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    Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet and the most recent Much Ado About Nothing by Joss Whedon have definitely bring valuable new readings to the text. Embracing this trend, Richard III (1995) by Richard Loncraine shifts its background to 1930s Britain. Starring Ian McKellen as Richard, the movie makes an undeniable connection to Nazi Germany; very details include costume design, set and prop, and cinematography choices all closely relate Richard to Hitler, an equivalent villain from modern history. The choice of blending

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    surrounding his true character, Richard III is an intriguing personality to put into modern culture, which is exactly what Ian McKellen does in his rendition of the infamous ruler. However, McKellen’s portrayal of Richard III preserves the basic personality of Shakespeare’s character and continues the idea of Richard III as tyrant and murderer; there is no doubt that McKellen captures the bestial nature of Richard, but even though this main staple of the play is kept intact, there are other aspects

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    flattered. Also she falls into Richards arms more easily because she is feeling very insecure seeing as she has no one left to care and protect her because of Richard killing both her husband Edward, and her father-in-law to King Henry Vl. In the Ian Mckellen version of the play I think the scene is made much more climatic by the fact that the body of Edward (Anne’s husband) was there the whole scene, reminding her of what Richard had done. During the whole of this scene I think that Richard was

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    Inner Evil Revealed in Film and BBC Productions of Shakespeare’s Richard III All the passions of the irascible rise from the passions of the concupiscible appetite and terminate in them. For instance, anger rises from sadness, and, having wrought vengeance, terminates in joy. --  St. Thomas Aquinas In Richard III, Shakespeare creates evil personified.  The wicked protagonist conspires against kin, plots political takeovers, woos widows, sets assassins against children, and relishes each

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    Theatre has always been riddled with superstitions and curses throughout history. Be it the last lantern lit to ward off ghosts, to saying “break a leg”, to prohibiting whistling in the theatre. ( ) However one of the most popular superstitions is about Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This superstition states, that if the name “Macbeth” is spoken outside the lines of the play, disaster will strike the theatre. Performers, stagehands, producers and essentially all who interact with the play can bypass this

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    King Lear Act 1 Scene

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    King Lear Act 1 Scene What impact did Act 1 Scene 1 of King Lear have on you? The first scene of the first act of King Lear had a genuinely dramatic affect upon me. This first glimpse into the world of Lear and his subordinates sets the premise for the whole play, unravelling within the first few pages, themes which I believe will become increasingly evident. The scene opens with the introduction of three characters – Kent, Gloucester and Edmund. Of these three characters the only one who

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

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    Within literature, women are often seen as an angel or a demon regardless of what they do. For example, a woman could have the purest intentions and still suffer the fate that a manipulative woman suffers. It is well known that evil characters never truly get away with their evil deeds, but what about those who have done nothing at all? Why is it that they also suffer untimely deaths or substantial losses? The reasoning behind it could possibly be due to how even the most innocent of characters do

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    King Lear Analysis

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    In Shakespeare story King Lear, two of the women were portrayed as emasculating and disloyal while the third was honest and truthful. Showing, that most women who have power can’t be trusted. The story told of a king named Lear who had three daughters named Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. Lear had given his two oldest daughters Goneril, and Regan a piece of land even though they had lied to their father telling him feelings that they didn’t really have. Then there was his youngest daughter she was

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    Much alike unity of time, unity of place was not explicitly defined within Poetics. In fact, Aristotle made no direct mention to unity of place. Instead it was an interpretation established by French and Italian classical dramatists in the sixteenth century (“Unities.”). It most likely arose due to limitations in creating representations of multiple locations in early theatre. It was clearer to confine the action to one setting. In theory, unity of place will concentrate the tragic effect, as all

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