Shakespeare Essays Essays & Term Papers

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Male Domination The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, deals with marriage. The ideas explored are primarily shown through the characters of Petruchio and Katharina. We are introduced to the trials and tribulation's which present themselves in their everyday lives. The characters bring up a traditional concept of male domination. Through the play we see the need for domination through Petruchio, and the methods he uses to dominate. While these ideas of male domination have rem

The Elizabethan Theater The Elizabethan theater also known as Elizabethan Playhouses where the first known theaters built only for the pupose of peforming plays. They were built in honor of Queen Elizabeth. Many of these theaters wre built in many different locations. They were created to entertain everyone from the poorest beggar to the richest lords. Many plays were performed, using all types of dramatic scripts from romance to violence. Many plays were cencored by the government and

Julius Caesar In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the title character's three prominent characteristics, that he displays for the short time while in the novel, are his egotistical attitude, his intelligence, and foolish courage. During the second scene of the first act, we get an idea of what kind of man Caesar believes himself to be when Anthony declares "When Caesar says 'Do this', it is perform'd." This lets us known that Caesar believes his word to be higher than any other persons, this was

The Manipulation of Othello A tragic fault is a character trait which causes the action of a tragic hero or character. Iago manipulates Othello and Cassio by using their character traits and flaws against them. It will become evident how he does this as you read further. Iago exploits Othello's character traits. Othello's trust is manipulated by Iago. Iago lies to Othello, who thinks he wouldn't lie to him. Iago tells Othello that Desdemona is having an affair and he believes him be

In Shakespeare's Macbeth, two kings are killed because they are not good kings. There are a few important characteristics a good king should have to be popular with and good for his people. Such a king must be cunning and well-informed, loyal to his people, and he must not abuse his power. Duncan was killed by Macbeth because he was oblivious to Macbeth's wants and intentions, which made it easy for Macbeth to kill him. Macbeth was not a good king because his primary interest was his own pow

Throughout the murder scene of Shakespeare's Macbeth reveals his weakness but also his strong conscience. Because of Lady Macbeth's persuasiveness, he finds the courage to kill Duncan, but he now shows his fear, sorrow, and regret for the assassination of Duncan. When Macbeth arrives in the scene after having killed Duncan, he is shaken when he thinks he hears someone because he fears being caught. When he is leaving the bloody murder scene, he starts, hearing what Lady Macbeth assures him is

A successful monarchy relies upon a stable leader who is concerned with the satisfaction of those he rules over. Henry Bolingbroke the IV in Shakespeare's Henry the IV Part I follows a trend set by his predecessor in Richard II of self-indulgence and neglect of his kingdom. These leaders worry about the possibility of losing their kingdom or their soldiers to other nobles who were also concerned more with obtaining a higher position rather than governing. The king must also be wary of his own

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,

Macbeth is presented as a mature man of definitely established character, successful in certain fields of activity and enjoying an enviable reputation. We must not conclude, there, that all his volitions and actions are predictable; Macbeth's character, like any other man's at a given moment, is what is being made out of potentialities plus environment, and no one, not even Macbeth himself, can know all his inordinate self-love whose actions are discovered to be-and no doubt have been fo

Many people are villainous in the way they act, and 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 ser

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 appears alo

Shakespeare' King Lear is a story of treachery and deceit. The villainy of the play knows no bounds. Family lines are ignored in an overwhelming quest for power. This villainy is epitomized in the character of Edmund, bastard son of the Earl of Gloucester. Edmund is displayed as a " most toad-spotted traitor." When we first see Edmund, he is already knee deep in treachery. His need for power has already clouded his mind to the extent that his first act is a double- cross of his own b

English OAC 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 re

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 Lawrence demonst

In the play Macbeth, the character Macbeth did many evil things, which lead to his downfall. These things effected not only himself, but his relationships with Lady Macbeth and his fellow countrymen. Macbeth was a good and brave man in the beginning of the play. He fought heroically for Scotland and recieved an honor, a title, as a reward. His mental health was good also. When he hears the three greetings of the three witches, however, his mental health starts to fade. At first, he is

Reputation plays a very important role in the play Othello. The character of Iago uses his reputation as an honest man to deceive Othello and other characters in the play. To Cassio reputation meant everything. Othello's reputation played an important role in the play. Iago's reputation played a very key role in the play. Everyone thought of Iago as an honest man. " O, that's an honest fellow " , "You advise me well ........ goodnight honest Iago " - "........that's an honest fellow " "

English I Honors April 29, 1997 Romeo and Juliet Human ignorance plays a huge role in a tragedy. Without ignorance everyone would know what is happening and the problem would never occur. This is especially relevant with Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet". There are many cases within the play that show that the characters are ignorant of what is happening somewhere else. The characters either does not know that something is occurring or the character does not have the whole truth.

Romeo's best friend. Mercutio shows many different qualities before he is killed. When we see Mercutio using one of his best qualities, be humorous is when he has his major soliloquy about Queen Nab. Mercutio second quality is being arrogant to Tybalt when he wants to fight Romeo for being at the Capulet ball. Mercutio shows devotion to Romeo by being there when Romeo was down about Rosaline. One of the qualities Mercutio shows is being humorous. Mercutio in his long soliloquy to Romeo and

One of the primary themes portrayed in "King Lear" is the harsh effects of betrayal by one's loved ones. Incorporated in this message is the fact that such betrayal can be avoided with sound judgment and temper, and with patience in all decisions. Shakespeare uses the motif of madness to aid in this message. Anger and insanity are coupled to illustrate the theme, and they both cloud the judgment of characters in various ways. A contrast between actual insanity and fabricated madness aids in

Shakespeare and his Theater Compared to the technical theaters of today, the London public theaters in the time of Queen Elizabeth I seem to be terribly limited. The plays had to be performed during daylight hours only and the stage scenery had to be kept very simple with just a table, a chair, a throne, and maybe a tree to symbolize a forest. Many say that these limitations were in a sense advantages. What the theater today can show for us realistically, with massive scenery an

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, but also the innocent. The tragic hero represents what could happen to humankind. He is responsible fo

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 three groups collide, magic and mischief are created. Egeus, a nobleman, wants his daughter, Hermia,

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 from Macbeth as she goes and talks to the evil spirits to make herself evil with lines such as "Fill

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, and Macduff are included with these characters. Duncan was the King of Scotland. With two sons at

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 detail his disappointment in Cordelia, and announce that he will not be providing her with a dowry. Ke

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 not give him sole credit for his plays and sonnets. With a few exceptions, Shakespeare did not inve

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 drama, which began as simple religious rituals and eventually evolved into the more complex forms of tra

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 history, yet Shakespeare has softened a little some of the most rugged features; he shows him doubtf

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 learned by the actions of our predecessors. In this incredible play, the major messages or societal

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 killed, but in doing so, his "spirit" was unleashed, which causes more disaster than a living Caesar

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 along sometimes and that's why I was there when the subject came up. So I told them I was a virg

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 people. This tragic weakness resulted in many errors throughout the play. The major incidences such as

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? hahaha, enjoy Even though nobody likes it, bad luck exists. There is no way to get rid of it, i

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 journey with my fellow companion Banquo. I was beckoned by the witch that confronted me at the mouth

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 warrior. MacBeth's attitude in the play is one of a laid-back invincible warrior who will never be d

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 by the respect people had for superstitions that existed. This is why medicine of the Elizabethan ti

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 eyelash. One makes a powerful political speech with perfect understanding of human nature; the other c

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 become kings, thou he shall not (I.iii). Macbeth later returns to the witches and they call up seve

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 foreshadowing of the remainder of the novel. Many of the boy's actions in chapter one correspond to

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 Hamlet knew about the murder and Hemlet's feigned madness probably made the king more suspicious and i

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 many other movies have copied the plot but changed the scenery. Over the past 400 years since this p

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 situation. His wife and his children had no way of properly protecting themselves and as a responsible

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 each other. Romeo has fallen in love with Juliet at first sight, and apparently so did she. At this p

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 fall in love. Many events take place during the five short days that they share their love. All of

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 the audience to believe that she is the primary cause for the destruction of Macbeth. The audience is

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 he looses his religion. Except for some parts of the play, Shylock is not presented in a likeable

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 following: the young lover's immaturity, the rivalry and hatred between the two families, and the i

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 written is "Macbeth", a story about a tragic hero who met his downfall because of excessive pride. There

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 together the young lovers so they can be married also. The royalty is somewhat against the lovers and w

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 is going insane, as well as to attempt to delay this inevitability. The fool also demonstrates to Le