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Similarities in Main Characters of Shakespeare´s Richard the Third and Macbeth

- William Shakespeare’s Richard III and Macbeth, one a historical play, and the other a tragedy respectfully, are two of Shakespeare’s plays that embody several similarities. The most evident similarities in the two plays are the number of shared characteristics between the two main characters for which the plays are named, Richard of Gloucester (Richard III), and Macbeth. Both men are soldiers, attain the throne through a series of murders, and are eventually slain by their nemesis in a battle at the end of the play that restores power to that of a strong, humble, and virtuous leader, as opposed to a tyrannical one (Manning-Smith 1003)....   [tags: Soldiers, Leadership, Death]

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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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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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The Supernatural in Shakespeare's Works

- The Supernatural in Shakespeare's Works No one questions the fact that William Shakespeare is a pure genius when it comes to creating immortal characters whose characteristics transcends those of the normal supernatural beings, but most students of literature agree that his uses of the supernatural aren’t merely figments of his creative imagination. Every man, woman, and child is influenced by the age into which they are born and Shakespeare was no exception. Not only does his use of supernatural elements within his works reveal the Elizabethans’ obsession with mythical beliefs, but it also reveals his attitude toward these beliefs at different points of his writing career....   [tags: William Shakespeare English Literature Essays]

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Shakespeare in Contemporary Movies

- Shakespeare in Contemporary Movies In the middle of Looking for Richard, Al Pacino's documentary about making Richard III and bringing Shakespeare to the people, there is a moment which illuminates the relationship of scholarship, Shakespeare and popular culture. The director is ranting at Pacino for offering (threatening?) to bring a Shakespearean scholar into the film: You said you were going to find a scholar to speak directly into the camera and explain what really went down and I'm telling you that is ridiculous, that you know more about Richard III than any fucking scholar at Columbia or Harvard....   [tags: William Shakespeare Films Religion Essays]

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John Webb's Guide to the Work of Shakespeare

- John Webb's Guide to the Work of Shakespeare This page gives a simple introduction to each of Shakespeare's plays, and points out a few of the ideas in each of them. All the plays are presented here, in approximate chronological order [the dates of the plays used on this page are from Bloom's Invention of the Human]. Shakespeare's first 4 plays (Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3, and Richard III) tell the story of a troubled chapter of English history, around 150 years before Shakespreare's own time, known as The War of The Roses....   [tags: Plays Literature William Shakespeare Essays]

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William Shakespeare's Powerful Use of Language

- We have all certainly heard the expression “the pen is mightier than the sword” and as Hamlet states when he realizes the power of words: “I will speak daggers to her, but use none” (Hamlet 3.2: 366). William Shakespeare is one of the most important writers in history and arguably the most notable, particularly with his use of language. I believe that Shakespeare consistently uses the knowledge that language is power to his advantage throughout his plays. From themes of power, control, disguise, deception, and manipulation, there remains the underlying theme that ties all of these together: the power of language....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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Searching for the Skeletons in the Closet: Did Richard III Have his Nephews Killed?

- Did Richard III Have His Nephews Killed. The reign of Richard III is something of a paradox. His rule was brief and he lost his crown to a usurper, allowing the House of York to die with him. Yet few English kings have been the subject of such continuous debate, and none have spawned such fervent denigration, or such enthusiastic support. Much of the debate fuelling pro- and anti-Richardians has been whether or not Richard had his two young nephews, Edward V and Richard of York, murdered. Unfortunately to date it has been a debate mired in speculation....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive History Essays]

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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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KING RICHARD AND QUEEN CONSORT ANNE NEVILLE OF WARWICK

- Chapter 18 KING RICHARD AND QUEEN CONSORT ANNE NEVILLE OF WARWICK SUMMARY OF THE REIGN OF KING RICHARD III III (Reign, 1483-1485) Richard III: life dates, 32 years, October 2, 1452—August 22, 1485; reign, 2 years, June 26, 1483—August 22, 1485. Richard of York Duke of Gloucester was the youngest of eight children and fourth of four sons of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, and Cecily Neville Countess of Westmoreland. His father, Richard Plantagenet, was the primary York protagonist at start of the Wars of the Roses, but after his death in the Battle of Wakefield in 1460, York leadership was taken over by his eldest son Edward who became Edward IV....   [tags: Royal History]

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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 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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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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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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The Nature of Evil in William Shakespeare’'s Othello

- William Shakespeare’s Othello uses different and unique techniques in his language to express the nature of evil throughout the play. Verbal twists and the characters most importantly stress the act of evil. Iago, most of all is portrayed as the “villain” or “protagonist in the play. Shakespeare uses this character to set the basis of evil. Each plot point is spiraled further into tragedy due to the nature of Iago and his manipulative language towards the other main characters. Corruption overcomes the Venetian society as Iago uses his crafty skills of deceit....   [tags: William Shakespeare’, Othello,]

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Analyzing Richard’s and Arcite’s Ids, Egos, and Superegos

- Sigmund Freud identifies three aspects of the psyche - the id, ego, and superego – which influence every individual’s daily life. The id tells a person to eat, drink, sleep, and procreate in order to survive while the ego wears masks to interact with society. Lastly, the superego, also known as the conscience, informs a person’s morality. In Richard III, William Shakespeare presents secular characters who do not pay attention to religious or spiritual matters. Richard, the main character and Lord Protector of the future king, and Arcite, a knight, from The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, use the three parts of their psyches in similar ways....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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The Role of Women in Richard II

- The Role of Women in Richard II Throughout the historical literary periods, many writers underrepresented and undervalued the role of women in society, even more, they did not choose to yield the benefits of the numerous uses of the female character concerning the roles which women could accomplish as plot devices and literary tools. William Shakespeare was one playwright who found several uses for female characters in his works. Despite the fact that in Shakespeare's history play, Richard II, he did not use women in order to implement the facts regarding the historical events....   [tags: widow, mother, wife, queen, domestic, emotion]

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Importance of Speech in Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Richard III

- Importance of Speech in Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Richard III Speech is often the strongest indicator of personality and motivation in Shakespearean histories and comedies. Each turn of phrase is a small insight into the essence of the character. Stringing together each line from the mouth of the character allows the audience to discover each nuance created by Shakespeare. By connecting the actions to a manner of speech, which mirrors those actions, Shakespeare is able to create more believable and dynamic characters....   [tags: Much Ado About Nothing Essays]

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Shakespeare and The Richards

- Love, before we can talk about it we must define it; then we can dissect it and reference it. Love is defined in the dictionary as an intense feeling of deep affection. Throughout several of Shakespeare’s plays he speaks about love. It is a common theme throughout Shakespeare’s plays, both comedies and tragedies, and we can see that Shakespeare is infatuated with love. Shakespeare and I, though poles apart, raised in different times, places, and even of different genders have one thing in common; we both seem to be hopeless romantics....   [tags: Love, A Midsummer Night's Dream]

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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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The Supernatural in the Plays of Shakespeare

- ---1592, time of the plague, witches being burned and hanged and a big belief in evil spirits, but he never goes against what the monarchy of the time believes. In searching for what to write on for the topic of “supernatural,” we figured that, since this is an English class, it would be interesting to write about the use of supernatural in literature. One of the greatest examples of this would be the plays and writings of William Shakespeare. Of all of these works, there are hundreds of allusions to the supernatural and mythology....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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The Theme Of Death Is Abundant Throughout William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

- The theme of death is abundant throughout William Shakespeare play “Hamlet”, and even more evident in Laurence Olivier’s movie Hamlet. At the start of both the play and the movie there two soldiers Bernardo and Marcellus along with Horatio (Hamlets friend) who see a ghostly figure. In the movie this scene is portrayed as very dark, and cold, and is a similar scene throughout the movie. The next person to die is Lord Chamberlin Polonius, who was killed by Hamlet. The deaths continue with Ophelia’s (Hamlets true love) suicide....   [tags: Hamlet, William Shakespeare, Ghost, Death]

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Richard of Glouster

- Kings are generally thought to be beautiful, God-like humans from a certain genealogy. They are placed at the throne due to whom they were born to and/or who they marry. Richard of Glouster is born of the royal family but, he does not possess the qualities of a King to be legitimate according to Shakespeare&#8217;s Richard III. Richard and his brothers are all entitled to the throne if their father dies. By killing his two brothers, Richard is the only person in his immediate family entitled to the throne....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

- A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Author: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was written by William Shakespeare, who was born in Stratfort-upon-Avon, in 1564. After he had attended the Stratfort School, he married in November 1582 Anne Hathaway and five years later they got their first daughter. For whatever reason, he went to London and became an actor- dramatist. In the beginning of his career he was both actor and writer....   [tags: William Shakespeare Midsummer Night Dream]

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A Comparison of Corrupt Kings in Shakespeare's Henry IV and Richard II

- A successful monarchy relies upon a stable leader who is concerned with the satisfaction of those he rules over. Henry Bolingbroke the IV in Shakespeare's Henry the IV Part I follows a trend set by his predecessor in Richard II of self-indulgence and neglect of his kingdom. These leaders worry about the possibility of losing their kingdom or their soldiers to other nobles who were also concerned more with obtaining a higher position rather than governing. The king must also be wary of his own life, something that was once revered and guarded closely by other nobles....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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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: The Tragedy of Isolation

-   The real tragedy of Richard III lies in the progressive isolation of its protagonist.   From the very opening of the play when Richard III enters "solus", the protagonist's isolation is made clear. Richard's isolation progresses as he separates himself from the other characters and breaks the natural bonds between Man and nature through his efforts to gain power. The first scene of the play begins with a soliloquy, which emphasizes Richard's physical isolation as he appears alone as he speaks to the audience....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

- It is human nature to desire something just out of reach. Whether it is banned by law, family, or personal circumstances, Shakespeare frequently toys with this notion throughout his plays. His characters commonly find something or someone during the play that another force in their life does not believe them to be entitled to. Despite the fact they are not supposed to pursue their want, they almost always do. As a result, the character causes some sort of turmoil – large scale or small scale – while trying to obtain their forbidden wish....   [tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet]

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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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The 's All For Love Is A Tragedy That Represents A Past Now Lost

- Rabkin starts his third chapter by criticizing the way plays are criticized. He states that thematic criticism makes itself and literature part of the modern, educated world by making plays seem clearer and more plain than they actually are. The next group of plays to examine are Shakespeare’s tragedies, and the critical versions of them. All for Love and Venice Preserved, improvisatory imitations of Shakespeare, are claimed to be the best tragedies of their time. All for Love was not written to compete with Shakespeare or to imitate, but rather to convey Dryden’s career in tragedy....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Macbeth]

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Richard III - Did Richard Kill the Children?

- Did Richard III Kill the Children. We really cannot know for certain. If there was a cover-up to protect the actual murderers, it was done exceedingly well and so thoroughly that we will never be able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt what really happened. In spite of what I see as very persuasive evidence that Richard did not kill the children, there are many very intelligent, highly successful, and unquestionably reputable historical scholars out there who believe that they have evidence that the king did commit the murders and that this evidence is equally as compelling as anything I believe....   [tags: Richard II Richard III Essays]

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The Passing of the Crown by Shakespeare's Henries

- The Passing of the Crown by Shakespeare's Henries       In his histories from Richard II through Henry V to Richard III, Shakespeare depicts the English monarchy as a game between family and friends of vying for a gold ring -- the crown. Shakespeare gives his reader a central metaphor through which to see this equation in King Henry IV part one. The prank Prince Hal, later King Henry V, and his friend, Poins, play on their friends, particularly Falstaff, parallels the plot's focal passing of the crown....   [tags: Henry IV Henry V Essays]

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The History Plays of Shakespeare

- The term History Play is commonly used to denote the plays (whether tragedies or comedies) in which the action and the major themes of the play are primarily political rather than individual or social. Though Shakespeare did not distinguish between the genres of his plays, when the collected works of Shakespeare was published by his own colleagues in the Chamberlain's- King's company as the First Folio in 1623, the plays, the editors divided them into Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Though some historical plays show the characteristics of tragedy or comedy, they are different from the regular tragedies and comedies in that they deal only with political matters without straying into...   [tags: European Literature]

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William Shakespeare 's Much Ado About Nothing

- The world is constantly in motion; therefore, as time progresses one’s way of thinking changes as well, for instance: today’s world is surely different compared to the Elizabethan era. In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare portrays love at first sight as a major theme; however, this theme is questionable, especially when Claudio rejects Hero at their wedding day. He assumed that Hero was no longer a virgin. Nevertheless, if love is beautiful, as well as a powerful force that attracts two human beings together, then why should one’s innocence matter....   [tags: Marriage, Love, Sexual intercourse]

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A Hero, a King, and a Daemon

- Gifted with the darkest attributes intertwined in his imperfect characteristics, Shakespeare’s Richard III displays his anti-hero traits afflicted with thorns of villains: “Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous / By drunken prophecies, libels, and dreams” (I.i.32-33). Richard possesses the idealism and ambition of a heroic figure that is destined to great achievements and power; however, as one who believes that “the end justifies the means”, Richard rejects moral value and tradition as he is willing to do anything to accomplish his goal to the crown....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare]

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Revenge in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Revenge in Shakespeare's The Tempest The nucleus of the plot in Shakespeare's The Tempest revolves around Prospero enacting his revenge on various characters who have wronged him in different ways. Interestingly enough, he uses the spirit of Ariel to deliver the punishments while Prospero delegates the action. Prospero is such a character that can concoct methods of revenge but hesitates to have direct involvement with disillusioning his foes. In essence, Prospero sends Ariel to do his dirty work while hiding his involvement in shipwrecking his brother, Antonio, from his daughter, Miranda....   [tags: The Tempest Essays]

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William Shakespeare's Henry V

- William Shakespeare's Henry V Shakespeare's, Henry V, was written in the late sixteenth century, this composition will focus upon how Shakespeare portrayed Henry V, using factual knowledge and Shakespeare's own interpretation. I will look at the character, language, structure and history of the play. Most Shakespearian, historical, plays were based upon Holinshead's Chronicles, these were mostly true but often Shakespeare adjusted the figures and facts to emphasise parts of his play's, and create tension and drama, such as when he is attempting to woo Katherine, to make a more interesting play....   [tags: Papers]

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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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Shakespeare: The Best Playwright that Ever Lived

- Shakespeare: The Best Playwright that Ever Lived William Shakespeare was a supreme English poet and playwright, universally recognized as the greatest of all the dramatists. A complete, authoritative account of Shakespeare's life is lacking; much supposition surrounds relatively few facts. His day of birth is traditionally held on April 23, and he was baptized on April 24, 1564. He was the third of eight children, and was the eldest son of John Shakespeare. He was probably educated in a local grammar school....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Power Struggles in Shakespeare

- The struggle for power is a key theme in Shakespeare’s plays King Henry IV part I and Measure for Measure. Within both plays there are characters that try to make their way through the social hierarchy and gain as much power as possible. In King Henry IV part I, King Henry is having a hard time keeping control of the power he has. Before Henry was king, he overthrew King Richard II. In the beginning of the play, he has to balance feeling guilt from this and his newfound kingship. On top of that, his past decisions are coming back to haunt him, because he is being rebelled against by some of his enemies....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Corruption of Power in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragic plays. It is considered a tragedy because the main character has a tragic flaw, and this is the cause of his downfall. One major reason for his downfall is how corrupted he becomes due to the power he has. Shakespeare utilizes the aspect of corruption of power in Macbeth. William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564. Ironically, it is on the same date, just 52 years later that he dies. William had 6 other siblings, of which he was the third oldest....   [tags: tragedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor]

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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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View of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

- View of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play The ' Play Macbeth' gives the audience plenty of opportunities to consider the reasons for the main characters actions. In this essay, I will consider Macbeth as a brave, courageous noble warrior who shows his ambition to become a king, with the cold-blooded murder of king Duncan. However, in doing so, he has upset the natural peaceful condition and cannot hope to succeed. The play begins with the brief appearance of the three witches and then moves to a military camp, where the Scottish king Duncan hears the news that his generals, Macbeth and Banquo, have defeated a separate invading army from Norway, which was led b...   [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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The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

- Hamlet is a classic play that has been performed, filmed, and read millions of times since its birth four hundred and fifteen years ago. These portrayals vary from the basic performances of Shakespeare’s time to high-tech revivals that remodel Claudius’ seizure of the throne as a sly boardroom takeover of a prospering tech-company. Each of these adaptations takes artistic liberties, a collaboration or conspiracy among director, screenwriter, and cinematographer, which changes not only the details but also the era and locale....   [tags: Hamlet, Prince Hamlet, Ethan Hawke]

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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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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 Life of the Great William Shakespeare

- There are many authors that are widely read. However, none are more universally read and studied than the great William Shakespeare of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. His plays and poems have moved millions of people, unofficially giving him the well-deserved title of the greatest of all dramatists. Shakespeare is the basis for excellence in literacy and theatrical performances. Although occasionally confusing to the reader, Shakespeare's work is a blend of inspirational quotes and dramatic plots....   [tags: Biography]

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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 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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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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Hamlet’s Minor Characters

- Hamlet’s Minor Characters Hamlet It is reasonable to wonder what Shakespeare had in mind while writing Hamlet. After all, Shakespeare wasn't a philosopher or historian, or even a literary critic. He was a playwright. He didn't leave us critical essays examining his work. It is left to us to examine his work and decide for ourselves, if we care to, what Shakespeare was thinking. Did he know that he was writing a drama of deep psychological significance, a play which would eventually be viewed and read the world over, produced many times over hundreds of years, taught in schools, and thought of as one of the world's greatest plays....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]

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The Moor in the Works of William Shakespeare

- The Sources and Representations of the Moor in the Works of Shakespeare       One theme consistently reemployed throughout Shakespeare's plays is that of the Other. The Other is usually characterized as a character that is somehow separated, stigmatized, or noted as being different from the mainstream ideal. For the Elizabethan England of Shakespeare's time, it may have been a self-defensive maneuver against the encroachment of something which threatened too close to home (Bartels 450). Bryant lists several methods used to employ this convention of the Other: race such as that of Shylock and Aaron, nationality as in Iachimo, bastardy such as the characters Don John and Edmund, social stat...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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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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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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Biography of William Shakespeare

- Biography of William Shakespeare William Shakespeare is himself a man of mystery. Many facts myths exists about him, as if to say he had many chapters in his life. A complete, authoritative account of Shakespeare's life is lacking, and thus much supposition surrounds relatively few facts that are known. It is commonly accepted that he was born in 1564, and it is known that he was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He is perhaps the best known English playwright and poet, recognized in much of the world as the greatest of all dramatists....   [tags: Papers]

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The Truly Tragic Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Macbeth: Truly Tragic Macbeth is the epitome of what the literary world regards as a "tragic hero". His admirable qualities are supplanted with greed and hate when three witches dupe him. The three witches enter with the first scene from William Shakespeare's, Macbeth, a tragic tale of one man's quest for power that leads to his ultimate defeat. The story revolves around our tragic hero, Macbeth, and how an admirable and noble man, so established in society, can fall so greatly. Throughout the play, he is driven by an obsession to become King of Scotland, and in the process commits acts of betrayal and treachery to achieve this goal....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Realism and Imagination in Shakespeare's Hamlet

- Hamlet -- Realism and Imagination       Do realism and imagination coexist side by side and equally present within the Shakespearean drama Hamlet. Let us examine the evidence from the play, along with literary critical opinion on this subject.   In “Acts III and IV: Problems of Text and Staging” Ruth Nevo explains how “all things are opposite of what they seem” at a crucial time in the play:   In the prayer scene and the closet scene his [Hamlet’s] devices are overthrown. His mastery is confounded by the inherent liability of human reason to jump to conclusions, to fail to distinguish seeming from being....   [tags: Free GCSE Coursework]

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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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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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Richard the Third as a Hero or a Villain

- A hero is a man who is distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility and strength to carry out tasks that are involving great risks. A hero can also be a person who fights for other people to help or save them from their fears. He opposes the villain- a person who does wicked or evil intentionally to harm others in some way, emotionally or physically. A character that is placed to do badly. He is always opposing the hero to overthrow the hero’s qualities to gain power from the other side to help him or his side....   [tags: Papers Richard III]

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The Importance of the Ghost in Hamlet

- Words are like leaves; and where they most abound, Much fruit of Sense beneath is rarely found. (Essay on Criticism, ll.309-310) Any investigation of Shakespeare's Hamlet that wishes to harvest "fruit of sense" must begin with the ghost. Dover Wilson is right in terming Hamlet's visitor the "linchpin," but the history of critical opinion regarding its origin has been diverse and conflicting. Generally, critics have opted for a Purgatorial ghost: Bradley speaks of "...a soul come from Purgatory," (1) Lily Campbell believes "Shakespeare has pictured a ghost from Purgatory according to all the tests possible," but adds, "Shakespeare chose rather to throw out suggestions which mig...   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet]

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The Downfall Of Richard IIi

- During his reign, King Richard III was considered to be a rather tyrannical ruler; he was accused of multifarious murders. He killed off those that were close to him and were considered blocking figures for his ambition. Although Richard committed various evil deeds, how different is he from the evil rulers later on in time. Richard ruled for a very short time compared to other sadistic dictators, kings, and princes. How is Richard III similar and different compared to other rulers in a more modern time and villains from Stories, novels, movies and television shows....   [tags: Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany, The Holocaust]

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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 Irony Depicted in Shakespeare's Henry V

- The Irony Depicted in Shakespeare's Henry V As Norman Rabkin has observed, Henry V is a play which organizes critics into "rival camps" of interpretation (35). It can be seen as a play that is ambiguous; a play that exposes the playwright's own indecision; a play that aggressively takes sides in favour of nationalistic fervour which Shakespeare himself didn't believe in (35). All of these views, writes Rabkin, are wrong since according to him the play's "ultimate power" lies in its ability to "point in two opposite directions, virtually daring us to choose one of the two opposed interpretations" (36)....   [tags: Henry IV Henry V Essays]

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Analysis of Macbeth

- Analysis of Macbeth Macbeth is a character of powerful contradictions. He is a man who, for the sake of his ambition, is willing to murder his king and his best friend. At the same time, he has a conscience that is so strong that just the thought of his crimes torments him. In fact, even before he commits his crimes the thought of them makes him miserable. Is Macbeth a horrible monster or is he a sensitive man- a victim of witches and his own ambitions. Or is he both. If he is both, how can the two sides of his nature exist side by side....   [tags: Macbeth William Shakespeare Plays Essays]

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Ira Aldridge: The First African-American Othello

- Many actors throughout the centuries have performed William Shakespeare’s Othello, both on stage and in film. A few famous actors to have played Othello include Richard Burbage, Edmund Kean, Ira Aldridge, Orson Welles, James Earl Jones, and Laurence Fishburne (Arogundade). Othello was described as a Moor by Shakespeare, despite this, Othello was usually performed by white actors that would wear blackface makeup. Not only were women not allowed to perform in theatre, neither were African-Americans....   [tags: actor, william shakespeare, white actors]

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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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Shakespeare's Portrayal of Hal in Henry IV Part One

- Shakespeare's Portrayal of Hal in Henry IV Part One Shakespeare wrote 10 history plays in all, 8 of these make up a series of 2 tetralogies, or sets of 4 plays each. Placing them in chronicle order, the metrologies are: (1) Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, and Henry V, (2) Henry VI part 1, Henry VI part 2, Henry VI part 3, and Richard III. Henry I part 1 was written in 1596-1597, and was and still is one of the most popular Shakespeare plays ever written. The reason it is not so popular as other plays such as Romeo and Juliet (tragedy) and Taming of the shrew (comedy) is that it is a history play....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare's Influence on the Audience's Opinion of Macbeth in the Play

- Shakespeare's Influence on the Audience's Opinion of Macbeth in the Play Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most terrifying tragedies. It centres around two main characters Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth. It tell us of Macbeth rise to power as King of Scotland, by murdering the current King Duncan I, after three witches forewarn him of his coming of power. He then seeks to secure his position; by killing anyone who threatens him, for instance Banquo, because the three witches, also told Macbeth that Banquo's children will be kings....   [tags: Papers]

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The Tragic Hero and the Tragic Story in William Shakespeare's Writing

- The Tragic Hero and the Tragic Story in William Shakespeare's Writing Shakespeare's tragedies are, for the most part, stories of one person, the "hero," or at most two, to include the "heroine." Only the Love Tragedies (Romeo and Juliet; Antony and Cleopatra)are exceptions to this pattern. In these plays, the heroine is as much at the center of action as the hero. The rest of the tragedies, including Macbeth, have single stars, so the tragic story is concerned primarily with oneperson....   [tags: Papers]

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The invention of the Human

- The Invention of the Human In his recent book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), Harold Bloom argues that Shakespeare’s characters provide the full measure of his continuing legacy. Shakespeare, Bloom maintains, created self-conscious characters who breathe life. Shakespeare’s characters are so alive, possess such "interiority," that they catch themselves looking at themselves. This quality is the essence of becoming human—to know we know, to be aware we are aware, to sense our own presence on the stage of life....   [tags: Shakespeare Literature Papers]

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The Christ–like Prospero of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

- The Christ–like Prospero of Shakespeare’s The Tempest It is not only the goodness of man which, according to traditional Christian concepts ,is not germane to himself. His very being, and his ultimate destiny stems alike from a principle that is infinitely beyond him (Morris 143). What was Prospero attempting to accomplish through the creation of the storm. Why would he go to that length of natural disaster, if the events would only end in an unharmed manner. Prospero. But are they, Ariel, safe....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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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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Iago and the Literary Tradition of a Villain in William Shakespeare's Othello

- Iago and the Literary Tradition of a Villain in William Shakespeare's Othello In this essay, I am going to explain how Iago conforms to the literary tradition of a villain. Firstly, to answer this question, we must understand what exactly is meant by the term 'villain'. The Collins Plain English Dictionary states that a villain is someone who 'deliberately sets out to harm other people.' It is clear that Iago is clearly someone who has intentions of destroying other people, whether they are his main targets or merely pawns in his game....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare's Portrayal of Henry V as the Model Monarch

- Shakespeare's Portrayal of Henry V as the Model Monarch In this essay I intend to show that Shakespeare portrays Henry as the Classic Sovereign as he is patriotic, brave, cunning, religious, natural leader & in touch with the lower class of the country. I will use quotes and remarks in the play to show this and present it. I shall firstly do a summery of the play and give a basic image of what it contains, and then give a detailed analysis, which will give a more detailed view of particular scenes to show how Shakespeare shows Henry's character and finally I shall make a conclusion to present my evidence, to show that Henry is presented as a model monarch....   [tags: Papers]

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King Lear's Folly in Shakespeare's King Lear

- King Lear's Folly    In Shakespeare's King Lear, the actions of King Lear and of his daughters bring ruin and chaos to England. Social structures crumble, foreign invaders threaten the land, and, in a distinctly non-Hollywood ending, almost everyone dies tragically. The outlook is very bleak, as many of the problems are left unresolved at the end of the play: There is no one in line to assume sovereignty, and justice and virtue have not been restored to their proper places in the country's structure....   [tags: King Lear essays]

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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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Staging A Scene From William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Staging A Scene From William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Introduction For my essay I' am going to take one scene from the play 'Romeo + Juliet' and discuss how I would stage it for a modern audience. The famous love story is one of the most successful of all time. It was written in 1595 and has been translated into many different languages. The writer, William Shakespeare is the most well-known play writer of all time. He has written such plays as: - The Tempest (Comedy), Richard III (History), Macbeth (Tragedy) and Hamlet (Tragedy): All of which are in theatres today....   [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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