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Shakespeare Essays essays / Machiavellian Woman In History
The �power behind the throne� is a worn-out stereotype. From classic literature like Les Liaisons Dangereuses, in which the Marquise de Merteuil gleefully manipulates the sophisticated Vicomte de Valmont, to more modern instances like the brilliantly, unabashedly dangerous, manipulative, and even feared Sheri Palmer (of Fox�s hit show �24�), literature and the arts are ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Character Flaws Of Macbeth
Portrait of a Murderer In the world today, many businesses fight each other for more money and better deals. To achieve this, they will do anything that it takes to accomplish the job, even if it means putting someone else out of business. These businesses are ruthless and ambitious. Without these traits, businesses can not achieve a higher rank in commerce. These concepts are not new...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Critical Analysis: Revenge In Hamlet
A mysterious ghost drives Hamlet to grudgingly avenge the death of his father. The senseless slaying of Laertes' father causes him to resolutely take vengeance on his father's murderer. The wartime assassination of Fortinbras' father creates a need for retribution. William Shakespeare utilizes the reactions of Hamlet, Laertes, and Fortinbras to explore the theme of revenge in Hamlet. Hamlet's ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Ibsen Research
Ibsen Research Henrik Johan Ibsen is the pioneer who unlocked new frontiers of modern drama and broke all the unwritten taboos of the nineteenth century theater. Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien, a little Norwegian timber port, in 1828, into a significant prosperous family which in a few years lost almost all of its valuable resources. Ibsen's father overwhelmed by the disaster, lived i...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Friar And The Nurse In Rome And Juliet
The Importance of the Friar and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the nurse and Friar Laurence play an enormous role. Not only does their advice aid Romeo and Juliet but their actions and the decisions they make throughout the whole play affects the whole outcome of numerous situations. Had the nurse and the friar not made the decisions t...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Use Of Power In The Tempest
The use of power as seen in William Shakespeare's The Tempest and it's application to societies of the 17th and 20th Century. The Tempest, written in 1611, is Shakespeare's last romantic comedy,. The most important theme in his play is the possession of control and command over others, more commonly known as power. Prospero, Ariel, Caliban and the courtiers from Milan, all demonstrate differ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Fools And Foolishness In King Lear
Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is comprised of many distinct themes. His contrasts of light and dark, good and evil, and his brilliant illustration of parallels between the foolishness of the play's characters and society allowed him to craft a masterpiece. Just as well, Shakespeare's dynamic use of linguistic techniques such as pun and irony aid this illustration of the perfect microcosm, not ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Analysis Of Brutus (from Julias Casear)
Julius Caesar : An Analysis of Brutus' Character 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...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Why Hamlet Is To Smart For Himself
Hamlet Hamlet only kills Claudius when he has also murdered the queen, Laertes, and has also poisoned himself. It takes a threat of death to do what his own dead father orders him to do. A largely held opinion is that he is to emotional to do it, but it is when his emotions all come together that he murders Polonius. Another opinion is that he to full of morals to kill, but how then can he a...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / William Shakespeare
Click Here For Research Papers Online! 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. M...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / CHARACTERIZATION OF LADY MACBETH
Ambition can inhibit ones personality to be decisive and ruthless. When opportunity knocks one can go to great lengths to gain power by any means necessary. Shakespeare's Macbeth which sets in eleventh century Scotland during the war with Norway, tells of a tale of an ambitious general, Macbeth, usurps the throne of Scotland to become a malevolent king who will stop at nothing t...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Julius Caesar
1. Author: William Shakespeare 2. Wrote: In 1599-1600 Julius Caesar was a great military power. Much of Rome praised Caesar and triumphed at his victories and accomplishments. However, there were many dissatisfied Roman men and women that felt Caesar was too powerful and ambitious for his own good. Caesar's growing power resulted in Marcus Antonius offering him the Crown of Rome thre...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Hamlet Tragedy Or Not?
HAMLET TRAGEDY OR NOT? One of William Shakespeare's most famous plays is "Hamlet: Prince of Denmark". This play is an excellent example of an Elizabethan tragedy. I will prove this statement by confirming that this play bears three characteristics of which an Elizabethan tragedy is made of. In the next three paragraphs I hope I can prove to you that this play is indeed an Elizabethan trage...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Hamlet
Love is one of the most powerful themes in Hamlet, but a superior force - REVENGE, drives Hamlet's love. Revenge of his father's murder. Hamlet is confused and melancholic over the fact that his mother married his own uncle and so quickly after his father's death. Even though he does not immediately suspect foul play in his father's untimely death, he is in a state of shock. As Kenneth Muir st...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Imagery In "Macbeth"
Imagery in Shakespeare "Macbeth" Authors use many literary techniques and devices to make their work more interesting. They use what is called " word imagery". Word imagery is another word for a metaphor: a comparison not using "like" or "as". In Shakespeare's Macbeth, imagery is very often used. No where in Shakespeare's genius for metaphor more apparent than in his use for clothing imag...
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Analysis of Act I Scene V Act I Scene V is a very relevant scene in the play. It contains Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting, which is of course an important event. The scene begins merrily and busily, the servants are rushing around preparing things, and serving, as servants tend to do. Capulet greets all the guests warmly and in good humour. He makes a joke about how if a Woman wonR...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Who Can Save Denmark?
Often in literature, minor characters in a play can be essential in bringing the main characters to where we can understand them. They also push or pull major characters into actions or decisions that affect the rest of the play. Plus they reveal the emotions and personalities of other characters because they give us someone to compare and contrast the characters with. In Hamlet, Fortinbras, th...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Ariel In The Tempest
Outline I. Introduction 1. Thesis - Shakespeare uses Ariel as a servant to prospero in the play, but also Ariel represents Prospero's imagination in a non-literal aspect. 2. Ariel is magical, and he can change into many shapes i.e. fire, nymph, harpy. 3. Ariel is a prisoner of Prospero's 4. Transition - Ariel is an intelligent, sneaky little spirit that Prospero has as a prisoner. II. Bod...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Plot Synopsis - King Lear
King Lear - Plot Study and Synopsis Act One When we enter the story, we find that our main character, Lear, is in quite a dilemma. He obviously does not have much time left on this world, and has to divide his kingdom so someone gets the land and Lear can prevent a war from occurring. He is being pressured to do so by the dukes of Albany and Cornwall, who are about to clash with fury over the...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Fate In The Lives Of Romeo And Juliet
Fate in the lives of Romeo and Juliet Do you believe in fate? To answer the question, you must first have a correct idea of what fate is. Fate could be described as the power, which, according to popular belief, predetermines all events from eternity. Could there be such a power that rules our lives, and if so why could this be? Romeo and Juliet, the two young lovers in William Shakespeare...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Romeo & Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare's most popular play. It is the most retold and reiterated since it deals with everyday aspects of life such as love, tragedy, and in particular, family. The roles of parents and "substitute" parents are important in this play. The biological parents of Romeo and Juliet are supposed to act as role models and guides for their children, but ironically, it is the subs...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar Julius Caesar was born on July 13th in 100B.C. His full name is Gaius Julius Caesar, which was the same as his father's name. Julius Caesar was the most famous Roman general and was one of the most influential political and military leaders in history. He helped establish the vast Roman Empire. Caesar gained all his power in four different areas. Those areas are politics, ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / As You Like It
Rosalind is the focus of my first writing assignment. I chose her because she has one of the most interesting undefined characters in this play. She is revealed by what's not being said and by what she does. There are three instances of this revelation. At first when we're introduce to her character, the book defines her and her cousin Celia as "never two ladies loved as they do" (I.1.106-10...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Imagery In Shakespeare
The play opens with three witches. First Witch "When shall we meet again?" Second witch "When the hurly-burly's done When the battle's lost and won" All "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" (I.1.1-13) The tone of the entire play has been set. With unsuspecting eyes, the first reading of this, one would not know that this is the witches' way of saying that there will be chaos, and lots ...
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731 words (inclu. title) Julius Caesar, one of Rome's most powerful leaders, and Jesus Christ, who was called 'The king of the Jews', and was the supposed Son of God. What could these two totally different people have in common? Well, it is not simply that they share the same initials. Julius Caesar and Jesus Christ had an almost identical downfall, both with plots, conspirato...
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Throughout the play, the themes of revenge and madness often appear. Not only in the main character Young Hamlet, but also the other characters. From the beginning of the play Hamlet is depressed. When asked about his depressed appearance and demeanour by Gertrude, Hamlet replies, "Seems, madam? Nay, it is. I know not seems". Here he is saying 'I am what I appear to be' he is, looks and acts...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Macbeth, King Lear And Much Ado About No
Shakespeare writes his plays to teach a moral story, of behavior and love. The three plays, King Lear, Much Ado About nothing, and Macbeth, the parents are very stubborn and their views are very narrow toward their children. The children know that they are treated poorly but love their parents although they have many faults in trust and love. Each play ends with a loving relationship because thoug...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Macbeth Essay
Macbeth What makes a man? The fighting men seem to think that bravery; honour and standing to fight are all attributes that make a man. When young Siward dies all that his father is concerned about is that he was not a coward and was killed from the front "Had he his hurts before?" his answer comes back "Ay, on the front." and so he replies "Why then, God's soldier be he." Earlier in the play...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Shakespeare
Shakespeare was a playwright during the Elizabethan era. He wrote many famous plays, many of which are performed today. Shakespeare's characters, themes and situations of his plays reflect people of the Elizabethan time period, this would make sense because that was the time in which he wrote the plays. Surprisingly, many of the situations and themes in Shakespeare's plays are still situations in ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Don't Blame The Artist
Please do not use at Ohio Northern University. This is a reaction to A Midsummer Don't Blame the Artist The first time I was exposed to A Midsummer Night's Dream was in the movie Dead Poets Society. I finally learned how powerful a piece of literature could be in this movie. This made me very excited to get the chance to read and interpret this play in class. The most memorable scene for m...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Explication-Barbara Allen
Explication-Barbara Allen Barbara Allen is a traditional ballad about doomed love. It tells a story, has characters & dialogue and it is anonymous. In the first stanza we are given an introduction to the story. During the Maritimes time a man named Sir. John Graeme visited the west of England and fell in love with a woman named Barbara Allen. John then sends one of his servants to the place...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Portia, The Ideal Woman.
Portia, The Ideal Woman. When one thinks of something ideal one may think of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are. In Shakespeare's play, The Merchant Of Venice, one of the major themes is appearance verses reality. In the play Portia is portrayed as the ideal woman. In the opening scene, Bassanio describes her as the Golden Fleece. Portia is truly the Golden Fleece: she is...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / THE SHAKESPEAREAN AGE
THE SHAKESPEAREAN AGE The Elizabethan era varied greatly from the world we live in things like theater, lifestyle, clothing, the role of women, class structure and positions of power have all changed dramatically. THE WORLD OF THEATER The Shakespearean theaters were very different from the ones today. The public theaters where circular buildings with a courtyard in the middle that had no roo...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Henry V - King Henry's Darker Side
Benjamin W. Cheng Princeton University '00 HENRY V - KING HENRY'S DARKER SIDE The original text of William Shakespeare's Henry V seems to portray King Henry as a character too ideal to be realistic. Indeed, the chorus describes him as the "mirror of all Christian kings" whose actions epitomize justice and conscience (Henry V, ed. John Russell Brown [New York: Signet Classic, 1963], 2.Ch...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Winter's Tale - Linear Vs. Cyclical Time
Benjamin W. Cheng Princeton University '00 LINEAR TIME VERSUS CYCLICAL TIME IN THE WINTER'S TALE In his 1639 painting A Dance to the Music of Time, Nicholas Poussin suggests two different ways of thinking about the nature of time. On the sides of the picture, we see two putti, one blowing a bubble and the other holding an hourglass. These cherubic figures seem to imply that happiness is...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Macbeth: Tragic Hero
Macbeth's Guilt and the Damage Done Many people suffer from the inescapable terms of guilt. Even the most seasoned and vile criminals turn themselves in sometimes. Like the way guilt has defeated many others, it too defeats Macbeth. (Macbeth's downfall is directly linked to his own actions1, and the guilt he feels after murdering the King Duncan2, and having his best friend Banquo murdered3,...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Sonnet 115
Throughout a student's academic life, when it comes to studying English Literature, the name William Shakespeare should sound familiar. Just about anyone who has had any experience with literature can name at least one of Shakespeare's great works. William Shakespeare, who wrote many literary masterpieces, is considered one of the greatest writers who ever lived. Most know Shakespeare for his m...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / King Lear - Milder Tragic Hero In Folio
Benjamin W. Cheng Princeton University '00 KING LEAR: A MILDER TRAGIC HERO IN THE FOLIO According to the classical notion of tragedy, a tragic hero is a character of high social standing who possesses a "tragic flaw." This personal defect leads him to commit a fatal error in judgment which ultimately results in his downfall. As we see in William Shakespeare's King Lear, Lear appears to ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Lady Macbeth- Not As Evil As She Appears
Benjamin W. Cheng Princeton University '00 LADY MACBETH: NOT AS EVIL AS SHE APPEARS TO BE In many of his plays, William Shakespeare portrays women as more virtuous than men. For example, in Othello, we see the stark contrast between Desdemona's tender love and her husband's jealous vengeance. Similarly, in The Winter's Tale, we witness Hermione patiently enduring her miserable plight at...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / The Pervasive Power Of Prejudice
The Pervasive Power of Prejudice by Ben Lowe One of the first themes to emerge in Shakespeare's Othello, and certainly one of the most discussed, is that of the blatant racism against Othello, most notably by Iago, Roderigo, and Desdemona's father, Brabantio. However, while racism is certainly a valid topic, tracing evidence in that vein fails to provide any clear moral by the end of the play...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Speeches At Caesar's Funeral
In William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, one of the most important and significant parts in the play is the funeral speech given by both Brutus and Mark Antony. At first, the funeral speeches seem to have no true significant meaning. However in further investigation it is established that the speeches ultimately serve as the basis for the final outcome of the play. By exploring the speeches of b...
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The story "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare was written many centuries ago, yet the story is praised even today. It is praised so much that a modernized version of this dramatic tale was made into a movie in the last decade. Though the movie and book have the same story line, the plot, characters, and settings, change between the two. Some elements of the plot in "Romeo and Juliet" th...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / William Shakesphere Biography (10 Pages+)
William Shakesphere (1564-1616) Playwright and poet. Born in 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (historians believe Shakespeare was born on April 23, the same day he died in 1616). The son of John Shakespeare, a glover, and Mary Arden, of farming stock. Much uncertainty surrounds Shakespeare's early life. He was the eldest of three sons, and there were four daughters. He was educ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Character Analysis, Marc Antony
Marc Antony, of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, changes dramatically throughout the play. He begins the play a foolish reveler and ends it as a power hungry, vengeful, cold hearted member of the Second Triumvirate. What prompts this dramatic change of character in Antony? A number of things, chiefly the death of Caesar, and the power he gains in the Second Triumvirate. In Act I and II the char...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Hamlet: A Man Of Action
Hamlet Research Paper In the film, Star Wars, Luke Skywalker attempts to avenge his father's spiritual death to the dark side. Luke denies his father's existence and comes close to turning to the dark side. Ultimately, Luke rejects the lure of the dark side, and avenges his father when he kills the Emperor. The Emperor is the leader of the dark side who killed his father. Luke then goes on t...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Hamlet's Whatever Complex
Hamlet's Whatever Complex William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a play that is full of several themes and ideas that relate to today's society as well as they relate to the Elizabethan Era. Probably the one aspect that stands out though, is the theme of courage and confidence demonstrated through Hamlet's inability to act on his decisions. Several times throughout the play Hamlet feels one way and...
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In the tradgy Macbeth the are many different characters that can be analyzed. Many characters said one thing or acted one way but felt something else. This is common among many people today. But one character that really stood out to me was Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was a very confused person. She wanted so much for her husband and would do almost anything so that he would become king. Macbeth...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Hamlet- Purposefully Mad
James Dougherty The ever-burning question upon the reader's mind after having read Shakespeare's Hamlet, was Hamlet mad? Did he just fake it to fool those under the influence of his uncle? Rarely do people ask themselves this question: Why is it that Hamlet feigned madness? The reason behind his madness, as displayed through several characters such as: Gertrude, Ophelia, Claudius, and the pair...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Biography:William Shakespeare
Biography: William Shakespeare William Shakespeare, playwright, whose work stands to be the most translated non-religious literature ever was born on April 23rd, 1564 and was baptized the day after in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He was the third of eight children born into the family of John Shakespeare-a well known merchant, and Mary Arden. Being the eldest son, following the customs o...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Life Of Shakespeare
William Shakespeare: If only he really did look as good as Joseph Fiennes... On April 13, 1564, the greatest writer to ever inhabit the Earth was born. Well, okay, we aren't exactly sure it was April 13. It could have been the 12th... or the 14th... maybe even the 15th. But we do know he was baptized on April 16th, so most historians think it was the 13th. Okay, I just tot...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Midsummer Night's Dream: Environ Contrast
Tris Warkentin DOVER EDITION Intro. to Shakespeare Midsummer Night's Dream, question 2 10/14/99 Logic vs. Magic Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream draws sharp parallels between the two sets of order in the play; one seen in Athens, and the other in the forest. Athens is the paragon of order, with Theseus ruling in a logical and equitable manner. The "enchanted" forest is a ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Education Of Hal: King Henry IV
Tris Warkentin DOVER EDITION Intro. to Shakespeare King Henry IV, Part I question #2 9/20/99 Education of the Elite When King Henry IV, Part I begins, Prince Hal is shown as an inconsistent slob, keeping company with peasants and thieves. In fact, the first word of him comes from the King, who says that "riot and dishonour stain the brow / Of my young Harry" (I.i). Yet somehow ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Twelfth Night
Tris Warkentin Shakespearean Comedy Twelfth Night, question 3 12/17/99 Shakespeare's Twelfth Night has many different characterizations for the many different characters in the play; Orsino and Olivia represent the Renaissance and the dangers facing it, Viola represents the overindulgence of the Renaissance and the Puritan minimalism represented by Malvolio, the madman. While the o...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / All's Well That Ends Well
Tris Warkentin Shakespearean Comedy All's Well That Ends Well, question 1 1/13/00 Shaky Shakespeare? Simply, All's Well That Ends Well is a play that was never quite finished by Shakespeare, leaving us questioning things like Helena's reasons for loving Bertram. This rough nature reached its pinnacle in the very final lines of the play, where the King proclaims that "All is well...
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Tris Warkentin Shakespearean Comedy Troilus and Cressida, question 2 11/18/99 Manipulations of a "Universal Wolf" The focus of Troilus and Cressida on appetite as a type of human value, and hence a cause of action, causes a break in the Great Chain of Being, and thus the dissolution of order in both Troy and the Greek camp outside of it. The original causes of the Trojan War have...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Was Macbeth Responsible For The Killings
In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare I feel that Macbeth is responsible for the killings. Even though Macbeth was persuaded by the witches, Lady Macbeth, and his own desire to be king he still ultimately responsible for the actions he commit. We could easily allow ourselves to say he has been convinced by the prophecy and his wife's manipulation, but he is still in command of whate...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Macbeth:A Tragic Hero?
Throughout Shakespeare's Scottish play, the main character Macbeth is portrayed as both a hero and an enemy. Through a series of conflicts and situations, Macbeth's image is changed from a hero to an enemy and due to his downfall he is established as a tragic hero. Pathos is created for Macbeth as he is faced with these conflicts, consequently in the end Macbeth is looked upon as a t...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / William Shakespeare
This paper shall discuss those facts that qualify, William Shakespeare, as a major contribution to our national heritage. William Shakespeare is very world-widely known because he is a famous English playwright and poet from the 1600's. Events in William Shakespeare's life played a major role in shaping his attitude and writing skills for his future profession. Certain people in his perso...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / "MACBETH" The Weird Sisters
"You should be women,/And yet your beards forbid me to interpret/That you are so." (Act 1, scene 3, lines 47-49) The three weird sisters of the story "MACBETH" by William Shakespeare are the turning point in Macbeth's world.The use unnatural, supernatura and evil elements to convince Macbeth that he has to become king. The evil sisters, which are not of his world, seem to turn it completely ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Similarities Between Hamlet And Laertes
Hamlet and Laertes demonstrate rash behavior when infuriated. Hamlet becomes outraged at the notion of Claudius spying on him which results in Hamlet mistakenly killing Polonius. Laertes become drastically angered at the death of his father and boldly seeks vengeance against Claudius. Momentary rage overcomes Laertes and Hamlet which prompts them to act spontaneously. Hamlet and Laertes both have ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Taming Of The Shrew-women In Elizabethan
The Taming of the Shrew The Taming of the Shrew was a clear demonstration of the role of women in Elizabethan society. In Elizabethan society women played the role that depicted them as lower than men. They were basically slaves. The most evident example of this is the character of Katherina, who embodies Shakespeare's way of demonstrating to his audience the improper way to behave. The whole...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare A complete, authoritative account of Shakespeare's life is not available; thus there is a lot of supposition surrounding few facts. William Shakespeare was generally believed to born on April 23, 1564 to Mary Arden and John Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Shakespeare was baptized in the Holy Trinity Church. John Shakespeare owned a general store and was ...
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Christopher Shepard Women and Power in Shakespeare Prof. Garganigo 9 / 10 / 1999 Fate Guised as Scapegoat in The Merchant of Venice Self-determined decisions made by Shakespeare's characters not only mold the characters' dispositions, but obviously reveal what course the remainder of the play will take. Self-determination remains a strong power for any character when compared with...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream By William Shakespeare is a story on the nature of life and love. There are four main groupings of characters, which each represent part of love and life. The Fairies, the Athenians, the Lovers and the Players. Act I is about the basic situation and it introduces the characters with a basic introduction to the characters. Act II introd...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Macbeth
How exactly does Macbeth arrive at the decision to murder King Duncan? In Shakespeare's time witchcraft was punished by death. The King at the time when the play was written James I was interested in witchcraft and he wrote a book about it called "Demonology." Shakespeare probably wrote the witches into the play because of the King's interest. If someone was accused of being a witch then they ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / King Lear Is Not Insane
The Sanity of Lear King Lear: Sane, or insane? This question is one that has been posed throughout time by those who study him. By his actions, it could be inferred that Lear is mad, but some people have an opinion to the contrary: King Lear is sane. Support for the view that King Lear is sane can be found throughout the play. There are many examples of Lear's ability to make a rational tho...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Troubled Years (Shakespeare)
When William Shakespeare first started writing, He had problems with two fires that almost wiped out his house. He was forced to get married quickly.He had problems finding good actors, and later experienced writer's block. Even though Shakespeare was a great writer, he had many problems, which got in the way of his writing. William and his family have had problems with fires and other disaster...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Summary Of Macbeth
Michael Stavropoulos(greekgod@aol.com) Summarie of macbeth Act I, Scene 1 The witches plan to meet after the battle, which we find is a rebellion in Scotland. They are summoned by their familiars and end with the theme of the play. Act I, Scene 2 The king and his thanes are at a camp and hear word of the battle from the bleeding sergeant. The sergeant had saved Malcolm earlier. He ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Macbeth
Macbeth's character is portrayed from the beginning with bravery, courage, and valor. Only later does the reader discover that he is plagued with wicked ambition and curiosity. His weak will allow him to easily be overwhelmed by his wife's influence. Despite his good-natured personality, his ambitions to become something greater prevail and lead him to do his evil deeds. After returning from...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / King Lea: The Role Of The Fool
In the play King Lear, by William Shakespeare, there are many intriguing characters. Perhaps the most intriguing of them all is the fool. The fool seems to exist outside the play appearing and disappearing without warning. The fool is, however, a necessary character to the evolution of Lear's character, since he is the personification of truth and reason. The fool serves to show Lear how he i...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Mid Summer Nights Dream Essay
Midsummer Night's Dream Essay Theseus' and Hippolyta's wedding provide a frame for the royalty because they are the royalty. Because weddings are a sort of theme for this story the young lovers, who just want to marry the person they love, are seeking a marriage also. The mechanicals are making a play to present to the royalty, Theseus' and Hippolita. The fairies are trying to put togethe...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Quilities Of Macbeth (The Characteristics)
How would a one react if "witch" like people told the person that they would be a future King of some country, even though they were not in the line of genealogy to become one? Well that's what happened in the tragic play of "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare has written many well-known tragedies and comedies throughout his lifetime. One of his well-know tragedies that was writt...
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Factors in the Tragedy of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet The relationship of Romeo and Juliet was constrained to fail from the beginning. The relationship could not endure with such constant animosity among the families. This is the same in most "love at first site." cases. Usually they do not carry through. I believe the three main factors in the tragedy of the young couple were mainly the...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Merchant Of Venice
In The Merchant of Venice Shylock is an evil villain; he is greedy and heartless. But, in Act III scene I we are to feel sorry for him when he tells us how he is treated like trash because he is a Jew. At first we hate him because he is a cold man and there is nothing to like about him, but there is a point when we feel sympathy for him because his daughter leaves him, he looses his property, and ...
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John Keating English Honors Lady Macbeth Must Take Some Blame for Her Husband's Destruction In Macbeth, a play written by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth is partially responsible for the destruction of her husband. Lady Macbeth is not a monster without feelings, however she is tricky and cunning when she influences Macbeth to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth's ability to influence her husband leads th...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / R&J's Protagonist And Antagonist
The effect of fate on Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, is one of the greatest love stories of all time. The play was written around 1595, but the story has proven to be timeless. The play is a story of forbidden love that is resolved in two tragic deaths. Romeo and Juliet come from feuding families, but they defy the feud and f...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Rome And Juliet (the Balcony Scene)
Commentary on Romeo and Juliet Lines 25-45 In the play Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare uses many different writing techniques to make his work entertaining as well as engaging. In lines 25-45 of Act II, Scene II, he uses extremely skillful writing to show how each of them feels while in the state of love. These lines are part of the famed "balcony scene" where both lovers confess their love to e...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Was MacDuff Right To Leave His Family?
By leaving his family and going to England, MacDuff prioritized his country over his family. As a result of this, his family was left unprotected and MacBeth killed his wife and children. Although MacDuff had no real way of (absolutely) knowing ahead of time that MacBeth was setting out to harm him and the ones he loved, MacDuff should not have left his family in such a vulnerable position and sit...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Romeo & Juliet Vs. West Side Story
Shakespeare's is one of the most read writers ever and his writing was so successful that not just one group of people liked it. He did this by relating to his audience using universal truths. . Human emotions are not something that change over time and they are also known as universal truths; love, hate, revenge, and envy are all examples of universal truths. This play was so successful that m...
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In the play Hamlet, Hamlet pretends to be a mad. Hamlet pretends hoping that others will ignore his actions, but instead it drew more interest from people. 1)Hemlet's madness probably aroused the suspicions of the king . 2)Because people were trying to figure out why he was acting mad, people paid more close attention to Hamlet. 3)When Hamlet presented his play "Mouse Trap", the king knew that Ha...
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Golding's Foreshadowing: Looking At Chapter One Chapter one, which is the most important chapter of the novel the Lord of the Flies by William Gilding shows how many aspects of the novel, first mentioned briefly in the beginning of the novel are also found later on in it. When looking at the actions, attitudes, and setting, it is clearly evident that chapter one is a foreshad...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / An I Will Establish His Kingdom Forever
In early 1606 William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, and on August 7, 1606 he and his company performed the play before James I, King of England (Evans 55). In the first act of Macbeth, the protagonist and his friend Banquo, come across three weird sisters, three witches, on the way home from battle. The witches tell Macbeth of his ultimate rule of Scotland, and inform Banquo that his children will ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Marc Antony: The Living Teeter-Totter
Marc Antony: A Living Teeter-Totter Throughout Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar we see a contrast of personalities come from one of the minor characters, Marc Antony. One of which is compassionate and impulsive; the other is in complete control of his emotions at all times. One can cry over the death of his dear friend, Caesar; the other condemns his peers to death without batting an eye...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Medicine Of Elizabethan Times
Medicine of Elizabethan Times       For a dog bite: "Boil all together one spoonful of tin shavings, one drum of treacle, a handful of rice, and a quart of ale"(Curtis 318). Pouring oil on wounds was believed to heal them fast(Ramsey 2). Bizarre remedies like this represent the medical ideas of Elizabethan times. Such ideas could be explained ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / MacBeth
The play "MacBeth" written by profound author and playwright William Shakespeare is a story of good, evil, power, and envy. MacBeth ,who is the main character of this play, is a courageous, brave, ruthless, and sometimes asinine soldier who also carries the title of Thane of Glamis. All throughout the play MacBeth encounters other characters who praise him as the Thane of Glamis or as a fierce w...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Macbeth Trial
I call to the stand Macbeth......Did you or did you not Murder in cold blood your king Duncan. Your Honour on the night of the acused, I held a banquet with good intentions for my King Duncan who has served the country for many years. The events leading up to the acusation period were somewhat distorted. A week or more ago I paid homage to a group of medians unintentionally whilst on a jou...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / ROMEO AND JULIET Victims Of Fate
i got 87% on this in grade 10 english. We had to prove that Romeo and juiet are victims of fate. this should be fine for anything grade 9 to about 10 or 11. if you're in grade 12 or 13 and you need to copy reports off the internet then you're a retard. don't forget to doublespace the lines and all that. who'd have thought that one day technology would allow us to cheat on homework assignments? hah...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Brutus
In the play Julius Caesar, the tragedy of the play was directed mainly at a one specific character, Marcus Brutus. Brutus was the tragic hero of the play, because of his idealistic and pragmatic qualities. The mindset that Brutus possessed only allowed him to see the world and its people from one point of view. This point of view allowed him to make judgments that assumed only the best of peopl...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Midsummer Nights Dream
Was it really almost 20 yrs ago? Doesn't seem like it. I can remember..... Nineteen years old and still a virgin. Now that's something you don't want to get around to the rest of your shipmates. But hey, I was a little drunk and looking for sympathy when the subject of "last piece" came up. I was only temporarily assigned to the ship and wasn't really part of the group. They let me tag...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Julius Caesar: A Dead Man's Party
JULIUS CAESAR: A Dead Man's Party In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the character of Caesar remains a active force throughout the play, even after his assassination. Caesar is such a strong presence that even after he is killed, his spirit will not rest until he is revenged. It is ironic in that Brutus wished to "come by Caesar's spirit, And not dismember Caesar". Caesar's body was kill...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Societal Lessons In Julius Caesar
Societal Lessons in Julius Caesar Many authors try to convey different lessons that we, as individuals or a society can learn from their writings. William Shakespeare, in his play Julius Caesar, has definitely accomplished this goal. With the many lessons included in this story, society can learn from the mistakes of others made previously. It could be said that the actions of society are l...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Macbeth-A Tragic Depiction Of Heroism
Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic depiction of a man who has earned great respect and honor through his fearless defense of a great nation. However; Macbeth, being easily influenced by words of self-interest, plans an intrigue against his king in the hopes that it might fulfill a prophecy that was given to him by a supernatural being. The character of Macbeth is drawn from people in ...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / "Hamlet" Compared To A Greek Tragedy
By Nick Carroll (I do not wish to remain anonymous, let my work help everyone!!!) Also, a warning to Pryor High Students. If you plagiarize this, you will more than likely get caught. I got a 100% on this, so my teacher is not going to forget it. Have Fun! For several thousands of years, drama has existed among mankind. The ancient Greeks are accredited with the creation of dram...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Was It Me,Or Not Me,That Is The Question
Was It Me Or Not Me, That Is The Question Shakespeare was a man of many accomplishments. Many were in his writings; others were in his great director and playwright skills. The play Hamlet is one of the most re-created and re-written books to date. Hamlet is still being performed in theaters around the world. Even though many people perceive Shakespeare as a literary genius, we can n...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / The Nature Of Loyalty
The Nature of Loyalty In the play King Lear, Shakespeare presents the reader with many negative views of society, and of human nature. One of the few bright spots in the play is Kent, a very loyal and honest man. Through Kent and his actions, Shakespeare shows the reader the nature of true loyalty. Kent's nature is evident from the very first time he talks to Lear. Lear has begun to det...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / MacBeth - Character Roles W/ Quotes
All of the characters in the drama Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, had very commanding roles. They were all essential to the turnout at the end of the drama, each having their own reason. Not only the main characters had a large impact on the reader, but the supporting characters had a large impact, too. Duncan, the King of Scotland, Banquo, Macbeth's friend, the future telling witches, an...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Macbeth And Lady Macbeth
MacBeth - Lady Macbeth seems to be almost opposite compared to that of Macbeth in physical and mental power. Lady Macbeth is the person who is able to persuade Macbeth into killing Duncan, assuring Macbeth that it will succeed, as Lady Macbeth's ambition is far greater than that of Macbeth. This change in the character of Lady Macbeth is apparent after she reads the letter fr...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / A Midsummer Night's Dream
Magic and Mischief In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, reality blends with imagination. For example, the fact that there are fairies with magical powers is very far-fetched, yet makes for an entertaining story. This comedy is mainly focused on the troubles of three groups of people: the two dedicated lovers, the bumbling actors, and the gleeful fairies. When these thr...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Humanity's Fate In King Lear
Many tragedies have been written throughout history. The purpose of these tragedies were to illustrate some type of moral lesson. The tragic situation involves man's miscalculation of reality and the fatal results of those miscalculations. Our tragic hero must endure a great deal of suffering. It ends in his ruin or destruction. We must also understand that tragedy not only destroys the guilty, bu...
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Shakespeare Essays essays / Shakespeare And His Theatre
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...

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