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Forces of Nature in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale - Forces of Nature in The Winter's Tale       "A sad tale's best for winter," young Mamillius declares (2.1, 25). So ominously begins Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, a story that the audience is immediately tempted to deem a tragedy. However, unlike many of Shakespeare's other later works, which accrue more and more tragedy as the play progresses, The Winter's Tale begins tragically, but concludes happily. The play contains strong elements of both comedy and tragedy, and the course appears to be dictated by the character's relationship with Nature or her representatives....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]
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A Marxist Reading of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - A) Write a critical commentary on key aspects of either Act 2 Scene 2 or Act 3 Scene 5. B) Indicate briefly how you would read this extract using one of the approaches studied so far in Peter Barry’s Beginning Theory other than the liberal humanist approach. ACT 2 SCENE 2 Part A Act Two, Scene Two of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a romantic and poetically lavish scene. This emotionally abundant section of the play contains the love passages and fanciful imaginings of the young lovers. But while it is eloquent and delightful, it is also essential in detailing certain character developments, drawing attention to recurring themes and setting the tone of the remaining play....   [tags: William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet]
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Claudius as Evil in Hamlet by William Shakespeare - Claudius as Evil in Hamlet by William Shakespeare The abstract concept of evil has vastly transformed throughout human history, ranging for the supernatural and mystical to the very humans amongst whom we live. In modern times, evil has become an entirely ambiguous term. Who is evil. What is evil. Men like Adolph Hitler and Saddam Hussein have been garnered with the term ‘evil’ for their atrocities against fellow humans. Now it seems evil has a solely human significance; when a person violates the individual rights of others on a massive scale, he/she is evil....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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Significance of the Ghost to William Shakespeare's Hamlet - Significance of the Ghost to William Shakespeare's Hamlet In Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', the ghost plays a key role in influencing the destinies of the other characters. The ghost is important to the play as it symbolizes both fate and catalyses the plot. It also brings the play into the revenge tragedy genre, which allows foreshadowing to occur and helps the audience, both Elizabethan and contemporary to better understand the play and appreciate it. The late King Hamlet is forced to roam the earth as he was murdered before he could confess to his sins, having to remain in purgatory till his sins are washed from him and he is able to enter into heaven....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet] 1576 words
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The Transformation of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play - The Transformation of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play Macbeth, once a noble and courageous warrior is transformed into an egotistical and ruthless tyrant. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth encounters a transformation which brings him the crown, as well as his death. However, this transformation reached the point it did because three motivational factors. Throughout the tragedy the Three Witches (along with the prophecy), Macbeth's himself, and Lady Macbeth were motivational factors that manipulated Macbeth into committing murder and treason....   [tags: William Shakespeare Macbeth Essays]
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Othello's Flaw in Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Othello - Othello's Flaw in Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Othello In Shakespeare?s play Othello, Othello himself is the tragic hero. He is an individual of high stature who is destroyed by his surroundings, his own actions, and his fate. His destruction is essentially precipitated by his own actions, as well as by the actions of the characters surrounding him. The tragedy of Othello is not a fault of a single person, but is rather the consequence of a wide range of feelings, judgments, misjudgments, and attempts for personal justification revealed by the characters....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare Othello]
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Analysis of the Soliloquy "To be, or not to be" in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, the title character, Hamlet, performs his most famous soliloquy, started “To be, or not to be….” This speech comes in the midpoint of the main action of the play. In the conclusion of Act II, Hamlet purveyed a more rational attitude and outlook, and this soliloquy contradicts such a persona. He seems to have reverted to his dark, contemplative state. The opening, and most famous line of this soliloquy, “To be, or not to be…,” suggests death or possible suicide; however, the subsequent lines pose the two courses of action which he, or one, may take in life....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Hamlet] 273 words
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William Shakespare's Poem My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun - William Shakespare's Poem "My Mistress Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun" 'My Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun' is a poem written by William Shakespeare about the love towards an imperfect woman. He explains that although his mistress is imperfect, he finds his love special and 'rare.' If the modern day reader is not careful, he/she might be quick to assume the role of the woman that Shakespeare writes about. Although the word mistress now refers to a sweetheart or a woman who lives with a man without being married to him, in Shakespeare's time, it meant a woman who rules others or has control....   [tags: William Shakespeare Mistress Nothing Essays] 490 words
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Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello - Iago of William Shakespeare's Othello Who is Iago. Iago poisons people's thoughts, creating ideas in their heads without implicating himself. His first victim is Roderigo. Roderigo remarks, "That thou, Iago, who hast had my purse as if the strings were thine." [Act I, Scene I, Line 2] Throughout the play, Iago leads Roderigo, professing that ". . . I do hate [the Moor] as I do Hell pains." [Act I, Scene I, Line 152] He tells Roderigo to "Put money in thy purse" [Act I, Scene III, Line 328] so that he can win Desdemona with gifts....   [tags: Iago William shakespeare Othello Essays] 1540 words
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William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In the love story about Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is an important character as all the events are based on his actions. Romeo the son of Montague falls in love with Juliet the daughter of lord and lady Capulet, this creates a grave problem as the Capulet's and Montague's have had a feud this has been festered for a long time. The impression I get of Romeo when he first comes on to the scene is that he sad and miserable he also shows emotion with his words it is as if he intends on keeping himself to himself....   [tags: Papers Romeo Juliet Shakespeare Essays] 1020 words
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William Shakespeare - The Northern Renaissance began after 1500, when scholars and merchants in northern Europe supported Renaissance ideas. The Northern Renaissance writers also supported and adopted the idea of humanism, but gave humanism more of a religious opinion (Adams 14). One of the famous northern writers is William Shakespeare. Many people say that he is the best playwright ever. Shakespeare's life can be separated into his young years, marriage, play years, and late years. First of all, Shakespeare was born on April 23rd, 1564....   [tags: Shakespeare Playwright] 1406 words
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Greek Tragedy Exemplified in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Greek Tragedy Exemplified in Shakespeare's Hamlet For several thousands of years, drama has existed among mankind. The ancient Greeks are accredited with the creation of drama, which began as simple religious rituals and eventually evolved into the more complex forms of tragedies and comedies. The first rules of drama, not surprisingly, were also written by a Greek--the famous philosopher and intellectual, Aristotle. Aristotle took note of the what qualities created a successful dramatic piece by observing a plethora of plays written by different Greek dramatists....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 1178 words
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Crawling Inside the Mind of Shakespeare's Hamlet - Crawling Inside the Mind of Hamlet      Much of the dramatic action of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet is within the head of the main character, Hamlet.   His wordplay represents the amazing, contradictory, unsettled, mocking, nature of his mind, as it is torn by disappointment and positive love, as Hamlet seeks both acceptance and punishment, action and stillness, and wishes for consummation and annihilation. He can be abruptly silent or vicious; he is capable of wild laughter and tears, and also polite badinage....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Indecision, Hesitation and Delay in Shakespeare's Hamlet -    Admonished by the ghost of his poisoned father, troubled by the stench of a kingdom in decline, outraged by his queen mother's incestuous liaison, why did Hamlet wait so long to act decisively?  Theories abound. Hamlet had an Oedipus complex. Hamlet was mad rather than merely pretending to be. Hamlet was an intellectual pansy. Hamlet was an existentialist. Etc. T. S. Eliot went so far as to say that the play itself was flawed, Hamlet's Problem actually the author's own, insoluble.  I believe that the Problem is actually ours....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Mercutio of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Mercutio of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Although the story of Romeo and Juliet does not focus on Mercutio, to many, he is one of the most interesting characters in literature. His name puns on the word mercurial which meansunpredictably changeable. His unsteady behavior makes him wise beyond his intentions. Arecurring trend in Shakespeare’s plays is the existence of a witty fool and many foolish wits. People such as Romeo, Friar Laurence, and Capulet are people who are made out to be wise, but,in the end, they make all the wrong decisions....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Essays] 1384 words
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Language of Love in Shakespeare's As You Like It - As You Like It is love:  The Language of Love               The most obvious concern of As You Like It is love, and particularly the attitudes and the language appropriate to young romantic love. This is obvious from the relationships between Orlando and Rosalind, Silvius and Phoebe, Touchstone and Audrey, and Celia and Oliver. The action of the play moves back and forth among these couples, inviting us to compare the different styles and to recognize from those comparisons some important facts about young love....   [tags: Shakespeare As You Like It Essays]
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The Love Of Hamlet For Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Love Of Hamlet For Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet is without any reservations, one of Shakespeare's most mystifying plays. Although the play has a concise story, it is filled with many uncertainties relating to different issues behind the plot. The reader is left with many uncertainties about the true feelings of prince Hamlet. One question in particular is, did Hamlet really love Ophelia. This dispute can be reinforced either way, however I believe Hamlet was truly in love with Ophelia....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Ophelia Essays]
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The Role of Language in Shakespeare's Play The Tempest - The Role of Language in Shakespeare's Play The Tempest 1 The role of language in Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” is quite significant. To Miranda and Prospero the use of language is a means to knowing oneself. Caliban does not view language in the same light. Prospero taught Caliban to speak, but instead of creating the feeling of empowerment from language, Caliban reacts in insurrectionary manner. Language reminds him how different he is from Miranda and Prospero, and also how they have changed him....   [tags: The Tempest William Shakespeare Essays]
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The Tragedy of Lady Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Tragedy of Lady Ophelia of Hamlet Melancholy, grief, and madness pervade Shakespeare's great tragedy, Hamlet.  The emotional maladies presented within Hamlet, not only allow the audience to sympathize with prince Hamlet, but also with the tragic lady Ophelia as well.  It is Ophelia who suffers at her lover's discretion because of decisions she was obligated to make on behalf of her weak societal position.  Hamlet provides his own self-torture and does fall victim to melancholia and grief - his madness is feigned.  They each share a common connection: the loss of a parental figure.  Hamlet loses his father as a result of a horrible murder, as does Ophelia.  Her situation is more seve...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Home vs. The Exotic in Shakespeare's The Tempest - Home vs. The Exotic in Shakespeare's The Tempest Home. Just the word conjures up feelings of familiarity and comfort, a place that is welcoming and memorable. Does home necessarily have to represent a place. Rather, can it encompass a multitude of feelings and objects that represent comfort and ease. The post-colonial novel often strives to strike a balance, whether it be uneven, between what is considered foreign and exotic and that which is homely and familiar. Post-colonial literature frequently is representative of the interplay between characters' experiences in an exotic environment versus those at home....   [tags: Shakespeare Temptest William Essays] 2283 words
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Differences of Love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juleit - Two lovers, different in beliefs, yet the same in thoughts and feelings, are set to have a tragic ending in their life story. In William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare portrays differences between the love of Romeo for Juliet, and the love of Juliet for Romeo. Many people often wonder why this love between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet did not turn out for the best. It is not their love for one another that finally breaks them apart from the world, it is the way they love one another....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet] 1114 words
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Loyalty in William Shakespeare's As You Like It - Loyalty in William Shakespeare's As You Like It In Shakespeare's As You Like It loyalty is dominant theme. Each character possesses either a loyalty or disloyalty towards another. These disloyalties and loyalties are most apparent in the relationships of Celia and Rosalind, Celia and Duke Fredrick, Orlando and Rosalind, Adam and Orlando, and Oliver and Orlando. In these relationships, a conflict of loyalties causes characters to change homes, jobs, identities and families. Two characters, Celia and Rosalind are loyal to each other throughout the play, which is apparent through the decisions Celia makes....   [tags: Shakespeare As Like It Theme] 1029 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay: Observations on Gertrude - And What of Gertrude in Hamlet.       To what extent does evil reign in the heart of Queen Gertrude in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This essay will delve into her character, and into the deposit of literary criticism regarding her, in order to analyze her character in depth.   Philip Edwards’ “The Ghost: Messenger from a Higher Court of Values?” expresses the necessity of the Ghost leaving the guilt of Gertrude to the afterlife:   The final injunction, ‘Leave her to heaven’, must temper our feeling of the Ghost’s personal vindictiveness....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Characterization in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - In Act One of William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, we meet Romeo, Mercutio, and Tybalt. Right away, we get an idea of who these characters are and what kind of role they will play throughout the story. Romeo, Mercutio, and Tybalt share many distinctive characteristics and personalities in the story. We learn that Romeo is the romantic and handsome son of the Montagues. In the beginning of the story, he was depressed, but his mood quickly changed as the story went on. We also learn that Mercutio is Romeo’s closest and good friend who tries to make Romeo forget about his first love, Rosaline....   [tags: William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet] 1182 words
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Imagine living a tragic existence, not even two entire decades long. Imagine being controlled by an invisible, yet limitless puppet string conducted by “the stars”. When fate is your enemy and time reveals each unraveling tragedy to your dismay, you understand how it feels to be the protagonist’s of Shakespeare’s most famous love story, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Tradition, heredity, and ancestry symbolize the celestial psychology that is the stars. Controlling every miniscule detail of the play from human behavior to action sequences, to the ultimate climax of the tale....   [tags: William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet] 881 words
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Responsibilities in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Responsibilities in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice The small and seemingly insignificant details in a story often hold together an entire theme of the work. This phenomenon is recognizable in the plays of William Shakespeare, as a speech or incident with a minor character can point the audience to a much larger truth about the work as a whole. The Merchant of Venice contains such a minor character, Lancelot, whose story gives a clue to the reader about the roles of the other characters in the play....   [tags: Shakespeare Merchant Venice essays] 1213 words
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Friar Lawrence in Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet - The story of Romeo and Juliet was filled with a tragedy caused by two feuding families with an end of death. But could the fatal demise of these two been averted if one character had played a better part. This character is Friar Lawrence a man of the church renowned for his power of healing. When the lovers turned to him he married them, gave both advice in their ties of need and supplied a plan to bring them back together. But was the Friar responsible for such a crime and when they both lay dead was the blood on his hands....   [tags: Shakespeare Romeo Juliet] 901 words
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Gertrude: The Root of Evil in Shakespeare's Hamlet - In Hamlet, a play by William Shakespeare, the driving forces seem, at first glance, to be greed and revenge. But if one delves more deeply, one will find motives other than these.  If one asks oneself what is the main reason for revenge in the play they will find that there is a woman at the core of it. In the beginning of the play the audience learns that the king has died and later discovers that it was his brother Claudius who killed him. Besides his hunger for the crown, what else might have motivated him to kill his brother....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet] 607 words
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The Parents in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Romeo and Juliet - Parents This essay is about a boy who is in love with a girl named Rosaline at the beginning of the book. His friend Mercutio makes fun of him, and he is heart broken from being turned down by her. (Pg. 13) "This story of two young star crossed lovers takes place in the 15 century in fair Verona, Italy". Romeo has just been let down by Rosaline; when he mopes around nonstop thinking about her, word comes up about a masked ball at the Capulet residence. (Pg. 31) "Mercutio suggests going for they might meet more beauties there and they will suit one with Romeo"....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet] 620 words
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Role Of Jaques in Shakespeare's As You Like It - Role Of Jaques in As You Like It The essentially healthy emotional intelligence of Rosalind and Orlando and their suitability for each other emerge from their separate encounters with Jaques (in some editions Jacques), the melancholy ex-courtier who is part of Duke Senior's troupe in the forest. Both Rosalind and Orlando take an instant dislike to Jaques (which is mutual). And in that dislike we are invited to see something vitally right about the two of them. For Jaques is, in effect, the opposite of everything Rosalind stands for....   [tags: Shakespeare As You Like It Essays] 1032 words
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Shakespeare's As You Like It - The Philosophy of Jaques - The Philosophy of Jaques in As You Like It Jaques is one of the characters in Shakespeare`s comedy As You Like It. We- as audience and readers- learn that although he was previously a libertine, he now seems to have turned to philosophy in his quest for a new identity. As a philosopher he questions much of what he sees around him. At one point Jaques analyses what it is to be a man (II,vii, 60-166). He sees the world as a stage wherein men and women are players, and their different ages represent different acts and scenes in the play....   [tags: Shakespeare As You Like It Essays] 682 words
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Madness in William Shakespeare's King Lear - Madness in William Shakespeare's King Lear                          In his play, King Lear, Shakespeare introduces many themes.  The most important theme is that of madness, which is portrayed, during the course of this play, by the tragic hero, King Lear.  Though Lear shows great egotism at the beginning of the play, he actually begins to show signs of madness in Acts 3 and 4. In these acts, King Lear is shown spiraling into madness and then eventually regaining his sanity.  Shakespeare develops his madness theme through several phases.  In the first phase, Lear's madness is shown through his strange conversations and the tearing off of his garments; in the second phase, Lear is shown em...   [tags: King Lear essays Shakespeare]
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Directing William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Directing Romeo and Juliet Being a director in a production such as Romeo and Juliet is no easy task, and I enter into this paper with that in mind. My goals are to be creative, and do things differently from the many versions of the play we have viewed in class. Each of those directors took the original text, written by William Shakespeare, and turned it into a unique version of their own; unique in the sense that they changed the tragedy by taking out lines, conversation or even entire scenes to better suit that particular director’s needs....   [tags: William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet] 1458 words
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The Theme of Jealousy in Othello by William Shakespeare - The Theme of Jealousy in Othello by William Shakespeare Othello is a unique tragedy in that it focuses on the destruction of love through sexual jealousy. Jealousy is not inherited in a person, but developed from the fatal factors of their character. Othello is plagued with his ego and pride which contributes to his demise. Othello is, however, a truly romantic character because he is very passionate and full of deep feelings. It keeps a person wondering what could have possibly brought the sweet Desdemona to be his wife....   [tags: Papers Othello Shakespeare Essays]
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Theme of Fate in Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare - Some people may not believe that destiny is something that truthfully exists in the world. These people doubt that there is anything that is actually meant to be, or supposed to happen, thinking that there is always a way around troubling predicaments, knowing that it is not necessary to turn out just one certain way. They trust that whatever occurs in their lives comes as a result of the decisions that they make with their own free will. Others believe that whatever happens during the course of their lives is inevitable and every event is laid out before them like a road map to life, in other words, fate....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet] 1318 words
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The Turning Point in Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare - In this essay, I will be explaining how act 3 Scene 1 is a turning point. ?Romeo and Juliet. is a tragic love story based on two passionate lovers, Romeo and Juliet. However, their families dislike each other, forcing the young couple to only painful end. William Shakespeare made this story full of betrayal, love, jealousy, anger and death. In act 3 Scene 1, it shows the turning point of the whole account as one of Romeo?s best friend, Mercutio, is stabbed by Tybalt and died. Therefore, guilty Romeo decided to seek revenge and killed Tybalt....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet] 999 words
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The Relationship Between Gertrude and Shakespeare's Hamlet - "O most pernicious woman (1.2.105)!"  This proclamation by Hamlet foretells of his ultimate surmise.  Hamlet throughout Shakespeare's work is a strong character.  It seems that he has the upper hand in every situation.  This statement however, is a reflection of weakness.  His destruction stems from the inability to accept Claudius as father.  More importantly though, his mother's rush to remarry has caused more of inflated persona in Hamlet.  His inability to interact with the people around him makes room for a lot of debate.  Despite the estrangement, Hamlet is able to expose truths about his nature with Gertrude and Horatio.  Gertrude, for whom he related the above quote, is the most intr...   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet] 499 words
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Tragedy in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays of all time, and also one of the most tragic plays of all time. It is about two lovers who commit suicide when their families prevent them from being together. They lived in a very complicated society, where they couldn’t see each other or share their passion for each other. They both had bad luck, by falling in love with a person that was your families’ enemy. Finally, they have so much love for each other that they are willing to kill themselves for the other....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet] 665 words
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The Flaw of Excessive Thought in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Flaw of Excessive Thought in Hamlet       In Hamlet, Shakespeare has his troubled title character dejectedly sigh the words, "there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so" (II.ii.255). With this line, Hamlet unwittingly defines the underlying theme of the play. The tragedy of Hamlet is based on conflicts produced when Hamlet and another character have conflicting feelings of what is "good or bad." Ophelia dies for the conflict between Hamlet's romantic love and Polonius and Laertes's protective caution....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Prospero and Caliban of William Shakespeare's The Tempest - Prospero and Caliban of William Shakespeare's The Tempest   Within The Tempest, characters such as Prospero and Caliban share an intimate connection. Without some kind of malevolent force motivating the action of the play, none of the major characters would come into contact with each other. A violent storm, formed by Prospero's magic, subjects the foreign characters to the might of his mysterious power. Issues of control become a central part of The Tempest. One way in which this is highlighted is through the relationship between Prospero and Caliban, his bestial servant....   [tags: Shakespeare Tempest Essays]
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Themes of Love and Revenge in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Themes of Love and Revenge in Shakespeare's Hamlet Love is one of the most powerful themes in Hamlet, but a superior force - REVENGE, drives Hamlet's love. Revenge of his father's murder. Hamlet is confused and melancholic over the fact that his mother married his own uncle and so quickly after his father's death. Even though he does not immediately suspect foul play in his father's untimely death, he is in a state of shock. As Kenneth Muir states, "He (Hamlet) is profoundly shocked by Gertrude's marriage to his uncle in less than two months after her first husband's death, although he has no conscious suspicion that his father has been murdered or that his mother had committed adultery."...   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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The Role of Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Role of Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet Although Ophelia is not a main character in the revenge tragedy 'Hamlet' her dramatic purpose is vital to the play. It emphasizes the poisoned body politic and its affects on the innocent. The role of women in the sixteenth century is to be obedient and dutiful, the only way to accomplish this was to be passive. Women in the sixteenth century were meant to be obedient to their fathers, for they were their property until such a time came when she was married, it would then be her husband to whom her duties lied....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare Essays]
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Effective Use of Rhetoric in Shakespeare's Othello - Effective Use of Rhetoric in Othello Shakespeare’s use of rhetoric by his characters is clearly used effectively in Othello through Iago’s and Roderigo’s conversation with Barbantio. The two make use of double meanings, animal imagery, Devil and God comparisons, the use of sexual references, and descriptive insults to confuse Barbantio and make him angry towards Othello. Through Iago’s initial torment, continued by Roderigo, they are able to force Barbantio to do exactly as they wish. Iago primarily makes use of the double meaning of the word thieves to get Barbantio out of bed and force him to be confused with the situation....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 664 words
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Claudius, the Bad Guy in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Claudius the Bad Guy in Hamlet         This essay will thoroughly delineate the character of King Claudius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, show his place in the drama, and interpret his character -- with the assistance of literary critics.   Philip Burton in “Hamlet” discusses Claudius’ sudden rise to the Danish throne upon the death of King Hamlet I:   The fact that Claudius has become king is not really surprising. Only late in the play does Hamlet complain that his uncle had "popped in between the election and my hopes." The country had been in a nervous state expecting an invasion by young Fortinbras, at the head of a lawless band of adventurers, in revenge for his father’s death at t...   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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Fate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Romeo and Juliet - Fate Some people may not believe that fate is something that truthfully exists in the world. This portion of the population doubts that there is anything that is actually meant to be or supposed to happen thinking that there is always a way around troubling predicaments, knowing that it isn't necessary to turn out just one certain way. They trust that whatever occurs in their lives comes as a result of the decisions that they make with their own free will. Others, however, believe that whatever happens during the course of their lives is inevitable and every event predestined and laid out before them like a roadmap to life; in other words, fate....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet] 935 words
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Summary of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Romeo and Juliet, one of the most famous and acclaimed plays of William Shakespeare, recounts the romance of a couple whose lives destiny would at the end head towards tragedy. This play takes place in Verona in the late 1500’s. The play deals mostly with the fact that Romeo couldn’t be with Juliet since their families were such big rivals. However, though all of their family hated each other so much, Romeo and Juliet had never met before. It happened that in every certain time of the year the Capulets (Juliet’s family) made this great feast in which they invited all the townsfolk for except the Montagues, so as usual they sent their servants to invite the town’s people....   [tags: William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet] 956 words
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Dying in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Fate plays a chief role in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet belong to feuding families. The family feud causes them to keep their love and marriage a secret, therefore only Romeo, Juliet, Benvolio, Friar Lawrence and the Nurse know of their love. Misinterpretations, misunderstandings, and wrong impressions lead to the death of two young adults and the mourning of two families. Romeo is a handsome young gentleman from the Montague family. He can sweep any girl off her feet with his charm and good looks....   [tags: William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet] 752 words
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Universal Acceptance of Hamlet by William Shakespeare - Universal Acceptance of Hamlet by William Shakespeare The tragedy and situation in the play ‘Hamlet’ has been commented on as ‘universal.’ Audiences of many different cultures can enjoy ‘Hamlet’ even though it is set in an alien culture to them. The reasons for this are that many people can relate to the play, they feel that they are living though a profound experience, even if nothing in the plot of Hamlet has ever happened to them. The experience of ‘Hamlet’ is not restricted to the plot and its characters....   [tags: Hamlet William Shakespeare Essays] 2005 words
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Use of Tension in William Shakespeare's Macbeth - Shakespeare´s play 'Macbeth' is set in the heart of Scotland. The king at the time is king Duncun, a noble and honest king. He has two sons and many Thanes and noble men, one being Macbeth. Macbeth has fought his way up the ranks of the army to become one of Duncun´s most trusted Lords, but an encounter with three witches puts wickedness into the heart of an otherwise noble and loyal man. In act 1, scene 1, a scene of three witches confronts us. This alone would have created mystery and fright to the audience, setting the scene of the play to come....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Macbeth] 1638 words
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William Shakespeare's Richard III - William Shakespeare's Richard III William Shakespeare’s characterization of Britain’s historical monarch Richard III, formerly Duke of Gloucester, is one of the most controversial in literature. To this day there are arguments upholding Richard III’s villainy and ascertaining his murder of the Princes in the tower, just as there are those who believe that he has been falsely represented by Shakespeare’s play and fight avidly to clear his name of any and all crimes. Because of the uncertainty surrounding his true character, Richard III is an intriguing personality to put into modern culture, which is exactly what Ian McKellen does in his rendition of the infamous ruler....   [tags: William Shakespeare Richard III Essays] 843 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay: Who is Gertrude? - Hamlet –Who is Gertrude?        This essay intends to explore Gertrude’s situation in the play in an attempt to answer many questions about her, the queen, wife of Claudius and former wife of his deceased brother, King Hamlet.   Back in 1883 Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Lectures and Notes on Shakspere and Other English Poets comments on what he interprets as a problem or inconsistency in the presentation of the character Gertrude in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet:        Ham. A bloody deed;- almost as bad, good mother,      As kill a king, and marry with his brother....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Exploring Cultural Identity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Exploring Cultural Identity in Shakespeare's Hamlet In William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, the concept of cultural identity is explored through Hamlet's isolation which is created by the conflict between his duty to his father, and his duties to the monarchy and society. Hamlet is isolated from his society due to his turbulent emotions which result from his indecision on how to respond to his father's murder. Hamlet's duty as a son is to avenge his father's death and he would be supported in his actions by society if the murderer was believed to be guilty....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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Shakespeare's Othello Essay - Honest Iago - Othello - Honest Iago The most interesting and round character in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is "honest" Iago. Through carefully though-out words and actions, Iago manipulates others to do things in which he benefits. Iago is the main driving force in "Othello," pushing several characters towards their tragic end. Iago is not a traditional villain for he plays a unique and complex role. Unlike most villains in tragic plays, evidence of Iago's deception is not clearly visible....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello] 698 words
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Racism in William Shakespeare’s Othello - Racism in William Shakespeare’s Othello   In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello racism is featured throughout, not only by Iago in his despicable animalistic remarks about Othello’s marriage, but also by other characters. Let us in this essay analyze the racial references and their degrees of implicit racism. Racism persists from the opening scene till the closing scene in this play. In “Historical Differences: Misogyny and Othello” Valerie Wayne comments on the racism inherent in the final act of the drama: When Othello finally kills himself and says he is killing the ‘turbaned Turk’ who ‘beat a Venetian and traduced the state’ (V, ii, 349-50), he is killing the monster he became...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]
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Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth - Never, in all the years since the introduction of the art known as theatre, have the dramatic works of a single person achieved the popularity and cultural transcendency that is so characteristic of the plays by William Shakespeare. The monumental popularity that has led to countless productions of all his plays, on stage and, more recently, on film, nearly all has led to a collection of interpretations on Shakespeare’s work by men and women that have been influenced by almost half a millennia of tumultuous history....   [tags: William Shakespeare Plays Literature Essays]
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Directing William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - Imagine you are going to direct this scene for a class performance. Explain how you want the parts of Juliet and Lady Capulet or Lord Capulet to bring out the tension of the scene, including comments to show how you want the audience to respond to the argument. This play Romeo and Juliet is set in the Elizabethan times, when Shakespeare was writing and producing plays. This particular play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, is set in Verona, Italy. It is here; we meet the wealthy families of Capulet and Montague families....   [tags: William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet] 2434 words
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Shakespeare in my World - Shakespeare in my World These are the forgeries of jealousy: And never, since middle summer's spring, Met we on hill, in dale, forest, or mead, By paved fountain or by rushy brook, Or in the beached margent of the sea, To dance our ringlets to the whisteling wind, But with thy brawls thou hast disturbed our sport. ~ Titania A Midsummer Night's Dream 2.1 I first truly gazed upon William Shakespeare during college. I had to do a monologue of Joan of Arc from Henry VI part I. I remember wrapping my mouth around his words, tasting him for the first time....   [tags: Personal Narrative William Shakespeare Essays] 1594 words
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Death in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet - “So shall you hear of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts, of accidental judgments, casual slaughters, of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause,” (Hamlet, Act V, Scene 2, Lines 381-384). So says Horatio, best friend of Prince Hamlet in the final few lines of the play. He speaks these words after the deaths of Hamlet, Claudius, King of Denmark, Gertrude, Queen of Denmark, and Laertes, son of Polonius. Also dead are Hamlet, King of Denmark, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, former friends of Hamlet, Polonius, councilor to the King, and Ophelia, daughter of Polonius....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet] 956 words
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William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus - William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus Titus transforms into a character of carnival in Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus.” Carnival is a concept described by Michael Bristol in his paper “Funeral Bak’d-Meats.” In the paper, Bristol describes carnival as a period before the beginning Lent in early modern Europe, characterized by “hedonistic excess and transgression.” (Bristol 351) Carnival characters place special emphasis on food, disguise and a reversal of the social order or “uncrowning.” The lower classes usually celebrate Carnival and they dismiss rules or decorum....   [tags: William Shakespeare Titus Andronicus Essays]
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William Shakespeare's Henry IV - William Shakespeare's Henry IV In Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2, the brilliant playwright introduces us to several complex and intricate themes, clever language, and a fascinating cast of multifaceted characters, including the thief Jack Falstaff, who may be as wise as his belly is big, and the young Prince Hal, who conceals his shrewd mind and physical prowess beneath a soiled reputation for “unthrifty” behavior. Perhaps the most dynamic character of the play is Hotspur, or Henry Percy, the idealistic rebel warrior, and Hal’s rival for power, glory, and the throne....   [tags: Shakespeare Henry IV 4 Essays] 1971 words
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William Shakespeare's King Lear - William Shakespeare's King Lear The locations in Shakespeare’s King Lear fall into three categories: inside a court, out in nature, and in-between nature and civilization. Lear himself also wavers between three states: sanity, senility, and the fine line between the two. These states of consciousness relate directly to the scenes’ locations. However, Lear’s insanity is not the fault of his location in the world; for the most part, he has control over his situation. The series of events in correspondence with the location show that man must acknowledge the nature he originated from and live in the civilized world, but not abandon nature all together because too much control or chaos leads t...   [tags: Shakespeare Play King Lear Essays] 1567 words
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet - William Shakespeare's Hamlet Shakespeare’s works are rife with metatheatrical self-references; as Polonius blathers on about madness early in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Gertrude ends the excessive bombast with the quip, “More matter with less art” (Hamlet, II.i.97). Shakespeare mocks his own poetic form and that of his classical influences with this line, yet his plays are full of lyricism. However, the Greek and Roman texts Shakespeare studied as a boy as well as those of his contemporaries are so full of “art,” (meaning that they emphasize form over content) that they are often considered by the masses as arcane....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 3617 words
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William Shakespeare's Authenticity - William Shakespeare's Authenticity Over the past several centuries, many scholars have been debating the authenticity of Shakespeare and his works. Many books have even been published questioning if the legendary playwright from Stratford is the author of his many plays and poems. This theory still remains as a possibility today and much of the evidence stems from Shakespeare’s great literary achievements, his humble beginnings, his inadequate education and the missing chapters in his life. Throughout his writings, there is evidence of similarities between the language and literature of the time period with subjects such as law, history, politics and geography as well as manners and knowle...   [tags: Shakespeare Playwright bio Essays] 3162 words
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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night A study of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, showing how Shakespeare's choice of form, structure and language shape meaning Wit, and't be thy will, put me into good fooling. Those wits that think they have thee do very oft prove fools; and I that am sure I lack thee may pass for a wise man. For what says Quinapalus. 'Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.' Shakespeare's plays were written to be performed to an audience from different social classes and of varying levels of intellect....   [tags: Literature William Shakespeare Essays] 1769 words
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William Shakespeare's Othello - William Shakespeare's Othello Every artist needs a subject to draw inspiration from—an idea to develop into a masterpiece. Leonardo da Vinci had Madame Lisa to portray in paint. The Beach Boys had Rhonda to render in rhyme. And William Shakespeare had one of one hundred stories written by Giraldi Cinthio to help him create his masterpiece, Othello. Each artist creates his own interpretation from his source. Shakespeare transformed the core of Cinthio’s story into a tragedy. A tragedy is drama which depicts “a public struggle between larger-than-life protagonists and universal forces” (Glossary 175)....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Essays]
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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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William Shakespeare's Othello - William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon in April 1564. He was married to Ann Hathaway and had 3 children with her. He started his theatrical career at the rose theatre and continued to work there until the company had to build a new theatre. By this time Shakespeare was very successful and was able to partly fund this. Shakespeare plays were often written and performed to the Queen. Othello is considered by many to the finest of all Shakespear's tragedies. The main reason for ‘Othello's success was that the play contained – arguably – one of the greatest villains in any play....   [tags: Play William Shakespeare] 1987 words
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William Shakespeare's Othello - William Shakespeare's Othello A significant moment in Othello demonstrates the theme of binaries questioned in many of Shakespeare's works. Addressing the Duke and senators, Othello says: "Let her have your voice. Vouch with me heaven, I therefore beg it not To please the palate of my appetite, Nor to comply with heat--the young affects In me defunct--and proper satisfaction, But to be free and bounteous to her mind; And heaven defend your good souls that you think I will your serious and great business scant When she is with me....   [tags: William Shakespeare Othello Essays]
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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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William Shakespeare's Macbeth - William Shakespeare's Macbeth In the play of Macbeth, Shakespeare introduces the main character, through the eyes of the one who knows him best, his wife. Lady Macbeth displays to the audience all of Macbeth’s weaknesses; her ambition to have power becomes her husband’s and this will bring out Macbeth’s ambition to be king. She also proves that the strong may become the weak and the weak may become the strong. Lady Macbeth is a main character in this play because she introduces Macbeth and helps the reader to understand his character....   [tags: William Shakespeare Macbeth Essays] 1287 words
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet - William Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet has been praised and revered for centuries as one of William Shakespeare's best known and most popular tragedies. Based on its popularity, critics alike have taken various viewpoints and theories in order to explain Hamlet's actions throughout the play. The psychoanalytic point of view is one of the most famous positions taken on Hamlet.            Psychoanalytic criticism is a type of literary criticism that analyzes and classifies many of the forms of psychoanalysis in the interpretation of literature....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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William Shakespeare's Macbeth - The Witches or Weird Sisters play a major role in the brilliant tragedy Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The role of the Weird Sisters represents that equivocal evil in the nature of things which helps to deceive the human will. They are not mere witches although they have some of the powers of witches. Even though they were produced by nature, they share with angels a freedom from limitation of space and time, a power to perceive the causes of things, and to see some distance into human minds (Kermode 1309)....   [tags: Shakespeare Witches Macbeth Essays] 1883 words
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet - William Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet is a play about intrigue, suspicion, treachery, and revenge. Its characters, the vast majority of whom are experienced members of the court, move through this world with varying degrees of ease, but all are accustomed to the forces at work. Hamlet’s reluctance to act out the revenge he knows is his duty does help the modern-day audience relate to him, perhaps, but at the end of the day he is still a part of this foreign culture, driven by customs and expectations very different from those that govern the life of his audience....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 1757 words
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet - William Shakespeare's Hamlet There are enough conceptions, and thus misconceptions, about the melancholy Dane to fill volumes. However, while none of them has proved entirely acceptable, some of them, such as the diagnoses that Hamlet simply “procrastinates” or “cannot make up his mind” prove utterly unsatisfactory under careful scrutiny of the play and, perhaps more importantly, Hamlet himself. Indeed, it appears as if there are certain points in the play in which Hamlet comes to reversals as he eventually counters each one of his own arguments and concludes each of his struggles, until, in his return from England, he is someone quite different from the self-loathing, melancholy, emotiona...   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 2390 words
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Shakespeare's Problem Plays - Shakespeare's Problem Plays I suggest that a label for the causes of these feelings [of uneasiness and uncertainty of interpretation] might be the tragi-comic view of man: a view which splits the world today, and gives us the "totalitarian" attitude versus the end product of a European tradition which was chivalric and Christian. I mean by this any or all of the following, or any combination of these distinguishable attitudes. 1. A refusal or failure wholly to credit the dignity of man, and the significance that that gives the individual in tragedy....   [tags: William Shakespeare Poems Literature Essays] 1204 words
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Shakespeare's King Harry - Director and playwright Kenneth Haigh once said, “You need three things in the theatre—the play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something.” (Robertson 159) How true that these three components must work together toward the success of a play; each contributing to the beauty of live theatre. Upon directing a play, one ought to have complete control of the first two aspects (namely, the play and the actors) as they are consciously chosen and painstakingly molded and manipulated....   [tags: William Shakespeare Plays Literature Essays]
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Shakespeare's Julius Caesar - Shakespeare's Julius Caesar "A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships"- Gore Vida. This is certainly true for William Shakespeare, on of the greatest writers of all time. He wrote such dramas like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet and Othello. Julius Caesar is no different. His ability to relate to human nature by using drama accurately distinguishes Julius Caesar from the rest by creating suspense, eagerness and tension. Act III Scene II is an especially important part to the play....   [tags: Plays William Shakespeare Caesar Essays] 834 words
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William Shakespeare's Macbeth - William Shakespeare's Macbeth During the Elizabethan era, the great chain of being reigned. Women were low on this chain of power, and men were on top. In fact, women were below horses; you couldn’t live without a good horse, but, you could live without a wife. Lady Macbeth was a woman before her time, she was caught between being today’s ambitious, powerful modern woman and a fragile creature of the Elizabethan era. In the first four acts of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is vicious, overly ambitious, without conscience, and willing to do whatever it takes to get what she wants....   [tags: William Shakespeare macbeth lady Essays]
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Shakespeare - William Shakespeare often examines the personal transformation of characters in his works. His frequent illustrations of changing players most likely suggests that he is a true believer in the idea of people being able to emotionally grow. Moreso, the author essentially endorses the thought of developing humanity as a living being. Parallel to King Richard in Richard II, he illustrates many characters throughout his works whom undergo similar personal growth. Oftentimes these personal changes occur when a character suffers great loss in life....   [tags: William Shakespeare Biography Research Paper] 1688 words
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Shakespeare - Shakespeare Who was Shakespeare. Was he a man from Stratford-Upon-Avon who started with little and became the greatest English author to ever live; or was he a privileged Earl who was a favorite at Queen Elizabeth’s court. That is the great mystery. This particular mystery is difficult to solve because of the lack of documentary evidence. The Elizabethans did not believe in getting everything in writing as people do today. Therefore, the truth may never be known with certainty. However, evidence does exist to support at least two theories about the Shakespearean authorship: one that the man from Stratford wrote the works, the other that Edward de Vere the Earl of Oxford was the...   [tags: Writers Authors History William Shakespeare Essay]
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