Melville’s masterpiece Moby-Dick consists of thousands of references, but specially references of Shakespeare are in abundance in this book. When Melville wrote this novel, next to the Bible Shakespeare was in his mind because he wanted to prove the superiority of American Nation as well as American Literature. The protagonist of the novel, Captain Ahab, is comparable with Macbeth and Lear in many ways. Also the setting of the novel and language of the novel are like those of Shakespeare’s plays. The construction of Ahab as the tragic hero-villain, his madness and blasphemous behaviour, the Shakespearean dramatic technique, the Shakespearean language and parallel scenes are the things which Melville borrows from Shakespeare.
Bloom has successfully helped us secure a new relationship with Shakespeare and his dramatic art. At the same time, we must wonder if we can separate Shakespeare—and his characters—from the plays. Works Cited Bloom, Harold. Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.
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Greed, deceit, lust, to name a few, is the characteristics of a natural man. Shakespeare created several of these type of characters in his life of writing. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and The Tempest, Macbeth and Antonio are similar in their intent, however different in how they decide to carry out their plans. Shakespeare created these two characters with a very significant similarity between them; both Macbeth and Antonio have a hunger for power. In the beginning of the play Macbeth, Macbeth hears a prophecy made by the three weird witches, in which they addressed him by three names: the thane of Glamis, thane of Cawdor, and finally the king of Scotland.
Shakespeare carefully balances comedy and drama in I Henry IV and II Henry IV, and in doing so the bard gives us what are perhaps the most memorable characters in all of English literature. Works Cited Bevington, David, ed. The Necessary Shakespeare. 2nd ed. New York: Pearson Education Inc., 2005.
Some say that the essence of the present resides in the past. Hamlet, Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, as many great works, draws its deepest roots and ideas from past masterpieces. But how has Hamlet borrowed from other texts ; and with what effect ? In particular, Shakespeare borrowed the plot elements, the concept of the revenge tragedy and the character traits from Thomas Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy. First of all, this essay will discuss what plot elements, such as the play within the play and the genre of the revenge play that have been borrowed from Thomas Kyd’s works, notably The SpanishTragedy.
The Themes of Love and Hate in Act One Scene Five of Romeo and Juliet In the 16th century the well-established playwright William Shakespeare wrote the immensely popular play, ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ However, the idea of two star-crossed lovers and fated love originated from a narrative poem by Arthur Brook, ‘The Tragicall History of Romeus and Juliet,’ and not in fact Shakespeare. Shakespeare had evidently read and enjoyed the poem as he decided to rework it into a play with his own style and edge. He made various changes as he wrote from the poem, such as; the altering of Juliet’s age. In Shakespeare’s play we see Juliet to be thirteen to fourteen, but originally in Brook’s poem Juliet’s character was a lot older. Another change made was the length of time the two lovers had together before being separated.
While Roman Polanski’s 1971 film interpretation captured many similar features of the original play, Geoffrey Wright’s 2006 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth invites viewers to better accept the concept of ambition and power. Wright has successfully represent... ... middle of paper ... ..., being the most influential writer in all of English literature, is specifically memorable for exploring the concept of power and ambition thoroughly in the story of Macbeth. Ambition makes Macbeth susceptible to the exhortations of Lady Macbeth and the schemes of the witches. It causes him to turn his back on what the modern world might call his ‘moral compass,’ and do things considered fundamentally wrong. As conveyed in Shakespeare’s original text, Macbeth is not just highly ambitious.
Shakespeare and Morality. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1967. Leech, Clifford. "The 'Meaning' of Measure for Measure." Shakespeare Survey 3 (1950): 69-71.