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A Comparative Study of the Protagonists in One Flew Over the 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, does not mean t
A Critical Analysis Of King Leer\'s Daughters\'Attraction To Edmund. Shakespeare’ King Lear is a story of treachery and deceit. The villainy of the play knows no bounds. Family lines are ignored in an overwhelming quest for power. This villainy is epitomized in the character of Edmund, bastard son of the Earl of Gloucester. Edmund is displayed as a most toad-spotted traitor. When we first see Edmund, he is already knee deep in treachery. His need for power has already clouded his mind to the ext
A Hero A hero is often a man that is usually of divine ancestry. A hero or heroine can be found in many different forms. There are certain characteristics that make up a hero or a heroine. Some of those characteristics are someone who is endowed with great courage, loyalty, obedience, cleverness, strength and someone who is noted for special achievement in a particular field. Depending on the book or the character a hero or heroine could show one heroic characteristics or more and still consider
Achilles\' Doom “To be, or not to be, that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them.” Though written centuries after the death of Achilles, this quote from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” speaks honestly of his life. The epic poem, “The Iliad” of Homer, is a story of the journey of his soul, and his attempts to escape his fate. He questions his fate set out for him by the gods
Ahab’s Evil Quest: Melville’s Symbols In Moby-Dick Ahab’s Evil Quest: Melville’s Symbols in Moby-Dick Herman Melville began working on his epic novel Moby-Dick in 1850, writing it primarily as a report on the whaling voyages he undertook in the 1830s and early 1840s. Many critics suppose that his initial book did not contain characters such as Ahab, Starbuck, or even Moby Dick, but the summer of 1850 changed Melville’s writing and his masterpiece. He became friends with author Nathaniel Hawthorn
An AnalysisDeath In British Literature British Literature Essay 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
Analysis of Shylock In ShakespeareÆs 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 man wh
Analysis of Witches in Macbeth 1/7/97 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
Analyzing the struggle for power in four novels Analyzing The Struggle For Power In Four Novels 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 character and his cau
Animal Imagery In Hamlet In Shakespeare\'s play, Hamlet, animalistic imagery is seen throughout the play and intertwines many characters. There are two main types of animalistic behaviors seen in the play. First there are the common predator-prey relationships that are visible in all animalistic societies. In the animal kingdom there is a food chain where some smarter or more cunning animal hunts or tracks down the weaker animal, thus a predator-prey relationship. Second is the idea that the peo
Appearance Vs. Reality In Hamlet Hamlet one of Shakespeare\'s greatest plays, where the young prince of Denmark must uncover the truth about his fathers death. Hamlet a play that tells the story of a young prince who\'s father recently died. Hamlets uncle Claudius marries his mother the queen and takes the throne. As the play is told Hamlet finds out his father was murdered by the recently crowned king. The theme that remains constant throughout the play is appearance versus reality. Things with
Apperence Vs. Reality Hamlet one of Shakespeare\'s greatest plays, where the young prince of Denmark must uncover the truth about his fathers death. Hamlet a play that tells the story of a young prince who\'s father recently died. Hamlets uncle Claudius marries his mother the queen and takes the throne. As the play is told Hamlet finds out his father was murdered by the recently crowned king. The theme that remains constant throughout the play is appearance versus reality. Things within the play
Beowulf Essay Over time, things change. Sometimes there is nothing we can do about it, other times we can do something about it, but are too hesitant to do it, so it happens anyways. Change can be for the good, or for the bad, it all depends on what is needed to improve society, and what is wanted to improve language. In Beowulf, Old English, a period from 449 to1066a.d, is used and it is so unrecognizable, we need English professors to give us a translation of what the writing means. William Sh
Betrayl of the Adults to Juliet March 21, 1994 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 ea
Brave NewWorld Many fascinating aspects in regard to the nature of human society are presented in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Through creating a utopian society, Huxley addresses three issues that I find compelling. The first issue is the process of making people happy through meeting the fundamental needs of man: food, clothing, and shelter, using a class system. Huxley also presents how to establish a stable society. Another point regarding the nature of human society is Huxley’s portraya
Brilliant Folly: The Role Of Feste In William Shakespeare\'s comedy Twelfth Night, it is ironic how many times the fool is said to be dishonest, when, in fact, his role proves entirely opposite. Though sometimes the characters do not realize his hidden messages, the reader can instantly comprehend Feste\'s figurative language, which is evident in every scene in which the fool appears. Whether he is singing to Orsino, arguing with Malvolio, or playing around with Viola, Feste always manages to sn
Bringing It All Together The Epilogue of the Tempest by William Shakespeare is an excellent -- if not the best -- example of Shakespeare\'s brilliance. In 20 lines Shakespeare is able to write an excellent ending to his play, while speaking through his characters about Shakespeare\'s own life and career. Even more amazingly, he seemlessly ties the two together. In the context of the story Prospero\'s monologue makes perfect sense. He has lost his magical power, so his charms are o\'erthrown, and
British Reniassance 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 a poem in response to this passage of Marlowe’s entitled "The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd."
Brutus’ Conflict Between Honor And Responicibility A Paper On Brutus’ Conflict Between Passion and Responsibility Throughout the play “Julius Caesar,” by William Shakespeare, Brutus is torn between passion and responsibility. There are three very good examples of this, the first being, obviously, Brutus’ mental conflict dealing with the conspiracy surrounding Caesar’s assassination. Less obvious number two, the conflict between himself and Cassius, dealing with Cassius less than noble hoarding o
Caesar Julius Caesar 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 which have been immortalized
Canterbury Tales 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 pa
Censorship in Public Schools Censorship in Public Schools -A principal in a California high school bans five books written by Richard Brautigan because he thinks they might contain "obscenities or offensive sexual references" (Berger 59). -A Vermont high school librarian is forced to resign because she fought the school board\'s decision to remove Richard Price\'s The Wanderers, and to "restrict" the use of Stephen King\'s Carrie and Patrick Mann\'s Dog Day Afternoon (Jones 33). -An Indiana scho
Comparing 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 presentation, cost
Critical Abstract-MacBeth I. “The Tragic Essence” by Margaret Webster II. Source: Class Handout III. “In MacBeth, the subtle power of darkness becomes all-pervading; it takes the form of “supernatural soliciting,” it employs “instruments of darkness,” it drenches the play in blackness and in blood, poisons the air with fear, preys on bloated and diseased imaginings, turns feasting to terror and the innocent sleep to nightmare, and employs a terrible irony of destruction in the accomplishment of
Darkness in Shakespeare\'s 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 fi
Darkness Imagery In Macbeth Darkness Imagery in William Shakespeare\'s Macbeth Ambition and evil are the basic elements in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Macbeth is a tragedy which was written by Shakespeare in the Elizabethan Era. There was much use of Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland as it was necessary for creating the environments and situations in the play. Macbeth takes place mainly in Scotland and is a play about an ambitious thane, named Macbeth, and his w
DECEPTION IN OTHELLO Deception, which by its definition is a bad thing and has only one level or degree, is truly not this way at all. Deception appears many times in Othello, but in almost every incident the degree of deception is different. There are only a few characters that use deception, and those characters all use different degrees of deception to get what they want in the play. Deception is almost always used through verbal language or body language because it is the easiest way to dece
Defending A Man\'s Honor Defending a Man’s Honor The main male characters in Shakespeare’s play Othello kill their wives in order to defend their own honor. In the period setting of the play, to show honor, women are expected to be subservient to their husbands. The characters Iago and Othello reflect this attitude toward their respective wives, giving them reason to feel just in killing these women. Iago kills Emilia because she dishonors him by revealing his manipulation of Othello and Cassio.
Dickinson vs Whitman 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 Dickinso
Different image of the wife between sixteenth centuries and t Different image 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
discussion of masculinity and feminity in MIGUEL STREET 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, b
Dont Judge A Book By It\'s Cover:A Twelfth Night Comparrison Of Feste And Sir Andrew Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover Looks can be deceiving, and in the case of Sir Andrew and Feste the fool, the statement certainly applies. Looking at the personalities of these two characters throughout Twelfth Night, no one will see that each character is the exact opposite of each other. Their comparison is their contrast. The first, Sir Andrew, is of “foolish wit”, who looks that part he is supposed to play
Eliot\'s Views of Sexuality as revealed in the behavior of Pru 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
Essay on Flowers & Shadows 4th Essay on Flowers & Shadows As darkness cloaks the mists of the story line; Sowho, 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. Sowho\'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 Sow
EUTHANASIA- The Right To Die 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, a
Fate\'s Misfortune 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 for a mis
Feelings 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 stated we are
Femenism in Jane Eyre Feminism in Jane Eyre Jay Sheldon English 101 MWF 11:00 - 12:00 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.
Finding Courage To Die Finding Courage to Die In William Shakespeare\'s "Hamlet" we see a young man paralyzed with grief over his father. So much so that he is believed to have gone mad. Hamlet is such a complex character that one must look deeply to find what drives him. Did he really have the courage to kill the king or was it madness? Hamlet\'s character will be illuminated by explaining both soliloquies and finally Hamlet himself. "To be, or not to be, that is the question," (Beaty, 1348) is
Focus Statement Essay: Romeo & Juliet David Cunha English 1 Honors pd. 4 Focus Statement Essay: Romeo Juliet In the Shakespearean play, Romeo Juliet, aggression is represented in different ways by the different characters in the play. Tybalt, Romeo, Benvolio, and the others all have their own way of dealing with hate and anger. Some do nothing but hate while others can’t stand to see even the smallest of quarrels take place. Tybalt is one the few characters, if not the only, that hates through t
Fools In _King Lear_ Erik Irre April 26, 1999 Fools and Kings Shakespeare\'s dynamic use of irony in King Lear aids the microcosmic illustration of not only 16th century Britain, but of all times and places. The theme that best develops this illustration is the discussion of fools and their foolishness. This discussion allows Shakespeare not only to portray human nature, but also to elicit a sort of Socratic introspection into the nature of society\'s own ignorance as well. One type of fool that
Forces of Corruption in The Great Gatsby The theme of human corruption, its sources and consenquences, is a coomon concern among writers from Shakespeare through J.D Salinger. Some suggest that it attacks from outside, while others depict corruption occuring from within the individual. In the case if The Great Gatsby and it\'s protagonist\'s fate, Fizgerald shows both factors at work. The moral climate of the Roaring Twenties, Daisy Fay Buchanan\'s pernicious hold on him, and Jay Gatsby\'s own n
Grecian Urn A Word Is Worth a Thousand Pictures? Shakespeare\'s sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee to a summer\'s day?") and Keats\' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" were written with a common purpose in mind; to immortalize the subjects of their poems by writing them down in verses for people to read for generations to come. By doing so, both of the poets are preserving the beauty of the subjects, which are the young friend of Shakespeare and Keats\' "Grecian Urn." Beginning with Sonnet 18, and continuing
Hamlet By Shakespeare Hamlet\'s Sanity Hamlet appears to be insane, after Polonius\'s death, in act IV scene II. There are indications, though, that persuade me to think other wise. Certainly, Hamlet has plenty of reasons to be insane at this point. His day has been hectic--he finally determined Claudius had killed his father, the chance to kill Claudius confronted him, he comes very close to convincing Gertrude that Claudius killed his father, he accidentally kills Polonius, and finally the gho
Hamlet, Defined As A Tragedy The Tragedy of Hamlet Arguably the best piece of writing ever done by William Shakespeare, Hamlet is the classic example of a tragedy. In all tragedies the tragic hero endures and struggles, and then they usually end happy still offering some hope. Othello stabs himself, Romeo and Juliet commit suicide, Brutis falls on his sword, and like them Hamlet dies by getting cut with a poison tipped sword. But that is not all that is needed to consider a play a tragedy, and s
Hamlet, Laertes & Fortinbras: Avenging Their Fathers In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the theme of revenge is very palpable as the reader examines the characters of Hamlet himself, as well as Laertes, son of Polonius, and Fortinbras, prince of Norway and son of the late King Fortinbras. Each of these young characters felt the need to avenge the deaths of their fathers who they felt were untimely killed at the bloody hands of their murderers. However, the way each chose to go about this
Hamlet Mood Essay Hamlet Mood Essay Act 1 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an important act of the play because it sets the reader up with the mood of the play through conversations and events that happen. These moods set up are mysterious, mournful, and revengeful. With these moods set in place they will most likely determine the actions of Hamlet and other events that unfold throughout this tragedy. Right away in the first scene and a few others you can see that there is a going to be a mysterious m
Hamlet ‘Hamlet’ (2000) Critique When we watch movies, we look for entertainment. That is the only reason why theatrical movies are created. Movies create entertainment which creates money. When Shakespeare wrote “Hamlet” to be performed in front of hundreds, he aimed at entertainment. But, the key to the movie business, is relevance. If your movie has no relevance, your movie is garbage and makes no money. Mr. Almereyda aimed for this exact quality when deciding to make a multi-million dollar mo
Hemingway\'s In Our Time 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 occasi
henry the fourth HENRY THE FOURTH ESSAY In the play “Henry the fourth” written by William Shakespeare is triumphant and denial. There is a prince named Hal that does not act like a prince that you think a prince would and fat man named Falstaff that is his friend. In this play we see that the prince changes when his father and his country need him from a hooligan of a prince to a prince that is tough and noble. I will show in steps how prince Hal turns from “Pal Hal” to “Sweet hope”. In the star