Observing History through Shakespearean Works The histories have traditionally been interpreted against a background of Tudor moral and political philosophy. They have been arranged in chronological order of the reigns of the kings, and by this plan the full significance of the relationship of the plays becomes apparent. Although the precise date of many of Shakespeare's plays is in doubt, his dramatic career is generally divided into four periods. The period up to 1594 is Shakespeare's first period of writing called his apprenticeship. Between the ages of 26 and 30 he was learning his craft.
He was a bumbling king. His greatness was nothing compared to the gracious ruler who preceded him. King James I had four obsessions, witch hunting, smoking, the divine rights of kings, and the King James Bible. Shakespeare knew that in order to make it as a writer, there was one person he had to please, the ruler of England, King James I. King James I was a very unique king; he had an interesting historical background, eccentric interests and hobbies, which had a huge influence on Shakespeare's play Macbeth.
As an adult, he became engrossed in theatrical performances and frittered away his fortunes in support of several writers and actors (Friedman 13). During this time, De Vere also began writing several poems and plays. Much like Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the name of Mark Twain, Oxford adopted the pseudonym Shakespeare. Soon after plays appeared under the name of "Shakespeare," poems by de Vere ceased (Russell 5). Coincidently, the coat of arms of Lord Bulbeck, a third title of Edward de Vere, is a lion shaking a spear (Ogburn 10).
Postponing the business in Jerusalem, Henry IV eventually leads England into civil war with Hotspur at the Battle of Shrewsbury. These actions will ultimately ignite the War of the Roses between the Lancasters (Henry IV's family) and the Yorks (descendants of Richard II). The play then shifts its focus to the younger Henry, nicknamed Hal. Shakespeare portrays the ... ... middle of paper ... ... as king. Shakespeare the Historian is not so wonderful as Shakespeare the Playwright, yet through Shakespeare's History Plays many modern readers draw their knowledge of the history prior to Shakespeare.
Throughout the play King Lear, by William Shakespeare, a conflict is conveyed through father and son: Gloucester and Edmund. Although the cause of this conflict is Gloucester’s betrayal by his bastard son, Edmund, there is more to this conflict than a simple power struggle. Through intertwining plots and scandals, Edmund creates a forged letter, destructively “written” by his half-brother, Edgar, having to do with his made up plans to murder his father, Gloucester. Edmund surpasses this first betrayal and reaches the epitome of evil when he plots against his father by finding ways to cross Gloucester with Regan and Cornwall, further enhancing his potential inheritance and power. In this conflict, Edmund is the ultimate cause and initiator, making his father a victim to the scandal Edmund has viciously created.
It is fear that in the end returns and takes the life of this unlawful king. In Shakespeare and the Craft of Tragedy by William Rosen states, "Macbeth's fear is not the fear of conscience, it is the terror that springs from his inability to control his fate."(90). The third characteristic of a tragic hero is Macbeth's poor decision making which results in his tragic end. Macbeth is constantly acting without thinking first because of his lust for power. Throughout the ... ... middle of paper ... ... Scottish throne and the play ends with Malcolm's coronation speech promising a new and peaceful kingdom from his reign as the new King of Scotland.
Hamlet believes Claudius will never live up to the legacy left by his father as the King of Denmark. The social context that is being revealed to the reader through Hamlets soliloquy describes three character traits he possesses: suicidal thoughts, concern for the well-being of his country, confusion towards his father's ghost and whether or not it’s in the countries best interest for him to get revenge. This also portrays how Queen Gertrude’s hasty nuptials after not having a proper time of mourning, goes against society in this era. Furthermore, this foreshadows the vast effect this will have on Hamlet. One character trait that Hamlet possessed was suicidal thoughts.
Oxford: Clarendon Press. This book discusses the role of the theater in the establishment of William Shakespeare as the National poet of England Honan, P. (1998). Shakespeare: a life. Oxford: Oxford University Press. This book provides all the facts that one would like to know about Shakespeare, whether it is childhood or the experiences h experienced to become the darling of England.
(English 1) Typically a tragic hero may be born with a father of high power such as a king. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is of noble birth which is seen from his parents—being the king and que... ... middle of paper ... ...m Wood marches against him but when he learns that Macduff is not born of a woman. “Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane, and thou opposed, being of no woman born, yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff; and damned be him that first cries “Hold, enough!” (V. viii.
Manny of his work including “Romeo and Juliet” and “Macbeth” are still read and performed around the world, and some doubts are there about if someone used to write the plays and poets for him. William Shakespeare’s name became a selling point. William Shakespeare’s career is divided into four periods.Beginning with what is referred to as an experimental period starting around 1591 and endin... ... middle of paper ... ... facts about his activities. The first ''Lost Years'' are between 1578 and 1582 when he leaves school at the age of 14 and 1582 when he marries Anne Hathaway at the age of 18. The second ''Lost Years'' are between 1582 and 1592 the evidence occurred between when he was in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1589 and when he had to move to London by 1592.