"Much Ado About Nothing." William Shakespeare Comedies & Romances. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1986.
Desdemona and Emilia can be perceived as a foil to each other because of their different beliefs for women’s roles in marriage. Her obedience toward her husband causes her to steal the handkerchief and give it to Iago, so he can falsely set Cassio up with it. Without Emilia, Shakespeare could not have exposed his view on women’s roles and marriage, and the storyline for his tragic play Othello could not have been achieved. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. Othello.
The two families are Capulet’s and Montague’s. The character Capulet, in the play is the father of Juliet. Shakespeare created the character Capulet to stir the love relationship up a bit. This adds tension to the play in which Juliet doesn’t want to marry the person her father suggests, but she really loves Romeo, but Capulet doesn’t know this. The way in which Shakespeare’s stagecraft is used, for the character Capulet, is very interesting.
Shakespeare’s literature exemplifies creativeness and powerful word use to create bodies of work with strong attributes that grab the reader’s attention. Midsummer’s night dream is an example of some of Shakespeare’s best work. The thesis of this essay is Hermia’s father, Esues wants his daughter to marry someone that he approves of and more importantly he wants someone for her that is respected by the rest of society to admire. This play has love, drama and characters that follow their hearts. Hermia is told she is not allowed to love or marry Lysander by her father.
This shows that although Petruchio knows about Katherina’s previous reputation of being badly behaved he feels that, because she is a woman, it will be a simple task for him to ‘tame’ her. He also knows that if they were to become married it would be even easier because she would be held under wedding vows in which she would have said, ‘to honour and obey’. From the very first scene Shakespeare sets up the audience to be prepared for the main theme in the play, ‘taming’. There is the apparent parallel between Petruchio taming Katherina and Sly being tricked into thinking he was a Lord. “I am Christophero Sly, call not me ‘honour’ nor ‘lordship’”.
The father would arrange the wedding ceremony, the husband of the bride to be and the dowry (a payment made to th... ... middle of paper ... ...es to the dramatic fight scenes, that make us appreciate the play a little bit more. The fact that the attitudes to love and marriage have changed over time does not hinder our appreciation of the play, instead it allows us to see different points of view on the matters. However, the story is meant to be about love, which Shakespeare does through showing the lengths that some people may go to for love, (although at times they may seem, unrealistic to us). He does not only show this through the eccentric Romeo, but through the sonnets that other characters recite during the play. This I feel, on top of every other aspect of the play, rules out the fact that attitudes to love and marriage were different in the sixteenth century, and does not hinder our appreciation of the play, as there is so much more to appreciate.
The fact that Shakespeare makes Portia talk about her marriage and her unfortunate obligation to use other measures but love to find a husband creates the idea that marriage is at the forefront of her characters mind, and the plays setting. As the scene continues, this discomfort in following her fathers will is reinforced by her scornful views of many of the suitors. However, the way that Shakespeare makes Portia comment on her suitors in such a way in this scene makes her seem self important because she is talking above some important people, she is very honest and doesn’t hold back in insulting these people. However, this scene could be staged as humorous and full of sarcasm, the inclusion of exclamation marks in the scene definitely suggests to create a lighter touch so as to not contradict the chara... ... middle of paper ... ...t serves to show just how diverse her character, it also shows an apparent weakness for love and that behind the wit and mocking is a more loving and a softer side. The compassion that she shows towards Bassanio is extended into the next scene when she offers any sum of money to save Bassanios friend Antonio.
Shakespeare’s portrayal of marriage emphasizes its social function rather than the two individuals involved having a mutual love and respect from one another. In Shakespearean comedies, the father uses his power to decide who his daughter marries in order to maintain social, economic and political power. The three comedies begin with the conflict between daughter and father when it comes to a father’s influence on the daughter’s marriage. The father in the play, sees the marrying of his daughter as important because of the financial, political aspects rather than his daughter’s happiness. In Shakespeare’s comedies like “The Taming of the Shrew”, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and “The Merchant of Vencice”, Shakespeare portrays marriage as a social function, rather than a route to personal happiness.
Usually, two people who love each other very much decide that they want to spend every single day of the rest of their lives together with one another. Nevertheless, love is not always the main purpose of marriage. In some cases, one person chooses to marry the other simply because of the economic advantages. This simply means that one of the persons is only marrying the other for money. In William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the theme of marriage as an economic institution is prevalent.