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    Another's Rapiers': The Exchange of Weapons in Hamlet." Shakespeare Quarterly 41.3 (Fall 1990): 281-298. Saviolo, Vincentio. Vincentio Saviolo his Practice. London, 1595. qtd. in Jackson. Shakespeare, William. "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark." The Complete Signet Classic Shakespeare. Ed. Edward Hubler. Gen. Ed. Sylvan Barnet. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972. Silver, George. Paradoxes of Defence. London, 1594. qtd. in. Jackson. Taylor, James O. "The Influence of Rapier Fending

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    Everyone knows the twenty passes, turn, and fire. This is a classic image of a duel. Before, however, duels were fought with the long sharp blades of a rapier. Some professionally fought with a call to fight, but some fought on the brink of the moment. A duel was meant to defend one’s honor. It was better to die than to live in shame. This was shown in Shakespeare's Richard II, Henry IV, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and many others. Shakespeare brilliantly preserved the practice of dueling throughout

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    Medieval Devastators

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    from foreigners, the people of Europe developed a different kind of weaponry. These weapons were found very useful to the Europeans, and devastated their enemies. This paper will examine three weapons designed in the Medieval Ages: the dagger, the rapier, and the morning star. Appearing in the early 6th century, the dagger became a worldwide weapon. Ranging in sizes from 13 to 17 inches, the dagger was an arm auxiliary to the sword. Being the sword's accompaniment, the dagger would parry the attacks

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    The idea of fencing has been around for hundreds of years, but it was only perfected during the 1500’s and 1600’s. During this time many became masters of the skills needed to fence like Rocco Bonetti, Ridolfo Capo Ferro, Angelo Vigianni, Joseph Swetnam, and Salvator Fabris. Rocco Bonetti was born during the 1500’s and was a popular Italian fencer in England. Bonetti was a Captain when he served in the Italian military and this is where he learned how to fight with a sword. He created a school of

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    Honor and Dueling

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    Honor and Dueling A duel was a prearranged combat with lethal weapons between two people, usually taking place under formal arrangements. Each side had a witness, called seconds. The usual cause of a duel is an insult given by one person to the other or over a question of honor. The challenged person has the right to set the place, time, and weapons. Duels have generally been fought early in the morning in secluded places. (Encarta "Duel") Dueling to avenge one's honor has never been legal

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    Achilles As A Tragic Hero

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    A Tribute to Tragic Heroes Dictionary.com defines a tragic hero as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall (“Tragic Hero”). Aristotle defined a tragic hero as a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his own destruction (“English IV Class Discussion”, 2016). A tragic hero must be physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences, often resulting in his death; intelligent so he may learn from his mistakes; have a weakness

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    Dictionary.com defines a tragic hero as a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall (“Tragic Hero”). Aristotle defined a tragic hero as a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his own destruction (“English IV Class Discussion”, 2016). A tragic hero must be physically or spiritually wounded by his experiences, often resulting in his death; intelligent so he may learn from his mistakes; have a weakness, usually it is pride; and

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    Capulet speaks of Romeo’s dagger being not in Romeo’s sheath but in his daughter’s chest: This dagger hath mista'en—for, lo, his house Is empty on the back of Montague,— And it mis-sheathed in my daughter's bosom! ( V.iii.202) “The dagger and sword [rapier] combination…”(Westgate) was a commonplace method of sword-fighting. Since Romeo had a dagger one can assume that Romeo... ... middle of paper ... ...t England from a Catholic family. Growing up Shakespeare would have seen the persecution of Catholics

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    Guilt In Hamlet

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    The play Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a dramatic tragedy that has made a long lasting impact on the theatre community for hundreds of years. In the beginning of the play the main character Hamlet discovers his father King Hamlet was murdered. Hamlet finds out his father’s murderer was his uncle now king Claudius. Hamlet fakes going mad to cover up his plans on how to kill Claudius. Murder for personal gain can lead to revenge, which can cause tragedy. Murder for gain can cause moral guilt. Claudius

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    “This by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy. What dares the slave” ( I.v.line 52-54). “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare is a tragedy that occurs to innocent characters who have not done anything wrong. In the play, the character that strongly opposes Romeo and the Montagues is Tybalt. Tybalt is Mr. Capulet’s nephew and Juliet’s older cousin. Tybalt plays an important role in Romeo and Juliet because of his aggressive, cocky, and self-centered personality leads to many

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