It is a play that portrayed a world too cruel and unmerciful to be true to life. It is a play filled with endless horror and unrelieved suffering. However, in this environment, Shakespeare expresses human existence in its profound depth. He examines the motivation of the characters’ actions and the future consequences of their irrational tho... ... middle of paper ... ... A balance between emotion and reason must be achieved to have peace in society and life. Even though the struggle between emotion and reason have lasted since the beginning of human race, humans such as Swift, Shakespeare, Herrick and Hobbes have continuously argued that a balance between emotions and reasons is the key to a happy life and peaceful society.
The Tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare, is often considered to be the Everest of Shakespeare’s plays (Holland, 2007). It is a tragic masterpiece and the summation of its author’s skills as a playwright. This is evident in the thematic complexities and masterful use of the tragic genre to convey a socio-political commentary to the audience. Indeed, it is clear that the genre does support King Lear as a socio-political commentary and that this commentary influences Shakespeare’s manipulation of theatrical and literary aspects of the text. Though King Lear might appear at first as chaotic in this regard as its titular character and the message/meaning of the play therefore uncertain, there is a predominant sense of order in its careful exploration of socio-political issues such as class struggle, tyranny by monarchy, and power-driven relationships.
As isolated as the island of The Tempest may be, its characters are representative of people in our own society. The social disorder in which they find themselves becomes an exploration of their aspirations – some have unique ideas about a perfect way of life, while others are merely products of a hegemony of political clambering in the imperfect society from which they come. Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest is more than an artist’s farewell; it explores the endless possibility of our minds and our endeavours, as mankind enters a “brave new world”. Works Cited: Shakespeare, William. The Tempest.
Utopia in The Tempest In The Tempest, Shakespeare allows the audience to appreciate the possibilities of utopian society, the good, and bad, so that they can understand the problems that the pursuit of a utopian environment may cause. The Tempest is a window into the dimensions of utopian societies. Shakespeare's play portrays the good and the evil sides of the perfect life. While his characters take on the role of the leaders of the utopian societies, Shakespeare portrays the social questions and beliefs of society of how a utopian environment should be. Essential to the discussion of this aspect of The Tempest is the definition of a "Utopia".
7-8). This diminishing treatment is a cause of an illusion based on the Renaissance time period, wh... ... middle of paper ... ...erstands the real nature of emotions, freedom, and beauty (Huxley 240). And with his well developed mindset, John may even be superior to the citizens of the World State that are aware of nothing more than the delusions conditioned in them. Thus, both Edmund and John have been categorized as an opposite to their true nature based on their birth’s, due to their societies illusion of morality. In conclusion, both King Lear and Brave New World make distinctions between the social illusion and reality.
More's work, however brilliant, cannot conceal the serious fallibilities and troublesome limitations of the utopian thoughts; and being the ambivalent creator that he was, More consciously emphasized the paradoxical nature of his ideal society. A century later, in his last work The Tempest, the great playwright William Shakespeare presented his audience with a mystical Commonwealth that is a reflection of the Golden Age from the classical literature. This fantasy, wrapped in the larger still whimsy that is The Tempest, will have the human race return to the purest state of nature. The Tempest, on the other hand, can be interpreted as a critique of the Utopian state. If the apparent paradise can only be sustained by magic and the deconstruction of human civilization, Shakespeare seems to imply, then utopia is altogether unachievable and impracticable.
It is Rousseau’s belief that humanity should return to a simpler life in the pure state of nature, which Rousseau explicitly defines in his “Discourse on Inequality”. Both philosophers offer valid depictions of human misery and its origins, however, it is because Rousseau’s argument lies heavily on his own definition of the human “state of nature” that he loses legitimacy, and makes Voltaire’s argument more effective. Voltaire constructs his satire as a discussion of optimism. He believes that as a philosophy it is useless. Voltaire includes Pangloss, Candid... ... middle of paper ... ... get sick in modern society is because of their lavish and greedy lifestyles.
The characteristic, the society is an allusion of a perfect world, is a distinctive component in these dystopian narratives. In Harrison Bergeron, citizens are alluded to conform to consistent expectations and are derived of their individuality. They are subverted to pervade equality throughout the society by wearing handicaps. By conforming to this, the society perceives that they live in a... ... middle of paper ... ...inhibits their independent thought or freedom. This quote excerpts the satire manner of The Lottery, “The people separated good-humoredly to let her through.
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream Character Analysis of Bottom the Weaver “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Character Analysis of Bottom the Weaver The play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare offers a wonderful contrast in human mentality. Shakespeare provides insight into man’s conflict with the rational versus emotional characteristics of human behavior. Athens represents the logical side, with its flourishing government and society. The fairy woods represents the wilder, irrational side where nothing seems to follow any sort of structure. The character of Bottom the weaver is a direct reflection of these two worlds.
William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest tells a story involving unjust acts, and Caliban trying to take over Prospero’s power of authority, Prospero’s mission to was to build righteousness and honesty by returning himself to rule. The idea of justice and injustice that the play works toward seems extremely independent meanwhile the impression of the play shows the view of one character who controls the purpose and fate of others. In Shakespeare’s play The Tempest the language in it can be challenging and a problem for some to understand, but that is a problem that can easily be solved. I had slight trouble understanding what Shakespeare anticipated by his word choice in the play. As I began to read The Tempest I had difficulty understanding the words not only because they were unfamiliar but because some of the words are no longer used in the twenty-first century.