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Character Study of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

- Character Study of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play I will be doing my character study on the character Lady Macbeth from the book Macbeth by William Shakespeare. I will be finding out about the character of Lady Macbeth and how she persuades Macbeth into killing King Duncan. is an inclusive villain or just a brave soldier who is proud and honoured to fight for his country (Scotland). I shall choose this as a question because I thought it would be interesting, because Macbeth at the beginning of the play starts as a hero but gets misled by the witches and his wife in the middle....   [tags: Papers]

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Shakespeare's Macbeth - Innocent and Naive Macbeth

- Innocent and Naive Macbeth       Innocence is a quality that few people take to their grave, although all are born with it. At some point in one's life, an event or circumstance removes that shield from both moral and legal guilt, whether in one's own eyes or in the eyes of another. In such a case, innocence is cast off, or innocence can be stolen. Both are true of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's tragic work Macbeth. The hero's innocence and naïveté make him vulnerable prey for those who feel completely at home in a subhuman realm of malice and disintegration - the witches and Lady Macbeth....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Supernatural Forces

- The Supernatural in Macbeth      In Macbeth, there are many sections that refer to the involvement of the supernatural.  The use of the supernatural in the script, the witches, the visions, the ghost of Banquo, and the apparitions, are key elements making the concept of the play work and in making the play interesting.  Witches, spirits, ghosts and apparitions are a major factor in developing the play.               The use of the supernatural occurs at the beginning of the play, with three witches predicting the fate of Macbeth.  This gives the audience a clue to what the future holds for Macbeth....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Pretending by Queen Elizabeth and Othello’s Iago

- Pretending by Queen Elizabeth and Othello’s Iago In today's society, nothing is really what it seems.  Those great "free-bees" you win are never really free and no deal is really as good as it sounds.  Even people don't seem to be stable anymore because they are always changing to fit the current trend or to blend in with the newest "crowd".  They live their lives covered with a mask and they forget or don't want to be what is most important, themselves, and this is what is called pretending.  The idea of "pretending" is when someone "seems" or acts to be something they are not.  Although we see this happening a lot today, the act of pretending goes back much further.  The act of "pretend...   [tags: Othello essays]

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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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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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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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The History of the Roman Government

- The History of the Roman Government The Romans have had almost every type of government there is. They've had a kingdom, a republic, a dictatorship, and an empire. Their democracy would be the basis for most modern democracies. The people have always been involved with and loved their government, no matter what kind it was. They loved being involved in the government, and making decisions concerning everyone. In general, the Romans were very power-hungry. This might be explained by the myth that they are descended from Romulus, who's father was Mars, the god of war....   [tags: Ancient Rome Governmental Essays]

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Vlad The Impaler, The True Dracula

- Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a. Vlad III, Dracula, Drakulya, or Tepes, was born in late 1431, in the citadel of Sighisoara, Transylvania, the son of Vlad II or Dracul, a military governor, appointed by Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund. Vlad Dracul was also a knight in the Order of the Dragon, a secret fraternity created in 1387 by the Emperor, sworn to uphold Christianity and defend the empire against the Islamic Turks. Transylvania, along with Moldavia, and Wallachia, are now joined together as Romania. The name Dracul can be interpreted in two ways, the first translation from Romanian would be "Dragon", but it sometimes also means "Devil"....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Causes of World War I

- "Wars are caused by miscalculations of the aggressors, and the failure of politicians and diplomats to exercise crisis management" a statement that with respect to World War I is generally true for many of the European empires including those of Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia and other nations throughout Europe. World War I or the Great War as was called by it's contemporaries, had been long in the stockpiling; the spark was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, the series of actions that fueled the war was almost a half of a centuries worth of secret treaties and alliance systems along with power struggles of some empires, such as that of Germany for...   [tags: European History]

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Women in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- Women in Macbeth by William Shakespeare In modern times, women have been walking shoulder to shoulder with men to match, at times, even excel any of man's accomplishments. From the likes of Mary Curie and her famous invention to the space travelling women of today, the feminine gender has been an influential one to today's society. On the contrary, during the period where Shakespeare's play takes place, seemingly the 'Renaissance', an ordinary woman had very little say in their families, let alone in the society....   [tags: Papers]

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Richard III as a Successful Politician

- Richard III as a Successful Politician Shakespeare's Richard III is set in England after the War of the Roses. Richard, the megalomanic eponymous character, is desperate for the throne of England. He tells us that he seeks the crown to compensate for his deformity (he was a hunchback from birth). Richard has his own brother killed and later has former allies and those who still stood in his way killed also. When Richard eventually gains the throne he finds his conscience and begins to feel insecure, he has the two Princes he has locked away killed....   [tags: Papers]

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The Innocence of Lady Jane Grey

- The Innocence of Lady Jane Grey Sixteenth century England was a turbulent time in the religious life of its citizens. The Reformation and Henry VIII's 'Great Matter' had turned Catholic against Protestant. This was a time of greed, as well as, controversy. As Henry VIII neared the end of his rule over England, many became thirsty for power and awaited any chance to attain it, no matter what, or who, was at stake. It was into thia hectic time that Jane Grey was born. A Protestant and grandniece to Henry VIII, Lady Jane was almost destined for tragedy....   [tags: Papers]

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The Holy Roman Empire between 1197-1218

- The Holy Roman Empire between 1197-1218 Between 1197 and 1218 the Holy Roman Empire became a medieval soap opera. The main characters were Pope Innocent III, Fredrick II, Phillip of Swabbia, and Otto IV. King Phillip of France would also play a major role along with Constance, mother of Fredrick II. The background from this period of 21 years was riveting. In 1197 Henry VI, king of Sicily, and the Holy Roman Empire died leaving his two year old son Fredrick II as king of Sicily. However Phillip of Swabbia and Otto IV would vie for the throne in the Holy Roman Empire....   [tags: Papers]

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Leadership in William Shakespeare's Henry V

- Leadership in William Shakespeare's Henry V At the time when "Henry V" was written in 1599, Englandwas in chaos, facing many dilemmas. The country was coming to the end of the Elizabethan era. Queen Elizabeth was in the final years of her reign and she was getting old, which must be taken into consideration. Therefore, the issue of succession was very topical. Who was to become the next monarch of England. This issue arose because there was no heir to the throne since the Queen had no children and had remained unmarried....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare Essays Papers]

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Ambition in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

- Ambition in Macbeth by William Shakespeare At the start of the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth appear to be very happy; it seems that they have everything they need, Macbeth was the Thane of Glamis, and they had a good relationship. The catalyst for the change between Macbeth and his wife occurs when Macbeth is told of his destiny by the three Witches; he now believes he is capable of greater things. Once he becomes the Thane of Cawdor he tells Lady Macbeth and the seed is sown for the plot against the King....   [tags: Papers]

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Hamlet : Fortinbras Importance

- Fortinbras: An Important Character in Hamlet Oftentimes, the minor characters in a play can be vital and, among other things, function to further the action of the play or to reveal and illuminate the personalities of other characters. In Hamlet, Fortinbras, the Norwegian Prince, serves as the most important foil of Hamlet and provides us with the actions and emotions in which we can compare to those of Hamlet and better reveal Hamlet’s own character. Because Hamlet and Fortinbras both lost their fathers and have sworn to avenge their deaths, Fortinbras is a perfect parallel of Hamlet....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]

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Late Anglo-saxon Period Kings

- Late Anglo-Saxon Period Kings of Wessex By the time Edward the Martyr took the throne in 975, Christianity was widespread throughout England and the rest of Britain. Edward was born in 963, and was just entering his teenage years when his father, Edgar, died. He made a claim to the throne, as the first son of the king. His half-brother Aethelred, son of the third wife, made another claim (qtd in Britannia 1). Edward was murdered when he rode to visit Aethelred at Corfe is Dorset. Aethelred’s vassals pretended to welcome Edward, and in doing so, stabbed him....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Ambition in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- In Macbeth ambition plays a huge role in character devolvement. Ambition affects four of the major characters. The characters are Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Malcom, and Banquo. The sisters are the source of Ambition. It is as if they control ambition. The ambition the sisters’ control is negative ambition. Ambition is, wanting to have more then you have and wanting it now. Macbeth’s ambition is powered by the sisters. Through the sisters he learns that he is to be king, he does not know how he is going to become king however....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Life in Egypt According to the Contents of Tutankhamun’s Tomb

- Life in Egypt According to the Contents of Tutankhamun’s Tomb After an examination of the contents of Tutankhamun’s tomb I have concluded that it was not necessarily a time of change for industries due to the fact that it has been known that they stayed the same since the beginning of the 18th century. Though during this time there was a drastic change in religions. Before Tutankhamun began his reign as pharaoh his father Akhenatun (Pharaoh of that time) successfully change the religion from Amun to Atun, which in turn just so happened to be what hiss father had tried to accomplish in the previous years that he himself had reign as Pharaoh....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Free Henry IV Essays: The Reign of a Tyrant

- Henry IV: The Reign of a Tyrant Although the blame for the fall of Richard II and the rise of Henry IV can be shared by them both, Henry IV having established the precedence of usurpation finds England wracked with civil strife after only one year on the throne. Henry IV discovers the impossible situation of a monarch who in making any choice or decision must face the opposition of those who disagree with him and support the other side of the issue. Henry IV has desired to lead a Crusade perhaps as penance for the death of Richard....   [tags: Henry IV Henry V Essays]

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Macbeth a Victim of Choice not Fate

- The three witches told Macbeth of his fate. Did the events in Macbeth?s life occur because of the witches. prophesy or was it because of the choices he made. Could there possibly be some of both. What caused Macbeth to fall. Was it his fate or his free will. To begin, we look at the first prediction of the witches. They call him by the names of ?Thane of Glamis?, which he already is, ?Thane of Cawdor. (a title he does not know he has been given), and "King hereafter." As a result, the first two things the witches tell him aren?t prophesies because they have already happened....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Queen Elizabeth I

- Elizabeth I King Henry VIII wanted a son. He had been married for seventeen long years and had only been given a daughter named Mary. Someday one of his children would rule England and it was supposed to be a boy. Henry decided he wanted a younger wife who could bear many children, so he formed his own church and re-married Anne Boleyn. This began the life of Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born on Sunday, September 7th 1533 at three o’ clock in the afternoon. To the King, Anne seemed unable to have any more children....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Joan of Arc

- Joan of Arc One hundred years before the time of Joan of Arc France was developing a situation, which would thrust it into turmoil. At the time the ruler of France, King Charles IV, was sick and without an heir. Charles decreed that if the child that his wife was pregnant with turned out to be a boy, the boy would become king of France. However, the boy would rule with a regent until he reached an age of enough maturity to rule on his own. Charles’s decree also stated that if the child were to be a girl, then the twelve peers and the great barons of France should convene to decide upon the new rightful ruler of the country....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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King Henry I

- King Henry I The death of King Henry I in 1135 put Henry II on the path to the throne of England. Henry II lavish youth kept him sheltered from society only allowing him to have a couple friends. One of his life long friends soon became a burden because of differences in opinions about religion. Henry's intelligence and persistency from birth led him to be crowned King of England. The appointment of Thomas Becket to Archbishop by Henry II started the trend of conflict between the two over the separation of church and state....   [tags: essays papers]

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Telemechus in The Odyssey

- The people who raise a child influence that child’s values. Telemechus in “The Odyssey” is the son of Odysseus, a hero from the battle of Troy. After Telemechus was born, Odysseus left for battle leaving Telemechus, and his wife, Penelope, for a sum of twenty years. Telemechus had to learn to become a man at a very young age because he had to uphold the position of the man in the household. He developed a way of modernized thinking for this time in Greece, this includes his disbelief in the gods or their power over human beings....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Hamlet and The Lion King

- Hamlet and The Lion King Many perceive The Lion King, Disney's most successful movie to date, as Disney's only original movie; the only movie not previously a fairy tale from one country or another. This, however, is not the case. While The Lion King seems not to be beased on a fairy tale, it is in fact strongly based on the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Disney writers cleverly conceal the basic character archetypes and simplified storyline in a children's tale of cute lions in Africa....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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The Free Will of Macbeth

- The Free Will of Macbeth      Destiny "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." (William Jennings Bryan) Are we in control of our own destiny, our own fate, or are our lives really already planned and mapped out for us. Does Macbeth willfully choose evil in order to achieve his "destiny". Or, is his "destiny" doomed by the witches' prophecies. Macbeth may not have made any of his same choices, if the three Weird sisters hadn't come to him....   [tags: Macbeth essays]

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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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King Henry IV Part 1

- King Henry IV Part 1 Although most people find it hard to climb out of a whole they have dug themselves into, Prince Hal in Henry IV Part I is able to redeem himself even after the English King and nobility view him as a derelict with no future. He proves himself true to the Royal Throne when he defeats his young rival, Henry Percy. Through the exorcism of his immature ways, he earns himself the succession to the throne. In the opening scene of the play, King Henry hears news from the Earl of Northumberland that Henry Percy, "the gallant Hotspur" (1.1.52), is leading a successful campaign against Mortimer in Wales....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Addisons "Campaign" and Grays "Elegy".

- Addison's "Campaign" and Gray's "Elegy". (Joseph Addison)(Thomas Gray) Rodney Stenning Edgecombe. Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2004 Heldref Publications In the meditation set at the heart of the "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," which he completed in 1750, Gray notes that deprivation curtails opportunities for evil as well as for good. Chief amongst these is violent individual ambition, which Gray deplores (in marked contrast to Addison's "Campaign" of 1704, which had celebrated the military success of the Duke of Marlborough): The applause of listening senates to command, The threats of pain and ruin to despise....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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The Glorious Revolution of 1688

- The Glorious Revolution of 1688 The theme of “autonomy and responsibility” is prevalent in many major wars of revolution throughout the history of the world and especially in the events that occurred in England during the seventeenth century. Autonomy is defined as self-government and existing or functioning independently. Responsibility is having obligations or duties to something and being able to distinguish between right and wrong. In England, the political leaders drove King James II out of the country in order to end his oppressive rule as an absolute monarch....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Imagery of Snakes in Macbeth

- In the biblical book of Genesis, Eve is tempted by a serpent to commit an ungodly act of eating a forbidden fruit. As a result of the snake's temptation, Eve eats the fruit, resulting in the presence of worldwide sin and the downfall of perfection. From this story of Adam and Eve, the figure of the snake has become generally associated with temptation, evil, and cynicism. William Shakespeare employs this symbolic imagery of snakes in Macbeth, to enhance the story of the rise and fall of Macbeth's power....   [tags: European Literature]

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Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula

- Vlad the Impaler (1431-1476) If Dracula was ever to truly walk the earth as a creature of flesh and blood rather than a figure concocted in books and on the big screen than that person who deserve that terrible title would have to be Vlad Dracula, other wise known as Vlad the Impaler, or simply put, Dracula. Feared by thousands of people cause of his ways of cruel and unusual punishment and unquenchable thirst for blood, Vlad the Impaler ruled Walachia, now part of Romania, through the years of 1456 and 1476....   [tags: Biography]

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Henry VII

- Henry VII In 1485 Henry Tudor became Henry VII he seized the throne by force at the battle of Bosworth with great help from his mother lady Margaret Beaufort. He was already promised to Elisabeth of York. However, didn't marry her until after he became king because he didn't want the people to think that he was on the throne because of her. He wanted them to think that he was on the throne because of his power and great leader skills. Within a year they had a baby son and an heir to the throne and they went on to have many other children both boys and girls....   [tags: Papers]

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Macbeth: Shakespeares Comparisons And Contrasts

- Macbeth: Shakespeare's Comparisons and Contrasts Throughout Macbeth Shakespeare uses comparison and contrast to bring out characteristics of his main character, Macbeth. Shakespeare uses comparison with Duncan, Lady Macbeth, and Banquo to bring out aspects of Macbeth's character. After hearing of Macbeth's courageousness on the battlefield, Duncan, a good and honest king, bestows the tittle of Cawdor on Macbeth. The king then proclaims his son Malcom to be Prince of Cumberland, in effect designating him as successor to the throne of Scotland....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Copernicus, Galileo and Hamlet

- Copernicus, Galileo and Hamlet If imagination is the lifeblood of literature, then each new scientific advance which extends our scope of the universe is as fruitful to the poet as to the astronomer. External and environmental change stimulates internal and personal tropes for the poetic mind, and the new Copernican astronomy of the late 16th- and early 17th-centuries may have altered the literary composition of the era as much as any contemporaneous political shifts. Marjorie Nicolson, in "The Breaking of the Circle," argues that the heliocentric system greatly influenced the metaphysical poets, especially John Donne, as it necessarily mated the concept of a universal macrocosm with the pr...   [tags: Hamlet Copernicus]

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Mary, Queen of Scots

- Mary, Queen of Scots Mary Stewart was born December 7, 1542. Her father was James V, King of Scotland and her mother was Mary of Guise of France. Mary was the third child and only daughter of James V and Mary of Guise, since both of her twin brothers had died before she was born at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland. Seven days after Mary was born, James V, died and his infant daughter succeeded to the Scottish throne. Mary Stewart became Mary, Queen of Scots. In 1547 an English invasion led to the military occupation of the country....   [tags: History]

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Biography of Princess Elizabeth

- Biography of Princess Elizabeth Elizabeth I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. When the little Princess was born on Sunday, the seventh of September, 1533, few could have predicted the glittering life ahead of her. Her birth was undoubtedly a great disappointment to her father, and a political disaster for her mother and all her supporters. For many years, Henry's main goal in life had been to father a healthy son to succeed him to the throne of England. Despite twenty years of marriage to the Spanish Catherine of Aragon, and the birth of several children, by 1533, Henry had only one living legitimate child, a daughter, Mary....   [tags: Queen of England History Royal Family Essays]

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Queen Elizabeth the First

- Queen Elizabeth 1 The reign of Queen Elizabeth I is often referred to as "The Golden Age" of English history. Elizabeth was an immensely popular Queen, and her popularity has waned little with the passing of four hundred years. She is still one of the best-loved monarchs, and one of the most admired rulers of all time. She became a legend in her own lifetime, famed for her remarkable abilities and achievements. Yet, about Elizabeth the woman, we know very little. She is an enigma, and was an enigma to her own people....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Family and the Polis

- Family and the Polis Family and the Polis: Two Very Different Ideals Sophocles wrote a play entitled Antigone. One of the main characters, Creon, is a king who is trying to rule in the best interests of his community. Aristophanes also wrote a play, Lysistrata, where his main character is trying to stop a war within her country, a war between Sparta and Athens. Lysistrata is the only one who succeeds. It is because she focuses on the family issues first. That is what is at the heart of what is best for all of the people of Greece....   [tags: essays papers]

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Phillip II of Macedon

- Phillip II of Macedon The year was 359 BC. Greece, though weary from constant internal struggling still had supreme power over the Hellenistic world. Persia, though it had suffered large setback in the Persian Wars more then a century before was still a menacing force. The Barbarian State of Macedon was led by warrior kings who aspired to be Greek, yet ruled over a feudal society that was as multicultural as any of its time. Good morning Miss Boeston and class. Today's seminar will conclusively prove to you the statement that "Philip II of Macedon was responsible for the rise to greatness of the Macedonian Empire in the Fourth Century BC" by examining several issues associated with Philip...   [tags: Papers]

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Giovanni Bellini

- Giovanni Bellini was born in Venice, Italy around 1430. He was the son of Jacopo Bellini, an esteemed painter at the time, and probably began his career along side his brother as an assistant in his father’s workshop. Though his artwork was influenced by many of his friends and relatives, Giovanni possessed certain qualities in his compositions which set him apart from the others. He blended the styles of both his father and brother-in-law, Andrea Mantegna, with his own subtle appreciation of color and light, the high regard he held for the detail of natural landscape, along with the very direct human empathy he placed in his painting....   [tags: Artist, Biography]

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King Lear

- William Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, centres on an elderly king (Lear) who intends to divide his kingdom between his three daughters namely Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Since King Lear had no male child to inherit the throne, he decided to share his assets in order to avoid an occurrence of any conflict between the daughters after his demise. Conversely, the early retirement and partition of the kingdom deal caused uproar in the family, breaking apart the kingdom. As a result, family assumption, intimidation and trust caused the betrayals....   [tags: William Shakespeare, tragedy, betrayal]

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Selfish Desire

- People always want to attain their desires. Sometimes desire is such a strong urge that it cannot be avoided. Many people desire to have possessions that do not satisfy their needs. People often crave materialistic items that are luxuries like money, expensive house and cars, and expensive clothing and jewelry. I often confuse materialistic items with my needs. My desire is so strong that these seemingly important treasures often push past my needs. As a child, I would often use my desires for selfish reasons....   [tags: So proud she was to die]

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Lady Macbeth

- Individuals around the globe believe that a success of a man is in the hands of the woman related with his life mainly in the form of a wife. And there’s the saying “behind every successful man stands a woman”. In the play of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, the protagonist Macbeth rose to power as King of Scotland and then derived on a disastrous collapse as an outcome of outside influence by other characters and forces. His wife Lady Macbeth is solely in charge for Macbeth’s determination, and rise to power, which circuitously led him to his own deadly behavior in his hard work to take and retain control of the throne in Scotland....   [tags: Macbeth, shakespeare]

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the prophecy of three witches drives the noble Thane's ambition beyond that of morality. His relationships with others, his dignity, and his sense of self-worth are all sacrificed for the title of King. The witches' prophecy inflates Macbeth's ambition and ego, causing him to take destiny into his own hands. Happiness, however, did not foresee his gain and eventually ruin was all that found him. At the beginning of the play Macbeth was a dedicated soldier for Scotland and its King, Duncan....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Banquo from Macbeth

- Banquo from Macbeth Banquo is the noble, brave general in Duncan's army. He is one of the positive characters in the play, and his goodness is used to emphasize Macbeth's contrasting evil. We know little of him except that he has a young son called Fleance Banquo, as Macbeth admits, is "truly royal in nature." He possesses the qualities of a king without any of the outward symbols, such as the crown....   [tags: Papers]

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Queen Victoria

- The Dawning of a new age- Queen Victoria The Early Life of Queen Victoria Queen Victoria, the well-known Queen of England did not start out as some would expect. Her Grandfather, King George the third of England had fifteen children, his third child was The Duke of Kent, Queen Victoria's father. The Duke of Kent married Princess Victoria of Saxe- Coburg- Gotha. Later they had a baby girl together on May twenty- fourth eighteen- nineteen. They christened her as Alexandrina Victoria. Her childhood was not a happy one....   [tags: Biography]

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Patriarchy in Hamlet

- Patriarchy in Hamlet       William Shakespeare’s Hamlet employs the concept of patriarchy in several scenarios and each on different levels. These levels of patriarchy, if even for the same character, vary in their role in the play. Three patriarchal characters are easily identified: the ghost of Hamlet’s father, the king Claudius, and the lord chamberlain Polonius. Despite their variances each patriarchy displays values and actions which are key factors in bringing about the cataclysmic ending to Hamlet....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]

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The English Reformation

- The English Reformation During the reign of King Richard II "England was experiencing her first serious outbreak of heresy for nearly a millennium." This widespread heresy, known as Lollardy, held the reformation of the Catholic Church as its main motivation, and was based upon the ideas of John Wyclif, an Oxford scholar. "All kinds of men, not only in London but in widely-separated regions of the country, seized the opportunity to voice criticisms both constructive and destructive of the present state of the Church." While commoners protested and pressed for reform, going so far as to present their manifesto, the "Twelve Conclusions," to Parliament, members of the royal household were pro...   [tags: History England Roman Catholic Essays]

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Elizabeth The Film

- Elizabeth The Film Theme of the Film: How Elizabeth managed to gain the throne through turmoil, and then maintain it through even greater conflict and opposition. Greatest Surprise of the Film: The attention to detail and the symbolism employed to make the story richer than any other period piece. The script was also very well written, and very well paced making the movie much more enjoyable to watch because it was interesting and did not drag. Historical Characters Prioritized: Elizabeth I, Duke of Leicester, Sir William Cecil, Walsingham, Duke of Norfolk, Mary Queen of Scots, and the Vatican, various potential suitors to Elizabeth I....   [tags: essays papers]

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Macbeth - Tragedy

- According to the classical view, tragedy should arouse feelings of pity and fear in the audience. Does Macbeth do this. Tragedy has most definitely influenced the viewer’s thoughts on Macbeth within this play. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the audience sees a gradual breakdown in the character of Macbeth himself, due to the tragic events that unfold during the play. This has a direct effect on the audience’s views and thoughts of Macbeth, thus creating pity and fear within the audience. Macbeth, being a man and a human being himself, is in-clined to some forms of temptation, to which man himself has quite often succumbed....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Shakespeare play: Macbeth

- In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the common theme of contrast between appearance and reality is woven throughout each of the five acts in the play. Shakespeare does this constantly during the play, and even goes as far as to use the contrast between appearance and reality as the basis for the plot of the story. In Act one, Scene one, one of the most famous quotes in all of literature is spoken: “Fair is foul, and foul is fair/ Hover through the fog and filth air.” While if interpreted literally, it makes no sense because the words fair and foul are antonyms, the reader (or viewer if the play is being seen) must recognize that this really implies that the appearance of something may not b...   [tags: essay of contrast]

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Macbeth, A Review

- As a virgin to The Shakespeare Theatre, I was pleasantly surprised when my recent encounter with Macbeth was a stimulating and enjoyable excursion. The two and a half hours I had predicted to be less than enchanting were filled with symbolism, and an overall attitude towards the Shakespeare classic that I had never contemplated before. Upon entering the theatre, the audience was confronted with a stark stage, boasting only a large hollow cube with a single, leafless tree standing alone within it....   [tags: European Literature]

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- William Shakespeare's Macbeth We at sdk studios are delighted to inform you that you have been chosen to play the part of Macbeth in our production of the Shakespeare tale, Macbeth. We hope you will be able to play the part of Macbeth during are filming in the Autumn of 2002. Now, on to the play. The story of Macbeth was taken from real life, as were many of Shakespeare's plays. Macbeth, who died August 15, 1057, near Lumphanan, Aberdeen, Scotland. He was the King of the Scots from 1040, the legend of whos life it was that Shakespeares play, Macbeth, was based upon....   [tags: Papers]

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Macbeth by Shakespeare

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Alexander The Great

- Few historical figures stand out in the same degree as that of Alexander the Great. He was a warrior by 16, a commander at age 18, and was crowned King of Macedon by the time he was 20 years old. He did things in his lifetime that others could only dream about. Alexander single-handedly changed the nature of the ancient world in just over a decade. There were many attributes that made Alexander “Great.” He was a brilliant strategist and an inspired leader; he led by example and was a conqueror at heart....   [tags: World History Biography Alexander Great]

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The Spanish Inquisition

- Over the years in history, there have been many formidable executions that were caused by the aspect of different faiths and races. Period after period there have been many leaders who lashed out onto others because of what they believed in. All of these incidents have never been forgotten; one very infamous one would be the Spanish Inquisition. The Spanish Inquisition was started to “cleanse” the Church of heretics and purify Spain. They executed Jews, Muslims, and other minorities not of Christian faith....   [tags: essays research papers]

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King James

- King James I was a devoted Christian who wanted the all common people to have their hands on the holy bible. Since King James was multi-lingual in, Greek, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish and English. He became the king of Scotland in 1556 at only thirteen months old and in 1603 acceded to the throne of England. At that point he combined Scotland and England the first to call it Great Britain. It is said that he also endured racism since he was Scottish but ruling over England but as a child he received his knowledge and education from Scottish tutors which he loved do much....   [tags: Bibliography]

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Edward's War

- Edward's War King Edward III's military tactics were the sole reason for the English victory at Crecy in 1346. Not only that, he was the reason for English success overall in the early stages of The Hundred Years War. The war was started because of a feudal dynastic struggle over the Duchy of Aquitaine, and also the French throne. The first major battle was dominated by Edward, it took place at Sluys in 1340. It was a naval battle, that despite his inexperience as an admiral, Edward took the reigns and led his country to a glorious victory over the French navy....   [tags: European Europe History]

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Empress Wu

- Empress Wu Empress Wu is also known as Wu Hou, Wu Chao, Wu Zetian, or Wu Tsê T’ien (“Emulator of Heaven';). She was born in the year of 625 AD. She was born and raised in China during the Tang dynasty. Empress Wu was the daughter of Wu Shih-Huo, a rich and noble merchant at the time. The Tang Dynasty was a time of relative freedom for woman. Since Empress Wu lived during that period of time, she was well educated at home. Like most other rich and noble people of her time, she was taught to play music, write, and read the Chinese classics....   [tags: Biography]

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Vlad Dracula

- Yes, there was a real Dracula, and he was a true prince of darkness. He was Prince Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad Tepes, meaning "Vlad the Impaler." The Turks called him Kaziglu Bey, or "the Impaler Prince." He was the prince of Walachia, but, as legend suggests, he was born in Transylvania, which at that time was ruled by Hungary. Walachia was founded in 1290 by a Transylvanian named Radu Negru, or Rudolph the Black. It was dominated by Hungary until 1330, when it became independent....   [tags: essays research papers]

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William Wallace

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Elizabeth I

- Elizabeth I Anne Boleyn gave birth to Elizabeth I on September 7, 1533. Elizabeth's father, Henry VIII, had Anne executed before Elizabeth reached the age of three. Some believe that he had this done because Anne did not produce a male heir to the throne (Weir 12-13). After the death of Elizabeth's stepsister, Mary, Elizabeth won the claim to the throne. When Elizabeth came to power, many problems plagued her island country. During Elizabeth's reign, many problems arose, but using her intellectual ability, she maneuvered her small country through the times of hardship....   [tags: Papers]

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Queen Elizabeth

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Henry VIII

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Louis XIV

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King Lear

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Hesiod's Theogony

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MacBeth

- A.) Title: Macbeth Author: William Shakespeare Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Inc. Date: 1968 Pages: 156 B.) Macbeth begins with three witches setting the tone of the play. The three witches throughout the play will make predictions and keep the readers continually wondering. The king of Scotland, Duncan, receives a message saying that his army has defeated a Norwegian invader. Macbeth, an army general in his army, received most of the credit for the victory....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Antigone

- Sophocles’ theme is traversed throughout the trilogy showing how Sophocles views a tragic hero. It is essential to first know the background information behind Antigone in order to fully comprehend the story. Two new characters are introduced in the previous play, Oedipus in Colonus. The story, Oedipus Rex, leaves off with Creon banishing Oedipus from Thebes. Because of his suffering, Oedipus exits Thebes as a humbled and god-centered individual. At the time, society expected the son to foster the wellbeing of a parent, especially if he or she was disabled....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Sophocles]

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Elizabeth

- Elizabeth The 1998 movie “Elizabeth,” directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a script by Michael Hirst, is a historical epic that takes place during and after the mid-16th-century period when England’s Princess Elizabeth was nearly eliminated by her half-sister, Queen Mary. It portrays the events of Mary’s death, Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne, and the struggles and events that she must overcome in order to preserve the strength of the English Monarchy, and establish Protestantism as the chief English religion....   [tags: essays papers]

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Cleopatra

- Cleopatra Cleopatra VII was known for the love she had of her country, a love so great that would lead her to any means necessary for the good of it. She was born into a Macedonian family who had power and rule over Egypt. They were descended from Ptolemy I, a general of Alexander the Great who became king of Egypt after Alexander's death in 323 BC. “The ptolemaic dynasty was interlocked in goodwill and bad with the other Hellenistic states that had been wrenched out of portions of Alexander’s empire” (Huzar, 187)....   [tags: History Biography Cleopatra Essays]

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Cleopatra

- Cleopatra Vll was born in 69 BC, in Alexandria, Egypt. Despite what people say today, that she was glamorous and beautiful, she was far from it. She is shown on ancient coins with a long hooked nose and masculine features. Although she was not beautiful she was clearly a very seductive woman, and she used this to further Egypt politically. She had a beautiful musical voice. It is also said that she was highly intelligent. She spoke nine different languages, and she was the first Ptolemy pharaoh who could actually spoke Egyptian....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Cleopatra

- Cleopatra is a name that was given to many Queens who ruled in Egypt. The most famous of these women was Cleopatra VII. She was the daughter of Ptolemy XII, King of Egypt. Cleopatra VII lived from 69-30 B.C. and reigned as queen of Egypt from 51-30 B.C. (Stanly). Cleopatra is said to be far from beautiful, her picture on ancient coins made her look like she had a long hooked nose and masculine features. She is also said to be very seductive with her enchanting musical voice and exuded charisma....   [tags: essays research papers]

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MacBeth

- “The greatest grieves are those we cause ourselves.” This quote by Sophocles is saying that the things you most regret are the things you, yourself choose to do. If you do something to someone else, not only do you hurt another person, or other people, but also you hurt yourself. If someone else hurts you, you feel pain but not as much as having the guilt and pain of hurting other people walking around with you on your shoulders. This quote is true in everyday like still today. In the play “MacBeth,” by William Shakespeare, there are many examples of greif shown by the people in the play....   [tags: essays research papers]

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