In particular, Shakespeare was seeking to join the company of English practitioners in this mode, most notably Chaucer, whose Troilus and Criseyde was then regarded as the finest poem yet written in the language, and Sidney, whose tragicomic Astrophil and Stella was beginning to rival the celebrity of Chaucer's creation. But Shakespeare was to take a love tragedy and put it on a public stage; and it was to be a story that dealt not with lofty figures from the distant past or ancient epic, but with two adolescents in a recognisably modern city-state. Like Sidney's sequence, and like the two brie comedies of these years, Romeo and Juliet hovers tantalisingly between fiction and actuality - in keeping with classical prescriptions, it is a tragedy based on a story that was believed to be true. In its ultimate Italian source, a novel by Masuccio Salernitano (published in 1576), the story of the lovers, Mariotto and Gianozza, is said to have taken place during the author's lifetime.
He had no bent for comedy and the comic parts found in some of his plays are always inferior. As a dramatist Marlowe had serious limitations. Only in "Edward the Second" does he show any sense of plot construction, while his characterization is of the simplest and lack the warm humanity of Shakespeare. All the plays except "Edward the Second" revolve around one figure drawn in bold outlines. Indeed to appreciate Marlowe properly we must put aside conventional ideas of the drama and view his play as the representation of a poetic vision, the typically Renaissance quest for power combined with the quest for beauty.
The Invention of the Human In his recent book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), Harold Bloom argues that Shakespeare’s characters provide the full measure of his continuing legacy. Shakespeare, Bloom maintains, created self-conscious characters who breathe life. Shakespeare’s characters are so alive, possess such "interiority," that they catch themselves looking at themselves. This quality is the essence of becoming human—to know we know, to be aware we are aware, to sense our own presence on the stage of life. Prior to Shakespeare’s ascendancy on the English stage, Bloom argues, there was no concept of the individual self, just types.
Both are successfully tempted by the evil foce; both eventually suffer for their choices. "The Tempest", by William Shakespeare, is a very interesting and entertaining story when viewed by its face value. However, when one analyzes the characters, settings, and situations, one realizes the deeper meaning intended by Shakespeare in composing the drama. Through his creation of the island microcosm, which is ruled by Prospero and undermined by Caliban, the Bard creates a masterful work which glorifies a merciful God, who will forgive sins through repentance. In "The Tempest", Shakespeare creates a story that is valuable for more than just entertainment purposes--he creates a work of art.
This remarkable blend of a tragic hero, a villain and a man beset with sheer determination is one that allows MacBeth to stand out arguably as one of the finest morality plays ever written. 1. Concise Oxford dictionary Bibliography English 366: Studies in Shakespeare Introduction to Macbeth http://www.mala.bc.ca/~johnstoi/eng366/index.htm Barnet, Sylvan. Shakespeare’s MacBeth, Signet Classic 1987 Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a Play for our Time http://www.uky.edu/ArtsSciences/Classics/mac/intro.html Aristotle, Poetics http://planetpapers.com/poetics/1209.html
Shakespeare uses a hybrid of the Aristotelian and the Senecan tradition of revenge tragedy to frame the complexity of Hamlet’s tension between disillusionment and moral integrity. Humanism embraced philosophical and moral truth where man and his ability to reason replaced God at the centre stage of attention. The plays exploration of issues surrounding justice, loyalty, revenge and morality are somewhat secondary to the depths of Hamlet’s human struggle. From the outset, we can see Hamlet’s psychology, his humanity and the fragility of his mind. In his first soliloquy through the metaphor “flesh would melt… resolve itself into a dew,” (Act 1 scene 2) Shakespeare establishes the tone a... ... middle of paper ... ...amlet and Fortinbras.
Julia Rizza Professor Drogula Development of Western Civilization April 8, 2014 Differing Accounts of Christian Mysticism The Late Middle Ages saw great theological discrepancies through the progression of Christian mysticism. The exploration into spiritual practices and the unification of the soul during this period led to great philosophical works. The Cloud of Unknowing and The Imitation of Christ are two noteworthy texts that discuss one’s aspiration to attain union with God. The Cloud of Unknowing is an anonymously authored spiritual exercise that accentuates movement toward the contemplative life by acknowledging what is unknown by man. In contrast, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis is a spiritual guide which emphasizes that the way to be fully Christian is to live in the imitation of Jesus Christ.
He speaks of this corruption when he says, “ By this easy way of ... ... middle of paper ... ...tutes of Christian Religion took a different approach. It had justified the values of Lutheranism in hopes that people would convert. Although both a different in many ways, both documents serve the same purpose, to show the people that how terrible the corrupt leaders of the church are, and to show the replacements to the corrupt religion. Also, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was a very influential document as well, and it had influenced Phillip Melanchthon to deliver a prodigious speech to contribute to the growth of the Reformation. Moreover, Lucas Cranach’s Cranach Weimar Altar had also illustrated why Jesus had dies, and how the church abuses their power.
Shakespeare was regarded as one of the greatest writer in the English language and a brilliant playwright. He was one of the writers caught in the struggle between reason and emotion. This can be seen through one of his most brilliant plays: King Lear. King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It is a play that portrayed a world too cruel and unmerciful to be true to life.
In the case of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, that tragic hero is Oedipus. This essay will begin by summarising the play and then go on to expand on the literary elements of the play which have earned it worthy recognition as one of the greatest tragedies ever written. The play opens with the news of a terrible plague that has besieged Thebes being brought to the attention of King Oedipus. However, the King was already aware and had made arrangements for his brother-in-law, Creon, to seek the help of the gods in finding a solution. Creon returns to inform Oedipus that the only way the plague will cease is if the murderer of the late King Laius is brought to justice (Sophocles, 1912).