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Two Great Plays Think Alike - A lot of times when artists publish a pile of stories, songs, movies, or plays you can usually see some similarities in their work. Even if you can’t see it in all of their work you can almost always find a little something here or here that reminds you of their other work. Taylor Swift is a perfect example of this, she has different songs with different subjects but you can see a lot of similarities in her work. Another artist that does this is the famous Shakespeare. In his two plays The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Nights Dream I have spotted some similarities....   [tags: Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream]
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A Comparison of Two Plays Based in London - This essay is about the comparisons in narrative sited in the city in Thomas Middleton’s “A Chaste Maid in Cheapside” and Daniel Defoe’s “A Journal of the plague year”. Both Based in London and the surrounding districts giving glimpses of the places and the lives of the people at those times. Middleton’s London was based in Cheapside, where from the twelve hundreds the main street had been known to have been a Market, the word ‘cheap’ meaning market, from then on always a prosperous trading area....   [tags: Compare Contrast Literature]
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Comparing Two Plays: Shakers and Teechers - Comparing Two Plays: Shakers and Teechers I am going to compare and contrast this piece to another play called "Shakers" which is of a similar style and is by the same writer. The format of "Teechers" is a play set within a play where 3 or more students perform memories from their time at secondary school; this means that the actors/actresses must play multiple characters. "Teechers" is set in a modern day Secondary School in England. My contribution was to play two characters called Gail and Nixon; my main character was Nixon who was a young casual male teacher new to the school in which the play was set....   [tags: Papers] 546 words
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Compare Two Plays: Master Harold and the boys, and Oleanna - The two plays, “MASTER HAROLD” . . . and the boys, and Oleanna show us quite a bit about the impact of power on an individual’s behavior. In other words they show how when an individual gains power or discovers that he or she has power over other people it can result in conflict. The conflict can be a result of the person who has discovered that they have power as Hally did in “MASTER HAROLD” . . . and the boys. Or the conflict can be the result of someone who sees that another person has power and is jealous of that person the way that Carol was towards John in Oleanna....   [tags: essays research papers] 897 words
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A Mid Summer Night's Dream versus Romeo and Juliet - Essay MSND and R&J Comparisons Between Two Shakespearian Plays Among many of the plays written by Shakespeare, many of them have similarities. The continuous and constant themes throughout these performances are what make Shakespeare such a renowned play writer. His great understanding of how humans work only added to his capabilities of creating wonderful plays that can relate directly to the members of the audience. If you pay close attention to his puns and his humor and sometimes even the serious aspects in his plays, you can find certain themes that translate over into other plays of his....   [tags: comparisons between two Shakespearan plays] 560 words
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Compare the Endings in Two Different Theatre of the Absurd Plays. - Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett are two of the biggest exponents of The Theatre of the Absurd. Both of their works present a world which cannot be logically explained, where the scenery, the language and the actions of the characters are almost incomprehensible and do not comply with the previously accepted norms of theatre. J.L Styan writes about Pinter. "His audience is made to feel, through an exquisite friction of nightmare and normality, the earthly need for security" (The Dark Comedy) I think this quote applies to Beckett too, however....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1536 words
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Two Peas in a Pod: Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night's Dream - The texts Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare are very similar. At first the dramas appear different, one a tragedy and one a comedy. But, the brilliance of Shakespeare is evident in each, and thus they relate to each other. In metaphors, and even themes, the two texts are very alike. If you compare the acts from Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream you will find similarities between the two texts. Romeo and Juliet is very similar Midsummer Night’s Dream because in act one both texts discuss daughters with prearranged marriages, in act two Romeo and Lysander jump in and out of love, and in act three both plays contain terrible misconceptions....   [tags: Shakespeare plays]
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Medieval Morality Plays - Medieval Morality Plays      Throughout time, there have been many books, plays, songs, pamphlets, sermons, lectures, etc. written. These writings were all written with some kind of purpose to either inform, persuade, entertain, or teach their audience. One such form of literature not too widely known about is that of the medieval morality plays. These plays were not aimed to entertain, but to teach morals and religion to the uneducated lower classes of people in medieval Europe. The morality plays were also quite necessary to teach and inform the underclass people, through the thoughtful persuasion of play entertainment....   [tags: Mystery Plays History Historical Essays]
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Character Flaws in Shakespeare’s Plays - Introduction The main purpose of this paper is to examine Shakespeare’s characters and their flaws, comparing them with the modern characters written by Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter. For that purpose, comparative analysis will be used in this paper. The results will show that nothing has truly changed since the Shakespearean era. People live in a corrupted society, influenced by poisonous doctrines. However, the paper shows that there are still hope for mankind, but only if people restore the moral compass....   [tags: William Shakespeare, plays]
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Plays of the Renaissance - Renaissance history plays are also known as early English plays and they mainly refer to William Shakespeare’s plays or plays of other famous people who wrote plays in the past. They may also be referred to as Elizabethan because they were mostly performed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Renaissance plays were performed in the medieval times traditions for example the mystery plays and they were mostly performed during religious occasions in England. This was during the middle ages and they mostly had religious themes, performed mostly in churches but sometime later, they were also performed during secular events that came about the religious events....   [tags: Shakespearean/Elizabethan Arts]
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The Women in the Plays: Similar or Different? - William Shakespeare contributed many great plays to the history of literature, two of which include Macbeth and Julius Caesar. Macbeth tells the story of an ambitious lord, Macbeth, becoming corrupted after murdering the previous king and several of his friends. Similarly, in Julius Caesar, the conspirators murder the hero of Rome, Julius Caesar, because of their fear and jealousy of his rising power. The two stories both feature female characters moving the plot along and/or foreshadowing future events....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1340 words
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Relating to Characters in Sophocles' Plays - A Tale of Two Cities, Romeo and Juliet. Names such as these bring to mind both plays and pieces of literature that are considered by many to be timeless classics. Perhaps the reason these stories are so popular is not just because they are well written. People are also able to relate to the characters who are often entangled in one of the many complexities within a given society. Authors such as Shakespeare or Charles Dickens are able to discuss some of the issues and problems that face people within society....   [tags: sophocles, characters, theatre,] 1549 words
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Plot Development in Shakespeare's Plays - ... This is not Shakespeare's play that has a happy in any way. "This is where Shakespeare takes off the gloves. He brings us right to the edge of the abyss, then kicks us over that edge. King Lear is the most devastating by far of the Shakespeare tragedies -- this is a play which leaves the reader shattered as the curtain falls." (David) This is the absolutely most massacring play written by Shakespeare which makes it different then his other plays including Much Ado About Nothing. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare is a play that is very focused on love....   [tags: tragedy, love, power]
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Idealism in German Expressionist Plays - In Germany in the 1920s, the Expressionist movement dealt with themes of technology and focused on how these themes would affect the future. In several plays, there is an idealistic protagonist who embodies these themes and attempts to bring them to bear in the world. The way other characters respond to these characters signifies not only the possible result of their ideas, but also humanity's potential for missing the mark. In Gas I, the Millionaire's Son begins as quite the idealist, since he operates a socialist factory with equal distribution of profits....   [tags: Theatrical Themes] 1003 words
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Aristotelian Philosophy and Plays - Aristotelian Philosophy and Plays According to Aristotelian philosophy a tragedy is a compressed development of a single plot. Aristotle's principles have been derived from Greek mythology. He studied their plays, which had been enacted and hence laid down a set of rules. All playwrights and authors have followed his rules for centuries his rules have been considered a guide to a well-written tragedy. Aristotle states that for a play to be a tragedy the play should consist of a genre and generic attributes....   [tags: Philosophy Plays Shakesepare Aristotle Essays] 1773 words
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Women in William Shakespeare’s Plays -        Shakespeare and the members of the Elizabethan era would be appalled at the freedoms women experience today.  The docility of Elizabethan women is almost a forgotten way of life. What we see throughout Shakespeare’s plays is an insight into the female character as perceived by Elizabethan culture.  Shakespeare’s female characters reflect the Elizabethan era’s image of women; they were to be virtuous and obedient and those that were not were portrayed as undesirable and even evil.     When one considers Shakespeare’s female characters, one has to remember that the plays were written in a time when women were considered weak-minded creatures who were apt to make bad choices if given t...   [tags: Women in Shakespeare’s Plays]
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Friendship and Love in The Two Gentlemen of Verona - Throughout The Two Gentlemen of Verona, scenes featuring Lance and his dog, Crab are juxtaposed with (and perhaps reference) interactions between the friends and lovers central to the plot. The primarily comic scenes in which Lance and Crab are present often illuminate problems in the relationships between the other characters in the play. Although Crab never speaks and is in fact a dog, his interactions with Lance as Lance explains them, mock the celebrated love between male friends and the much afflicting Petrarchan love that threatens it....   [tags: The Two Gentlemen of Verona] 896 words
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Changes in Rita in Act Two Scene One of Educating Rita - Changes in Rita in Act Two Scene One of Educating Rita Willy Russell was born in Whiston, near Liverpool, England, in 1947. Russell has written a string of popular, award-winning plays and musicals, but perhaps one of the most well known is Educating Rita. In this play Willy Russell is very much producing a mirror image of parts of his life. As a child and growing up he didn’t care much for school, he considered himself a kid from the ’D’ stream and a piece of factory fodder. Eventually he realised he did not want to end up working in a factory, yet it was to late as there were only six months of school left he did not make an effort, he felt his fate lay in factory work so he spent his day...   [tags: Educating Rita Willy Russell Acting Plays Essays] 1422 words
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Changes in Rita and Frank in Acts One and Two - Changes in Rita and Frank in Acts One and Two Nicola White The ways in which Russell portrays the changes and developments in the characters of Rita and Frank in Act 1 scene 1 and Act 2 scene 1 of Educating Rita The play ‘Educating Rita’ written by Willy Russell explores the life of Rita, a twenty-six year old woman from a working class background, who is trying to find a new identity by becoming more independent, educated and cultured. Rita goes to the Open University and meets her tutor Frank....   [tags: Educating Rita Frank Plays Essays] 1254 words
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The Influence of Genre on Five Plays’ Approaches to Social Issues - The Influence of Genre on Five Plays’ Approaches to Social Issues What could a naturalistic “problem play”, a tragedy, a historical drama, a comedy, and a piece of “epic alienation theatre” have in common. Works of drama are created to have some kind of “effect” on an audience, and while the effects each of these plays are markedly different, each play attempts to lead an audience to think or feel a certain way towards a social problem. “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen, Oedipus The King by Sophocles, Walsh by Sharon Pollock, Edible Woman by Dave Carley (adapted from the novel by Margaret Atwood), and The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht are plays which contain character...   [tags: Play Plays Genre Essays]
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Family and Loyalty in 17th Century Plays - Family and loyalty are popular themes in literature and are often the focus of plays. While at first glance, Moliere’s Tartuffe and Racine’s Phèdre seem different, considering that the first one is a comedy and the second is a tragedy, at its heart, the two plays have very similar family structures and their stories are driven by loyalty or the absence of it. Even though the plays introduce two families that are centuries apart, Phèdre takes place in the Antiquity, while Tartuffe is set in the 17th century, yet both of these families are patriarchal and immense loyalty surrounds the two fathers....   [tags: marriage, decisions, feelings] 810 words
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Feminist Themes of Susan Glaspell's Plays - ... Another major theme is the female identity, and it is found mostly within the analysis of Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Peters. In her marriage, Mrs. Wright was a woman who lost her identity because her husband destroyed every piece of who she was as Minnie Foster. Mrs. Wright shows no sign of Minnie Foster any more because of her husband. Her individual female identity was destroyed by his need for power and control over her. His control reached into every aspect of her life, so much so that after she killed him, she seemed not only very strange but according to Mr....   [tags: first American femlae playwrights]
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A Critique of Endgame and Play - The mis-en-scene which is the arrangement of actors and scenery in a theatrical production is vital to the success of a play. Throughout this critique I will review two different plays and examine their use of costume, lighting, and set design to convey a message through a strong mis-en-scene. “Play” opens with three figures encased in large urns with only their faces visible. The urn as a prop is significant because it symbolizes the individuals’ being trapped by their own desires; doomed to repeat them....   [tags: Plays]
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Drama Portfiolo About Two Friends Leaving Each Other - Drama Portfiolo About Two Friends Leaving Each Other For a drama piece, we were told to do two friends leaving each other. The time period was in the future. One friend is leaving the house they live in, and going to an unknown planet for a different life, promised by the company taking us was a world were dreams became reality and there were no worries or fears. We could leave our previous life behind for a new, perfect one. The public are free to come but they may only bring five personal items....   [tags: Drama Theatre Acting Plays Essays] 659 words
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Family and Cultural Ties in Amy Tan's Two Kinds and Erdrich's The Red Convertible - People have different culture backgrounds which are very special to them. Usually families’ tradition and thoughts are affected by their cultural backgrounds. Environment is one of the most important factors in a human’s development. When the term "environment" is used, it refers to factors such as family and cultural tie. In today's society, each individual is living his or her life in different a way than others.' Individual’s life choice is generally controlled, learned, influenced, and raised by the cultural background....   [tags: Two Kinds, The Red Convertible] 685 words
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The History Plays of Shakespeare - The term History Play is commonly used to denote the plays (whether tragedies or comedies) in which the action and the major themes of the play are primarily political rather than individual or social. Though Shakespeare did not distinguish between the genres of his plays, when the collected works of Shakespeare was published by his own colleagues in the Chamberlain's- King's company as the First Folio in 1623, the plays, the editors divided them into Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Though some historical plays show the characteristics of tragedy or comedy, they are different from the regular tragedies and comedies in that they deal only with political matters without straying into...   [tags: European Literature] 1892 words
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Comparing the Plays, A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman - In history there have been an uncountable amount of plays made, but there have only been two that fully captured the American dream like A Raisin in the sun and Death of a Salesman. In both plays the protagonist is trying to achieve the American dream, but it is near impossible when neither of them has the respect of their superiors or the people around them. It is amazing that two different plays can so closely parallel each other when they have a time gap of over 10 years. Both Miller and Lorraine created a theme of achieving goals, Willy Loman just wanted to earn the respect of the people around him while Walter Younger wanted to get rich quick and support his family....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman] 911 words
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The Supernatural in Shakespeare's Plays - The Supernatural in Shakespeare's Plays In the time of William Shakespeare there was a strong belief in the existence of the supernatural. Thus, the supernatural is a recurring aspect in many of Mr. Shakespeare¹s plays. In two such plays, Hamlet and Macbeth, the supernatural is an integral part of the structure of the plot. It provides a catalyst for action, an insight into character, and augments the impact of many key scenes....   [tags: Papers] 1723 words
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The Sources of Shakespeare's Plays - The Sources of Shakespeare's Plays Shakespeare, Macbeth is created by combining two people, Makbeth and Donwald. Also, the murder of Shakespeare’s King Duncan, comes almost directly from Donwald’s murder of Holinshed’s King Duff. Shakespeare also condensed Macbeth’s seventeen year reign into a period consisting of a couple of weeks. The saying that “history is written by the victors” holds true here. After Malcolm ascended to power he proceeded to rewrite history to make his family justified in overthrowing Macbeth....   [tags: Papers] 3840 words
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Male Roles in the Plays Antigone and A Doll’s House - “Remember we are women, we’re not born to contend with men” (Sophocles, 18). The popular literary works, Antigone and A Doll’s House, written by Sophocles and Ibsen, are two famous tragedies that have been performed and read throughout the decades. Although countless audiences have been entertained by these well written plays, few would care to guess that many lessons and several unfortunate truths can be found with a less than tedious inspection of the characters and the reactions they give to their circumstances....   [tags: compare contrast comparison]
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How Shakespeare express Love in his Plays - William Shakespeare, in the 16th century, wrote two plays that both involved love. Although both showed love, their genres contrast with one of them a comedy and the other a tragic. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a character named Hermia refuses marriage with Demetrius with the reason that she loves Lysander. Hermia’s friend, Helena, loves Demetrius. With parents involved in the scandal, the group rebel and run of into the woods. A fairy named Puck interferes and in the end, all lovers end up happy....   [tags: william shakespeare, romeo and juliet]
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William Shakespeare´s Creative Plays and Poems - William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. At seven years old he started school and attended Stratford grammar school. http://literarygenius.info/william-shakespeare-born.htm Age fourteen; Shakespeare left school and formal education. http://www.william-shakespeare.ino/william-shakespeare-biography-childhood-and-education.htm Four years later Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in his hometown. In a short six months their first child Susanna was born. She was baptized on May 26th in Stratford parish church....   [tags: comedies, tragedies, histories]
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Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities - Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities      Resurrection is a powerful theme found throughout the plot of A Tale of Two Cities.  Many of the characters in the novel are involved with the intertwining themes of love, redemption, and good versus evil.  The theme of resurrection involves certain aspects of all of these themes and brings the story together.         Dr. Manette is the first person to experience resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities.  He is taken away from his pregnant wife and then imprisoned for eighteen very long years.  Over the years, his condition deteriorates until he forgets his real name and mindlessly cobbles shoes to pass the time.  In "Book the...   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays]
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Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities - Resurrection in A Tale of Two Cities During a time of lost hope, death and war, the `golden thread', Lucie Manette plays the roll of a heroine doing everything she can to make sure the important people in her life are loved. Lucie provides not only warmth toward her father, Dr. Manette, but also towards the man that yearns for Lucie's love; Sydney Carton. Despite all the negativity that surrounds Lucie and her loved ones, she doesn't fail to lead her father and Carton to rebirth. Unlike the process of actual birth, rebirth is associated with rejuvenation....   [tags: Tale Two Cities Essays] 1007 words
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Two Kinds by Amy Tan - In the short story, "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan, a Chinese mother and daughter are at odds with each other. The mother pushes her daughter to become a prodigy, while the daughter (like most children with immigrant parents) seeks to find herself in a world that demands her Americanization. This is the theme of the story, conflicting values. In a society that values individuality, the daughter sought to be an individual, while her mother demanded she do what was suggested. This is a conflict within itself....   [tags: Two Kinds, Amy Tan] 966 words
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Modern Productions of 18th Century Plays - Modern Productions of 18th Century Plays Abatract: This essay discusses the modern-day production of the main British plays of the eighteenth century that are still performed today, including John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, William Wycherley’s The Country Wife, George Etherege’s The Man of Mode, William Congreve’s The Way of the World, Richard Steele’s The Conscious Lovers, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The School for Scandal. Plays of Eighteenth century British literature have withstood the test of time in many ways....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Portrayal of Women in William Shakespeare's Plays - William Shakespeare's characterization of women varies immensely from one comedy to another. In his works, Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing, he portrays both dominant and submissive women. Ultimately, Shakespeare examines the complexity of women by displaying the vast array of attitudes, emotions, and their treatment and reaction to men as well as refuting the typical subservient wife role. In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, the difficulties of marriage and submission take center stage....   [tags: Female Women Shakespeare Essays]
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The Differences and Similarities Between Plays - The Differences and Similarities Between Plays Plays express different plots, yet authors use similar writing methods to convey a particular point. For example, one play discusses serious matters, while another play has a comedic tone. However, both plays use physical movement to represent a character’s mood. Death Knocks, Fly, and Our Town are three very different plays with different themes yet these plays use a lot of similar writing styles. Between the three plays Death Knocks, Fly, and Our Town I believe Fly uses the most physical movement....   [tags: Death Knocks, Fly, Our Town] 610 words
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The Clash of the Rapier in Shakespeare's Plays - Everyone knows the twenty passes, turn, and fire. This is a classic image of a duel. Before, however, duels were fought with the long sharp blades of a rapier. Some professionally fought with a call to fight, but some fought on the brink of the moment. A duel was meant to defend one’s honor. It was better to die than to live in shame. This was shown in Shakespeare's Richard II, Henry IV, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and many others. Shakespeare brilliantly preserved the practice of dueling throughout history in his plays....   [tags: the practice of dueling ]
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The Supernatural in the Plays of Shakespeare - ---1592, time of the plague, witches being burned and hanged and a big belief in evil spirits, but he never goes against what the monarchy of the time believes. In searching for what to write on for the topic of “supernatural,” we figured that, since this is an English class, it would be interesting to write about the use of supernatural in literature. One of the greatest examples of this would be the plays and writings of William Shakespeare. Of all of these works, there are hundreds of allusions to the supernatural and mythology....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Modern-Day Adaptations of Shakespearian Plays - Adaptation is the process or state of changing to fit new circumstances or conditions, or the resulting change (Encarta® World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.). When something adapts, or is adapted, it retains the basic content of its former self while taking on new qualities. When a story is adapted, either to a different medium than the one originally used or to a different time or place, the adaptation shows a new interpretation of the story and gives insights into the mindset of the individual that adapted it and the society that created that mind....   [tags: World Literature] 3255 words
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Historical Context for Shakespeare's Plays - Arguably the greatest playwright of his time, perhaps in all of history, William Shakespeare's literary works have had a tremendous impact (see Appendix 2). Reaching into the pop culture of the modern world through movies and quotes used in everyday conversation, Shakespeare's influence is astounding (see Appendix 1). One rarely stops to think, however, about events that had an impact on Shakespeare's life, particularly his writing. The outbreak of the plague, social disparity, political unrest, just a few of the historical happenings that impacted Shakespeare's plays, including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Henry IV Macbeth The basic setting of Macbeth is a man named Lord Macbe...   [tags: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Play Analysis]
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Theater in the 1920s - In the 1920's, the theater was considered the scene of a " 'curious conflict' between realism and a freer form of theatricality". (MacGowen, viii) There were many famous playwrights of the era. Among these were Thornton Wilder and, probably the most prominent playwright, Eugene O'Neill. These two authors used many of the same themes in their writing; romanticism was a popular one. However, they each also used themes and styles of writing that set them apart from other writers. The values that were promoted in the works of Thornton Wilder included those of Christian morality, the community, the family, and the "appreciation of everyday pleasures"....   [tags: Plays]
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Disguised characters in plays - William Shakespeare often used disguised characters in his plays to enrich the plot; women characters often disguised themselves as men in Shakespeare’s plays. Shakespeare used these disguises to his advantage, especially the woman characters. What other purposes did Shakespeare have for writing disguised characters into his plays. More times than not, these disguises led to trouble, confusion, and misplaced affection. Shakespeare’s use of disguises taught not only the characters in involved but the audience that appearances can be deceiving and that everything is not as it seems....   [tags: literary analysis, shakespeare]
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Deconstructing the Class and Critiquing the ‘Other’ Discourse in Girish Karnad’s Plays - Girish Karnad’s dramatic themes focus on the basic issues that concern the existential problem of an individual in the postcolonial modern Indian society. Gender and culture are two important social constructs that keep on modifying the existential space of an individual. These various class identities often identify the individual as a marginal ‘other’. This concept of the ‘other’ superficially seems to lie within the class constructs that are governed largely by the concepts of gender and culture....   [tags: yayati, hayavadana, naga mandala]
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The Flaws that Lead to the Downfall of Othello and Macbeth in the Plays by William Shakespeare - Compare the Ways that Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Flaws that lead to the Downfall of Othello and Macbeth In the two plays both Macbeth and Othello have weaknesses that bring them astray this deteriorates their personality. Macbeth’s weakness is portrayed through his ambition, whereas Othello’s weakness is portrayed through his jealousy. Macbeth from the very start is described as a “good guy”… and he is also represented as a brave, noble, good swordsman and a great leader, but this unravels when he begins to choose treachery and crime as an approach to gain power....   [tags: Ambition, Jealousy, Tragedy]
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William Shakespeare's Plays - William Shakespeare’s plays have shown some of the most intriguing and insightful acting practices from past to present. The performances of his plays have influenced many actors and companies to abide by the guidelines that were put in place so many years ago. Shakespearean plays are in a sense in a category of their own as they have evolved with the changing times, while staying in similar forms. During the time of Shakespeare the theatre was much different than it is today. There was much stricter rules and guidelines, as well as limitations that were placed on the actors....   [tags: Play Analysis, Play History]
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Mahesh Elkunchwar's Plays - Mahesh Elkunchwar’s plays are an attempt to constantly question the rigid rules laid down by the society controlling various aspects of life. As a socially conscious human being and a talented artist, he tries to find meaning through the chaos called life. Every play that he has written is a testimony to this endeavor. Sonata tells the story of three women of urban, upper middle class background, marks a significant shift in his selection of characters from those of The Wada Trilogy. He has moved into the posh areas of the city of Mumbai from the dry villages of the Vidarba district of Maharashtra....   [tags: Three Women, Three Lives, Play Analysis]
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