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The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Type of Work: Romantic fantasy Setting A remote island; fifteenth century Principal Characters Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, cast away on an island in the sea Miranda, his beautiful daughter Alonso, King of Naples Ferdinand, Alonso\'s son Antonio, Prospero\'s wicked brother, and false Duke of Milan Sebastian, Alonso\'s brother Gonzalo, a kind philosopher Trinculo and Stephano, two drunken co
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1856 -
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1856 -
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1856 - 1900) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1856 - 1900) Type of Work: Fantasy novel Setting London, England; late nineteenth century Principal Characters Dorian Gray, an extremely handsome young man Basil Hallward, Dorian\'s older friend, a portrait artist Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian\'s vile tempter Sibyl Vane, Dorian\'s actress-lover James Vane, Sibyl\'s brother Story Overveiw As Basil Hallward artfully put the finishing touches on his full-
Achilles Anophtheis (Achilles revisited)
Achilles Anophtheis (Achilles revisited)
Achilles Anophtheis (Achilles revisited) The director walked onto the stage, gingerly adjusting his radiation mask in order to fit the microphone beneath it. His nervous cough boomed through the hall. After shuffling the papers on the podium before him, he began. Welcome ladies and gentlemen of the Pre-Apocalypse Archaeological Society. We have called this session to impart to you a matter of the utmost importance, a discovery of the highest order. As you are aware, our teams have only recently
William Shakespeare
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 wel
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night\'s Dream 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 Dem
Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra In Shakespeare\'s tragedy/history/Roman play Antony and Cleopatra, we are told the story of two passionate and power-hungry lovers. In the first two Acts of the play we are introduced to some of the problems and dilemmas facing the couple (such as the fact that they are entwined in an adulterous relationship, and that both of them are forced to show their devotion to Caesar). Along with being introduced to Antony and Cleopatra\'s strange love affair, we are introduced to som
King Lear
King Lear
King Lear In a writing of Shakespeare\'s play King Lear, the main character is King Lear who starts off as a respected and powerful king. As the story progresses the king loses his power because of his own stupidity and blindness. The tragedy of this play is shown through the daughters of the king, the fool, and finally when Lear\'s sanity is tested. At the beginning of the play, King Lear is powerful and harsh. He decides he doesn\'t want to be king anymore, and so he asks his daughters, Reag
Elizabethan Revenge in Hamlet
Elizabethan Revenge in Hamlet
Elizabethan Revenge in Hamlet Hamlet is a play written by William Shakespeare that very closely follows the dramatic conventions of revenge in Elizabethan theater. All revenge tragedies originally stemmed from the Greeks, who wrote and performed the first plays. After the Greeks came Seneca who was very influential to all Elizabethan tragedy writers. Seneca who was Roman, basically set all of the ideas and the norms for all revenge play writers in the Renaissance era including William Shakespear
Clear Vision in King Lear
Clear Vision in King Lear
Clear Vision in King Lear In Shakespeare\'s classic tragedy, King Lear, the issue of sight and its relevance to clear vision is a recurring theme. Shakespeare\'s principal means of portraying this theme is through the characters of Lear and Gloucester. Although Lear can physically see, he is blind in the sense that he lacks insight, understanding, and direction. In contrast, Gloucester becomes physically blind but gains the type of vision that Lear lacks. It is evident from these two characters
Hamlet - The Real Tragedy
Hamlet - The Real Tragedy
Hamlet - The Real Tragedy In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the death of a character becomes a frequent event. Although many people lose their lives as a result of their own self-centered wrong-doing, there are others whose death are a result of manipulation from the royalty. This is the case of Polonius’ family. The real tragedy of Hamlet is not that of Hamlet or his family but of Polonius’ family because their deaths were not the consequence of sinful actions of their own but rather by thei
Supernatural in Shakespeare's Plays
Supernatural in Shakespeare's Plays
Supernatural in Shakespeare\'s Plays In the time of William Shakespeare there was a strong belief in the existence of the supernatural. Thus, the supernatural is a recurring aspect in many of Mr. Shakespeare¹s plays. In two such plays, Hamlet and Macbeth, the supernatural is an integral part of the structure of the plot. It provides a catalyst for action, an insight into character, and augments the impact of many key scenes. The supernatural appears to the audience in many varied forms. In Hamle
Twelfth Night - Analysis of Fools
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 orone 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 is
King Lear - Analyzing a Tragic Hero
King Lear - Analyzing a Tragic Hero
King Lear - Analyzing a Tragic Hero Tragedy is defined in Websters New Collegiate Dictionary as: 1) a medieval narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great man, 2) a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror. The play of King Lear is one of William Shakespears great tragic pieces, it is not only seen as a tragedy in itself, but also a pl
Romeo and Juliet - Violence
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
Othello - Battle of Good vs. Evil
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
Shakespeare's Comedy vs. Tragedy
Shakespeare's Comedy vs. Tragedy
Shakespeare\'s Comedy vs. Tragedy Certain parallels can be drawn between William Shakespeare\'s plays, A Midsummer Night\'s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. These parallels concern themes and prototypical Shakespearian character types. Both plays have a distinct pair of ‘lovers\', Hermia and Lysander, and Romeo and Juliet, respectively. Both plays could have also easily been tragedy or comedy with a few simple changes. A tragic play is a play in which one or more characters is has a moral flaw t
Hamlet - Comment on Humanity
Hamlet - Comment on Humanity
Hamlet - Comment on Humanity The Elizabethan play The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark is one of William Shakespeare\'s most popular works. One of the possible reasons for this play\'s popularity is the way Shakespeare uses the character Hamlet to exemplify the complex workings of the human mind. The approach taken by Shakespeare in Hamlet has generated countless different interpretations of meaning, but it is through Hamlet\'s struggle to confront his internal dilemma, deciding when to reven
Othello - Character Analysis
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 mea
Madness in Shakespeare's Hamlet
Madness in Shakespeare's Hamlet
Madness in Shakespeare\'s Hamlet Madness may be mental incapacity caused by an unmentionable injury. Such wounds often are not easily perceived but may be revealed in time of stress. Hamlet’s question, have you a daughter?(Act II. Sc2 182) Polonius about the Prince’s emotional state. What is hidden will surely be told to Cloudius by his adviser. Laertes’ search for revenge is sharper proof that madness in degrees of publicity causes harm to the observers. Claudius promise no wind of blame(
The Merchant Of Venice - Antonio
The Merchant Of Venice - Antonio
The Merchant Of Venice - Antonio Antonio is a wealthy merchant in the city of Venice. Although central to the play, Antonio is portrayed by Shakespeare as an\'outcast\'. It seems that Antonio is chronically depressed and is not involved in the social atmosphere that is thriving in Venice. - In sooth, I know not why I am so sad: It wearies me; you say it wearies you; But how I caught it. Found it, or came by it, What stuff \'tis made of, whereof it is born, I am to learn:1 Along with Shylock, b
Analysis of King Lear
Analysis of King Lear
Analysis of King Lear King Lear, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic tale 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 th
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar In the play of Julius Caesar, we see a brief picture of Roman life during the time of the First Triumvirate. In this snap shot, we see many unfortunate things. Shakespeare gives us the idea that many people try to circumvent what the future holds, such as unfortunate things, by being superstitious. Superstition seems to play a role in the basic daily life of most Roman citizens. For instance, the setting of the first scene is based upon superstition, the Feast of Lupercal. This fea
Julius Caesar - Analysis of Brutus
Julius Caesar - Analysis of Brutus
Julius Caesar - Analysis of 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
King Lear - Good vs. Evil
King Lear - Good vs. Evil
King Lear - Good vs. Evil In the King Lear play, Shakespeare creates many conditions in which humans live in the world. The main characters in the play are used to portray Shakespeare\'s ideas. One of these ideas which Shakespeare is trying to portray is evil between the characters and in the world which are emphasized throughout the play. The evil, created by humans, is outweighed by good in the world of King Lear. Evil was created by humans who decided to do wrong to others. Duke of Albany, sa
MacBeth - Attitude Changes
MacBeth - Attitude Changes
MacBeth - Attitude Changes In the tragic drama Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare in 1606 during the English Renaissance, the hero, Macbeth, constantly declines in his level of morality until his death at the end of the play. Because of his change of character from good to evil, Macbeth\'s attitude towards other characters, specifically Duncan, Banquo, Lady Macbeth, and the witches, is significantly affected. The first of the four characters is Duncan. Since Macbeth interacts with Duncan on
Othello - Analysis of Iago
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 position
Othello - A Racist Play?
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 peo
The Taming of the Shrew
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 t
Gender in As You Like It
Gender in As You Like It
Gender in As You Like It Many characters undergo a change in William Shakespeare’s play, As You Like It. Duke Senior goes from being a member of a court to being a member of a forest. Orlando changes from a bitter younger brother to a love-sick young man. But the most obvious transformation undergone, is done by Rosalind. Her change from woman to man, not only alters her mood, candor, and gender, but allows her to be the master of ceremonies. Celia and Rosalind are fairly happy in the court of
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 his words Friar Lawrenc
Darkness, Sign of Chaos in Macbeth
Darkness, Sign of Chaos in Macbeth
Darkness, Sign 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 4
Iaga in Shakespeare's Othello
Iaga in Shakespeare's Othello
Iaga in Shakespeare\'s Othello Perhaps the most interesting and exotic character in the tragic play Othello, by William Shakespeare, is Honest Iago. Through some carefully thought-out words and actions, Iago is able to manipulate others to do things in a way that benefits him and moves him closer toward his goals. He is the main driving force in this play, pushing Othello and everyone else towards their tragic end. Iago is not your ordinary villain. The role he plays is rather unique and com
The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
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 The Taming Of The Shrew. I
Othello - Male Characters
Othello - Male Characters
Othello - Male Characters Mike Hourie The four main characters in the play Othello represent four different character traits of manhood: Roderigo, the failure; Othello, the hero, yet the insane lover; Cassio, the noblemen; and Iago, the villain, yet the strongest character of the play. Of these four characters Roderigo reveals the weakest character traits. Iago effortlessly profits from Roderigos deficiency in a intelligence, in fact Iago himself said he would not waste time and effort on such
MacBeth - Lady
MacBeth - Lady
MacBeth - Lady a_stratton@hotmail.com In Shakespeares Macbeth, Lady Macbeths character is a wife and, at times, confidante to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is a good wife to Macbeth, if not always a good person; however, she does not truly succeed in winning him a title he can be secure in and seems to only partly understand her husband. Lady Macbeth is a devoted wife and has a single-mindedness pursuing Macbeths interests. Her only concern is for him - that he will acquire and keep the crown. Her am
2001 Graduation Speech
2001 Graduation Speech
2001 Graduation Speech Jessica McCoy When I think about the class of 2001 Im reminded of a story that Im sure we were all told when we were younger; The Little Engine that Could. The little engine struggles and struggles to get over that one hill, and after working hard enough and never giving up he finally makes it. Thats how we are, weve struggled for 13 years to get over this one hill. Weve worked long years starting with broken crayons in kindergarten to inside-out sweatshirts in middl
Othello discuss a theme that is relevant for a mod
Othello discuss a theme that is relevant for a mod
Othello discuss a theme that is relevant for a modern audience a_chizz@hotmail.com English Othello Charlie Anderson Discuss a theme/s in the play that relate to modern society. Through history there are endless cases of empires with a huge amount of internal and external control falling sacrifice to corruption. There is a saying that the modern world has been accustomed to power corrupts. In Othello one of the key themes is control and how this causes corruption. We see the shift in control th
Character Development of Julius Caesar
Character Development of Julius Caesar
Character Development of Julius Caesar Amanda There are two types of techniques an author uses in writings. One type is indirect characterization; this is when the author clues you in on the personality of a character. The other type is direct characterization. Direct characterization is when the author directly states what the personality of a character is. In the literary piece Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare uses indirect characterization to develop the character of Caesar. Shakespeare rev
Hamlet Revenge
Hamlet Revenge
Hamlet Revenge Annonymous In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare Two of the character\'s fathers are brutishly murdered. The first murdered character is King Hamlet who is supposed to be revenge by his son prince Hamlet. The second murder is Polonius who is supposed to be revenged by his son Laertes. Both Prince Hamlet and Laertes go to seek revenge for the death of fathers, however they will each use different methods to accomplish their deeds. Prince Hamlet has a meeting with the dead ghost
The Tragedy of Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet Annonymous Disillusionment. Depression. Despair. These are the 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
“Desdemona has often been seen only as the i
“Desdemona has often been seen only as the i
Desdemona has often been seen only as the innocent victim of malice. This view does not do justice to the complexity of Shakespeare\'s portrayal and the play as a whole. To what extent do you agree with this judgement? Muz Desdemona is no doubt seen as innocent throughout the play, but her innocence is brought about as a result of Iago taking advantage of her sweetness to poison Othellos mind. As Iago goes deeper into his plans, the audience would feel sorry for Desdemona, as she is being fa
Hamlet's Soliloquies
Hamlet's Soliloquies
Hamlet\'s Soliloquies Xan Hamlet\'s Soliloquies Mankind has told stories throughout the generations, fascinating and enthralling one another with tales of woe, humour and passion. The power of a story has always lain primarily within our desire to observe characters that we can relate to, believe in and understand. That is perhaps the area in which Shakespeare\'s works have always excelled, as he masterfully utilizes numerous devices to draw the audience into his character\'s minds. The most pro
A Worn Path
A Worn Path
A Worn Path Annonymous The search for justice causes one to act blindly through anger, rather than through reason. In Shakespeares Hamlet, young Fortinbras, Laertes, and Hamlet were all looking to avenge the deaths of their fathers. They all acted on emotion, and this led to the downfall of two, and the rise to power of one. Since the Heads of the three major families were each murdered, the eldest sons of these families swore vengeance, and two of the three sons died while exacting their acts
Machiavelli's View of Human Nature
Machiavelli's View of Human Nature
Machiavelli\'s View of Human Nature Annonymous Good King, that must approve the common saw, Thou out of heavens benediction com’st To the warm sun Approach, thou beacon to this under globe, That by thy comfortable beams I may Peruse this letter. Nothing almost sees miracles But misery. I know ‘tis from Cordelia Who hath most fortunately been informed Of my obscured course, and shall find time From this enormous state, seeking to give Losses their remedies. All weary and o’erwatched, Take vantage
Immortal Poetry
Immortal Poetry
Immortal Poetry Annonymous Christopher Marlowe: what did he contribute to English literature and how is his writing reflective of the style of the times? Christopher Marlowe contributed greatly to English literature. He developed a new metre which has become one of the most popular in English literary history, and he revitalised a dying form of English drama. His short life was apparently violent and the m an himself was supposedly of a volatile temperament, yet he managed to write some of the m
Author's View of Human Behaivior
Author's View of Human Behaivior
Author\'s View of Human Behaivior Annonymous Iago uses the word honest in act three of Othello in three primary ways. The first way he uses it is to mean honourable, about Cassio. He uses this meaning of the word to force Othello to doubt Cassios honesty, and question his hounorablility. The second way is to mean faithful, both about Desdemona and Cassio. Iago uses it in the context that the two may be truthful, again to make Othello doubt. The third way is Iagos most effective use, which
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Annonymous Everyone has control over something. Whether it be themselves, someone else, or a possession, they have control. Throughout the play Macbeth, written by Shakespeare, Macbeth is controlled by three witches and also his wife. Macbeth has a free will to choose to do what he wants but he frequently chooses to do what others want or predict of him. In Act I, Scene iii, Macbeth cant withhold himself from knowing more of what the witches have to predict. H
The Life of Charles Dickens
The Life of Charles Dickens
The Life of Charles Dickens 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
The Poetry of E. E. Cummings
The Poetry of E. E. Cummings
The Poetry of E. E. Cummings srjr27@yahoo.com (Drake Callahan) In the dictionary morality is defined as, the degree of conformity of an idea or practice to moral principles. This basically is refering to the way each character feels about his/her actions. It shows if they posses morals. The morality of each individual in the story Othello is different in many ways. Shakespeare has made characters that have low morals, and characters that have high morals. In Othello he even has a character tha
Hamlet - Appearance vs. Reality
Hamlet - Appearance vs. Reality
Hamlet - Appearance 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 withi