The rise of eponymous drama illustrates the sudden power of the person in literature. This breakaway of Shakespeare’s ‘greatness’: many of his contemporaries and followers attempted to recreate his style, often decaying into wanton violence and atrocities (as with John Webster). His plots could be said to demonstrate moral stances (perhaps Othello could promote trust or fidelity with the consequences of jealousy and infidelity illustrated) but then Romeo and Juliet destroys the lovers who are attempting to reunite broken families, so it is difficult for that theme to be accurate. However, Shakespearean originality lies in the plots and variety even with in particular plays – Twelfth Night is generally considered a comedy but the persecution of Malvolio decays beyond the comic with the close of the play worryingly unresolved with his promise the he’ll ‘be reveng’d on the whole pack of you.’ The characterisation of his figures was also unique for his time: Shakespeare seems to have held great insight into likely human reactions to the extreme situations in which he places his characters, with... ... middle of paper ... ...he voice of the ghost that is heard, to show his indifferent attitude to his friends. Polonius’s language is used to further his character: his authority in Court (almost Claudius’ equal) contrasts with his rambling language to exacerbate his foolishness and almost guarantee his later destruction.
Hamlet¡¦s situation, for example, is considered a tragic one although it differs from the relatively simple plots found in the earlier Greek tragedies. He is a nobleman, revered by his countrymen, who strives to alter the world around him. Ultimately, he must forfeit his own life to see justice done. The plot that unfolds in Shakespeare¡¦s drama includes politics, murder, and domestic strife, but still evokes pity and terror in the audience, precisely as intended by the early tragedians. Students can analyze the elements of tragedy in Hamlet, comparing and contrasting Prince Hamlet¡¦s plight with that of tragic heroes in Greek tragedies and in modern tragedies.
Shakespeare has created a quintessential tragedy in which deepens the audience’s understanding of the universal themes of love, hate, conflict and death. The recurring focus on the tension between love and hate makes us reflect on how these themes govern upon human behavior. In the play Romeo and Juliet, the main characters for which Romeo and Juliet the denial of love and dominance of hate creates extreme loss, in this case, death. In progress, audiences have recognized that the death of two young people is entirely imprudent, creating a need for acceptance. Shakespeare relinquishes us a valuable insight into the power of hatred and reinforcing it with dramatic and literary techniques such as foreshadowing, embittering tone and comparison to elucidate that hate is contagious and destructive.
Shakespeare’s plays, among other classic works of literature, tend to be forged with the tension of human emotion. The archetypical parallel of love and hatred polarizes characters and emphasizes the stark details of the plot. More specifically, the compelling force of revenge is behind most of the motives of Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. The play opens with the return of Hamlet’s father, a surprising encounter, which ended in his son learning that his father’s death was the result of foul play. By emphasizing this scene as the beginning of the story to be told, Shakespeare clearly implies that the plot itself will be based around the theme of revenge.
Through the soliloquies he gives we see Hieronimo’s grief manifests itself in an active, rampant manner whilst Isabella’s is in a passive, oppressed way. Hieronimo's madness propels and yet delays the tragedy. His paroxysms manifest in soliloquies, and his strange visions build tension, at the same time effectively pushing back the final act of revenge. “This way or that way? Soft and fair, not so: For if I hang myself, let's know, who will revenge Horatio's murder then?” This question is the central di... ... middle of paper ... ...o his failing mind but there are other forces acting upon the final tragic event.
The simile contrasting peace and hell, reveals a negative insight into the ugliness of human nature and further consolidates the existence of violence. The unpleasant introduction to the beginning of the play and the prologue brings the audience to witness the deep seated hatred that is generated from the family’s feud. In this manner Shakespeare’s insights into violence and the ugliness of human nature is a central aspect of the play, reminding us that conflict in places such as the ukraine are destructive to humanity. Shakespeare’s presentation of the human desire for connectedness is established through the embodiment of romantic love in the play, remindin... ... middle of paper ... ...iterates Shakespeare’s insight into the human desire for connectedness. As Montague and Capulet arrives and find their dear ones dead, finally peace emerges in the end of the tragedy shown by “a glooming peace this morning with it brings”.
But know, thou noble youth, The serpent that did sting thy father’s life Now wears his crown.” (I:V:34-40). Firstly, this example of dramatic irony has a major impact on the reader’s sympathies towards some of the characters in the play. Secondly, this example of Dramatic Irony develops the Ghost, Hamlet, and King Claudius’s character immensely. Lastly, this example of dramatic irony has a big impact on the conflict of the play as well as the theme of the struggle for justice in the play. Firstly, this example of dramatic irony has a major impact on the reader’s sympathies towards some of the characters in the play.
Throughout Shakespeare’s greatest works there is the ever present use of guilt and madness to add depth to characters, further drama and plot and sometimes to even lengthen the work itself. From Hamlet’s constant struggle to murder his incestuous uncle to Macbeth’s sudden ability to see ghostly blood-covered daggers, it is clear to see that Shakespeare has a method to his madness. Shakespeare uses guilt as a sort of net for the humanity of his characters. Throughout Macbeth and Hamlet shakes’ characters do some deplorable things and the easiest way to help the audience stay in favor of a major character is to have them feel bad about said acts. This converts into the “madness” that is ever-present alongside its buddy guilt.
The play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is a tragedy based on the corrosive power of jealousy spanning all aspects of life. The antagonist, Iago, feeling unjustly deprived of role of lieutenant, targets the weaknesses of those close to him to further his own agenda. For the most part, Oliver Parker’s 1995 film adaptation of Othello remains true to the original work in terms of characters; dialogue and the majority of key plot points. At the same time, the portrayal of characters, such as Iago, has been altered to enhance the cinematic experience. Parker’s interpretation of the play not only appeals to a larger audience but it conveys a new depth of Iago’s emotions and portrays a heightened sense of conflict caused by Iago’s manipulations Iago's frequent and direct soliloquies where he is staring directly into the camera exaggerate his Machiavellian intentions to destroy Othello by giving deeper meaning to his actions.
King Lear is a Renaissance tragedy and this particular form of the tragic genre defines how Shakespeare approaches the theatrical and literary tools that he uses. Renaissance tragedy differs slightly from the original trage... ... middle of paper ... ... Lear in all its sheering cliffs of chaotic madness, ranges of double entendres and hidden meanings, is truly a tragic masterpiece. It is a tragedy not only in the gloomy, foreseen death of its titular character, but also in the way it marks the tragic nature of socio-political issues such as class struggle, tyranny by monarchy, power-driven relationships. King Lear ultimately seeks to remind the audience that these things exist in their day to day lives. The genre chosen by William Shakespeare clearly supports this socio-political commentary.