Shakespeare’s dramatic theatre performances have long endured the test of time. His tales of love and loss, and even some history, make a reader think about events in their own life and what they wish to accomplish in life. Though written for the stage, Shakespeare’s plays have life lessons that readers of the great works can take put into effect in their own lives. Some may say that his plays are out dated, and are something of the past; though they were written in the 1600’s, they have morals and themes that can apply to life. “You've got to contend with versification, poetic license, archaisms, words that we don't even use any more, and grammar and spelling that were in a state of flux when the works were written,” says Pressley in an attempt to explain how to read Shakespeare.
Different Kinds of Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Twelfth Night, in itself, portrays many hidden meanings and themes that speak out to different people, in different ways. Shakespeare makes use of the many characters, and choreographs different steps and creates relationships and the plot, and sub-plot, to make Twelfth Night complete, with its many themes. One of the central messages of this play is prominently, love. With this main theme, Shakespeare creates an interesting plot and sub-plot, to entertain, and also provoke his audience to think hard, and allow them to decide for themselves, which kind of love is one that they would choose in their own lives. Different kinds of love, such as in love with the idea of love, imaginary love, self-indulgent love, self-love, or true, sacrificial love are displayed in this play.
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Act 1 Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Introduction of Key Themes William Shakespeare is known worldwide as a playwright. His plays are used for both entertainment and educational purposes, all over the world. Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford Upon Avon. Shakespeare is commonly known as 'gentle Shakespeare' from the way he writes and conducts his plays: tender, often amused but always sympathetic. This has attracted a range of audiences, which come along with different expectations and different views.
I think the play has become a classic love story known across the world because, Shakespeare wrote it in a way that people can enjoy it in their own individual way. Each different person can interpret the images Shakespeare created, in their own minds and everyone could get different images. I think Shakespeare is trying to say that love is unpredictable and very complicated and can't be controlled, also that it can be good and bad.
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It allows dramatic irony to be used effectively, and create tension between characters. Hamlet’s Soliloquies have caused the audience to sympathize with him due to their deeper understandings of his emotions and the sequence of events in his life. Without the soliloquies it would be unclear as to what the motives of a character’s actions are, or how they plan on carrying out those actions. Shakespeare is able to develop the characters through their soliloquies and the audience is able to see how those characters have changed over time. Works Cited Shakespeare, William, Barbara Mowat A., and Paul Werstine.
Given these points, Shakespeare used situational irony in the play Romeo and Juliet to be of interest to the reader and make sure that things are not dull or tiresome. In conclusion, throughout the play Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare, irony is used to give a pleasurable satisfaction as well as a deeper connection with the writer or the text. Shakespeare uses the three different types of irony: dramatic, verbal, and situational to astonish, excite, and entertain the reader. The use of irony allows the reader to explore and ponder on the various levels of meaning and arrive at an understanding that was hinted by the author.