26 Mar. 2014. Shakespeare, William. "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar." Open Source Shakespeare.
Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice continues to receive criticism because of the many controversial topics integrated within an already debatable plot. One such reproach is whether the play demonstrates factors of anti-Semitism or persists as a criticism of the anti-Sematic tendencies of Christians during Shakespeare’s time. The factor of genre plays an essential role in how the play is interpreted when regarding anti-Semitism, particularly when viewed as either a romantic comedy or a genre that better encompasses the financial, moral, and religious conflict that is so prominent throughout the play. For instance, when analyzed as a comedy, Shylock’s malevolence may not exactly be reviewed as comical, but nevertheless seems peculiar and outrageous at times. From a religious standpoint, however, the vehement interactions between Shylock and Antonio are clearly centered on revenge and appear much more violent than a comedic standpoint may suggest.
They are both fully aware of it and use it in many different ways. Without this play so many things would have went differently and the ending would have ended in a completely different way. Hamlet shows that appearances cannot be trusted, (The Journal of Religion 368) King Claudius shows that even the most untrustworthy people can seem noble, and that Shakespeare dramatized the tragic realization of the opposition between reality and appearances. (The Journal of Religion 376) Works Cited Schreiner, Susan E. "Appearances and Reality in Luther, Montaigne, and Shakespeare." The Journal of R Kaura, Surabhi.
1 Apr. 2014. Through "History as Demon in Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Daniel Watkins asserts that historical and social contexts create a foil for the prevalent Christian ideology. Watkins argues, "the narrative is a symbolic formulation of the contradictions and struggl... ... middle of paper ... ...e challenges that the Gloss of 1817 received a number of criticisms but Warren proceeded to take most of his interpretation regardless, “The nastiest Gloss receives the highest concentration of theorizing from Mr. Warren, who appreciates the difficulty of accepting our standard text” (Empson 157). Empsonadmits symbolism has validity, but criticizes the interpretation by Warren of the astronomical and spiritual aspects of the poem.
05 Apr. 2014. "Shakespeare in Bloom." EBSChost. N.p., n.d.
However, Hawthorne's conflicting views of human nature are clearly evident as he both sympathizes and rebukes the transgressions of the Puritan society though each of four main characters. While venturing to portray an omniscient viewpoint, Hawthorne blurs the lines between relativity and reality regarding sin. Particularly, the author pities Hester Prynne's condition, but goes so far to rationalize and vindicate her sins. Hawthorne emphasizes his similarities to the marked mother, saying “That scarlet letter so fantastically embroidered and illuminated upon her bosom. It had the effect of a spell, taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and enclosing her in a sphere by herself” (Hawthorne 37).
Conflicting perspectives are an innate corollary of the subjective human experience. Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar' explores disparate representations of events and personalities to give rise to truth and the language in which it is expressed as innately unstable. Moreover, Julius Caesar and Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' offer disparate class perspectives to undermine the possibility of truth as anything but iridescent and personal. Shakespeare evinces perspectives of situations, events and characters as innately conflicting, as the impossibility of a single and stable objective reality comes to advocate the embrace of truth and meaning as endlessly deferred and enigmatic. The Stoic Brutus' epideictic "not that I loves Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more" positions the twin motivations of a personal allegiance and socially altruistic pursuit of Republicanism as irreconcilable within a system of static moral precepts.
I intend to compare two very different argument styles on both sides of this issue, and how two capable writers use completely different methods of research, facts, and interpretations to propose their opinions. Should Church and State be Separate? Alan Wolfe (2002) speaks about many of the implied hypocrisies during the centuries-long debate over separation of church and state. While most people are brought up to question hypocrisy, Wolfe claims that some level of it is necessary to allow for compassion from the audience. “Surely we should want our anti-clericalists to have a touch of belief about them, especially when compared to the truly cynical.” Wolfe (¶ 14, 2002).
This temporary breach in character displayed his internal conflict and how it was affecting him as a person--for Othello's dignified speech, just as the way anyone speaks, was a part of him as a person. Displayed in many other works, contrasting imagery, or perhaps simply contrast in general, is present in my excerpt from Othello. For example, Emilia calls Desdemona an angel, while designating Othello a devil. Also, Othello says Desdemona was "as false as water" while, in the subsequent line Emilia accuses Othello as being "as rash as fire." By including these contrasts, Shakespeare heightened the intensity of the moment as well as expressed the mood and thoughts of the characters.