One of the primal themes that Shakespeare displays coercible throughout the play is love. In Romeo and Juliet, their love is initially the prelude to a lot of complexities as their families dissension divides them. Shakespeare’s poetic narration’s illustrates a compelling love story that contrives the importance of its true meaning, and has since influenced many other authors that have adapted the same idea into more modern contexts. For example, ’Tis but thy name that is my enemy. Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
Furthermore he shows us how Beatrice is perhaps a threat to the patriarchal society at the time, we can see this on page fifty-nine where she implys that it is her duty to please herself, whether or not her father consents. This is unlike Hero, who cannot do anything unless a man is fighting her corner, however Beatrice is willing to do what she believes is necessary to achieve what she wants... ... middle of paper ... ...e down by weeping. Shakespeare shows us that Beatrice is the only character despite some of these positive attributes of Beatrice’s character, she is very rude about men. She says ‘but manhood is melted into curtsies’ showing Benedick her lack of respect towards men. However it is possibly her refreshing honesty that leads her to be a positive role model.
Lady Macbeth was not seen as the typical woman image, she had the power over her relationship with Macbeth and was presented as a manipulative woman where as woman in the 17th century were considered delicate, had no rights and were inferior to men, had no power or education and were obedient to their father and husbands. Lady Macbeth brainwashed Macbeth to get the power she desired, this is seen through the forceful statement by Lady Macbeth "Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, and... ... middle of paper ... ...cters and writing techniques to develop his key theme of power and ambition throughout his play, but also through the use of language. He uses powerful imagery which allows us to visualise his scenes with ease without the use of props, varied vocabulary and the lyricism of his verse which often has a lingering effect on the audience. He uses a wide range of allusions to classical, religious and historical icons, stories and people and frequently uses puns, juxtaposition, assonance, alliteration, all are tactics to engage and entertain his audience. Ambition has fatal consequences in the play, which include Macbeth being murdered as a tyrant and Lady Macbeth committing suicide.
Lady Macbeth’s “unsex me speech” leads her to acquire male attributes throughout the play, Lady Macduff openly criticizes her husband for leaving, and minor characters such as “the sailor’s wife” are inhospitable and unaccommodating. Although this seems to portray support for modern views of women, this is not true. It, in fact, reinforces traditional roles, as every “strong independent woman” within the play is punished. Women that go against “natural gender roles” disrupt order and lose their personal stability. This is evidenced by the actions of Lady Macbeth, minor female characters such as the sailor’s wife and the gentlewoman, and Lady Macduff.
They cannot help but notice how unhappy a certain mortal named Helena is. She has been chasing Demetrius through the woods in despair: "Your wrongs do set a scandal on my sex: / We cannot fight for love, as men may do; / We should be wooed and were not made to woo" (II.i.240-243). Her words voice a deep rooted difference between men and women in the Renaissance era. Men were thought to be adventurous, chivalrous and powerful, while women were expected to be subservient and gentle. Thankfully, women are now breaking free of their confinement, all these centuries
Love in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare Shakespeare is well known for presenting the full repertoire of human emotions, and love is no exception. Much Ado About Nothing is unquestionably a play about love. Shakespeare provides the audience with a whole gamut of lovers from the banal Claudio and Hero to the rebellious Beatrice and Benedick. It is this range which allows Shakespeare to critique the conventions and perceptions within his renaissance society This variance in love and lovers also serves to inform the audience of the many different faces of love, and to further the plot, for example it is Margaret's brand of free love that causes the turning point in the play. The comparisons drawn between Beatrice and Benedick's love and the superficial love of Hero and Claudio are typical of the constant contrasts that Shakespeare builds into this play, comical or otherwise.
When Ophelia is told by Polonius to never contact Hamlet again, she obeys Polonius, but Hamlet acts crazy in reaction to her denial. Ophelia says, “No, my good lord; but, as you did command, / I did repel his letters and denied / His actions to me.” (2.1.109-111) By doing everything Polonius tell her to do, she makes matters for herself worse. Ophelia cannot stand up for her... ... middle of paper ... ...made to her in marriage; and to decline Upon a wretch, whose natural gifts were poor To those of mine! (1.5.44-53) Claudius seduced Gertrude easily because of his ‘power’. Claudius manipulated her and his traits are not of any quality.
Shakespeare wrote his plays centuries ago and the themes still apply to modern day. The message in this play to the audience is to make us apprieciate how difficult true love can run smooth, by placing the characters in testing and difficult situations but also to show the happiness when difficulties are overcome, such as the celebrations and wedding. A midsummer’s night Dream has taught me that true love is the most strongest emotion of all and it can make people do anything to make sure this love survives.
Because of his play Romeo and Juliet, the English language became more vibrant and vivid through his exceptional usage of literary devices. Not only that, but also Shakespeare had managed to merge the two opposite classes of the Elizabethan era into one single family, where all would understand and appreciate the true masterpiece of Romeo and Juliet. Lastly, due to Shakespeare’s great insight upon human psychology, his characters seemed to exist in reality and were passing their legacy through the power of storytelling. For these reasons, Shakespeare was truly the “Bard” of the English language, for he had accomplished the impossible to become the greatest playwright in history.
Here, Shakespeare's presentation of Cleopatra highlights her unique female qualities in a way that represents women throughout the play and Cleopatra as an individual. I believe this works well because the other main chara... ... middle of paper ... ... is repetition of certain features relating to collapsing and melting. (90.3.13) 'Authority melts from me', spoken by Antony, suggests that things arre gradually slipping away and eveything is falling apart. Overall, the way in which Cleopatra is presented by Shakespeare, through metaphors, form and language amongst other devices is very clear and portrays the feelings that he intended to show. I think Shakespeare has presented Cleopatra very carefully and has taken into account the stereotypical female life in the time that it was set.