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A Comparison of Pride in King Lear and The Duchess of Malfi

- The Sin of Pride Exposed in King Lear, and The Duchess of Malfi   In this brief monograph, we shall be hunting down and examining various creatures from the bestiary of Medieval/Renaissance thought. Among these are the fierce lion of imperious, egotistical power, a pair of fantastic peacocks, one of vanity, one of preening social status, and the docile lamb of humility. The lion and the peacocks are of the species known as pride, while the lamb is of an entirely different, in fact antithetical race, that of humility and forgiveness....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing the Character of Life in As You Like It and King Lear

- The Character of Life in As You Like It and King Lear        Through comedy and tragedy Shakespeare reveals the vast expanses and profound depths of the character of life. For him they are not separate worlds of drama and romance, but poles of a continuum. The distinction between tragedy and comedy is called in question when we turn to Shakespeare. Though the characters differ in stature and power, and the events vary in weight and significance, the movements of life in all Shakespeare's plays are governed by the same universal principles which move events in our own lives....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Christian Vs Nihilist interpretations of King Lear

- Christian Versus a Nihilist Interpretation of King Lear Traditional, orthodox or dominant views are opposed by resistant, variant, dissident, divergent, subversive, aberrant or niche ones. King Lear arouses dialectical or polemic interpretations because it, like most of Shakespeare’s tragedies is a problematic play raising complex questions without providing neat pat solutions. Until 1962, the play was presented in either the sanitised and now totally discredited Nahum Tate’s version with a fairy tale "everyone lived happily ever after" ending or a traditional Aristotelian interpretation attempting to engender audience empathy, identification, "arousing pity and fear", leading to the pur...   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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A Review of King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Academy

- A Review of King Lear by the Royal Shakespeare Academy First of all I would like to say that the Swan theatre in Stratford was excellent. The three levels were used excellently, people were walking on all the three levels, arguing with each other, and making announcements, people were talking from the different floors and moving on all the different levels, but somehow through some great timing it never became confusing, it was a feature that could have confused the audience but it was executed well....   [tags: Papers]

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Villains, Sin, and Sex in Shakespeare's Othello and King Lear

- Villains, Sin, and Sex in Othello and King Lear    Many of Shakespeare plays are littered with crude and graphic sexual references, jests, and insults. But there is one type of character present throughout Shakespeare's plays that twist the sexual imagery and repartee, and that is the villain. There is a deeply rooted combination between sex and evil.  This essay will develop this idea in depth by focusing on Iago of Othello and Edmund of King Lear.     Iago is probably viewed as one of Shakespeare's greatest villains....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Role of Femininity in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear

- The Role of Femininity in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear similarly experience an "unhooking" (Tompkins) in the eponymous plays. These tragic figures struggle with internal and external femininity: after realizing their emotions and labeling them feminine, they identify women as the source of this negative femininity. Their inability to deal with the female gender in any form destabilizes their masculinity, causing an unhooking/unlatching within them....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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The Consequences of Choosing an Heir

- William Shakespeare uses his play, King Lear, to explore the consequences of a monarch making a poor political decision in choosing their heir. The recent events within England associated with the passing of Queen Elizabeth I and the uncertain future the kingdom faced with their new ruler, King James I, can be compared and contrasted with the choosing of an heir within King Lear and the outcomes each situation. King Lear is meant to display the drastic negative consequences of such an important decision that weaken a kingdom while the real world situation turned out to be not nearly as morbid and displayed how a wise ruling choice could strengthen multiple kingdoms....   [tags: queen elizabeth, shakespeare, king lear]

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- Reaction to Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm I found the ending to Aunt Ada Doom's story a very Austen-like way of dispelling the myth of the Madwoman in the Attic. And, of course, Flora gets this idea from Mansfield Park. The madwoman, who isn't truly mad to begin with, can be cured with something as simple as a copy of Vogue and a trip to Paris. There is no ongoing psychological torment or dramatic death. Madness can be cured by good, old-fashioned materialism. Perhaps Bertha Rochester could have undergone the same "therapy." Elfine's wedding reception also seems to be a way of putting down Victorian psychological drama and upholding Austen's purism: There they all we...   [tags: essays research papers]

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- The Islamic Empires In early modern history, there were three major Islamic empires that became prominent. The Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire, and the Mughals. We will descuss the Development of these empires by listing their similarities and differences, and their political, social and cultural backgrounds. Next, we will get into the three empires reign of power and also give a discription of some of the great leaders of these empires and their legacy. All of these Islamic Empires had Turkish ruling dynasties....   [tags: essays research papers]

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William Shakespeare's Portrayal of Goneril, Lear, and the Fool in King Lear

- William Shakespeare's Portrayal of Goneril, Lear, and the Fool in King Lear Goneril begins her speech with an insult towards her father, claiming that his nights and squires are acting like his Fool, it is evident in this passage that Goneril thinks her father is as silly as his Fool, as he is senile. She makes a snatch at him with her first lines ‘…but other of your insolent retinue’ Seeing what her father has become out of senility, she lashes out at him. It is interesting that Shakespeare may use these words to start Goneril’s speech, insolent to mean rude and audacious, Shakespeare uses this language to instil in the reader the manner in which Lear and h...   [tags: Papers]

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Analyzing Shakespeare´s Account of Human Nature in King Lear in Comparison With Other Authors

- Human nature is a concept that has interested scholars throughout history. Many have debated over what human nature is – that is, the distinguishing characteristics that are unique to humans by nature – while others have mulled over the fact that the answer to the question “what is human nature?” may be unattainable or simply not worth pursuing. Shakespeare explores the issue of human nature in his tragedy King Lear. In his play, he attempts to portray that human nature is either entirely good or entirely evil....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli, Nicomachean Ethics]

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Comparing A Midsummer's Night's Dream, King Richard II, and King Lear

- Relation between Nature and Man in A Midsummer's Night's Dream, King Richard II, and King Lear         A Midsummer's Night's Dream, King Richard II, and King Lear all represent different philosophies people hold regarding the phenomenon of their lives. The relationships between humans and outside forces differ between the plays too. A Midsummer's Night's Dream emphasizes natures part in human life. It is seen as the driving force for everything good and bad. Divine decree is the emphasis in King Richard II....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Compare/Contrast Analysis of Plot Development Between Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear

- 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....   [tags: literary analysis, shakespeare]

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Robes and Furred Gowns Hide All: A Study of Social Illusions in King Lear and Brave New World

- ... And as a result of his birth, Edmund is excluded of the inheritance granted to children of noble birth. Being born within Gloucester’s marital bond makes Edgar a legitimate child, who consistently overshadows his bastard brother Edmund. And since Edgar is Gloucester’s only ‘proper’ son, he receives all the privileges of his father. Although Edmund is in no way physically or mentally lesser than Edgar, stating that “[his] dimensions are as well compact,/[His] mind as generous, and [his] shape as true”(1....   [tags: perspective, reality, ideals, society]

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The Characters Jane from Jane Eyre, John and Mustapha from Brave New World, and Edgar from King Lear

- Joy, Fear, and Impatience are what a good character makes you feel. A thoughtful and interesting character always leaves you wanting more, like a good movie, once it’s done, you’re always left wanting more. The characters that took me on a roller coaster ride were, Jane from Jane Eyre, John and Mustapha from Brave New World, and Edgar from King Lear. These characters lead me up and down on roller coaster full of joy. “You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both” (Ralph Emerson) Power is what Mustapha Mond chose; he gave up his joy and dreams, for ultimate power....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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The Importance of the Plot in Shakespeare’s Works

- Children these days are always told that they have their own talents; they just have to search for them. However some talents people aren’t born with, they are learned. When it comes to writing skills, there are three important qualities. Content, characters, and plot development. Due to creativity, content is fairly easy to come by. Once a person has decided what they’re going to write, characters are just a matter of imagination. Yet, the development of the plot is a hard process. The way in which the plot is developed shows the intent of the writer....   [tags: king lear, much ado about nothing]

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How the Sub-Plot Mirrors the Main Plot in King Lear by William Shakespeare

- How the Sub-Plot Mirrors the Main Plot in King Lear by William Shakespeare One can say that the sub plot does mirror the main plot to some extent. Some are in subtle ways and some are in the more obvious ways. Shakespeare has two plots in order to intensify the main theme of tragedy that runs throughout this play. The main plot is in which King Lear is the tragic hero however it is clear that just by misfortune he is deprived of something very valuable to him by error of judgment and this is immediately highlighted in the first scene of Act one where he goes through a rapid transition of loving to hating his only truly loyal daughter Cordelia....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres and William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Comparing Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres and William Shakespeare's King Lear Jane Smiley's novel A Thousand Acres is a modern version of William Shakespeare's King Lear.  The tragic ideas brought out by King Lear are revisited in A Thousand Acres both containing universal themes in which societies from past to present can identify with.  Tragedy is a form of drama that depicts the suffering of a heroic individual who is often overcome by the very obstacles he is struggling to remove.  The novel and play each contain distinct tragic elements that lead to the development of similar characters, plot, and images but both have distinct themes.  A Thousand Acres provides a new interpretation of...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comapring Father/Daughter Relationships in King Lear and A Thousand Acres

- Father/Daughter Relationships in King Lear and A Thousand Acres     The bond between a father and a daughter stands as one of the strongest emotional bonds present within many families. From the moment their little girls emerge from the womb to the moment their young women marry, the father reigns as the head of the household, the controller, and the protector. Though this rings true for many families, sometimes Daddy's little girls make all the rules. They possess the ability to acquire what they want through their incessant whining, crying, and batting of their eyelashes....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Motivations and Personalities of Characters in Act One of William Shakespeare's King Lear

- Motivations and Personalities of Characters in Act One of William Shakespeare's King Lear The opening scenes to the play establish the main characters well for the duration of the play. There are two main plots, which involve most of the main characters. The main plot consists of King Lear dividing his kingdom up between his three daughters, Gonerill Regan and Cordelia. However one, Cordelia, does not receive any land. The plot then entails the aftermath and the problems that follow such a mix up....   [tags: Papers]

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A Consideration of the Way Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Theme of Blindness in King Lear

- A Consideration of the Way Shakespeare Presents and Develops the Theme of Blindness in King Lear Introduction ============ Throughout ‘King Lear’, Shakespeare uses the play’s characters to make judgements on society using blindness as a metaphor that runs through the play. He does this in a number of ways portraying characters that can be fooled by others’ flattery, or are easily manipulated or deceived, or simply have a lack of wisdom. As well as the horrific physical blinding of Gloucester, blindness is used as a metaphor for characters’ lack of insight, moral blindness, and a lack of perception into other’s needs and interests....   [tags: Papers]

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The Importance of Act 1 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's King Lear

- The Importance of Act 1 Scene 2 of William Shakespeare's King Lear In a play of immense grandeur, Shakespeare has created within King Lear; a character so depraved that he appears to step beyond the realms of forgiveness. Act 1ii is the keystone of King Lear - its significance and influence radiates throughout the whole of the play. Interwoven with and parallel to the central story line, the subplot is used to enhance and develop the key themes of this tragic masterpiece. The scene also begins the plot to crack the ‘bond…‘twixt son and father’....   [tags: Papers]

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King Lear: A Man More Sinned Against Than Sinning?

- King Lear&#8212;A Man More Sinned Against Than Sinning. A King is supposed to have all that he needs without having to worry about anything in his late years. Yet King Lear, in Act 3, Scene 2, cried out in pitifully: &#8220;I am a man / More sinned against than sinning.'; Although Lear has made a huge mistake in the first scene of the play in dividing up his kingdom and banishing his two dearest people, the sins his two other ungrateful daughters have done him is far greater than the extent of Lear&#8217;s wrongs....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Transformation of the Tragedy in Oedipus, King Lear, and Desire Under The Elms

- Transformation of the Tragedy in Oedipus Rex, King Lear, and Desire Under The Elms           Over the course of time, many things tend to transform significantly. Such is the case of tragic literature and the cathartic effect it has on the reader, which has deteriorated a great deal from Sophocles' writing of the true tragedy, Oedipus Rex. King Lear exemplifies partial decomposition of catharsis, whereas Desire Under The Elms epitomises an almost total collapse of the cathartic effect. It is assumed that the lower the social status of the tragic hero, the weaker the ability of the 1990's audience to identify with the character's flaw....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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King Lear as a Tragedy Caused by Arrogance, Rash Decisions and Poor Judgement of Character

- King Lear as a Tragedy Caused by Arrogance, Rash Decisions and Poor Judgement of Character Shakespeare lays out the fate of all the characters in Ling Lear within the first scene of the play, leaving no doubt in the audience's mind that a terrible mistake is taking place, because of the way other characters react, Kent for example. Ironically the king states his wish "that future strife be prevented" by his division of the kingdom between his three daughters on declarations of their love....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare's use of the Renaissance Idea of Fatalism and Imagery in King Lear

- Shakespeare's use of the Renaissance Idea of Fatalism and Imagery in King Lear In a play about individual tragedies, fatalism plays an important part. Shakespeare effectively uses cosmic imagery to define his characters and to explore the idea of journeys linked to self-discovery by relating it to the imagery of rotating circles. Shakespeare uses Renaissance theology to explain character motivation. In the 16th century there was a great belief in astronomy. People believed in the harmony of the spheres and they were ruled by this idea of thhe natural alignment of the nine planets in their orbits....   [tags: Papers]

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Mary, Eve, and Lilith in Shakespeare's King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth

- Mary, Eve, and Lilith in King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth       Feminist criticism often explores the symbolic or archetypal use of the Biblical figures of Mary and Eve in literary criticism. One figure which seems appropriate to such discussions, but so far neglected it seems, is the figure of Lilith. Indeed, in the case of Shakespearean criticism, Lilith seems an appropriate model at times for such characters as Goneril, Regan, Lady Macbeth, and so forth. Accordingly, it is my intention to explore this lost archetype and relate it to three of Shakespeare's tragedies: King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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An Analysis of Main Characters of Shakespeare in Othello, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and Macbeth

- An Analysis of Main Characters of Shakespeare in Othello, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and Macbeth William Shakespere had a unique gift for finding what his audience liked then sticking with it. He wrote to entertain and knew what people wanted. In his work you can find repetion in the actions, stories, and characters that he created. Four main characters in Othello, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and MacBeth are all distinctly different and also so much alike. You will be able to see these contrasts threw a brief discription of each character....   [tags: Papers]

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King Lear Essay Lear?s descent into madness and his subsequent recognition of his faults

- In the play King Lear, Madness occupies a central place and is associated with both disorder and insanity. Madness intertwines itself within the thoughts of suicide of many characters that undergo hardships. It is deep within all the characters and is shown in many ways. In Lear’s mind, madness reflects the chaos that has descended upon his kingdom. He is affected by the wheel of fortune as he is stripped of his royalty, to become nothing more than a mad commoner. Lear then learns humility as he is joined by Edgar....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Similarities Between Goneril in Shakespeare's King Lear and Ginny in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres

- Similarities Between Goneril in Shakespeare's King Lear and Ginny in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres It is amazing to me the extraordinary job that Jane Smiley has done with her book A Thousand Acres. The parallels that she draws with Shakespeare's classic story of King Lear are unsurpassed by any book to which I have had the pleasure of reading. These two works represent an excellent example of literature that is able to engage readers young and old. In A Thousand Acres, I read Ginny as being the reserved quiet daughter who, up until the very end, bends to her father's tyranny....   [tags: Comparative Essay, Classical, Literature]

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Shakespeare's King Lear - Father/Son Conflicts Caused by Inferiority Complex and Power Struggle

- Throughout the play King Lear, by William Shakespeare, a conflict is conveyed through father and son: Gloucester and Edmund. Although the cause of this conflict is Gloucester’s betrayal by his bastard son, Edmund, there is more to this conflict than a simple power struggle. Through intertwining plots and scandals, Edmund creates a forged letter, destructively “written” by his half-brother, Edgar, having to do with his made up plans to murder his father, Gloucester. Edmund surpasses this first betrayal and reaches the epitome of evil when he plots against his father by finding ways to cross Gloucester with Regan and Cornwall, further enhancing his potential inheritance and power....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Lear and Family

- The Importance of Family Family is what defines one's character and identity. Shakespeare's tragic play, King Lear, presents a ruling family and how its members' relationships affect one another. The crumbling relationship between King Lear and his daughters exemplifies his struggle to maintain his role in his family and his identity within the state. Lear explains that human nature is marked by a desire for more than just the necessities one already has. Lear needs more than the necessities of life not only to survive but to keep his identity....   [tags: European Literature]

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Analyzing the Characteristics of Kind Lear

- Analyzing the Characteristics of Kind Lear Lear is the protagonist, whose willingness to believe his older daughters’ empty flattery leads to the deaths of many people. In relying on the test of his daughters’ love, Lear demonstrates that he lacks common sense or the ability to detect his older daughters’ falseness. Lear cannot recognize Cordelia’s honesty amid the flattery, which he craves. The depth of Lear’s anger toward Kent, his devoted follower, suggests excessive pride—Lear refuses to be wrong....   [tags: Papers]

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Lear's Character in William Shakespeare's Play

- Lear's Character in William Shakespeare's Play The view of Lear being bent on his own destruction from the beginning of the play is an acceptable claim. The way he begins in the play, dividing up his country for his daughters, in essence, this spelt disaster. Unlike other renaissance dramatists, who used ‘mad scenes’ for comic use, Shakespeare seems intent on displaying madness in a more sinister portrayal....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare's Portrayal of Lear’s Character

- William Shakespeare's Portrayal of Lear’s Character In the first part of Lear’s speech, he admits that it is unnecessary to have all his men around him, but as hey says “; our basest beggars are in the poorest thing superfluous:”, The tone of this speech are very telling that Lear is in great distress, his two daughters are unmoved and are impervious to the evident agonising final speech Lear makes in the scene. The two women are expert manipulators and play off each other to break down their father, they’re cool control over the situation is a direct contrast to Lear at the particular time....   [tags: Papers]

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Lear's Descent Into Madness and Subsequent Redemption

- Despite Lear’s descent into madness, he displays many signs of his own redemption in Act 1. Most of the evidence is contained in what Lear says and does, but there are subtle moments of revelation by other characters towards Lear’s mental state. Lear’s complex mind begins to unravel due to his age and the treatment he experiences from his daughters, but his character and the undeserved goodness he receives from other characters are what point him towards his own redemption. The underlying irony of the act is that the fool appears to be the most perceptive character, while the supposedly wise characters are acting like fools....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Through the Eyes of a King

- Through the Eyes of a King "Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter, dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty, beyond what can be valued…" In this quote from King Lear, Goneril is proclaiming how much she loves her father, King Lear. The fact that she refers to eyesight as being a priceless thing foreshadows the whole "sight" theme of this play. Throughout King Lear, there are references to characters' sight and perception. The perceptions of King Lear and Gloucester are changing and expanding throughout this whole play....   [tags: Papers]

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King Lears Emotional Stages

- King Lear&#8217;s Emotional Stages Throughout the play King Lear, Shakespeare portrays King Lear as a normal human being with a very complex and fragile character. In this very sentimental play, Shakespeare places Lear through the worst anguish of his life (Bruhl 312). The anguish Lear goes through helps him finally realize that human nature is not always loving, caring, and giving as his kingship disguises him to think. One may describe the mental states Lear goes through as myriad mental states....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Consider the accuracy of Lear?s claim that he is ?a man / More sinned against than sinning?

- King Lear is throught the whole play a man who is a sinner and the victim of the evil deeds of those who surround him, those he keeps most close mostly are the worst sinners against him. He thinks he does the right good things but has to find out that almost everything he did out of meaning well by the people he considered as the good ones at the time he did it were the wrong moves. When Lear realizes that his moves seem to have been wrong he tells Kent and the Fool during a storm that he is “a man / More sinned against than sinning”, knowing that he also made mistakes, not only the others....   [tags: essays research papers]

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King Lears Blindness

- Although it is never too late to learn, those lessons learned in old age are the most difficult and the most costly. In his play KING LEAR, Shakespeare illustrates that wisdom does not necessarily come with age. The mistakes that Lear and Gloucester make leave them vulnerable to disappointment and suffering at a time in their lives when both should be enjoying peace and contentment. Although both Lear and Gloucester achieve wisdom before they die, they pay a dear price for having lived life blindly....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparing the Murder of the King in Hamlet, Richard II, Henry VIII, Macbeth and Julius Caesar

- Murder of the King in Hamlet, Richard II, Henry VIII, Macbeth and Julius Caesar       Kings are everywhere in Shakespeare, from Hamlet to Richard the Second, from Henry the Eighth to Macbeth; many of the plays contain a central element of a king or autocratic head of state such as Julius Caesar, for example. They focus more specifically on the nature of that person's power, especially on the question of removing it; what it means on both a political and psychological level, how it can be achieved, and what will happen afterwards....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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King Hezekiah: King of Judah

- The birth of the story of King Hezekiah came about from his father, King Ahaz, who was the king of Judah at first. Throughout the reign of Ahaz, the Bible demonstrates to us how Ahaz was not the best perfect that was fit for a king. King Ahaz brought much turmoil to the nation of Judah. God was not pleased at with the people, with the people; He was not only disappointed with the people, but also with King Ahaz because his ruling. King Ahaz disobeyed the law of the Lord; Ahaz gave the people to be able and worship other gods....   [tags: Bible, King of Judah, Bible History]

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The Role of Pride in Sophocles' Oedipus the King

- “Oh my children, the new blood of ancient Thebes, why are you here?” said Oedipus when addressing his people during his first appearance (1-2). Flamboyant, yes, well in Oedipus the King, the main character Oedipus is a boastful and pompous character faced with troublesome pasts and future predicaments. In actuality, he is king of Thebes and the rightful ruler, but when a plague strikes he is quickly led into a misfortune of events that ultimately leads him to dig his eyes out in attempt to relieve him from the truth he discovers....   [tags: Oedipus the King]

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Guinnevere of the King Arthur Legends

- Guinevere of the King Arthur legends is called the daughter of King Leodegrance. (Britannia) In early Welsh tales she was said to be the daughter of a giant. (Senior 84) She is actually the daughter of a Roman Roman noble. (Britannia) Born in C.AD 490 . (Fords) Guinevere descended from a noble family of romans. (Lace 63) It is true that Guinevere is sexual, that she craves the love of a man who (unlike Arthur) has “A touch of earth.” (MaChan 200) She is also self-centered and small-minded. (MaChan 200) She is occasionally a political pawn in the hands of Modred, other knights, and even Arthur himself....   [tags: daughter of King Leodegrance]

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The Once and Future King

- ... Mordred is either Arthur’s son or nephew by his sister Morgawse. Mordred seizes Arthur’s throne whilst he is away and in ultimately slain by Arthur, but not before fatally wounding the king. Arthur is then said to have retreated to Avalon, where he waits to once again take his place as king, earning him the title the Once and Future King. Arthur’s knights were his most trusted friends and family, but ironically, he is betrayed by the best of them. The most reputed of Arthur’s knights are Sir Lancelot and Sir Tristram....   [tags: King Arthur, English legends]

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The Incredible King George VI

- England has seen observed monarchs and royalties throughout its history. Kings and Queens have rendered everything in their power to uplift the spirits of the English people through times of war and depression. King George VI is not necessarily the most illustrious of these kings, yet his story and background is certainly a compelling one. His family, military background, unexpected coronation, and his WWII involvement has influenced England far more than most will ever know. For years, monarchs have ruled and impacted England; however, perhaps none was as unprepared yet imperative for the country’s social and jingoistic development as King George VI....   [tags: King George VI]

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Burger King's SWOT Analysis

- Planning is interpreted as the setting of goals and deciding how to achieve them. It also means dealing with uncertainty by formulating future courses of action to achieve specified results. The focus of this paper will be on Burger King, which is the second largest fast food restaurant chain in the US. Burger King Corporation was founded by James McLamore and David Edgerton in 1954 in Miami, Florida. Burger king is known for serving a high-quality, great-tasting, and affordable food. The purpose of each organization is to achieve its goals....   [tags: Burger King, Setting Goals]

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Stephen King

- Stephen Edwin King, one of the greatest horror writers of the 20th and 21st century, was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine. Stephen was born at the Maine General Hospital. He was the second son, and only son born from his mother, of the King family. Stephen had a older brother who was adopted two years prior to Stephen’s birth. (1) (2) (5) Stephen King’s parents were only together for a short while after Stephen was born. Stephen, only being a toddler, his father, Donald Edwin King, left Stephen’s mother, Ruth Pillsbury King, leaving her to care for the family with the help of relatives....   [tags: Stephen King Biography]

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Analysis Of King's Smokers, Inc.

- Kick the Habit, or Kick the Bucket Stephen King’s short story "Quitters, Inc." involves a smoker trying to kick the habit, and getting results no matter the means. Dick Morrison meets Jimmy McCann, an old friend, in the bar of the Kennedy International airport. McCann has stopped smoking, gained a promotion, and become physically fir since the last time they met. He tells Morrison about an agency that helped him quit smoking and gave him a business card for Quitters, Inc., which Morrison just put in his wallet....   [tags: Stephen King]

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Comparing Violence in Kane's Blasted, Bond's Lear and Pinter's The Homecoming

- Displays of Violence in Kane's Blasted, Bond's Lear and Pinter's The Homecoming In Sarah Kane's Blasted, a woman and a man are raped on stage, eyeballs and dead babies are consumed and a man shoots himself through the head. In Edward Bond's Lear, several men and women are shot, a man is severly beaten and another is blinded, and the body of a woman is disected on stage. Both Kane and Bond claim that the use of violence on stage is vital for the message they want to get across. Harold Pinter, however, seems to deliver the same message by referring to violence without actually displaying it on stage....   [tags: Kane Blasted Essays Violent Papers Lear]

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The Downfall and Destruction of a King in the Play, Oedipus the King

- The Downfall of a King in the Play, Oedipus the King I found the tragedy of "Oedipus the King" to be quite interesting. It was not as hard to read as an epic. "The purpose of tragedy is to arouse the emotions of pity and fear and thus to produce in the audience a catharsis of these emotions." (p488, A Handbook of Literature) A tragedy has more drama and builds to the climax. Oedipus' fate was set into motion by the circumstances he created himself because of his own rashness and arrogance. This is called an inciting incident....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Stephen King Using Gothic Literature

- Stephen King is known as one of the greatest horror and gothic writers of our time. The reason for this is his ability to fuse the gothic elements created by stories such as Dracula or Frankenstein and todays horror. King has written hundreds of short stories but two in-particular “The Night Flier” and “Popsy” show his unique ability to combined gothic elements from the old literature with realistic settings and people of our era. One of his greater talents is being able to use gothic element like vampires and make us see them in a different light....   [tags: Stephen King]

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Oedipus the King

- Oedipus the King The uniqueness of the story of Oedipus the King lies in the fact that it is not told, but uncovered. Intertwined within are the workings of fate, which ultimately propel the uncovering of the story (Driver 247). The past is relied upon to solve the mystery of the present; however, it is learned by all that actions taken in the past will not change the fate of the future. The gods of Sophocles are the forces which operate within the cosmos, thus giving its consistency and order....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Oedipus the King

- Oedipus the King Oedipus the King is the perfect example of a tragedy. It contains a complete combination of all the features of a tragedy. Aristotle in his Poetics[1] defines Oedipus as being 'a definite example of the form and purpose of tragedy'. In tragedies the Greeks dramatized climactic events in the lives of heroes, and Oedipus' story is no exception. By using many different literary devices it brings moral dilemmas of action and motive to the public stage. The action is set out over the timeframe of one day, which will according to the prophet Tiresias will bring Oedipus' 'birth' and 'destruction'....   [tags: Classics Oedipus King Essays]

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The Role of Hamartia in Oedipus the King

- The Role of Hamartia in Oedipus the King Literary tragedy has roots that extend two and a half millennia into the past, but throughout this history the genre's defining characteristics have remained the same. At the very core of tragedy lies an uncertainty over the cause of the tragic predicament. The leading candidate for an explanation of this cause often comes under the name of hamartia, a Greek word that translates into "a defect in character", "an error" or "a mistake." However, the most common conception (or misconception) of this notion is that it involves "a moral or intellectual weakness," a view that often leads scholars to regard hamartia as the answer to questions of tragic fl...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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The Cruel Transformation in Oedipus the King

- The Cruel Transformation in Oedipus the King      When we look in the mirror, do we see what other people see or do we see what we delude ourselves into believing is the truth?  Self-realization is a complicated concept, one which many Greek dramatists used in order to clarify the themes of their tragedies.  In Oedipus the King, Sophocles ties Oedipus’ journey to self-realization with the main theme of the story.  As Oedipus slowly begins to realize his true self, he transforms from a proud and heroic king into a tyrant in denial into a scared, condemned man, humbled by his tragic fate.    In the beginning, Oedipus is portrayed as a confident, powerful hero.  His bravery and worth ar...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Jocasta as the Victim of Oedipus the King

- Jocasta as the Victim of Oedipus the King     The play Oedipus the King by Sophocles has often been described as the story of a “tragic hero.” This story is indeed tragic; however, Oedipus is not the only character stricken by tragedy. Equally stricken may be the character of Jocasta. She, as well as Oedipus, suffers many tragedies throughout the story. Shifting the story to a different perspective quite possibly may increase how we view it. The point is not to denounce Oedipus’ role as a tragic hero, but to denounce his role as the only tragic character....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Oedipus the King - Exploited or Exploiter?

- Oedipus the King - Exploited or Exploiter.       Great thinkers throughout history have contrived intricate theories of social order. By applying these particular ideologies to literature, we as readers are able to see a great work through the eyes of one or many of history's most celebrated philosophers. Sophocles' Oedipus the King has been open to many interpretations. With its intricate plot, archetypical tragic character, and lofty social issues, Oedipus the King provides for virtually any and all interpretations....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Leadership in The Once and Future King

- The Once and Future King     Leadership In The Once and Future King T.H. White conveys his personal thoughts on leadership through the help of Merlin, and Wart's transformations. Through each transformation Wart experiences different forms of power, each being a part of a whole idea on how a leader should act.  He must piece together these ideas for the definitive way he should rule as king.  In order to teach Wart,  Merlin transforms him into several different forms, a fish, hawk, ant, goose and a badger....   [tags: Once and Future King Essays]

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An Analysis of Oedipus the King

- An Analysis of Oedipus the King Here is a story where Oedipus the King, who has accomplished great things in his life, discovers that the gods were only playing with him. He has everything a man of that time could want; he is king of Thebes, he has a wonderful wife and children, and great fame through out the lands. He has lived a good life, but in the end everything is taken from him. The priests of Thebes have come to Oedipus to stop the plague that is killing the people of Thebes. They revere him for his knowledge, since he solved the riddle of the Sphix many years before and became the king....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Essay on Jocasta in Oedipus the King

- The Role of Jocasta in Oedipus the King "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him." (James 1:12) Such is the proclamation in the Holy Bible, and so was the proclamation in ancient Greece. Since the founding of religion, the gods have sought to test those with power. Jocasta was sent by Apollo to do just that: to test Oedipus' - the king of Thebes - faith and conviction. Throughout the play, Jocasta tested the beliefs of those around her by feigning disbelief in the gods herself....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Oedipus the King: Unrealistic or Realistic

- Oedipus Rex – Unrealistic or Realistic                Let’s explore the traces of realsim and its opposite in Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus Rex.   The first obvious question is: How can this drama possibly be considered realistic since it relies so heavily on predetermination and fate in the life of the protagonist, Oedipus. As Jocasta recounts to Oedipus:   An oracle Once came to Laius (I will not say 'Twas from the Delphic god himself, but from His ministers) declaring he was doomed To perish by the hand of his own son, A child that should be born to him by me....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Marxist Theory and Oedipus the King

- Marxist Theory and Oedipus the King       "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles" (Marx and Engels 2). This excerpt, taken from Karl Marx's and Friedrich Engels' The Communist Manifesto, explains the two primary classes found throughout most of Europe during the era of the Industrial Revolution. These classes were the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The former were known as the "exploiters" and the latter as the "exploited". The wealth, power, and prestige of the bourgeoisie, acquired mostly from their control of institutions, industries, and means of production, enabled them to force upon the proletariat their economic, political, and religious i...   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Jungian Archetypes and Oedipus the King

- Jungian Archetypes and Oedipus the King      The play Oedipus the King by Sophocles has multiple examples of collective unconscious archetypes from the theories of Carl G. Jung. In general Jung's theories say that there are archetypes that define the world, its people, and why people participate or commit certain activities. Jung explains that these archetypes are harbored in the collective unconscious of every person's mind. The archetype of the hero is one of them. The middle of Oedipus the King shows the character Oedipus as the Jungian archetypal hero and sacrificial scapegoat....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Justice in Oedpius the King

- Justice in Oedpius the King         Oedipus is not formally charged with any crimes.  He does manage however to commit incest, and murder.   His father is cursed.  The curse states that his son will kill him and marry his wife.  These facts are discovered in the introductory, "...if laius , king of thebes, had a son by jocasta, his queen, that son would kill his father and marry his mother. Laius in light of these facts has Oedipus abandoned as a child.  Another family raises him as their own....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Characterization in Oedipus the King

- Characterization in Oedipus Rex              The dialogue, action and motivation revolve about the characters in the story (Abrams 32-33). It is the purpose of this essay to demonstrate the types of characters present in Sophocles’ tragic drama, Oedipus Rex, whether static or dynamic, whether flat or round, and whether protrayed through showing or telling.   Werner Jaeger in “Sophocles’ Mastery of Character Development” pays the dramatist the very highest compliment with regard to character development:   The ineffaceable impression which Sophocles makes on us today and his imperishable position in the literature of the world are both due to his character-drawing....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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The Once and Future King

- The Once and Future King The Once and Future King by T.H. White has a theme which consists of being true to yourself and your beliefs. Many characters and events in this book reinforce this idea and portray it as the main lesson. Readers are affected by learning important life-lessons throughout each chapter and book. Readers learn in the beginning that Arthur strongly believes in keeping his word. Even in Book I, when Arthur was a child, he refused to leave Hob's hawk, Cully, in the forest....   [tags: Once and Future King Essays]

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Irony in Oedipus the King

- Irony in Oedipus the King      When Sophocles wrote Oedipus the King, he knew that his audience would have some idea as to the outcome, his tale being a Greek tragedy which follows a strict form. Not wanting to write a predictable, bland play, Sophocles used this knowledge to his advantage and created various situations in which dramatic irony plays a key role. Dramatic irony is present when the tragic truth is revealed to the audience before it is revealed to the characters within the story....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Oedipus the King by Sopohocles

- Oedipus the King by Sopohocles Works Cited Not Included Throughout the play, Oedipus the King, Sophocles refers to site and blindness to relate attitudes and knowledge of the past. The irony of sight in this play can be marked by Oedipus’ inability to realize that which is evident to the reader. His extreme pride is his tragic flaw. It blinds him from the truth. Oedipus blinding himself symbolizes his increase of knowledge, his sensitivity, and gives him the ability to finally "see". He is now able to see the flaws of his hubris attitude, and the consequences of which his pride brought to him....   [tags: Oedipus King Sophocles Essays]

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The Legend of King Arthur

-      By the ninth century people all over were telling the fabulous tales and romances about Arthur and his kingdom. The common people heard them sung by bards, while in the court poets wrote different versions. In each retelling the speaker would select certain details for emphasis and introduce new elements, so that the story could be adapted to the particular time and audience. Although most historians believe that there actually did exist an Arthur, they differ on how major his role was on influencing society during his time....   [tags: History King Arthur Essays]

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The One and Future King

- The One and Future King In The One and Future King by T.H. White the main character, Arthur, learns many important lessons. He is taught many of these lessons by animals. For instance, he learns that "might is right" (White 47) from a fish (which turns out to be false), that ants live dictated lives devoted to war (121), that owls only kill another animal if they are starving (69), and a badger teaches him the story of man's creation (168). One of the most important lessons Arthur learns is from a goose, who tells him of a perfect society....   [tags: Once and Future King Essays]

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Realism in Oedipus the King

- Realism in Oedipus Rex              This essay will examine a feature of Sophocles’ tragedy which causes the reader to doubt the realism underlying the literary work. Specifically, the essay will consider the feasability of the belief at that time – that the Delphi oracle possessed credibility with the people.   At the outset of the drama the priest of Zeus and the crowd of citizens of Thebes are gathered before the royal palace of Thebes talking to King Oedipus about the plague which is ravaging the city....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Oedipus The King by Sophocles

- Oedipus the King by Sophocles is the story of a man who was destined to kill his father and marry his mother. The ancient Greeks believed that their gods decided what would ultimately happen to each and every person.Man was free to choose and was ultimately held responsible for his own actions. Both the concept of fate and free will played an important part in Oedipus' destruction. Although he was a victim of fate, he was not controlled by it. Oedipus was destined from birth to someday marry his mother and to murder his father....   [tags: Oedipus King Sophocles]

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Oedipus the King

- Oedipus the King The ancient Greeks were famous for their tragedies. These dramas functioned to “ask questions about the nature of man, his position in the universe, and the powers that govern his life” (“Greek” 1). Brereton (1968) stated that tragedies typically “involved a final and impressive disaster due to an unforeseen or unrealized failure involving people who command respect and sympathy. It often entails an ironical change of fortune and usually conveys a strong impression of waste....   [tags: Greek Tragedy Oedipus King Essays]

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Oedipus the King: Characterization

- Oedipus Rex – Characterization                This essay will illustrate the types of characters depicted in Sophocles’ tragic drama, Oedipus Rex, whether static or dynamic, flat or round, and whether protrayed through the showing or telling technique.   Seth Benardete in “Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus” portrays the protagonist in just one dimension of his well-rounded character, that of a suffering soul:   Everyone else is ill, but no one is as ill as Oedipus, for all the rest suffer individually, while he alone suffers collectively....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex]

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Misery by Stephen King

- Misery by Stephen King Plot: Paul Sheldon is a famous writer who created the popular 'Misery' series, and has just killed off the main character, Misery Chastain. He has just finished writing a new novel called 'Fast Cars' and is heading to New York to get the manuscript printed when his car crashes in Colorado. He is pulled from the wreckage with both of his legs shattered by his number one fan, Annie Wilkes. She took him to her home and nursed him to health. But Annie Wilkes is slightly crazy, and when she read the new 'Misery' novel she demanded that Paul had to bring her back to life in another book....   [tags: Misery Stephen King]

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King Leopold's Ghost

- King Leopold II developed his dream for colonization at an early age. Before he even took the throne he was on the lookout for unconquered land that could later be in his possession. The king wanted to become rich as a result of his new land through the process of trading. Once King Leopold II set his sights on the Congo, he would not give up until the land was his. He connived, manipulated and conned his way into the land. He did not care who got hurt; he just wanted his dream to be fulfilled. In order to achieve his dream, King Leopold II wanted to be sure that no other country got in his way....   [tags: History King Leopold]

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King Arthur

- King Arthur Character Analysis The character of King Arthur is unique in literature. Most characters are known through their actions and words as described by the author of a story. Arthur, however, is a conglomerate of characters described by many different authors over a fifteen hundred year span. There is no single depiction of him, and one cannot trace his origin to a single author for the "definitive" description. As such, the character of Arthur is different depending on the era, culture, and the particular writer who is relating his version of the Arthurian legend....   [tags: King Arthur Essays]

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King Richard

- King Richard My report is on Richard I, byname Richard the Lion-Hearted. He was born September 8, 1157 in Oxford, England. He died on April 6, 1199 in Chalus, England. His knightly manner and his prowess in the Third Crusade(1189-92) made him a popular king in his own time, as well as the hero of countless romantic legends. He has been viewed less kindly by more recent historians and scholars. Richard was the third son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and he was given the duchy of Aquitaine, his mother’s inheritance, at the age of 11 and was enthroned as duke at Poitiers in 1172....   [tags: History England King Richard Essays]

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King Solomon

- King Solomon King Solomon ruled all of Israel in an outstanding way from 977 to 937 BCE (12). Despite his wealth and power, Solomon is known to history for his wisdom and as the builder of the Temple of Jerusalem. He has been credited with authoring all or parts of three books of the Bible (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon). King Solomon was the ruler of ancient Israel who reigned from 961-922 BC (8). He is the son of David and Bathsheba. Solomon succeeded his father as king and his territory extended from the Euphrates River to the land of the Philistines, and to the border of Egypt....   [tags: Israel King Solomon History Bio Essays]

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