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Othello: Iago - "O, beware, my lord, of Jealousy" This essay is about William Shakespeare\'s Othello. It focuses on Iago\'s words to Othello, “O, beware, my lord, of Jealousy. It is the green-eyed monster.” in act 3, scene 3 and just how important this warning was not only for Othello, but also for Roderigo and for Iago. Before considering the importance of Iago\'s words, it is important to define what jealousy means. According to The New Lexicon Webster\'s Encylopedic Dictionary of the English
Othello: Iago Makes Othello Believe His Wife Is Having An Affair In Shakespeare\'s "Othello," Iago carefully and masterfully entraps Othello into believing that his wife, Desdemona, is having an affair with Cassio. He does this through a series of suggestions and hesitations that entice and implant images into Othello\'s head that lead him to his own demise. More importantly, Iago gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent wife Desdemona, satisfying Iago\'s immense appetite for revenge.
Othello and King Lear: A comparison If Shakespeare was alive today it is certain that there would be a lot written about him. We would read reviews of his new plays in newspapers, articles about his poetry in the literary papers, and gossip about his love life and his taste in clothes splashed across the glossy magazines. His views about everything under the sun, from the government to kitchen furniture, would probably appear regularly in the colour supplements. His face would be familiar on tel
Othello: Othello A Tragic Hero If one reads Shakespeare\'s Othello, they can come to the conclusion that it might be one of the his most tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, is probably the most famous of his tragic plays, but Othello, has characteristics that, I think make it even more tragic then his other plays, and therefore for that reason, you can say that Othello is the most tragic hero. Othello is a noble man, one who has grace with the ladies but also possesses al
"Perfectly Imperfect: The Shakespeare Story" Few authors today write with such universal understanding that their works will be popular with all types of people, and so successfully that their work survives centuries. These authors posses qualities we can seldom identify in their lifetimes. Yet we do know this -- William Shakespeare was one of them. William Shakespeare\'s parents were John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. John Shakespeare was born in 1529. His father was a small tenant farmer in Snit
Macbeth: Power Is The Paradox People have a hard time getting what they want; in fact, the things they want can be incompatible with each other. In Shakespeare\'s Macbeth, the protagonist is lured to murder the king, Duncan, by the desire for power, an appetite honed by witch\'s prophecies and his wife\'s encouragement. But when he reaches the kingship, he finds himself insecure. He attempts to remove threats that decrease his security, including his companion Banquo and his son Fleance, predict
Questionable Heros in the Play Julius Caesar Julius Caesar, a play written by the famous play-write William Shakespeare, had many characters who could have been questioned in terms of their motives and will. Some may have had good intentions, but others were revealed to have other things in mind than the well-being of the Romans. The aim of this paper is to take a look at why the main people in this tragedy did what they did. Julius Caesar, the center of the big ordeal, is the first logical pers
The Tempest: Raging Waters Brad Fletcher The magic in The Tempest was able to create many abnormal happenings as well as different feelings that are shown through the characters of Milan. There were two different types of magic that were shown one was represented by witches and wizards, this type of magic was not the beneficial type of magic. The beneficial type of magic was created by studies that were done in secret and used to discover new forces, and to study the greater effects of physics.
Reality vs. Illusion Michael Cioffi Outline I. Introduction A. Introduce topic 1. Reality and illusion 2. Confusion between the two II. First Body A. Othello 1.Othello is a great example 2. Iago gains revenge through this III. Second Body A. Othello 1. Out of revenge 2. Iago uses his plan IV. Conclusion A. Reality vs. Illusion 1. Confusion between the two 2. Iago knows how to get his way Reality and illusions are two words which may be confused among people reading or learning about this sort of
Re-educating A King: King Lear\'s Self-Awareness Halfway down Hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade! Methinks he seems no bigger than his head: The fisherman that walk along the beach Appear like mice. Although this quote from Shakespeare\'s King Lear is made by Poor Tom to his unknowing father Gloucester about the terrain far below them, it accurately summarizes the plight of the mad king. Lear is out of touch with his surroundings, riding high upon the wave of power associated with t
Hamlet: Revenge Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic play consisting of numerous deaths. The deaths that took place played a very important role in the unfolding of the play. In reading this play the reader can almost guess who was going to die. A prince named Hamlet is the main character. Hamlet is a college student who one day planned to take over the throne in Denmark, but treachery would spoil all of Hamlet\'s plans. The King, Hamlet\'s father, was found dead in an orchard where he sp
Richard III Michael Williams 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 w
Romeo and Juliet: Tragedy, Love Story or Both? Shakespeare\'s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is the tale of two lovers who take their lives for each other when their love is hindered by their feuding parents. After reading Romeo and Juliet, apparently a tragedy, I would say that this story contains aspects of both a love story and a tragedy. The tale of two teenagers who fall in love at first sight and then marry, become true lovers and then risk it all for their love cannot surely be all tragedy. H
Romeo and Juliet As A Tragedy Shakespeare\'s Romeo and Juliet is his eleventh play. It is with no doubt a tragedy. Shakespeare has included all the necessary elements for a tragedy. The play has a tragic hero of high standing who dies. The hero opposes some conflicting force. The hero has a tragic flaw and this flaw will lead to his downfall and the downfall of others. Good is always wasted driving out evil. Indeed, Shakespeare\'s Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is the
Romeo and Juliet: The Theme of Death Slash, cling, clank these are the sounds that are heard in a sword fight as a man is killed. In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare the theme death is portrayed many times by the characters Marcutio, Romeo, and Juliet. The first instance of the theme death was in act 3 when Marcutio challenged Tybalt to a sword fight. "Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find a grave man."(Act three, scene 1, line 104.) Also as Marcutio is dying he says "Help me i
Romeo and Juliet versus West Side Story By Kirk Forte\' Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, two timeless dramas that will live forever. Although both of these stories have many similarities, there are also many differences. These differences include the differences in sililoquy, the fact that Maria doesn\'t die, the fact that we never see Tony or Maria\'s parents, as well as the issues of marriage, the importance of gangs and families to each story. To understand these differences, I have read an
Romeo and Juliet: Forbidden Love Leads To Death We just finished reading the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. In this play we are introduced to the tragic story of their forbidden "love" which ultimately leads to their deaths. Although Romeo and Juliet is considered to be a timeless love story, I find Romeo to be too immature for this to be so. When we are first introduced to Romeo, he is involved with a girl by the name of Rosaline. Benvolio inquired about Romeo\'s situation with h
Romeo and Juliet: Act III, Scene V Act III, Scene V of Romeo and Juliet is significant for it is the most pivotal scene of this tragic play. Although prior scenes present extreme circumstances, this scene reveals the results of past activities and begins a series of tragic misunderstandings and fatal reactions. Transformations occuring amongst characters and their relationships with one another and the tone of the play are revealed in this scene. Through language, Shakespeare presents these chan
Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare\'s Metaphor Of Comparing Man To Plants To express his view of good and evil in every man, William Shakespeare writes lines that Friar Laurence reveals in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet which compare man to plants, focusing on the common trait they hold of having two contrasting components in their being. Throughout history, there has always been a conflict with the view of goodness and evilness in man. The philosopher Plato believed that man was born with a natural
Romeo and Juliet: Fate Throughout Shakespeare\'s tragedy Romeo and Juliet, fate manifests itself causing the destruction of many lives. Fate drastically affects the lives of Romeo, Juliet, and Tybalt throughout the tragedy. Destined to bump into the servant, Romeo discovers the Capulets party. Romeo goes to find Rosaline at Capulets party yet fate leads him to meet Juliet. He wants the outside power that rules his life to "steerage [his] course and direct [his] sail" (Act 1, Scene 5, Pg. 403) fo
Romeo and Juliet: Love and Hate In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare wrote the story of two lover\'s Romeo and Juliet. The love of Romeo and Juliet was a great and unforgettable love. The two cross star lovers had shared their love and hate to each other. The families had to have love and hate or story would have been so good. The fight of Merutio and Tybalt was an act of hate between the two societies. In that sence Romeo had to show his hate by killing Tybalt. Romeo just got marry and now kills th
Banning of the Book/Play Romeo And Juliet 1. Brief Summary of the Play The story is happening in the city of Verona, where two respectful houses, Montague and Capulet, are in rage for many years. The sun of Montague, Romeo, is deeply in love with Rosaline. As a "cure" for his love, his friend, Benvolio, suggests that he will go under disguise to a party in Capulet house. Romeo arrives at the party, where he meets Juliet, the daughter of Capulet, and both fall in love immediately. Only after the
King Lear: Sequences Which Display The Varying Perceptions of Different Characters In Shakespeare\'s King Lear, there are several sequences which display the varying perceptions of different characters. The perceptions of the characters often differs because of what they are able to see and also in their nature. Such factors obstruct their vision, not allowing them to see clearly. One sequence which may illustrate this is the banishing of Cordelia after she refuses Lear\'s test of love. Another
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 desi
Comparison of Shakespeare\'s Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116 William Shakespeare, in his Sonnet 73 and Sonnet 116, sets forth his vision of the unchanging, persistent and immovable nature of true love. According to Shakespeare, love is truly "till death do us part," and possibly beyond. Physical infirmity, the ravages of age, or even one\'s partner\'s inconstancy have no effect upon the affections of one who sincerely loves. His notion of love is not a romantic one in which an idealized vision of a lov
Shakespeare: Biography William Shakespeare was a great English playwright, dramatist and poet who lived during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest playwright of all time. No other writer\'s plays have been produced so many times or read so widely in so many countries as his. Shakespeare was born to middle class parents. His father, John, was a Stratford businessman. He was a glove maker who owned a leather shop. John Shakespeare was a
Essay About Criticism of Shakespeare\'s Plays When attempting to read criticism of Shakespeare plays one idea is clear: if the review was written more than five or ten years ago the essay is likely to be exclusive when it comes to the women in Shakespeare. Little attention had been given to the women of Shakespeare prior to the seventies feminist movement. The women in King Lear deserve attention just as women in every Shakespearean play do. A common idea among critics is that the women perpetua
Shakespeare\'s World Almost every nation on earth reads, studies and performs the works of William Shakespeare. No writer of any country, nor any age, has ever enjoyed such universal popularity. Neither has any writer been so praised. As William Hazlitt observed, "The most striking peculiarity of Shakespeare\'s mind was it\'s generic quality, its power of communication with all other minds." It is perhaps this quality that has earned Shakespeare the supreme accolade, that of lending his name to
Shakespeare and his Theater Compared to the technical theaters of today, the London public theaters in the time of Queen Elizabeth I seem to be terribly limited. The plays had to be performed during daylight hours only and the stage scenery had to be kept very simple with just a table, a chair, a throne, and maybe a tree to symbolize a forest. Many say that these limitations were in a sense advantages. What the theater today can show for us realistically, with massive scenery and electric lighti
Shakespeare\'s The Comedy of Errors The Comedy of Errors was Shakespeare\'s first comedy. It is a light yet dramatic play about a family of twins, their parents, and their twin servants, who have been separated for over twenty years due to a tragic accident at sea. The story, following the usual format of Shakespeare\'s work occurs and is concluded all in one day. The twins run into each other the whole day through and are mistaken for each other more than once. This confusion makes the tragedy
Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann\'s Romeo and Juliet Sex, drugs, and violence are usually a potent combination, and only William Shakespeare could develop them into a masterful, poetic, and elegant story. In the play, "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet," all these aspects of teenage life absorb the reader or watcher. It is understood that Hollywood would try to imitate this masterpiece on screen, and it has done so in two films: Franco Zeffirelli\'s 1968 "Romeo and Juliet" and Baz Luhrmann\'s 19
Shakespeare\'s Sonnet 19 In his Sonnet 19, Shakespeare presents the timeless theme of Time\'s mutability. As the lover apostrophizes Time, one might expect him to address "old Time" as inconstant, for such an epithet implies time\'s changeability. But inconstant also suggests capricious, and the lover finds time more grave than whimsical in its alterations. With the epithet "devouring" he addresses a greedy, ravenous hunger, a Time that is wastefully destructive. Conceding to Time its wrongs, th
Doubt of Shakespeare\'s Authorship of His Plays Over the years, various persons have expressed doubt as to the authorship of William Shakespeare. These doubts are as old as his plays. American author, Henry James once said, "I am haunted by the conviction that the divine William is the biggest and the most successful fraud ever practiced on a patient world. (Hoffman 27) On the other hand, author Calvin Hoffman was convinced that Shakespeare was "the author of the most magnificent English dramati
The Taming of the Shrew: Summary The Taming of the Shrew is one of the earliest comedies written by sixteenth and seventeenth century English bard, William Shakespeare. Some scholars believe it may have been his first work written for the stage as well as his first comedy (Shakespearean 310). The earliest record of it being performed on stage is in 1593 or 1594. It is thought by many to be one of Shakespeare\'s most immature plays (Cyclopedia 1106). In The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio was the
Shakespeare\'s Definition of a Ghost The American Heritage Dictionary, published in 1973, defines a ghost as, "the spirit or shade of a dead person, supposed to haunt living persons or former habitats." Unfortunately, this simple definition does not explain where a ghost comes from or why it haunts. When used in the context of Shakespeare\'s Hamlet, this definition seems to suggest that the ghost who visits Hamlet truly is his dead father seeking revenge. To the modern reader, this straightforwa
The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - Victim or Villain In 1594 the Earl of Essex, an English Nobleman who lived during the Elizabethan period in England, was actively involved in the persecution and trials of Roderigo Lopez. Lopez was a Jew of Portuguese descent, who was wrongly accused of attempting to poison the Queen of England, for reasons never fully explained. Lopez, being the Queen\'s royal physician, was in no position to defend himself once he was accused. Essex, who provided the evidence
The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - An in-depth character analysis Often, The character Shylock, in Shakespeare\'s The Merchant of Venice, is portrayed as a beastly monstrosity, with a lust for Antonio\'s life. Through a more careful examination it can be determined that Shylock was an upstanding member of his community, who endured abuse, forgave easily, and upheld the customs and law. Shylock endured much of Antonio\'s abuse, overt a long period of time. This can be seen by the sheer volume of d
Sir John Falstaff\'s Influence on Prince Hal in I Henry IV In Shakespearean histories, there is always one individual who influences the major character and considerably advances the plot. In I Henry IV by William Shakespeare, Falstaff is such a character. Sir John Falstaff is perhaps the most complex comic character ever invented. He carries a dignified presence in the mind\'s eye; and in him, we recognize our internal admiration and jealousy of the rebellious dual personality that we all secre
The Soliloquies of Hamlet Authors use various literary elements to give insight into the mental composition of their characters. In Shakespeare\'s “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,” we can trace Hamlet\'s mental process through his soliloquies. Hamlet\'s first soliloquy reveals him to be thoroughly disgusted with Gertrude, Claudius, and the world in general. “How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, seem to me all the uses of this world” (1284), he said. He is saddened by the death of his father, who
Suffering In Shakespeare\'s Plays How does suffering affect one\'s actions? Do different types of suffering affect one in different ways? This paper seeks to determine how William Shakespeare\'s character\'s respond to various types of suffering. Suffering can be defined in two ways; physical suffering, in which the character is inflicted with physical pain and trauma, and emotional suffering, where the character suffers an emotional trauma or loss. In The Tempest, the physically traumatized cha
The Taming of the Shrew: Katherine In William Shakespeare\'s play, The Taming of the Shrew, the shrew played by Katherine, had a terrible outlook on life and just about everything else. Her negativity caused by her younger, more beautiful sister Bianca. Bianca wanted to get married. She had all of the men\'s hearts, Katherine had none. If Katherine got married then Bianca could get married. She truly was a shrew who needed to be tamed. Then Petruchio came to Padua. Petruchio couldtame Katherine
The Merchant of Venice: The Relationship between Antonio and Bassanio Antonio, the protagonist of the story, is extremely good friends with Bassanio. I have come up on a hypothesis that Antonio is gay and Bassanio is a bisexual. Antonio seems to like Bassanio in a romantic way. Antonio is a male. Bassanio is a male. Bassanio likes Antonio in a romantic way and also loves Portia, a female. Also, there is another pair who I am suspicious about. They are Salanio and Salerio. The reason is that they
The Character of Macbeth The play \'Macbeth\' is a portrait of one man, Macbeth, showing how he changes. Although we are presented with his deterioration from good to evil, we can see his human side throughout the play, which makes it a tragedy. It is the shortest of Shakespeare\'s tragedies, and has a very fast pace. Once Macbeth\'s ambition has ‘set the ball rolling\', events happen quickly in the play as it gathers momentum. The themes of ‘Macbeth\' are ambition, effects of evil, and violence
Macbeth: Darkness, Evil and Tragedy Macbeth is a play full of darkness, evil, and tragedy. It is the story of a man who goes against his conscience and commits a horrible deed which leads to his destruction and loss of everything he has around him. This includes the relationship he has with his wife, Lady Macbeth. In the end, he can blame no one but himself. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a very strong relationship and this deteriorates later. Act 1 Scene 5 is a key
The Downfall of Lady Macbeth Macbeth is a play full of magic, mystery, and murder. The variety of plots, as well as the interesting characters, force the reader to pay full attention at all times. Unfortunately, one of these characters is a victim of her own imagination. Although Lady Macbeth adds much positive flavour to the play, her character is revealed through her aggressive attitude with her husband, her inhumane disregard for life, and her guilty conscience. Lady Macbeth is very assertive
The Downfall of Macbeth Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tragedy can be classified by one of two theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force; namely the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his own actions and inevitable downfall. M
The Effects of the Speeches of Brutus and Antony Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare\'s greatest works. It\'s about a group of conspirators who kill their king, Julius, in order to be free. Antony, opposed to the assassination, felt that he should avenge Julius\'s death. He delivered a speech that convinced the Romans that the murder was unjust, invoking their rebellion. Brutus, head of the conspiracy, also gave a good speech, but the Romans didn\'t react to it. A battle erupted, and most of the
Romeo and Juliet: Romeo - A Tragic Hero Shakespeare is a well known author who wrote in the 1500\'s. Many of his plays are classified as tragedies. According to the Oxford dictionary of current English, a tragedy is described as a serious disaster or a sad event. In Shakespeare plays, tragedy is identified as a story that ends unhappily due to the fall of the protagonist, which is the tragic hero. For a play to be a tragedy, there must be a tragic hero. In the play Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is the
Macbeth: Macbeth - A Human To A Killer In Shakespeare\'s play Macbeth the character Macbeth proves to be somewhat dynamic in his human representation. He starts off as being very human; he is actually a war-hero. However the seed of change is planted right away when he meets the witches and they tell him their prophecy of him becoming king. This makes Macbeth ambitious, and it leads to his demise. Once he kills Duncan the change rapidly begins to accelerate. By the end of the play, and Macbeth\'
Shakespeare\'s Use of Trickery and Disguise In His Plays Shakespeare uses similar comic elements to effect similar outcomes in his works. Many of his plays utilize trickery and disguise to accomplish similar endings. Trickery plays a major role in The Merchant of Venice and drives most of the action, while mistaken identity, specifically Portia\'s disguise as the "learned attorney\'s" representative, plays a major role in the resolution of the play. The first instance of trickery in the play is