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In Shakespeare's Othello, Iago carefully and mas
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 in Othello\'s head that lead him to his demise. But what is more important is, he gives Othello the motive to murder his own innocent Desdemona, satisfying Iago\'s immense appetite for revenge. The motive for Iago\'s devious plan is initially made clear in t...

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Othello, Fiction, Literature, William Shakespeare, Iago, Emilia, Michael Cassio, Roderigo, Otello, Desdemona, Brabantio, Irony
Antiheroism has always been an interesting aspect
of a character that authors have chosen to illustrate. In literature, there has been countless antiheroic characters, from Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo\'s Nest and Allie Fox in The Mosquito Coast, to others as famous as Robin Hood and ... By literary definition, an antihero is the "hero" of the play or novel, but has negative attributes which separate him or her from the classic hero such as Superman. Such negative aspects may include a violent nature, use of coarse language, or...

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Characters in Hamlet, Fiction, Literature, English-language films, British films, Films, Prince Hamlet, Hamlet, Gertrude, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Ophelia, Laertes
In Much Ado About Nothing, most of the characters
had interesting relationships with each other. For example, Hero and Claudio, were deeply in love. Also, Don Juan, and Don John were fighting with each other. Another example was the close friendship between Benedick, Claudio, and Don Juan. But the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice was different than the others. In their relationship, they hated each other, that brought them together. Their personalities were so similar, that it made them sick of each other, but the similarities in the...

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English-language films, Film, Cinema of the United States, Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare, Beatrice Baudelaire
The secular and religious views of both, Antonio a
nd Shylock, were portrayed very bluntly. The religious opinions of both characters were that their religion was superior to infidels and also very stereotypical. In the business world, Antonio owned ships with valuable goods and was extremely generous. He always relied on their return to shore and expressed his faith in this book. On the other hand, Shylock was a greedy man and used the Bible for sources of interest to collect more money. Relating to religious views Antonio and Shylock were very...

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Philosophy of religion, Shylock, Religion, Literature, Antonio, Miser, Infidel, The Merchant of Venice
Many people are villainous in the way they act, an
d their villainous acts may be rooted in the desire to destroy others, or in the hopes of elevating themselves. Many people may only act "villainous" in reaction to the way they have been treated in the past. Shylock the Jew is the villain or antagonist in the play .The Merchant of Venice.. Shylock mistreats Antonio the Christian, his daughter, Jessica and Launcelot. The first person Shylock mistreats, is Launcelot. He mistreats this servant by complaining behind Launcelot\'s back of his lazines...

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Film, Literature, Italian films, William Shakespeare, British films, English-language films, Orientalism, The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Antonio, Miser, The Maori Merchant of Venice
The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a
Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many factors that contribute to the degeneration of Macbeth of which three will be discussed. The three points which contribute greatly to Macbeth\'s degeneration are the prophecy which was told to him by the witches, how Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeth\'s judgment, and finally Macbeth\'s long time ambition which drove his desire to be king. Macbeth\'s growing character degenerates from a noble man to violent individual. The prophecies that w...

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Characters in Macbeth, English-language films, Fiction, Film, William Shakespeare, British films, Regicides, House of Moray, Macbeth, King Duncan, Gruoch of Scotland, Three Witches
William Shakespeare wrote four great tragedies, th
e last of which was written in 1606 and titled Macbeth. This "tragedy", as it is considered by societal critics of yesterday\'s literary world, scrutinizes the evil dimension of conflict, offering a dark and gloomy atmosphere of a world dominated by the powers ofdarkness. Macbeth, more so than any of Shakespeare\'s other tragic protagonists, has to face the powers and decide: should he succumb or should he resist? Macbeth understands the reasons for resisting evil and yet he proceeds with a disa...

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Characters in Macbeth, Macbeth, English-language films, Fiction, Film, British films, Australian films, House of Moray, Macduff, Three Witches, Banquo, Malcolm
Upon hearing the witches prophecies, Macbeth is se
t on a path of deterioration that causes him to become blinded by ambition. Lacy Macbeth aids in his downfall, as she pushes him to become so ambitious that it eventually kills him. Lady Macbeth’s icy-ness acts as the horse which takes him down the path he can’t return from. He suffers mentally, at first, by getting tormented by his power-hungry wife. Then, when she dies, it is her soul that causes Macbeth to get tormented by his own over-ambitious self. Macbeth encounters the three witches whil...

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Characters in Macbeth, English-language films, Fiction, Macbeth, Literature, British films, Regicides, Banquo, Three Witches, Malcolm, Thane of Cawdor, Gruoch of Scotland
In the play Macbeth, there were many interesting
In the play "Macbeth," there were many interesting sectionswhich could be concentrated on due to the suspense and the involvement of the supernatural. The use of the supernatural in the witches, the visions, the ghost, and the apparitions is a key element in making the concept of the play work and in making the play interesting. Looking through each Act and Scene of the play, it is noticed that the supernatural is definitely a major factor on the play\'s style. The use of the supernatural occurs...

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Characters in Macbeth, Macbeth, English-language films, Fiction, Literature, British films, Regicides, House of Moray, Three Witches, Banquo, Macduff, King Duncan
The downfall of Macbeth was a great tragedy. He kn
ew it was not right to kill the king, but he felt he had no other choice. He was trapped into doing wrong. Lady Macbeth gave him the evil ideas throughout the play. She was his driving force. Without her, Macbeth wouldn’t have done what he did. Therefore, Lady Macbeth is as much of a main character as Macbeth is. Macbeth says, "Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires"(1.4.57-58). Here he is expressing that while he does want to become king and may have a few evil thou...

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Characters in Macbeth, English-language films, Fiction, Film, Literature, Regicides, British films, House of Moray, Macbeth, King Duncan, Gruoch of Scotland, Banquo
Anyone who is not a god, is not perfect. Everyone
has a weakness or a flaw. Some flaws are more deadly than others. Some are addicted to heroin while others are unable to remember where they put their keys. Every major flaw in this story though, comes back to haunt them. The reason why anybody fails in this story is because of their "flaw". Not everyone dies though, that is because their flaw is not fatal. Following will be an explanation of how the major flaws of the characters lead to their downfall. Macbeth will be the first one discussed,...

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Characters in Macbeth, Macbeth, Fiction, English-language films, Literature, British films, Regicides, Banquo, Three Witches, Macduff, Thane of Cawdor, Gruoch of Scotland
This dead butcher and his fiend like queen, is t
"This dead butcher and his fiend like queen", is the way in which Malcolm describes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Describe the way in which these two characters changed during the course of the play. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is seen as a courageous soldier who is loyal to the King but is corrupted from the witches prophecies and by his and Lady Macbeth’s ambition. This is because of the weakness of Macbeth’s character and the strong power of Lady Macbeth and how she is easily able to inf...

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Characters in Macbeth, Macbeth, English-language films, Fiction, Film, British films, Regicides, House of Moray, Banquo, Macduff, King Duncan, Gruoch of Scotland
King Lear, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic tal
e of filial conflict, personal transformation, and loss. The story revolves around the King who foolishly alienates his only truly devoted daughter and realizes too late the true nature of his other two daughters. A major subplot involves the illegitimate son of Gloucester, Edmund, who plans to discredit his brother Edgar and betray his father. With these and other major characters in the play, Shakespeare clearly asserts that human nature is either entirely good, or entirely evil. Some characte...

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King Lear, Literature, British films, Fiction, English-language films, Films, Cordelia, Operas, Fool, Edmund, Subplot, Lear
Shakespeare’s classic play MacBeth is the story of
a young and ambitious noble, MacBeth and his wife, Lady MacBeth living in 11th century Scotland. When MacBeth is told by three witches that he will become King of Scotland, his mind begins to wander. He considers killing the current king, Duncan, but he soon dismisses the thought from his mind. When Lady MacBeth hears of the witch’s prophecies, she urges him to take fate into his own hands and kill the king. With her help, he commits this treasonous act and becomes King. This one murder is only...

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English-language films, Characters in Macbeth, Fiction, Macbeth, Film, British films, Regicides, House of Moray, Lady Macbeth, Three Witches, Gruoch of Scotland, Fleance
Birth Date. William Shakespeare, surely the world'
Birth Date. William Shakespeare, surely the world\'s most performed and admired playwright, was born in April, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, about 100 miles northwest of London. According to the records of Stratford\'s Holy Trinity Church, he was baptized on April 26. Since it was customary to baptize infants within days of birth, and since Shakespeare died 52 years later on April 23, and-most significantly-since April 23 is St. George\'s day, the patron saint of England, it has bec...

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William Shakespeare, Warwickshire, Counties of England, English people, Stratford-upon-Avon, John Shakespeare, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford, Ontario, Shakespeare's life, Shakespeare authorship question
In Shakespeare's King Lear the issue of sight
In Shakespeare\'s "King Lear" the issue of sight against blindness is a recurring theme. Blindness refers to be unable to see the right from the wrong or good from the bad. King Lear and Gloucester are two prime examples of this theme. Even thou, Lear and Gloucester share the same mental flaw, it\'s nature, it\'s causes, and its effect was different. Each of these characters blindness was the primary cause of the unfortunate decisions they made, decisions that they would eventually regret. The n...

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King Lear, British films, Fiction, Films, English-language films, Arts, Operas, Edmund, Lear, Cordelia, Goneril, Regan
The fool has a very important role in King Lear. T
he role of the fool is to entertain the King and his royal subjects, and to make them laugh. King Lear and the fool have a good relationship. The fool can tell him jokes and have a good time, but only the fool can poke fun at the King. Anyone else would get their head cut off. The fool can also be compared to a Greek chorus. The fool acts as a commentator or a third party who states the obvious truth about the King that no one else dares say. The fool increases the sense of tragedy by restating...

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British films, English-language films, Films, Middle Ages, Fiction, King Lear, Operas, Jester, Fool, Lear, Jim Carrey, Shakespearean fool
Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is a detailed
Shakespeare\'s tragedy King Lear is a detailed description of the consequences of one man\'s decisions. This fictitious man is Lear, King of England, who\'s decisions greatly alter his life and the lives of those around him. As Lear bears the status of King he is, as one expects, a man of great power but sinfully he surrenders all of this power to his daughters as a reward for their demonstration of love towards him. This untimely abdication of his throne results in a chain reaction of events th...

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King Lear, Literature, Fiction, Film, Goneril, Cordelia, Regan, Fool, Lear, Ran, William Shakespeare, Shakespearean tragedy
Marcus Brutus
William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, is mainly based on the assassination of Julius Caesar. The character who was in charge of the assassination was, ironically, Marcus Brutus, a servant and close friend to Julius Caesar. But what would cause a person to kill a close friend? After examining Brutus’ relationship to Caesar, his involvement in the conspiracy, and his importance to the plot, the truth can be revealed. Marcus Brutus, a servant and close friend to Caesar, has a s...

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Ancient Rome, 1st millennium BC, Cultural depictions of Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar, Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, Junii, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Et tu, Brute?, Brutus, Marcus Junius Brutus, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus
Throughout many of Shakespeare’s plays, a tragic h
ero is identified; a heroic figure that possesses a character flaw that leads to his defeat. In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, there has been controversies over who is actually the tragic hero. Many people agree that Marcus Brutus is the tragic hero. However, others argue and identify Julius Caesar as the tragic hero. After examining these two characters, a conclusion is easily drawn. Brutus is the tragic hero of this play because when a person who possesses such heroic qualities dies, it is a tr...

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Prosopography of Ancient Rome, Ancient Rome, 1st millennium BC, Cultural depictions of Julius Caesar, Cassii, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, Junii, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Brutus, Mark Antony
In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, two chara
cters speak at Caesar’s funeral. Caesar was just murdered by his best friend Brutus and the Conspirators. Brutus and Antony both speak at the funeral, but each had their own purpose and reason for doing so. Both speeches had their own unique way of addressing the crowd as well as differing styles. Therefore, differing effects on the crowd as a result of their differing styles and techniques. Brutus was first to speak. He and the Conspirators approaches the stand with their hands dripping in Caes...

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Ancient Rome, 1st millennium BC, Cultural depictions of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears, Julius Caesar, Marcus Junius Brutus, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus
In Shakespeare's famous comedy, A Midsummer Night
In Shakespeare\'s famous comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, love is an important concept. The different characters have different views on love that they express, and throughout the play, Shakespeare portrays a general attitude about it. One character of importance, Helena, is rather cynical about love. Because she has always been turned from, especially by her own love, Dymetrius, she is skeptical when she is loved. Nick Bottom, the amusing weaver also has an interesting take on love. When Tita...

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Fiction, Literature, Theatre, Love, Helena, Titania, Puck, Romeo and Juliet, Nick Bottom, William Shakespeare, Juliet, Hippolyta
Essay on Caesar In Shakespeare's play of Caesar
Essay on Caesar In Shakespeare\'s play of "Caesar" Brutus is a conspirator who portrays a person who favors a republic for Rome. Brutus is an honorable man. Many characters in the play show there reverence for Brutus. Brutus exemplifies his honor in many ways. Brutus is obsequious when he is needed to abet his fellow romans. Brutus is an honorable man. "Am I entreated to Speak and Strike? O Rome I make thee promise, If the redress will follow, then receivest thy full petition at the hand of Brut...

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Prosopography of Ancient Rome, Ancient Rome, 1st millennium BC, Junii, Memoirists, Julius Caesar, Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Brutus, Caesar, Lucius Junius Brutus
In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Decius Brutus and
In Shakespeare\'s Julius Caesar, Decius Brutus and Mark Antony, both Roman Senators, eulogize Julius Caesar, each using a different technique and approach. Brutus, in a somewhat arrogant, to the point, eulogy, attempts to sway the people. He justifies conspiring against Caesar by stating that Caesar\'s ambition would have hurt Rome. However, in Antony\'s eulogy, he focuses on Caesar\'s positive traits, and cunningly disproves Brutus\' justification for killing Caesar. The fickle Romans waver bet...

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Prosopography of Ancient Rome, Ancient Rome, 1st millennium BC, Cultural depictions of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Junii, English literature, Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears, Julius Caesar, Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, Mark Antony
In the play Hamlet: Prince of Denmark, a young pri
nce is in search of the truth behind his fatherˇ¦s murder. At first, Hamlet sees the ghost of his deceased father and it tells him he was murdered by the now current king, Hamletˇ¦s Uncle Claudius. Hamlet has to think about how he will get revenge for his fathers death, but because his only knowledge came from a ghost that only Hamlet heard speak, he is hesitant to get his revenge quickly. Hamlet does everything he can to show others the truth he knows. It is important to Hamlet that he gets rev...

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Fiction, Literature, Theatre, Characters in Hamlet, English-language films, French-language operas, Operas, Oedipus, Prince Hamlet, Hamlet, Sophocles, Ghost
Disillusionment. Depression. Despair. These are th
e burning emotions churning in young Hamlet\'s soul as he attempts to come to terms with his father\'s death and his mother\'s incestuous, illicit marriage. While Hamlet tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered idealism, he consciously embarks on a quest to seek the truth hidden in Elsinore; this, in stark contrast to Claudius\' fervent attempts to obscure the truth of murder. Deception versus truth; illusion versus reality. In the play, Prince Hamlet is constantly having to differentiate am...

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Literature, Fiction, Characters in Hamlet, Entertainment, English-language films, Hamlet, Operas, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Polonius, Rosenkranz, Shakespeare Programming Language, William Shakespeare
In Hamlet, Shakespeare uses revenge as a major the
me present throughout the work. Revenge plays a crucial role in the development of Fortinbras, Prince of Norway, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, and Laertes, son of Polonius. All three men seek revenge for the murder of their fathers. Revenge can be interpreted as a separate character in Hamlet. Revenge is set to overcome anyone who seeks it. Initially, after each of the murders, every son had a definite course of action to obtain vengeance. Or in Hamlet’s case the choice was to seek no vengeance. As...

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Characters in Hamlet, Fiction, Film, English-language films, Literature, British films, Prince Hamlet, King Claudius, Hamlet, Laertes, Fortinbras, Polonius
The character Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s pla
y Hamlet plays a very interesting and important role in the elaboration of the plot. In the beginning, she starts off in a healthy state of mind, in love with her boyfriend Hamlet, yet controlled by her father in regard to their relationship. During the play she encounters several troubling experiences involving Hamlet which cause her to become distressed. Near the end, the death of her father leaves Ophelia mentally unstable and in a state of madness that eventually leads her to death. So, due...

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Fiction, Characters in Hamlet, English-language films, Literature, Film, British films, Mental illness in fiction, Ophelia, Hamlet, Polonius, Laertes, Shakespeare Programming Language
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the main character contin
ually delays acting out his duty of avenging his father’s murder. This essay will discuss how Hamlet’s nature and morals (which are intensified by difficult events) prevent him from carrying out the task. In the opening scenes of the play, the Ghost of Hamlet’s late father reveals to him the true means by which King Hamlet died. The Ghost tells Hamlet that his father’s death was caused by Claudius pouring poison into his ear. He exhorts Hamlet to avenge the murder. Hamlet’s initial response is t...

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Characters in Hamlet, Literature, Fiction, Film, English-language films, British films, Prince Hamlet, Hamlet, King Claudius, Ghost, Laertes, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most analysed plays
. The Danish prince is developed into a mysterious and fascinating man. A philosopher and a fencer, he is a man disgusted with the rottenness of life around him and is obligated to set things right. Under the guise of madness he attempts to achieve his ends; yet there is much to puzzle over. Was Hamlet really such a good actor that he could fool everyone into believing in his madness or was he truly mad? And, why did he wait so long to carry out his revenge? Hamlet thinks too much and this drove...

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Fiction, Characters in Hamlet, Film, Literature, English-language films, British films, Prince Hamlet, Hamlet, Polonius, Ophelia, Ghost, Gertrude
In William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, the concept
In William Shakespeare\'s play Hamlet, the concept of cultural identity is explored through Hamlet\'s isolation which is created by the conflict between his duty to his father, and his duties to the monarchy and society. Hamlet is isolated from his society due to his turbulent emotions which result from his indecision on how to respond to his father\'s murder. Hamlet\'s duty as a son is to avenge his father\'s death and he would be supported in his actions by society if the murderer was believed...

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Fiction, Characters in Hamlet, Literature, Hamlet, English-language films, British films, Julio-Claudian dynasty, Horatio, Ghost, Claudius, Claudia, Critical approaches to Hamlet
Laertes and Hamlet both display impulsive reaction
s when angered. Once Laertes discovers his father has been murdered Laertes immediately assumes the slayer is Claudius. As a result of Laertes\'s speculation he instinctively moves to avenge Polonius\'s death. "To hell, allegiance! vows, to the blackest devil! Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit! I dare damnation: to this point I stand, that both worlds I give to negligence, let come what comes; only I\'ll be revenged most thoroughly for my father." Act 4 Scene 5 lines 128-134 provide i...

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Characters in Hamlet, Fiction, English-language films, Film, Literature, British films, Laertes, Polonius, Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream the m
In Shakespeare\'s "A Midsummer Night\'s Dream" the mortal teenage characters fall in love foolishly, and the character Bottom states, "O what fools these mortals be". They are foolish because they act like children. Although Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena appear grown-up, when they are in love they act foolishly. The four teenage lovers are fools. Demetrius is a fool because he is unaware that his love changes through out the play. At the start of the play Demetrius does not love Helena...

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Fiction, Arts, Entertainment, Hermia, Demetrius, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Helena, Operas, Egeus, Wood Love, Love-in-idleness, Nick Bottom
Jealousy and Mistaken Identity in Shakespeare
Jealousy and Mistaken Identity in Shakespeare William Shakespeare’s life is somewhat of a mystery to scholars due to the fact that most information that is known is very scattered and sparse. No one knows the exact date of Shakespeare’s birth, but his baptism occurred on Wednesday, April 26, 1564. His father was John Shakespeare, a tanner, glover, dealer in grain, and town official of Stratford. His mother, Mary, was the daughter of Robert Arden, a prosperous gentleman-farmer. William Shakespea...

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William Shakespeare, Fiction, Othello, Literature, British films, English-language films, Michael Cassio, Demetrius, Jealousy, Iago, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hermia
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare 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 we...

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Fiction, Theatre, Titus Andronicus, Shakespearean tragedies, Literature, King's Men, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's life, Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's plays, Hamnet Shakespeare, Conspiracy theories
Shakespeare's Life
Shakespeare\'s Life Shakespeare\'s Life William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. He was baptized on April 24, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He was the third of eight children born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. John was a well-known merchant and Mary was the daughter of a Roman Catholic member of the gentry. Shakespeare was educated at the local grammar school. According to history, Shakespeare was the eldest son, and he should have been the apprentice to his father\'s...

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William Shakespeare, English people, British people, King's Men, Counties of England, Shakespeare's life, Anne Hathaway, Conspiracy theories, Shakespeare's sonnets, Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare authorship question
Twelfth Night - Analysis of Fools
Twelfth Night - Analysis of Fools A fool can be defined in many meanings according to the Oxford English Dictionary On Historical Principles. The word could mean "a silly person", or "one who professionally counterfeits folly for the entertainment of others, a jester, clown" or "one who has little or no reason or intellect" or "one who is made to appear to be a fool" (word originated from North Frisian). In english literature, the two main ways which the fool could enter imaginative literature...

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Entertainment, Theatre, Literature, Cross-dressing in literature, Twelfth Night, Malvolio, Feste, Jester, Olivia, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Clown, Maria
Analytic Play Review Of The Taming Of The Shrew
Analytic Play Review Of The Taming Of The Shrew The Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare is probably one of Shakespeare\'s earliest comedies. Its plot is derived from the popular \'war of the sexes\' theme in which males and females are pitted against one another for dominance in marriage. The play begins with an induction in which a drunkard, Christopher Sly, is fooled into believing he is a king and has a play performed for him. The play he watches is what constitutes the main body of T...

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The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare, Film, Petruchio, Christopher Sly, Sly, Bianca, Bianca Minola, Kiss Me Kate
Tamed Shrews and Twelfth Nights: The Role of Women
In Shakespeare Tamed Shrews and Twelfth Nights: The Role of Women In Shakespeare It is curious to note the role of women in Shakespearean literature. Many critics have lambasted the female characters in his plays as two-dimensional and unrealistic portrayals of subservient women. Others have asserted that the roles of women in his plays were prominent for the time and culture that he lived in. That such contrasting views could be held in regards to the same topic is academic. It is only with cl...

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The Taming of the Shrew, Literature, Theatre, William Shakespeare, Petruchio, Twelfth Night, Women in Shakespeare's works, Orsino, Shrew, Viola, Bianca Minola, The Taming of the Shrew in performance
The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew In Shakespeare\'s comedy, "The Taming of the Shrew," one of the main ways that the theme is shown is by mistaken identity. The main theme of this play is that what a person is really like is more important than how they appear to be. This is shown by Petruchio\'s relationship with Katherine; the changing roles of Tranio, Lucentio, and Hortensio; and the true characters of Bianca and Katherine. All three of these situations help to enrich the theme. The first predicament...

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The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare, Operas, Love stories, Literature, English-language films, Petruchio, Bianca Minola, Kiss Me Kate
Richard III - Tragedy in Isolation
Richard III - Tragedy in Isolation "The tragedy of Richard III lies in the progressive isolation of its protagonist". Discuss. From the very opening of the play when Richard III enters "solus", the protagonist\'s isolation is made clear. Richard\'s isolation progresses as he separates himself from the other characters and breaks the natural bonds between Man and nature through his efforts to gain power. The first scene of the play begins with a soliloquy, which emphasizes Richard\'s physical is...

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Shakespearean histories, Richard III of England, English people, British people, Royalty, Knights of the Garter, British films, English-language films, Richard III, Richard II, Richard I of England, Osorio
Richard III
Richard III 1. "The tragedy of Richard III lies in the progressive isolation of its protagonist". Discuss. From the very opening of the play when Richard III enters "solus", the protagonist\'s isolation is made clear. Richard\'s isolation progresses as he separates himself from the other characters and breaks the natural bonds between Man and nature through his efforts to gain power. The first scene of the play begins with a soliloquy, which emphasizes Richard\'s physical isolation as he appear...

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Richard III of England, Shakespearean histories, English people, British people, Royalty, English-language films, Knights of the Garter, British films, Richard III, Richard II, Richard I of England, Cultural depictions of Richard III of England
Time and Fate in Romeo and Juliet
Time and Fate in Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet, said to be one of the most famous love stories of all times, is a play anchored on time and fate. Some actions are believed to occur by chance or by destiny. The timing of each action influences the outcome of the play. While some events are of less significance, some are crucial to the development of this tragedy. The substantial events that inspire the conclusion of Romeo and Juliet are; the Capulet ball, the quarrel experienced by Tybalt an...

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Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, Literature, English-language films, British films, Italian films, Films, Mercutio, Romeo & Juliet, Romeo + Juliet, Juliet, Friar Laurence
Romeo and Juliet - Violence
Romeo and Juliet - Violence Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare, is a play which shows how prejudice leads to escalating violence. Prejudice leads to violence shown in the play when the feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets fight. In each case, disruption, fighting, injuries and death occur. Also, the prejudice against the two families never got resolved because they were enemies. The prejudice started in Act one Scene one, when the Capulets and Montague servants confronted each other. Then...

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Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, English-language films, Literature, British films, Italian films, Films, Tybalt, Mercutio, Romeo + Juliet, Romeo & Juliet, Benvolio
Romeo & Juliet
Romeo & Juliet Romeo & Juliet Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare\'s plays about tragedy. It is about two lovers who commit suicide when their feuding famillies prevent them from being together. The play has many characters, each with its own role in keeping the plot line. Some characters have very little to do with the plot but some have the plot revolving around them. Friar Lawrence does not have very much time on stage but the time he does have is crucial to the plot line. Through...

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Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, English-language films, Literature, British films, Italian films, Films, Romeo + Juliet, Friar Laurence, Romeo & Juliet, Nurse, Count Paris
Othello - A Racist Play?
Othello - A Racist Play? Although there are lots of things to suggest this is a racist play I don\'t think that racism actually dominates the play, even though it has a racist theme. There is a romantic union between black and white which gets destroyed because most people think the relationship is wrong. At the time the play was written, 1604, even the Queen of England was racist so there must have been a strong hatred of blacks around that time. Most racist comments in the play are said by pe...

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Othello, Fiction, Film, William Shakespeare, Iago, Roderigo, Michael Cassio, Emilia, Brabantio, Desdemona, Otello, Bianca
Othello - Analysis of Iago
Othello - Analysis of Iago Shakespeare\'s Iago is one of Shakespeare\'s most complex villains. At first glance Iago\'s character seems to be pure evil. However, such a villain would distract from the impact of the play and would be trite. Shakespeare to add depth to his villain makes him amoral, as opposed to the typical immoral villain. Iago\'s entire scheme begins when the "ignorant, ill-suited" Cassio is given the position he desired. Iago is consumed with envy and plots to steal the positio...

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Othello, Fiction, Film, William Shakespeare, Iago, Emilia, Michael Cassio, Roderigo, Otello, Desdemona, Bianca
Othello - Character Analysis
Othello - Character Analysis In the play Othello, the character of Othello has certain traits which make him seem naive and unsophisticated compared to many other people. This is why Iago, to get his just rewards uses him as a scapegoat. Iago told Roderigo, " O,sir, content you. I follow him [Othello] to serve my turn upon him "(I, i lines 38-9). Iago is saying, he only follows Othello to a point, and upon reaching it he will not follow him any longer. Iago has opened my eyes to see the real me...

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Othello, Fiction, Film, English-language films, William Shakespeare, British films, European literature, Iago, Roderigo, Michael Cassio, Emilia
Othello - Change of Characters
Othello - Change of Characters Othello\'s character during the play is first shown as a hero of war and a man of great pride and courage. The other main characters in the play all form their own opinions of him and as the play continues, his character begins to deteriorate and become less noble. Chronologically through the play Othello\'s character changes from a flawless military leader, to become a murderer. Also as the play progresses, the other characters in the play change their opinions o...

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Othello, Fiction, Film, William Shakespeare, Iago, Michael Cassio, Emilia, Brabantio, Desdemona, Roderigo, Otello
Othello - Battle of Good vs. Evil
Othello - Battle of Good vs. Evil "I am not what I am." What is Iago? - as distinct from what he pretends to be - and what are his motives? In Shakespeare\'s, Othello, the reader is presented the classic battle between the deceitful forces of evil and the innocence of good. It are these forces of evil that ultimately lead to the breakdown of Othello, a noble venetian moor, well-known by the people of Venice as a honourable soldier and a worthy leader. Othello\'s breakdown results in the muder o...

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Othello, Fiction, Film, William Shakespeare, Iago, Michael Cassio, Emilia, Roderigo, Brabantio, Otello, Desdemona, Irony