Shakespeare

Macbeth: Not All Men Are Heroic Macbeth was written while when Scotland lacked a good Leader to defend it from a Norwasian invasion. During this dangerous situation, Macbeth stood out as the most commanding figure by defeating the rebel army. His thrill towards the witches\' prophecies all confirmed his hopes of becoming the King and replacing King Duncan, who lacked the power and courage to save his country from this invasion. In this essay, I will discuss Macbeth during the many experiences th
The Problem in Macbeth 1. We have already seen that the focus is on Macbeth and his wife, furthermore, we have seen that the crucial problem is the decision and the act, especially in which sense you can consciously and freely choose to do evil, then do it and then be faced with the consequences. The problem is old. Socrates maintained that no one with full insight in what was evil, would of his own free will do it and that claim had been dominating for almost two millennia. The logical power of
A Midsummer Night\'s Dream: Resolution In Shakespeare\'s A Midsummer Night\'s Dream, the conflict is based upon pure confusion. The main characters are involved in a mix-up of epic proportions. The story begins with Demetrius pledged to marry Hermia, daughter of Egeus. Conflict arises immediately when Lysander is shown to have won Hermia\'s affection and also her undying love. This situation is clouded even further when Helena, a friend of Hermia is found to be in love with Demetrius. The crowni
The Rise and Fall of Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth\'s character is one of complexity; slowly, but continuously changing throughout the play. What begins as a struggle for power and a longing to shred her femininity turns Lady Macbeth into what she fears most - a guilt ridden weakling. In the beginning ( I, v, 43-54) , we see Lady Macbeth reacting to the news of her husbands success and King Duncan\'s visit. This ignites her lust for power. In the quote “...unsex me here, / And fill me from the crown
The Role of Prejudice In The Merchant of Venice This paper discusses the subject of prejudice in the William Shakespeare play, The Merchant of Venice. I. Introduction William Shakespeare\'s satirical comedy, The Merchant of Venice, believed to have been written in 1596 was an examination of hatred and greed.The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish money-lender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as generous as Shylock is greedy, particularly with his
Use of Contrasts in Act I of The Tempest Krunal Patel William Shakespeare used many different writing devices when he wrote his plays. In Act I of The Tempest, the use of contrasts between characters, setting, and ideas were often used to develop the story, and more importantly, the messages that Shakespeare wished to portray by the play. One good example was how some characters in the first act had their counterparts. Ariel had Caliban, and Gonzalo had Ferdinand. The relationship between Ariel
The Tempest. An Imperialist Heaven or Hell? Shakespeare lived and wrote in the Elizabethan age, a time when his society was branching out and making itself known throughout the world by colonizing other cultures. Great Britain was reaching for new heights of power. In the play Shakespeare questions the value of this new concept of British imperialism. The Tempest is called Shakespeare\'s American play, because he calls into question England\'s right to colonize other nations, much as American co
The Tempest: Comparing The Cultures in The Tempest and Ours "All men are created equal" is one of the declarations that American culture is built on. This declaration means that all men no matter of race, religion, or creed are equals in the eyes of society, as well as the law. This was not always true in history, especially not in Shakespeare\'s day and age. During this time, society had levels of classification where men were considered "superior" to other men. Shakespeare gives us a taste of
The Winter\'s Tale: The Tragedy Within A Romance In 1623, the complete works of Shakespeare were published in the First Folio. Within this Folio were the works of Shakespeare categorized by their genre. There were tragedies, histories, comedies, and the final four were romances. Prior to this time, romance was not a widespread genre in anyone\'s writings. We can see by means of the "genealogy" of writing, that the romance we know today was created through the combination of the Greek novels and
"The Truth About Foolishness" in Shakespeare\'s Twelfth Night. William Shakespeare used a unique device to explain how foolishness is an unavoidable part of everyday life. He employed many specific examples of foolishness in his comedy play titled Twelfth Night. Each of the characters he created were all foolish in one way or another. Not only do the characters entertain the audience, but also educate the audience as they portray mankind avoiding obvious truth. Shakespeare takes a humorous appro
Julius Caesar: The Use of Suspense Suspense can be defined as the uncertainties the reader feels about what will happen next in a story, or in this case, a play. William Shakespeare incorporated in Julius Caesar three very suspenseful events on which the whole play depends. The first suspenseful event of this play occurs when the conspirators join and discuss their reasons for assassination. Cassius feels that he is equal to Caesar, if not even better that him. Shakespeare builds suspense by usi
The Use of Symbols in Macbeth In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare uses many symbols to add to his story. His use of blood, water, light, dark, rampant animals, and even the witches are examples of how he used symbols to add depth to his play. These symbols were often times recurring and they were all related to the central plot of the play. Shakespeare used blood in this play several times. Blood is first mentioned by Macbeth shortly after he had slain Duncan. The subject of blood was introduced ag
The Tragedies Of Shakespeare "Your noble son is mad — ‘Mad\' call I it, for to define true madness, What is\'t but to be nothing else but mad?" (Wells and Taylor, 665) In Act two, scene two of William Shakespeare\'s play Hamlet, Polonius uses these words to inform Hamlet\'s parents of their son\'s insanity. He then continues on, telling Gertrude and Claudius that the cause of this madness is lovesickness over his own daughter Ophelia (665). From the privileged perspective of the audience, we kno
Twelfth Night: Theme of Love In the play "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare explores and illustrates the emotion of love with precise detail. According to "Webster\'s New World Dictionary," love is defined as "a strong affection or liking for someone." Throughout the play Shakespeare examines three different types of love: true love, self love and friendship. "Twelfth Night" consists of many love triangles, however many of the characters who are tangled up in the web of love are blind to see that thei
Twelfth Night: Two Faces, One Mind As in most comedies, William Shakespeare\'s Twelfth Night extensively uses disguises, masks and mistaken identities to add to the comical nature of the play. Viola\'s disguise as Orsino\'s page, Cesario, becomes crucial to the action in the play. Without this important element, the action in the play would slow down dramatically, making the story much less intriguing. In addition to making the play less interesting, the disguise is also necessary to develop the
Differences Between Laurence\'s West Side Story and Shakespeare\'s Romeo and Juliet Laurence\'s West Side story is an apparition of Shakespeare\'s Romeo and Juliet. West Side Story and Romeo and Juliet differ in many ways. Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona in about 1594. West Side Story takes in New York City in 1957. Tony is the modern character of Romeo and Maria is the modern character of Juliet. In the two tragedies the major conflict is two opposing families, or gangs, do not agree of the r
Comparing The Murder of Duncan in Macbeth and The Assassination of Kennedy There is a man who is a head of state. He is a very powerful man and is well liked by his subjects. The people love him. Then he is suddenly, inexplicably murdered. Someone is blamed for the murder, but the entire country knows the accused are innocent and are tools used in a cover-up. Does this situation sound bizarre? Does it sound like some work of fiction? Well, it is. It is the beginning of William Shakespeare\'s Mac
Shakespeare\'s Sonnet Number 126: Critique Shakespeare\'s sonnets, as poems, have been obscured by the enormous amount of speculation, much of it unjustified, that has grown up around the problems presented by the dedication. The following sonnet is commonly grouped with 125 others that are believed to have been written to a much admired young man, who was Shakespeare\'s junior in both years and social status. The form in which the poem is written is often referred to as Shakespearean or English
The Woman\'s Role In Macbeth Jason M. William Shakespeare\'s, Macbeth, is a play full of betrayal and deception. It is a story about Macbeth\'s desires to achieve greatness and become king. Despite his involvement in actually committing the treasonous acts, he cannot be held accountable. However, if it were not for the deeds of a woman at one time or another, Macbeth never would have involved himself with acts of treachery. From the opening scene, we begin to see the role that women play in Macb
Analyzing The Struggle For Power In Four Novels: Fahrenheit 451, Invisible Man Lord of the Flies and Julius Caesar If you delve into the content of almost any novel, there is almost always some kind of struggle for power. It could be for rightful integration into society; power over an island; power over a country; or in some cases, even power over the minds of others. These not at all uncommon struggles for power are what keep us interested in the plot of a book. The ongoing battle between a ch
Julius Caesar: Military and Political Strength Perhaps no other man in the history of the world symbolizes military and political strength as much as does Gaius Julius Caesar. This man became a legend for his military exploits and an almost global setting, his political manipulations which covered decades of cycles which covered power and loss of power, and his personal life which to have been played in the most melodramatic and theatrical manner. It is Caesar whose life, betrayal , and death wh
Darkness; Beacon of Chaos in Macbeth Darkness in our society is indicative of evil. For instance, a black cat, a dark night, and a dark place are all symbolic of diablerie. Authors use these symbols to describe an evil character or setting. William Shakespeare employs the imagery of darkness in Act 4 of his play Macbeth to describe the agents of disorder. The witches, Macbeth, and Scotland are all described as dark because they represent the agents of chaos. The witches in the first scene of Act
Different Images of the Wife Between Sixteenth Centuries and Today Today many wives always want to have same position with their husband. So that they always have conflict with each other. Why they always have conflict? Actually, it is effected by wife who changes the traditional role. As I remembered that wife and husband lived together very well in sixteenth century. They didn\'t have any conflict. Many wives would obey their husband when their husband order them to do everything. What differe
Representations of Masculinity and Femininity in Miguel Street It has been said about V.S. Naipaul\'s novel Miguel Street that "One of the recurrent themes... is the ideal of manliness" (Kelly 19). To help put into focus what manliness is, it is important to establish a definition for masculinity as well as its opposite, femininity. Masculinity is defined as "Having qualities regarded as characteristic of men and boys, as strength, vigor, boldness, etc" while femininity is defined as "Having qua
A Story of An Hour: Feelings In the short story “A Story of An Hour” by Kate Chopin, the whole range of emotions are felt by the main charter Louise Mallard. Upon learning of her husband\'s death she is immediately overcome by sadness. However, once she is alone she allows herself to experience her feelings of joy at the prospect of being free from “repression." She is no more able to staff off the feeling that was approaching her than trying to stop the waves from hitting the shore. Basically s
In Our Time: Review Half-way through reading Hemmingway\'s collection In Our Time I was interrupted by my roommate, George. He wanted to know how I liked the story. He seems to be very impressed that I\'m reading Hemmingway. I explained to him that it was, in fact, not one story, but a collection of short stories. He asked if they had a common theme or not, and I found it difficult to answer. "Yeas and no," I said. I then went on to explain that although one character, Nick, appeared occasionall
Book Review: Nemesis Name of Book: Nemesis Author: Isaac Asimov was born in 1920 in Petrovichi, Russia. When he was three years of age, his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Brooklyn, New York. Asimov turned to full time writing in 1958. This accomplished writer is best known for his novels dealing with science fiction. However, his works extend to other subjects. These include humour, mystery, history, and some volumes involving the Bible and Shakespeare. He has published ar
Personal Essay on Hamlet I remember my fourth grade year as if it were yesterday. My homeroom teacher, Mr. Anderson, would stand at the front of the room each morning at 9:15, and wait patiently for us to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, like clockwork, at exactly 9:17, as my class of 28 sat down, he would set up a magic trick, pretending each day that something was going wrong during the set-up. As Mr. Anderson did this, he would often tell us a story that in some way or another related to t
Henry VIII and Louis XIV Henry VIII and Louis XIV were both men whose accomplishments on a national level for their respective countries of England and France were great, but whose very different personal problems gave them a negative impression in history. The two leaders had very different ruling styles, but with a few similar themes throughout. Perhaps the best thing to look at first is their very different attitudes toward God and God¹s power in monarchy and state. Henry VIII on England grew
A Comparison of Hamlet and McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo\'s Nest" It is suggested that in modern literature, the true element of tragedy is not captured because the protagonist is often of the same social status as the audience, and therefor, his downfall is not tragic. This opinion, I find, takes little consideration of the times in which we live. Indeed, most modern plays and literature are not about monarchs and the main character is often equal to the common person; this, however, do
Essay on Impulsiveness in Romeo & Juliet “Wisely and slow: they stumble that run fast”(Pg 91, Line 97) those words spoken by Friar Laurence. Words we must listen too. Impulsiveness leads to downfall, and therefore people must strike a balance between being impulsive, and being pragmatic. Time and time again Shakespeare showed us how impulsiveness leads to tragedy. First off, Capulet was a prudent, well-balanced person most of the time. When Paris told Capulet that he wanted to marry Juliet, Capu
Analysis of Witches in Macbeth In the play Macbeth by Shakespeare the three female witches play an important part in the development of the story. This essay will analyze the dramatic function of the witches in Act I of Macbeth. I think that the reason that Shakespeare begins the play with the witches is to gives us the impression that everything starts with the witches, that is they are the catalysts for everything that happens in the play. I think that the witches are also there to set the moo
Shylock is the Villian in Shakespeare\'s Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare\'s Merchant of Venice the antagonist of the play is Shylock. Shylock is a wealthy Jewish moneylender. Shylock is probably the most memorable character in the play because of Shakespeare\'s excellent characterization of him. Shylock is the antagonist in the play because he stands in the way of love, but this does not necessarily make him the villain of the play. Shylock can be seen as both the villain of the play and as a
An Analysis of British Literature Death is inevitable and what happens after death will always be a mystery to the living. For this reason, the afterlife has always been a topic which artists have chosen to explore in their works. Throughout the chronology of British literature, artists have used society\'s views as a basis to examine the afterlife, and look at it in new ways. The afterlife has been a theme in British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period of Beowulf to the twentieth century wri
Romeo and Juliet: The Betrayal of the Adults to Juliet In Shakespeare\'s Romeo and Juliet the adults betray Juliet because they are unable to understand her. Juliet\'s parents, Capulet and Lady Capulet, fail to understands Juliet\'s decision not to marry Paris. The Nurse fails Juliet by not supporting Juliet\'s decision to remain married to Romeo. The final adult to fail Juliet is Friar Lawrence who does not comprehend Juliet and Romeo\'s love for each other. These misunderstandings cause the ad
The British Renaissance Produced Many Types of Literature and Was Influenced By Shakespeare, Marlow, and Spenser The British Renaissance produced many types of literature for the world to see. Shakespeare, Spenser, and Marlowe all contributed to the shaping of the time period. Christopher Marlowe\'s "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" portrays one of the typical love poems that can be seen from the Renaissance. A man is in search of the love of another girl, or woman. Sir Walter Raleigh wrote
Summary of The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories set within a framing story of a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, the shrine of Saint Thomas à Becket. The poet joins a band of pilgrims, vividly described in the General Prologue, who assemble at the Tabard Inn outside London for the journey to Canterbury. Ranging in status from a Knight to a humble Plowman, they are a microcosm of 14th- century English society. The Host proposes a storytelling contest to pass the
Compare and Contrast: Oedipus and Othello When comparing and contrasting the character\'s Oedipus and Othello by means of the different theatrical practices, one must take in account that there have been many interpretations, and productions of each of their respected plays. The differing presentations of each may lead someone to think differently about the play than another would. In comparing and contrasting the dramatic representation of the protagonists Oedipus and Othello, theatrical presen
Dickinson vs. Whitman After receiving five years of schooling, Walt Whitman spent four years learning the printing trade; Emily Dickinson returned home after receiving schooling to be with her family and never really had a job. Walt Whitman spent most of his time observing people and New York City. Dickinson rarely left her house and she didn\'t associate with many people other than her family. In this essay I will be comparing Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Emily Dickinson\'s life differs gr
Eliot\'s Views of Sexuality as Revealed in the Behavior of Prufrock and Sweeney "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" tells the story of a single character, a timid, middle-aged man. Prufrock is talking or thinking to himself. The epigraph, a dramatic speech taken from Dante\'s "Inferno," provides a key to Prufrock\'s nature. Like Dante\'s character Prufrock is in "hell," in this case a hell of his own feelings. He is both the "you and I" of line one, pacing the city\'s grimy streets on his lone
Biography of Charles Dickens There is something about Charles Dickens\' imaginative power that defies explanation in purely biographical terms. Nevertheless, his biography shows the source of that power and is the best place to begin to define it. The second child of John and Elizabeth Dickens, Charles was born on February 7, 1812, near Portsmouth on England\'s south coast. At that time John Dickens was stationed in Portsmouth as a clerk in the Navy Pay Office. The family was of lower-middle-cla
Essay on Flowers and Shadows As darkness cloaks the mists of the story line; So who, one of the many unprevailling & vengeful victim of Jonan\'s Crumbling & destructive success, finally makes an appearance at the okwe\'s residence; leading the fall of Jonan\'s wealth and power. So who\'s vengeful plot brought him out of the shadows, where his controlled madness might have fooled the likes of Jonan for a while, but the latter\'s paranoia finally caught on and killed Sowho and itself; putting a re
Euthanasia: The Right to Die Euthanasia is a very controversial topic. People argue as to whether or not a person who is terminally ill, or handicap, should have the right or not to ask their doctor, or relatives to die by euthanasia. People say that dying by euthanasia is to die with dignity, instead of living an artificial life on respirators and other life support machines. My personal feelings on this topic is one of the minority. If a person is terminally ill, and there is nothing anyone ca
Fahrenheit 451: Books - A Part of Our Past One of the biggest issues raised in this book was the idea that people are starting to forget more about books and what they mean. People have started to take books for granted, instead of reading books they watch a movie or a program on the television. People do not realize that books, scrolls, manuscripts are a big part of our past. Since the beginning of time, people have been recording things they saw, did and took part in on birch bark and later ve
Fate in Romeo and Juliet In modern times, and in the Elizabethan era, fate plays an important role in people\'s lives. Many people believe it to be written in stone, and unchangeable. Many others believe it to be controlled by a person\'s own actions. In Romeo and Juliet, fate is one of the main themes, described as having power over many of the events in the play. Fate is often called upon, wondered about, and blamed for mishaps. However, where fate is blamed in the play as the ultimate cause f
Hamlet: Fate In our world today psychics try to predict what will happen in our futures. What may happen in the future is controlled by a power far higher than what can be seen by someone at the other end of a "1-900…" telephone number. The play Hamlet, by Shakespeare, presents a view of the world in which man\'s intellect is powerless to understand and predict the whims of Fate. Man is governed by an uncaring and perhaps deranged power. The characters of the play are in no way able to comprehen
Feminism in Jane Eyre Jay Sheldon Feminism has been a prominent and controversial topic in writings for the past two centuries. With novels such as Jane Austen\'s Pride and Prejudice, or even William Shakespeare\'s Macbeth the fascination over this subject by authors is evident. In Charlotte Bronte\'s Jane Eyre the main character, Jane Eyre, explores the depth at which women may act in society and finds her own boundaries in Victorian England. As well, along with the notions of feminism often fo
Charles Dickens: Biography INTRODUCTION This report will talk about the life of a famous author, Charles Dickens. It will tell you about his early, middle, and later years of his life. It will also talk about one of his great works of literature. In conclusion, this report will show a comparison of his work to his life. EARLY LIFE Charles Dickens was born at Landport, in Portsea, on February 7, 1812. His father was a clerk in the Navy Pay-Office, and was temporarily on duty in the neighborhood w
Charles Dicken\'s Novels: Literary Criticism Something about Charles Dickens and his ability to take his reader to unbelievable places with his imaginative powers allows him the honor of being the most popular English novelist of the 19th century. Dickens has thrilled his readers for many years with his down-to-earth stories about real people forced into real situations. Charles Dickens has the ability to tell his stories from personal experiences. He fine-tuned his ability to tell his own story
A Biography of Charles Dickens There is something about Charles Dickens\' imaginative power that defies explanation in purely biographical terms. Nevertheless, his biography shows the source of that power and is the best place to begin to define it. The second child of John and Elizabeth Dickens, Charles was born on February 7, 1812, near Portsmouth on England\'s south coast. At that time John Dickens was stationed in Portsmouth as a clerk in the Navy Pay Office. The family was of lower-middle-c