Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear can be interpreted in many ways and many responses. The imprecision’s and complication of the play has led to its many production. Interpreting the issues and ideas in King Lear is dependant upon each individual responder. Individuals may be influenced by their own personal experiences, moral and ethical standards and the situation of their time. The play explores and examines the underlying nature and basic faults of humanity like self-indulgence.
William Shakespeare, one of the most renowned writers of the English Language, knew of the connection between appearance and reality and often provided his characters with multiple personalities in order to depict them in a specific fashion. In Shakespeare's play Othello, the antagonist (named Iago) embodies the theme of people aren't always what they appear to be as he egregiously misleads Othello and other characters into a treacherous world composed of deceiving truths where they find themselves unable to distinguish what seems to be real and what actually is real. At the beginning of the play, when Iago attempts to convince Roderigo to help him to take revenge on Oth...
Now we will explore the world of one of Beckett’s most famous play from the “Theater of the Absurd”, Waiting for Godot. The play is seen by many as meaningless and irrational, however it contains inner symbols and ideas that Beckett had on life and religion. First, we take a look at two of the protagonist, Vladimir and Estragon have a very comical and nonsense relationship, completely opposites, they however compliment one another perfectly and offset the lonesomeness and personality of each one another. Vladimir for example is good at recollecting things and events, constantly he reminds Estragon of events past or of things such as the gospels in the Bible, whereas Estragon keeps forgetting things and sometimes cannot remember... ... middle of paper ... ...s will never come to terms with the fact that Godot will never come and they will stay there forever (Beckett Act II). The statement, “Vladimir represents the intellectual and Estragon the body, both of whom cannot exist without the other” is trying to explain the need the mind has to the body and the body to the mind.
The Portrayal of the Theatre of the Absurd Throughout literature, much has been assumed and gathered about the state of man and his purpose in life. Different poets, novelists, and playwrights have employed the powerful tools of language to broadcast their respective statement to the literate world. Many authors stand out for their overly romanticized or horribly pessimistic notations on life, but only Samuel Beckett stands out for his portrayal of absence. As Democritus, a Greek philosopher, noted, "nothing is more real than nothing," a quote which became one of Beckett's favorites and an inspiration for his masterful plays (Hughes 1). Beckett's works have astounded many through their utter divergence from the typical basis of a play.
Beckett explores the theme of futility in an attempt to leave the audience with questions about the meaning of life. The techniques and ways in which he does this vary in relation to the scene but he relies heavily on the use of philosophical and emotive language and a shocking way to intellectually and emotionally engage the audience. All characters that Beckett features in his play are used as literary constructs in creating the tone and setting in which to develop and examine the theme of futility. The theme of futility is linked to the philosophy of Nihilism and grounded in the belief that our universe is stochastic, and therefore structure-less. If life has no structure or coherent meaning it can ultimately be seen as futile.
“Waiting for Godot” was written by Samuel Beckett and it is a tragi-comedy in two acts illustrating “the theatre of the absurd”. The structure of the play is circular and it includes elements both tragic and comic in nature. The play has a serious theme and subject but which are treated in a comic manner. During the play, the writer tries to turn nothing into something, to offer a meaning to a common action. Beckett makes use only of few elements of stage and characters because he probably believes that they are enough to illustrate the main idea of the play which still remains sort of a puzzle for many readers and critics.
More importantly, what were Shakespeare’s motives in portraying Hamlet the way he ultimately does? Hamlet’s hesitation is not the most convoluted and interesting of the subjects; his rationale of purpose is what drives the entire work to be the complex enigma that it still is, to this day. To begin with, many scholars have suggested that Hamlet’s motives directly correlate to Shakespeare’s own life and experiences. With such an intricate work of literature, it is easily assumed that "anything which will give us the key to the inner meaning of Hamlet will necessarily provide a clue to much of the deeper workings of Shakespeare’s mind" (Jones 25). While this may be true, one cannot necessarily assume that unlocking Hamlet’s motives and frame of mind will bring us closer to William Shakespeare, as a person and personality.
Honour in Henry IV Honor is one of those concepts that is seldom defined. One’s reputation is based on his or her honor, integrity, honesty, and purity. William Shakespeare’s Henry IV is a one of his many plays that deal with the varying ideas of honor, as well as issues of courage, loyalty, and ambition, interposing examples of dishonor, weakness, and the deceitful plots among both the drunkards and noblemen. Shakespeare utilizes suggestive metaphors to create illusions, imagery, and to reinforce the different views of the major issues people were faced with in his time and in ours. His plays often focus on the imagery, either on some obvious important symbol, or some image pattern that recurs throughout the work.
Authors like Ambrose Bierce, an innovator of experimental fiction, are highly criticized for taking on projects using this writing style. In one of his most famous works, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," Bierce developed a trademark for comparison in the metafiction genre. In the words of literary critic, Cathy Davidson, "Bierce has staked his claim as `the precursor of postmodern fiction.'" Bierce's short story creates intense drama in a small amount of space, leaving readers with many questions, and strongly placing itself into the metafiction genre. Often compared to the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, the close examination of time, the attention giving to mental fiction to avoid real life, and the blending of reality and fiction allow Bierce's work of fiction to be marked as timeless.
Godot can be assumed as one of the many wishes that Vladimir and Estragon wait for. Waiting for Godot is part of the ‘Theater of the Absurd’. This implies that it is meant to be irrational and pointless in nature since you do not have a proper moral and conclusion to the play, i.e., it is an open ended play. The readers and audiences can have many conclusions towards the end of the play. The concepts of drama, chronological plot, logical language, themes, and recognizable settings are features of drama that a play from the Theatre of Absurd does not have.