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Seduction in Richard III

- Seduction in Richard III Seduction is definitely a dominant theme in Richard III. I noticed another instance of it to go along with the ones discussed in class the other night. Richard's wooing of Lady Anne is more than obvious than the example I've found; but, Act 1 scene 4 definitely contains another instance of seduction. This is Clarence's murder scene and the murderers have to convince one another to actually carry through with the act. Murderer One is the first to exhibit a hint of hesitation....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays]

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Henry VII & Richard III

- Henry VII & Richard III Richard the Third had just recently become King of England. But he did not know that soon he would not Henry Tudor was from Wales. His surname was really spelt 'Tewdwr.' It was changed to the English way though when he became King of England. Henry was too to France by his Uncle Jasper in 1471, fourteen years before the Battle of Bosworth. His uncle took him to Brittany. There, Henry learnt a lot. He learnt about warfare, treachery and betrayal. He also learned about court politics and how to keep supporters....   [tags: European Europe History]

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The Life of William Shakespeare

- The Life of William Shakespeare England's most talented and well know poet and dramatist was born on April 23, 1564, at Stratford-upon-Avon, located in the cetre of England. His father, John, was a glove-maker and wool dealer involved with money lending. His mother Mary Arden was the daughter of a Farmer. William was the third out of eight children whom all died young. His father became Mayor in 1568, after serving on the town council for many years. William went to a junior school before going to the Grammar School when he was 7....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Shakepeare in Love

- The players include screenplays Mark Norman and Tom Stoppard, director John Madden, actors, Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare, Gweneth Paltrow as Princess Viola De Lesseps, Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth, Ben Afleck as Ned Allen and produced by Miramax. The movie was entitled Shakespeare in Love. Young Will Shakespeare is about to start his new play, "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter." However, Shakespeare has writer's block and according to his 16th century "shrink," only love can break this mighty block and give him back his "muse." While holding auditions for the play, he meets Thomas Kent, an incredible actor, who is really a princess in disguise....   [tags: Film]

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William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare Shakespeare was born in a small English town called Stratford, Avon in 1564. During his lifetime, he composed 37 plays, which are still being performed all around the world. At the age of 18, he married 26-year-old Anne Hathaway. Anne delivered their first child, Susanna, a few short months later. In early 1585, Anne gave birth to twins, a girl Judith and a boy Hamnet. Tragically, Hamnet died at the age of 11 in 1596. Little is known about Shakespeare's life in the late 1580s....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Deformity in Richard III

- Richard III and Deformity Some scholars insist that Richard was neither crippled nor humpbacked, and they are passionately dedicated to proving that Shakespeare's portrait of the inhuman monster is based on Tudor propaganda used to bolster Henry VII's weak claim to the throne The only "proof" we have of Richard III's deformity is that which is provided by Sir Thomas More in "The History of King Richard the Third". It is here that modern readers digest the adjectives which forever plague Richard "Little of stature, ill-featured of limbs, crooked-backed, his left shoulder much higher than his right"....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays]

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Richard III - Ian McKellen Makes Shakespeare Accessible to All

- Richard III - Ian McKellen Makes Shakespeare Accessible to All Shakespeare at the time and even now still seems like a foreign language to many minds. From its deep and complicated plot development, and the archaic English that was its makeup, to the strange and old-fashioned medieval settings and costumes, a Shakespeare film of that time was not something very appealing to the public. McKellen’s approach to making the film Richard III eliminated many of these prejudices people had of Shakespeare movies....   [tags: Film Movies Richard III Ian McKellen]

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Morality in Richard III by William Shakespeare

- Morality in Richard III by William Shakespeare In Richard III, Shakespeare invites us on moral holiday. The early part of the play draws its readers to identify with Richard and thereby to participate in a fantasy of total control of self and domination of others. We begin to be pulled into the fantasy in the play's opening speech, where Richard presents himself as an enterprising, self made villain and offers an elaborate justification for this self he renovation....   [tags: Papers]

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Free Richard III Essays: The Seduction of Lady Anne

- Richard III and The Seduction of Lady Anne Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is a great seducer. However, it is easier when the seducee is rather frail in mind and heart, as I believe was the case with Lady Anne. Perhaps Lady Anne's ego was as much engaged as her anger was initially. Gloucester chips away at her resolve masterfully, but let's look at the facts. She knows that Gloucester killed her husband and her father-in-law. This fact is undisputed (within the play). Gloucester admits both murders to her saying, "[y]our beauty was the cause of that effect [the murders]" (I.ii.121)....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays]

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Iago's Performance in Act III Scene III of William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago's Performance in Act III Scene III of William Shakespeare's Othello Iago anticipates and manipulates the other characters so skillfully that they seem to be acting simultaneously of their own free will and as Iago's puppets. For example, it takes only the slightest prompting on Iago's part to put Othello into the proper frame of mind to be consumed by jealousy-Iago exploits Cassio's discomfort upon seeing Othello by interpreting it as a sign of guilt. Iago's interpretation of Cassio's exit, combined with the Desdemona's vigorous advocating on Cassio's behalf, creates suspicion in Othello's mind even before Iago prompts Othello....   [tags: Papers]

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Richard in William Shakespeare's Play

- Richard in William Shakespeare's Play In Richard's opening speech, Shakespeare tells us some things that you need to know about Richard, but not all. The opening speech gives a hint as to what is going to happen, as what Richard says in his opening speech is seen later on in the play. However, there are some things we don't find out until later in the play. In Richard's opening speech we learn that he has laid 'plots', and 'inductions dangerous'. We later learn that the 'plots' are to kill Clarence, and to seize the crown....   [tags: Papers]

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Motivation for Iago's Actions in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Motivation for Iago's Actions in William Shakespeare's Othello There are many different motivations to Iago's actions. Reading through the materials I have been given, I have come to the decision that Iago is a 'homosexual' and is actually in love with Othello, but I will also explain the different motives behind Iago's character. Iago is shown to be a good character in the eyes of Othello, Desdemona, Emilia and Cassio, but when their backs are turned towards him he speaks the truth to the audience....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare´s Richard the Third: Example of a Villain

- Villainous people have a way of manipulating people around them to get what they want, like Richard and his desire and his do what ever it takes attitude in order to be in line for the crown. Throughout history evil people, like The Tragedy of Richard III, have justified that what they are doing is right by appealing to other people and making them feel that this is necessary for the end result they want. Many evil people are good at persuading people to do things for them or join them in their acts....   [tags: Evil, Deeds]

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The Life And Works Of Shakespeare

- The Life And Works Of Shakespeare William Shakespeare is the world's most admired playwright and poet. He was born in April, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, about 100 miles northwest of London. According to the records of Stratford's Holy Trinity Church, he was baptized on April 26. As with most sixteenth century births, the actual day is not recorded but people are guessing that he was born on April 23. Shakespeare's parents were John and Mary Shakespeare, who lived in Henley Street, Stratford....   [tags: Papers]

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Free Richard III Essays: Richard III as a Rapist

- Richard III as a Rapist Yes, King Richard/Duke of Gloucester masters the art of seduction in his wooing of Lady Anne. And when I say, "masters the art," I guess I mean that he achieves his conquest. But is seduction really the prevailing theme throughout Richard III. I propose that we be careful when we say that Richard is a great seducer, for is it seduction or rape when one's consent is not given. For instance, Lord Hastings, the Duke of Clarence, the young princes, Queen Margaret, and other seeming "seducees," were they seduced or forced....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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The Deposition of Richard II in Richard II by William Shakespeare

- The Deposition of Richard II in Richard II by William Shakespeare Richard II is the first play of Shakespeare's four-part History Tetraology. It tells the story of Richard II's deposition and Bolingbroke's rise to power. There are numerous reasons for Richard's fall. He went off to war and left his kingdom vaulnerable. Richard disregarded the advice of his elders. He even went so far as to steal Bolingbroke's inheritance. As Richard lost the support of the nobles and lords, Bolingbroke gained their support....   [tags: Papers]

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Stylistic Techniques in "Richard III"

- Throughout the Play Richard III, author William Shakespeare incorporates great uses of stylistic features to aid the overall quality of the story and to help achieve success within the very complicated plot. In an attempt to intensify Richard's plot to gain the throne of England, he uses three specific minor plays, to create an overall production for the audience. The first play which we see involves Richard connecting directly with the audience on the same level in Act 1 Scene 1. He tells us that despite the recent bloodshed and destruction caused by the War of the Roses, he is in full swing in an attempt to take over the throne of England....   [tags: European Literature]

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Hope, a Theme in Shakespeare´s Richard the Third and in George Frederick Watts´s Painting

- Famous English poet and playwright William Shakespeare uses “hope” in King Richard III as: “True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings: Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.” (Shakespeare) In this quote from Shakespeare, hope is liken to wings that elevates people during its existence, a power which strengthens people. During my research different sources, from academic writings to visual sources, discussed how the result of an aim is affected by “hope”. The results that I gained from my research have shown that people can’t achieve their dreams in the lack of hope....   [tags: Situations, Achievements]

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Free Richard III Essays: The Power of Seduction

- Richard III: The Power of Seduction The word "seduce" according to Webster's Dictionary means to "tempt and draw away from proper conduct." This is exactly what Richard, Duke of Gloucester/King Richard III accomplishes in Richard III. In Richard's life he does not only move from deformed "hedgehog" to husband, but from "beast" to King. One may ask how such deeds were performed. However, a second look may make the deeds look simple. Richard demonstrated a strong power of seduction throughout the play that not only seduced Lady Anne, but many others....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays]

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Richard

- When Bolingbroke accuses Mowbray of murdering the Duke of Gloucester, Richard knows that there is a chance of Mowbray telling about Richard's involvement in the crime. Gaunt also understands Richard's position but he also knows that there is no stopping Richard, because "... correction lieth in those hands / which made the fault that we cannot correct" (I, ii, 4-5). Richard is seen as God's representative on Earth and only Richard can punish himself, so it is a matter only God can resolve."God's is the quarrel - for God's substitute,His deputy anointed in His sight,Hath caus'd his death..."Although Gaunt seems satisfied with this fact in Act I, scene ii, later, from his...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sun Imagery in Shakespeare's Richard III

- Sun Imagery in Shakespeare's Richard III      Shakespeare's Richard III is a play pervasive in figurative language, one of the most notable being the symbolic image of the sun and the shadow it casts. In an examination of a short passage from the text, it will be argued that Richard is compared to a shadow in relation to the sun, which has traditionally been held as a symbol of the king. The passage is significant not only because it speaks volumes about the plots of Richard, but also because it is relevant in understanding the overall plot of the play, which in the first few acts is almost indistinguishable from the plot of the scheming Duke of Gloucester....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays]

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William Shakespeare's Aim in Richard III

- William Shakespeare's Aim in Richard III Richard III, in my opinion, was written to portray Richard as an arch villain, to show him as an evil and even more callous person than he actually was. Although, the dialogue in the play compiles of a large amount of entertaining situations, remarks, asides and conversations. Richard III was based on a true life king who ruled between 1483-1485. Upon the death of his brother, Edward IV, he became guardian to his two nephews, Edward V, the new young king, and his younger brother, Richard....   [tags: Papers]

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The Ghost of Richard III Visits William Shakespeare

- The Ghost of Richard III Visits William Shakespeare I was sitting at my desk in my candle-lit room, a gentle breeze made the candle flicker and a chill ran down my spine. I remember having a strange feeling, as if there was another spirit present, it is hard to explain, but it was nothing like I had ever felt before. The breeze was making me shiver and it was getting colder as time passed, I picked up my lantern and walked across to the window and pulled it to, but still left it slightly ajar, I liked the feel of the air, but today it did not feel the same....   [tags: Papers]

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The Shakespeare Room

- The Shakespeare Room The Life of Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to John Shakespeare and his wife, Mary Arden. His father was weathly and held a number of municipal offices. Shakespeare received a good education, but he did not go to the university as many other writers of his time did. Some of these writers ridiculed him and his work because of this. One such example of this ridicule is a pamplet that was published in 1592 by Robert Greene, a famous playwright. In this pamphlet, Greene criticized Shakespeare and his work, a criticism that seems to come mostly from jealosy....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Opening Speech of Richard III in William Shakespeare's Play

- The Opening Speech of Richard III in William Shakespeare's Play Richard III is a historical play and we are drawn to this factor from Richard's speech at the opening of the play. Shakespeare uses Richard's character as his main device for setting the scene. As it is a play the audience would see Richard entering on a bare stage and this alone would leave an effect of them which would soon be reinforced by the speech he is about to give. The speech itself is delivered in a soliloquy, a device that is well associated with Shakespeare....   [tags: Papers]

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The Character of King Richard III in William Shakespeare's Play

- The Character of King Richard III in William Shakespeare's Play In my opinion Richard is definitely not a hero, he is nothing more than an immoral villain. He is a cunning, callous and carefree murderer. However, for much of the play the audience view him as a hero. Throughout my essay I aim to argue why Richard is an immoral villain whilst contrasting why many may perceive him as a hero. For much of the play Richard may be seen as a hero. One reason for this is his dramatic language....   [tags: Papers]

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Richard Iiis Presence In Black Adder; The Foretelling

- The good guys always win. We know this because Hollywood has taught us that. We also know this because history has taught us this. But when people take into account and acknowledge history’s teachings, most fail to also consider history’s hypocrisy. Every day, all through our lives we become softened and comforted with drugs, fed gradually and continuously by our trusted media. We are overwhelmed by the goodness of our rulers. Wherever there is evil, it is always won over by the forces of good....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Richard II

- Richard II Life: He was born in Bordeaux France on January 6, 1367. He was the son of Edward the Black Prince and the grandson of King Edward III. Richard succeeded to his grandfather's throne on June 22, 1377, at the young age of ten. Due to his young age the government continued to be run by nobles of the kingdom, in the same fashion it had been in the last years of his grandfather's reign. These nobles were dominated by his Uncle John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Guant's misrule brought on quicker economic deterioration that was being caused by the Black Death and the Hundred Years' War, being fought against France....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Richard III's Usurpation and His Downfall

- Richard III's Usurpation and His Downfall Richards rule was always unstable due to his unlawful usurpation to the throne and his part as far as the public was concerned in the death of the two princes. As a result right from the start he didn't have the trust or support from his country. As soon as he became King people were already plotting against him. After he was crowned he travelled the country trying to raise support by refusing the generous gifts offered to him by various cities....   [tags: Papers]

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Women as Authroity Figures in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and Richard III by William Shakespeare

- One cannot escape one’s fate. The theme of fate and freewill is central to William Shakespeare’s play Richard III, in which Richard III battles with the two in his quest for the crown. Richard seeks to escape his fate as a deformed and unfinished hunchback by using what little power he has to gain more power and respect. Although Richard thinks that he is acting on his own free will, fate still controls him throughout his journey. In addition, Richard’s fate is expressed in the form of a curse that Margaret delivers as punishment for his crimes against her and her family....   [tags: culture, priestess, power]

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The Loss of the Throne by Richard III

- The Loss of the Throne by Richard III There are many views as to whether Richard III lost his throne, or if it was a mainly Tudor advance which secured it. Overall I think that Henry Tudor did not actively gain the throne decisively, in fact Richard III lost it from making key mistakes throughout his reign, and at Bosworth. Richard weakened his grasp on the throne by indulging in a vast plantations policy which gave too much power to Northerners and inevitably made him dependant on these few....   [tags: Papers]

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Richard II in William Shakespeare

- Richard II in William Shakespeare The plays of William Shakespeare are generally easy to categorize, and the heroes of these plays are equally so. However, in the history play Richard II, Shakespeare’s king is more ambiguous than Hamlet or Romeo– there is no clear cut answer to whether Richard II is a tragic hero... or simply a tragedy. Historically, Richard II was crowned at a very young age, forced into the role of monarch, and thrust without hesitation into the murky world of political intrigue, which perhaps lends his character sympathy because he had no choice in his fate....   [tags: Hero Richard II Shakespeare Essays]

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The Short Lived Success of Richard III

- Richard III, by William Shakespeare, is a play based on the amount of power and decisiveness needed to become the king of England. The main character Richard of Gloucester is the brother of the current king. The fact that Richard is evil for no apparent reason troubles readers. Yet overtime, the audience begins to warm up to Richard in part because of his skill with words. Richard's obvious skill of language allows him to successfully manipulate nearly every character in the play. This skill enables him to woo Lady Anne, have Clarence thrown in prison, blame the king for Clarence's death, and achieve Hastings's execution, all without any harm to himself....   [tags: European Literature]

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Richard III and Adolf Hitler

- Richard III and Adolf Hitler In William Shakespeare's Richard III, we see Shakespeare's interpretation of despot rule and the parallels that stem from this interpretation. The character type of Richard has been examined and marveled for thousands of years. From Plato's examination of despot rule in the Republic, we see the motives of what drives despot rulers. A look at the background of Richard and how his upbringing and personal life contributed to his insecurities will help to understand why someone may become a despot....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays]

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Movie Essays - Loncraine's Film Production of Shakespeare's Richard III

- Loncraine's Film Production of Shakespeare's Richard III Loncraine's film brilliantly furthers Richard III's role as the diabolical genius. His use of economy and symbolism in portraying Richard gives completeness to the character that the text in some ways lacks. The short but intriguing stable scene in the film makes this clear. The first thing I noticed about the stable scene in the film was the monochromatic color scheme. As Donaldson noted, the muted browns, grays, and beiges are reminiscent of the several death scenes....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast]

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Othello: Metaphor and Contrast in Lines 299-318 in Act III, Scene iii

- Metaphor and Contrast in Lines 299-318 in Act III, Scene iii of Othello Othello’s feelings toward Desdemona are vacillating. He loathes her for her infidelity and, at the same time, he is devoted to the faithful Desdemona he once knew. These conflicting emotions are developed using a mixture of metaphor and contrast. This fellow's of exceeding honesty And knows all (qualities) with a learned spirit Of human dealings. If I do prove her haggard, Thoguht that her jesses were my dear heartstrings, I'd whistle her off and let her down the wind To prey at fortune....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Othello]

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Richard Burbage and the Theatre

- Richard Burbage and the Theater When modern day people think about “The Theater”, most people think about going to the movies. In earlier times, people thought about one family, The Burbages. The Burbage family was very well known because of their success in the theaters. The purpose of this paper is to give facts about Richard Burbage’s life and to tell the influence he had on the theater. Richard Burbage was the son of James Burbage and the brother of Cuthbert. He was born in 1567 at Stratford-on-Avon....   [tags: movies, family, life, influence]

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The Life Of William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare wrote 37 plays in his lifetime. These plays included comedies, histories, and tragedies. The plays contain vivid characters of all types and from many walks of life (World Book I). Shakespeare's works contain kings, pickpockets, drunkards, generals, hired killers, shepherds, and philosophers. Shakespeare's plays have been divided into four different periods of which he wrote plays. The first period lasted from 1590 to 1594. In this period he wrote Comedy of Errors, Henry VI, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and King John....   [tags: Papers]

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Biography of William Shakespeare

- ... In 1597 he purchased the second largest house in Stratford which he called New Place. William Shakespeare wrote a series of popular stage plays. Manny of his work including “Romeo and Juliet” and “Macbeth” are still read and performed around the world, and some doubts are there about if someone used to write the plays and poets for him. William Shakespeare’s name became a selling point. William Shakespeare’s career is divided into four periods.Beginning with what is referred to as an experimental period starting around 1591 and ending around 1593 which includes Henry VI, Parts I, II, and III, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Gentlemen...   [tags: Anne Hathaway, the foil]

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King Lear

- King Lear, Abbey exhibited King Lear, another of his large, dramatic pictures, at the Royal Academy in 1898; the painting was accompanied in the catalog by these lines from Act I, scene i: Ye jewels of our father, with washed eyes Cordelia leaves you. I know what you are; And, like a sister, am most loth to call Your faults as they are named. Love well our father. To your professed bosoms I commit him. But yet, alas. stood I within his grace, I would prefer him to a better place. So farewell to you both....   [tags: William Shakespeare Literature Essays]

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Analysis Of Petrarch 's Sonnet IIi

- In Petrarch’s sonnet III, page 1621, Petrarch is describing how he fell in love with his muse Laura who was a married woman. The first stanza describes how on the anniversary of Christ’s crucifixion, Petrarch first sees Laura; his love, and falls helplessly in love. He claims that he did not fight the feelings and becomes devoted to her. Petrarch continues in his second stanza to describe how he welcomed his new found love without fear and pursued his feelings with confidence. However, that is when his misfortune began....   [tags: Hamlet, William Shakespeare, Florence]

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Trickery and Deceit in Shakespeare's Works

- Trickery and Deceit in Shakespeare's Works William Shakespeare had a way of creating intelligent characters who made use of the art of deception for their own personal gains. Characters such as Lucentio and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew; Oberon and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Portia in The Merchant of Venice; and Richard in Richard III, all wanted to further their own agenda and did so in very sneaky and deceitful ways. These characters smartly used trickery and deceit to achieve their goals, and succeeded....   [tags: Papers]

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Richard, The Duke Of Gloucester, By William Shakespeare

- Hidden in the shadows, flitting from window to wall to door and beyond, monsters creep into the world and turn it inside-out and upside-down. As can be seen in Richard III by William Shakespeare, the monster exists as a corporeal and analytical creature that has a tendency to hide from the general population. Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, is arguably the most prominent and alluring monster in the book. Despite his deformities—the bent spine, unbalanced shuffle, and shrunken arm—Richard manages to overcome his perceived bodily hindrances by using his mind to play different roles....   [tags: Perception, Mind, William Shakespeare]

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Richard Loncraine’s Rendition of William Shakespeare’s Richard III

- Richard Loncraine’s rendition of William Shakespeare’s Richard III is memorable in its appeal to modern viewers partly because it relocates the action of the play to a fantasized Nazi Germany-styled England of the 1940s, rather than keeping fifteenth-century England as the setting as Shakespeare originally intended. But while this approach undoubtedly allows the story of Richard III to be broadcasted to a more diverse audience, its total rejection of historical fact, along with the way in which Loncraine skips around the text, cuts scenes, and adds small but important details to the aesthetics of Shakespeare’s play may mislead the audience and thus distract them from the original piece....   [tags: play, nazi germany, queen margaret]

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Comparison/Contrast: The Merchant of Venice and Richard III

- In William Shakespeare’s tale of The Merchant of Venice and Richard III both plays show similar qualities as well as differences between the two plays. The Merchant of Venice and Richard III are similar in that both plays have women that are independent. These women are not afraid to speak up and lash out with hard words towards who they do not prefer. In the Merchant of Venice, Portia never gives up. She is a very strong character and goes as far as to dress as a man and pretends to be a lawyer in order to save Antonio....   [tags: powerful women, death, friendship]

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Free College Essays - The Last Act of Richard III

- The Last Act of Richard III In Shakespeare's play Richard III, the main character Richard is developed as an actor - to the degree of morbidity. Richard is forever putting on an act, and playing the part that he thinks will most please whomever he shares the stage with at a given moment. Not that to please is his ultimate goal, it is just a means to get what he wants--which is the tempting role of the king. His acts are from the start plentiful, and for some time almost surprisingly effective....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays]

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William Shakespeare's Richard III, the Duchess of York

- We often say there is no love other than mothers love, but the character of the Duchess conflict that. In William Shakespeare's Richard III, the Duchess of York seemed vague with her responds, She seems very patient also with Richard III at the being of the play; nonetheless She never explore her hatred throughout the play. She is a widowed mother, of Clarence, King Edward IV and Richard III. The Duchess of York has very bad relationship with her son due to his bad things he do, for example killing anyone that gets on his way to become king....   [tags: clarence, richard, queen elizabeth]

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The Character of Richard in William Shakespeare's Play

- The Character of Richard in William Shakespeare's Play In the play Richard could be considered as the hero and also the villain however as the play develops we find out that he is mainly the villain, but he does have some appealing/heroic aspects to him. In the first scene that we read in the play we see Richard and the soliloquy, in this soliloquy Richard becomes a self confessed villain and says "And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover to entertain the fair well spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain" with him saying this we automatically think that he is the villain and will be up causing disruption between the people in the play, Richard does thi...   [tags: Papers]

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Richard III and the Stability of England

- Richard III and the Stability of England Richard became King of England on July the sixth 1483 after the heir to the throne was proclaimed illegitimate. Whether this claim was true or not is questionable. During Richards reign, the stability of England has been debated. Was he the ruler England needed to end the 'Wars of the Roses' and bring stability back to the English people. Or did he cause England to be restless and unsettled. Is it a good thing that Henry Tudor defeated him in the Battle of Bosworth....   [tags: Papers]

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The Invocation of Moral Codes in Richard III

- Shakespeare's Richard III is from the outset a very moral play. It opens with an introduction to the character of Richard in his "Now is the winter..." speech. In this we are first introduced to the idea of a man becoming evil from his own free will, excused (by him) on the grounds of his inability to fit in with the physical ideals of society, saying, "And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover... I am determined to prove a villain." Although we are not, at this point, given a definite indication of Shakespeare's opinion on this moral position, it is the opening for a discussion on what is morally acceptable, which is continued quite decisively throughout the play....   [tags: European Literature]

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William Shakespeare's Richard III

- William Shakespeare's Richard III William Shakespeare’s characterization of Britain’s historical monarch Richard III, formerly Duke of Gloucester, is one of the most controversial in literature. To this day there are arguments upholding Richard III’s villainy and ascertaining his murder of the Princes in the tower, just as there are those who believe that he has been falsely represented by Shakespeare’s play and fight avidly to clear his name of any and all crimes. Because of the uncertainty surrounding his true character, Richard III is an intriguing personality to put into modern culture, which is exactly what Ian McKellen does in his rendition of the infamous ruler....   [tags: William Shakespeare Richard III Essays]

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Love and Marriage an Affliction or an Alliance: Deceit and Betrayal in Shakespeare’s Richard III

- During the Middle Ages and Renaissance period marriage and love were idealized, divine and celebrated. Weddings were large events that included the entire families of both the groom and the bride. Reality was different; women were viewed as being fickle, inferior to men and a possession of men. Women had very little, if any, choice in who they would marry. Marriages were arranged so that both families would benefit in gaining wealth or power. Even though the ruler of England for over 4 decades was female, women were still not respected....   [tags: History, Middle Ages, Renaissance]

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Richard II Essay: The Characters of Bolingbroke and Richard II

- The Characters of Bolingbroke and Richard II "What tongue speaks my right drawn sword may prove" is the sentence which concludes a short speech delivered by Henry Bolingbroke to King Richard II (1.1.6). These words are but the first demonstration of the marked difference between the above-mentioned characters in The Tragedy of Richard II. The line presents a man intent on action, a foil to the title character, a man of words. When Bolingbroke first appears in the play, he is accusing Thomas Mowbray of treason and then states that he is ready to act upon his accusations, to draw his sword against Mowbray....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays]

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Foreign Support Was Vastly Important for Henry Tudor in Richard III's Defeat at Bosworth

- How important was foreign support for Henry Tudor in explaining Richard III’s defeat at Bosworth. Foreign support was instrumental in allowing Henry Tudor to defeat Richard at the battle of Bosworth, if it were not for the support that Henry gained from foreign sources he could not have invaded England. Henry Tudor spent 14 years in exile in Brittany and France, with his chances of claiming the throne of England fading as Edward IV’s second reign proved stable and his heir approached adulthood. However after Richards usurpation of his nephews throne Henry’s court in grew especially after the Buckingham Revolt, but required assistance from the King of France (men and ships) before he could la...   [tags: british history, england history]

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Richard III a Tyrant as King

- Richard III a Tyrant as King Throughout history, this very title has been disputed and the outcome has remained debatable to this very day. Richard, Duke of York had remained loyal to his brother, Edward IV throughout his years of reign, and had been well rewarded for his support, he became the Duke of Gloucester. In marrying Anne Neville, daughter of Earl of Warwick, he had inherited mass amounts of Neville land in the north of England after both the Earl and Anne died. He was respected within the northern parts of England and provided land for his friends....   [tags: Papers]

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Romeo and Juliet - Act III, Scene V

- Romeo and Juliet - Act III, Scene V Act III, Scene V of Romeo and Juliet is significant for it is the most pivotal scene of this tragic play. Although prior scenes present extreme circumstances, this scene reveals the results of past activities and begins a series of tragic misunderstandings and fatal reactions. Transformations occuring amongst characters and their relationships with one another and the tone of the play are revealed in this scene. Through language, Shakespeare presents these changes as well as foreshadowing the eventual tragedy Romeo and Juliet's death....   [tags: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet]

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The Indulgence Of Machiavellian Behaviour

- The Indulgence of Machiavellian Behaviour The Elizabethan era is named after the reign of Queen Elizabeth the first. This era is one of the most fascinating eras in history, not only because of the queen herself but also because of the very first theatre in England – The Globe –which began with the performance of plays written by William Shakespeare and due to his many inspiring and renowned plays this era has been significantly marked. I have chosen texts based on this era and they are the following, William Shakespeare plays: Othello and King Richard III, the series Reign by Stephanie SenGupta and the movie Elizabeth the golden age by Shekhar Kapur....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Elizabeth I of England]

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The Director's Notes on Richard III

- The Director's Notes on Richard III I think that the thing which makes this scene so powerful is the fact that Anne gives in to Richard’s ways after she knows that he killed her husband and her father-in-law. What makes it even more powerful is that we, the audience, find it hard to believe a modern woman would give in to Richard that quickly, or at all. Also we know that the only reason he is trying to marry her is to get closer to the crown. We know this because he says: ‘‘The readiest way to make the wench amends Is to become her husband and her father, The which will I, not all so much for love, As for another secret close intent’’ I think that i...   [tags: Papers]

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Analysis of Major Characters in William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Analysis of Major Characters in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Macbeth ======= Because we first hear of Macbeth in the wounded captain's account of his battlefield valor, our initial impression is of a brave and capable warrior. This perspective is complicated, however, once we see Macbeth interact with the three witches. We realize that his physical courage is joined by a consuming ambition and a tendency to self-doubt-the prediction that he will be king brings him joy, but it also creates inner turmoil....   [tags: Papers]

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Hamlet Act III Sc iii

- Hamlet Act III Sc iii This scene is a dramatic peak in which both Claudius and Hamlet acknowledge their respective dilemmas. The King faces the question of how to repent and so save himself, at least, from spiritual damnation. Hamlet’s theological problem with killing Claudius becomes yet another hurdle and he becomes increasingly trapped by his own indecision. Claudius makes his first admission of regicide in this soliloquy. He uses disease imagery, continuing the motif, heightening our awareness of the terrible thing he has done....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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William Shakespeare's Biography

- William Shakespeare's Biography On an April night unknown, in 1564, at a humble home in Henley St. in the quiet town of Stratford, England Isle of Wight, John and Mary Shakespeare gave birth to a poet. William Shakespeare was born on what is believed to be the 23rd of April the feast day of patron saint the dragon-slayer St. George, and though there are no known records either to confirm or deny, this date was subsequently accepted, has been established, and is widely celebrated as the day of both his birth and his death....   [tags: Biography Essays]

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The Significance of Act 3 Scene 7 to Shakespeare's Richard III

- The Significance of Act 3 Scene 7 to Shakespeare's Richard III Richard iii essay Richard the third is the last play in a cycle of eight plays that Shakespeare wrote to dramatize the history of England between 1398-1485. The plays depict the struggle for the crown and in Richard the third it shows how Richard finally gets to the crown by committing lots of murders but then is toppled by Richmond. In this essay I will explore how significant act 3 scene 7 is to the play. In this play Richard is presented as a ingenious man who can easily manipulate others for his sake , he does this through his use of clever language, in act1 scene 2 Richard persuades Anne to marry...   [tags: Papers]

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The Crowing of Richard the Third and the Turning Point

- The Turning Point alex thorn The crowning of Richard III marks the turning point from his rise into power to his demise. Up until he becomes king, Richard is the underdog – albeit, a ruthless and evil one. Thus far, the entire play has been focused on Richard’s attempts to assume power and seize the throne. However, once he becomes crowned King Richard, the focus of the play shifts to Richard’s attempts to maintain power and hold the throne. Essentially, the challenge for Richard is no longer gaining power, but keeping it....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Richard III by William Shakespeare

- In Christian philosophy, love is a revered virtue built upon understanding, trust, respect, and compassion. The act of marriage is its ultimate expression: a promise of abundant happiness and fertility. Many poets and authors in classical literature share this idea, depicting righteous resolutions and jubilant atmospheres through successful unions in their works. One such playwright is William Shakespeare, who in the tragedy Richard III uses marriage to end a tyrant’s bloody rule and restore peace to England....   [tags: Play analysis, Tragedy, Love]

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The Effectiveness of William Shakespeare's Use of Supernatural in the Final Act of Richard III

- The Effectiveness of William Shakespeare's Use of Supernatural in the Final Act of Richard III Richard III was written by William Shakespeare and tells the story of how Richard III wants to become king and does everything in his power to get there by assassinating members of his family to do so, for example, the Duke of Clarence, Lord Hastings, Lady Anne, Lord Rivers, the Duke of Buckingham, Henry VI, Prince Edward, Prince Edward V and Prince Richard. The last Act contains many supernatural elements such as ghosts of the people Richard III has murdered or got killed and curses, for example, Buckingham remembering Margaret's curse, prophecies and dreams, a message...   [tags: Papers]

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Sir Laurence Olivier's Richard III versus Ian McKellan's Richard III

- Sir Laurence Olivier's Richard III versus Ian McKellan's Richard III INTRODUCTION It seems that modern Hollywood filmmakers are as much in love with Shakespeare's plays as were the 16th century audiences who first enjoyed them. Recent updates of Hamlet (1996) and Romeo and Juliet (1996), both highly successful movies, bear this out, as well as the two best film versions of Richard III; Sir Laurence Olivier's 1954 "period piece", and Ian McKellan's more modern interpretation (1995). In McKellan's Richard III, we see Britain in the late 1930s, at the end of a savage civil war between the House of York and the House of Lancaster....   [tags: Papers]

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The Evil of Richard the Third

- The Evil of Richard III Shakespeare Richard III was a traitor, a murderer, a tyrant, and a hypocrite. The leading characteristics of his mind are scorn, sarcasm, and an overwhelming contempt. It appears that the contempt for his victims rather than active hatred or cruelty was the motive for murdering them. Upon meeting him he sounds the keynote to his whole character. " I, that am curtailed of this proportion, cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deform'd, unfinish'd sent before my time Into this word scarce half made up"( 1.1.20-23) The first scene of the play begins with a soliloquy, which emphasizes Richard's physical isolation as he appears alone a...   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Contribution of the Supernatural to Richard III

- The Contribution of the Supernatural to Richard III During the Renaissance period people were very superstitious and England on a whole was an extremely religious country; people believed in both God and the Devil and Heaven and Hell. They also believed in prophecies, supernatural and curses. A modern audience would have reacted very differently to the play than a Shakespearean audience. The events contained within Richard III must have seemed very real to a Shakespearean audience as it depicts the historical events of the rise and fall of Richard III....   [tags: Papers]

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A Comparison of Evil in Richard III, Titus, and Romeo and Juliet

- Evil Within and Evil External in Richard III, Titus, and Romeo and Juliet      Shakespeare's villains seem to fall into one of two categories: those who are villainous of heart (inherently and genuinely evil or Machiavellian) and those who are circumstantially turned antagonists. Richard III's carefully plotted plans to usurp the throne contrast heavily against Aaron's (of Titus Andronicus) rambling which contrasts with Aaron's lack of action. The motivations of these two characters are different however....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Development of Prince Hal into a Leader in William Shakespeare's Henry IV

- The Development of Prince Hal into a Leader in William Shakespeare's Henry IV Although William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 depicts Henry Bolingbroke's troubles following the usurpation of England's thrown, the more consequential plot concerns the transformation of Prince Hal from a tavern crony into the next King of England. This is a play of contrast where Prince Hal is caught between two father figures who represent contradicting ideals. The figure most notable in the Prince's youth is Falstaff, a materialist who rejects responsibility and has a childish demeanor, thus providing a comparison with the Prince's own youthfulness....   [tags: Papers]

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Richard as an Anti-hero

- Richard as an Anti-hero: To what extent does Richard embody this archetype. In William Shakespeare’s play, Richard III, Richard is portrayed as physically deformed and psychologically affected. It is believed that his inner soul is a reflection of his physical deformities. Richard is considered as the protagonist of this play, however this is highly contradictive. A protagonist is the hero of the story who exhibits characteristics of courage and perseverance, and is admired for their brave deeds as well as their noble qualities....   [tags: Shakespeare, Play Analysis]

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Act IIi And Iv Of William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

- In Act III and IV of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the reader is shown an array of deception, manipulation and emotionally driven behavior. Characters such as Hamlet, King Claudius and Laertes display unusual behavior as a result. This behavior is motivated by other factors and they compliment their current situations, this behavior ends up aiding to their downfall. One character that displays behavior leading to their downfall is Hamlet. Hamlet shows an array of behavior that does lead to his downfall but there are some that play a bigger part than others, they are vengeance and manipulation....   [tags: Gertrude, Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Polonius]

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Glorifying the Tudor Dynasty: Shakespeare's Richard III and the Perfect Villain

- ... This results in Richard’s actions that lead him to kill his brother and manipulate his family into getting the throne. Additionally, the plot of the play portrays a turning point for English history, the rise of the Tudor dynasty. In combination with Machiavelli’s tenants, the fact that Elizabeth was the patron of the arts also influenced Shakespeare’s piece. Shakespeare evidently courts the Queen with the twisted characterization of Richard that leads to her current role as Queen of England....   [tags: Elizabethan plays, Golden age]

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William Shakespeare's Richard II

- The famed saying goes, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely". While this is true, an unwavering belief in the impenetrability of that power can be just as corruptive. In William Shakespeare's Richard II, the plays titular character faces exactly this dilemma. Believing his claim to the throne to be ironclad and divinely mandated, Richard finds himself at odds when he returns from war to find he has lost his power over England. In the "death of kings" speech of Act III, scene II, Richard wrestles with the realization that though he is king, he is also a man....   [tags: literary analysis, shakespeare]

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Richard III as King of England

- Evaluating the Effectiveness of Richard III as King of England In April 1493, Edward IV died suddenly and Richard was appointed ‘protector’ over his son who was too young to govern on his own. Richard gained the throne by he imprisoned the two sons of Edward and may even have had them executed. Like many Kings he murdered nobles (Hastings and Rivers) and their predecessors but the difference is his predecessor was a child. The usurpation was too ruthless and too ambitious that it coloured everything that he did during his reign....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare 's ' The Bard Of Avon '

- Amanda Phakonekham Kennedy York 8 November 2014 Theatre Appreciation 10 Shakespeare Research Paper Mainly referred as the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare was an exquisite English writer whose works have altered the course of European and World literature. Shakespeare’s works have influenced many writers and philosophers all around the world. Despite his influence, Shakespeare’s personal life and his role in the creations were questioned. How could a man, who seemed so simple, create such work that would affect the world of literature....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet]

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Transformation of Costume Selection and Incorporating Props into the performance of Shakespeare's plays of King Richard, Richard the II and Richard II

- Transformation of Costume Selection and Incorporating Props into the performance of Shakespeare's plays of King Richard, Richard the II and Richard III Performance of plays can take various shapes depending on the director's perspective of the text, the key element, within the framework of the play. In addition text can be interpreted different ways, regarding directing technique, such as style and action choices, and scenery decisions. These factors contribute to the overall result of the performance containing either conventional elements or having a contemporary twist....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

- Ask any student, and they remember middle and high school assignments to decipher William Shakespeare’s plays, whether it was Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, or other plays. Often a teacher would create a lesson plan where the students would act out the play, learning from the direct interaction. Likewise, many Shakespearean rewrites read by students inevitably contained dialogue decoders, which allowed the readers the ability to interpret a Shakespearean word or phrase into modern diction. However, many of these lesson plans are routinely used with subsequent grade levels, and therefore can become monotonous for a reader, boring the student who has to read and decipher the text....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Novel]

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Gertrude, Claudius, and Hamlet: Various Perspectives of Death

- Losing a loved one can be difficult, hard, and can even drive a person insane. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet death takes its toll on the entire royal family. When King Hamlet died, it caused Claudius to take the thrown and the hand of queen Gertrude. As soon as the King and Queen hear about how mad Hamlet has gone they discuss the idea of death and wonder if the thought of death or not mourning the made him go crazy. Claudius quotes, “When sorrows come, they come not single spies....   [tags: classic, shakespeare, hamlet]

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The Life of the Great Playwright and Poet William Shakespeare

- The Life of the Great Playwright and Poet William Shakespeare In his world he was know throughout the land as a very talented writer and actor. He often performed for Queen Elizabeth and many of her royal court. Back then he did not know that his fame would extend farther than his home country. Levi Fox states: There is no other writer, poet, dramatist, scholar, artist, or man of the theater who enjoys such universal veneration and popularity. Admiration of Shakespeare unites all peoples, irrespective of language, politics, or religion....   [tags: Papers]

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