The opening scene of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, in which there is nothing light – hearted, is completely expository and contrived but fulfilling its function of revealing the plot line to the audience. The fact that Shakespeare uses this kind of dramatic technique in the first scene twice shows that he wants to make the wickedness of Oliver perfectly clear. The action starts when Orlando, the younger brother decides to rebel against the oppression of his older brother, who is treating him like a common pheasant. He tells Oliver: ‘The spirit of my father, which I think is within me, begins to mutiny against this servitude. I will no longer endure it, yet I know no wise remedy how to avoid it.’ Orlando’s complaints are completely justified, as Oliver is mean spirited and malicious in the treatment of Orlando, which the audience can clearly see from this opening scene.
I have said to many of my friends, “I love to sleep because I love to dream.” Many years ago, while I was asleep I became aware of when I was dreaming. It was then I decided to make a conscience effort to become an active participant and investigate what was possible. When I wake up, I can usually remember my dreams and I often analyze what they might mean. Whatever has been going on throughout my day normally carries into my dreams where I can figure out what I need to do. On some occasions, my dreams take me back in time when my children were still very young and I am able to enjoy more priceless moments with them.
Dreams are the series of storyline images we experience as we sleep. Dreams can be entertaining, frightening, or unusual. Dreams can occur anytime during sleep, however, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is when most vivid dreams occur which is when the brain is most active. Apparently, we can dream from four up to six times per night, according to some experts. We all dream - even if we forgot our dreams as soon as we wake up.
Every time people are asleep they are dreaming and their dreams all show symbolism to their lives. Dreaming, either daydreaming or dreaming while you are asleep never stops. No matter what you will always have those visions in your head that deal with your everyday life. Through the research I done I answered all the questions I had about dreams, nightmares, and daydreaming. Although dreams seem really strange and you may wonder how they got there they are there for a reason.
In Much Ado About Nothing Claudio begins the play with a tendency to be very gullible and paranoid about everything, and he continues to show his immaturity by seeking revenge when he is upset; Claudio finally matures when he accepts that he was wrong and is willing to take the punishment that goes with his mistakes. The beginning of the play shows Claudio, on numerous occasions, as gullible and paranoid that everyone is against him. When Don John tells Claudio that Don Pedro has wooed Hero for himself he responds by saying, ““But hear these ill news with the ears of Claudio. Tis’ certain so. The Prince woos for himself” (Shakespeare 24.)
Macbeth is the most horrific of Shakespeare’s tragedies because the protagonist commits such bloodthirsty acts. There are heaps of powerful themes, morals and symbolism introduced by Shakespeare to the reader. One of the more meaningful ones was the deterioration of Macbeth, a strong valiant hero with so much promise that ultimately fails and degenerates into a corrupt, merciless tyrant who choices to embraces evil. In general, despite Macbeth’s actions at the beginning of the play; where he quells a military coup against Scotland, his flaws determine his fate. Indeed it can be shown that Macbeth’s pride vulnerability, vaulting ambition, and over confidence brought him to kingship and change the tragic hero into a sinister tyrant, bringing him closer to his death.
Iago’s deceit and manipulation in Othello Iago is widely credited, in the words of Agatha Christie, as “the greatest villain of all time”. He is a manipulative character who “weaves a web of deceit” by exploiting even the tiniest faults in others. By maintaining a facade of comedy and boyishness he uses his honesty and twisted truth to play others “like a virtuoso” and “drive... them to madness”. In the play Othello, Act 2 Scene 1 is perhaps the most enlightening scene with regards to the truly manipulative character of Iago. Containing several soliloquies and interactions between all of the main characters, his manipulation is well encapsulated both in this scene in the play and in the 1965 Stuart Burge film adaptation.
Hamlet beings his brilliant acting and conniving when he learns that he must avenge his father’s murder. Not only does Hamlet fool his family when acting insane, but the genius of his work has fooled critics all along. As the play begins, the ever popular question “Who’s there?” “Betrays the insecurity of Hamlet’s world” (Salkeld and Shakespeare). Starting the play with a question was pure genius on Shakespeare’s part; the symbolism of the questionable state of Denmark which is “in a state of shock and confusion,” along with the people in it, leads the readers right into the questionably unstable life of Hamlet (Salkeld, Strachey). In act I, scene V of the play, the audience learns of the “antic disposition” that Hamlet will be putting on (Shakespeare).
In Shakespeare’s Othello, dramatic intensity is and dramatic tension is felt throughout the entire drama from the first scene to the last. As you read Othello you get a feeling as if you are in the play from all of the dramatic intensity and conflict that is presented to the reader throughout the drama. We are introduced to some of that dramatic intensity you feel as we read act I scene III 128 - 220. This is one off the many great dramatic points of this play letting us see the true feelings of Othello toward Desdemona, and how it gives Iagos a plot to plan against Othello to bring him down. This drama we see that the internal drama tension is from mainly Iago without him there would be no conflicts really throughout the play.
If it be so, / It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows / That ever I have felt” (5.3 319-321). Lear wants to make amends with Cordelia for all the wrongs that he has done, but it is too late because she is dead. In the Globe Theater Company’s performance of King Lear at the Broad Stage, King Lear is presented as silly and mentally unstable. With this presentation of Lear, it is made evident that he did not truly have the choice in determining his destiny, but was rather fated to have a downfall. Throughout the play, King Lear jovially runs across the stage, making irrational decisions and comments.