others wishes and not being true to their own desires....   [tags: Shakespeare, Hamlet, Play Analysis]
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Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre - Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre Plays have always been a big attraction throughout the centuries. William Shakespeare is most commonly known as one of the best play writers of all time. Even without the modern technology that we have today, Shakespeare was able to deliver magnificent plays using the Globe Theatre. Though Shakespeare wrote many plays, he did not write an autobiography, and none of the letters he wrote could be found. Therefore little is actually known about Shakespeare’s life....   [tags: William Shakespeare]
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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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William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew The author of The Taming of the Shrew was William Shakespeare. Shakespeare lived from around April 23, 1564 to April 23, 1616. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and together they had three children, two girls and a boy (who died at the age of twelve)....   [tags: Book Report Shakespeare] 991 words
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Analysis of Shakespeare's The Tempest - The True Villain - The True Villain of The Tempest On June 2, 1609, five hundred colonists set out in nine ships from Plymouth in association with the imperial Virginia Company. It was the aim of this expedition to fortify John Smith's colony in Virginia. While eight of the party's vessels securely arrived at Jamestown, the flagship, called the “Sea Adventure” , was conspicuously absent. This ship --which carried the fleet's most valuable cargo, the admiral Sir John Somers and the future governor of Virginia Sir George Somers --was separated from the other eight during a fierce storm off the coast of Bermuda, the legendary Isle of Devils, dreaded by superstitious sixteenth-century sailors....   [tags: Shakespeare The Tempest] 993 words
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Shakespeare's The Tempest - Is Prospero Good or Evil? - Tempest:  Is Prospero Good or Evil?     To be able to answer this question we must first understand why Prospero can be seen as good or evil. It is fair to say that Prospero is a main protagonist to the plot of Shakespeare’s Tempest. It is due to Prospero's role as a key figure in the play that has put him under so much scrutiny. Many different Shakespearean critics have their own view of Prospero and those that read or see the play also have their own opinion of the way in which Prospero may be seen....   [tags: Shakespeare Tempest] 1001 words
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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 Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra “Heaven help the American-born boy with a talent for ballet” – Camille Paglia The prim and proper women and the strong and strapping men are no match for Shakespeare’s haze of character’s muddled together in Antony and Cleopatra. As always Shakespeare delivers a luminary cast of individuals that deviate from the socially accepted gender roles. As the audience works its way through the fierce genesis to the catastrophic resolution, it is made more than apparent that lines are being crossed all over society’s conformist board of gender specific expectations....   [tags: Shakespeare Antony Cleopatra Essays] 1016 words
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Shakespeare's Sonnets - Writings by William Shakespeare are perceived as pieces of art that are a reflection of the power, flattery as well as passion that was evident in the monarchy which he was devoted to. The designs that Shakespeare used were geared towards the expression of prestige and elegance of that era. He did so in a manner that was impressive and this catapulted him to the recognition he enjoyed. and power that represent the monarchy in which he served. Shakespeare designed his written with the intention of expressing the elegance and prestige of the monarchy’s era and did so in an impressive manner to achieve his recognition....   [tags: literary analysis, shakespeare]
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Poetry vs. Prose in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Poetry vs. Prose in Shakespeare's Hamlet In any discussion of poetry vs. prose worth it's stanzas, questions regarding such tools as meter, rhyme, and format must come into play. These are, after all, the most obvious distinguishing features of poetry, and they must certainly be key in determining the definition, and in fact nature, of poetry. Yet a term as broad as "poetry" is not so easily quantified as to simply attribute physical characteristics to it and let all writing either fall into or out of that category....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet] 1045 words
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William Shakespeare's Othello - The drama, Othello by W. Shakspeare, is a play that we can read with a great deal of understanding because we can relate it to our society today and to the people who surrounds us. We often witness acts of racism, gender bashing, evil people and suiciders because of poor self perception. In this play we see examples of everything. Throughout the play several different perceptions of people are shown . Most often the characters, specially Othello perceived Iago as "honest Iago" . I believe that we do not get a clear vision of how Iago views himself....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello] 1045 words
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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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Racism in William Shakespeare's Othello - Racism in William Shakespeare's Othello The play, Othello, is certainly, in part, the tragedy of racism. Examples of racism are common throughout the dialog. This racism is directed toward Othello, a brave soldier from Africa and currently supreme commander of the Venetian army. Nearly every character uses a racial slur to insult Othello at one point in the play. Even Emilia sinks to the level of insulting Othello based on the color of his skin. The character that most commonly makes racist remarks in Othello is Iago....   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]
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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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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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Porspero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest - Shakespeare does not present us the perfect ruler immediately. Instead, he develops Prospero from a basically good, but flawed man, to one who, although retaining some vanity and therefore is not perfect, will certainly act in a manner befitting an ideal leader. Prospero's character is portrayed as entirely good throughout the play, using his magic only to achieve positive ends such as education. He is one with his environment as he has developed superior intellectual powers, now realizing that he marked himself to be ousted by his distance from everyday affairs....   [tags: Tempest Shakespeare] 1107 words
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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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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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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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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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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - In all of the best works of literature, each of a writer's characters has a purpose whether the role is small or big. Even if it goes unnoticed, the small characters usually play a key role to the story's plot development. These minor characters also add depth to the story's world and also help in the development of the major characters' personality. In William Shakespeare's play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the minor characters of Friar Lawrence, the Nurse, and Tybalt are in many ways the most pivotal characters to the play's development. F...   [tags: Shakespeare Romeo Juliet] 1138 words
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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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William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew In the beginning of “The Taming of the Shrew”, some say Shakespeare portrays Katherina as a very shrewish figure. Others may argue that she is not shrewish but just a very strong willed person. At the end of the play some people say she is transformed into a very kind and gentle person, while again others will argue that she is not “tamed” but just putting on an act to “show up” her younger sister Bianca, whom has always been more beautiful and charming....   [tags: Shakespeare Taming Shrew Essays] 1161 words
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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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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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Iago and Honesty in Shakespeare's Othello - Iago and Honesty in Othello   Iago uses the word "honest" in act three of Othello in three primary ways.  The first way he uses it is to mean honourable, about Cassio.  He uses this meaning of the word to force Othello to doubt Cassio's honesty, and question his hounorablility.  The second way is to mean faithful, both about Desdemona and Cassio.  Iago uses it in the context that the two may be "truthful," again to make Othello doubt.  The third way is Iago's most effective use, which is to use honest in the context to mean truthful, as in, he has told Othello the truth.  However, Shakespeare has created tremendous dramatic irony, for we know that Iago is being anything except truthful. ...   [tags: Othello essays Shakespeare]
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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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Analyzing Shakespeare's Othello - A. William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564 to what would now be considered a middle class family. In 1568 his father, John Shakespeare was elected mayor of Stratford. When he was 18 years old Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway who was 26. The couple had three children, a daughter Susanna, and twins Hamnet- a boy and Judith- a girl. Shortly thereafter he left Stratford to seek his fortune in the theatrical world of London. In addition to his duties as an actor he wrote an average of almost two plays a year and was London's most popular playwright of this period....   [tags: William Shakespeare] 1184 words
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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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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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How Shakespeare Portrayed Lady Macbeth - From the very beginning, Lady Macbeth is depicted as an ambitious and powerful woman, who is central to the plot of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. So far, in the play, Lady Macbeth has been shown to be a very powerful and ambitious character. After reading Macbeth's letter, she says, "Thou wouldst be great, / Art not without ambition, but without / The illness that should attend it"(I.v 17-19), here, she is saying that he needs more evil or "illness" in him to become King, and therefore implies that she will "poison" him and give him the illness he needs to increase his ambition....   [tags: William Shakespeare]
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