Shakespeare Essays & Term Papers

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Romeo and Juliet: comparison of the 1968 movie, the 1996 movie, and Shakespeare's original text. Romeo and Juliet has been a popular story for over 400 years, either by the play written by Shakespeare, or a poem written earlier than that. In the 20th century, two directors created their own interpretations of the play. In 1968, Franco Zefferelli directed a version of the play where the performers played the part of people in 16th century Verona, Italy. In 1996, Baz Luhrmann took a v

Romeo and Juliet are not the victims of fat, nor are they a "pair of star-crossed" lovers. Their deaths were merely the result of the premeditated actions belonging to teens. For one, the death of Tybalt contributed to the banishment of Romeo (which contributed to the frustration of both Romeo and Juliet). Romeo dictated his sword as it killed Tybalt, so therefore Romeo was in control of one of the actions that possibly led up to him and his love's demise. Another factor that validates the th

Denmark: The Land of Make-Believe In William Shakespeare's, Hamlet, there exists a predominant motif of pretense. Throughout the play, the characters feign emotions in order to achieve their own purposes. Various characters use pretense to hide their true thoughts from each other and to cover up for what evil deeds they have down. In Act I, Claudius, Hamlet and Polonius demonstrate their pretentiousness. Claudius claims to mourn for his "dear brother's death" (I, ii, 1) when actually,

Essay on a soliloquy from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II, contains a soliloquy in which King Henry grieves over his difficulty sleeping. Shakespeare illustrates the King's musings through exquisite diction, imagery, and syntax. These literary elements effectively demonstrate the King's state of mind. King Henry's demeanor as he gives this soliloquy is one of great distress and unhappiness. In this soliloquy, the King has a conversation with sle

Good v. Evil In William Shakespeare's King Lear, both good and evil meet with ironic demises. The very brother whom Edmund betrayed is the one who destroys him. Regan's vanity and pretense bring about her downfall. His own good and trusting nature shatter the life of King Lear. These three characters' faults and virtues lead to their utter annihilation. First of all, the downfall of Edmund is ironic in that its instigator is Edgar, the brother Edmund sought to betray. Edmund believed th

Reputation plays a big role in the play Othello written by Shakespeare. Iago uses his reputation as an honest man to deceive Othello and everyone else. Othello's reputation also plays a big role throughout the play. Cassio's changing reputation has a big part in the outcome of the play as well. Iago's reputation played a 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." Iago convinces everyone tha

Studies in Shakespeare 3 October 1995 Falstaff + Hotspur = Prince Hal: Their Actions on the Battlefield Sir John Falstaff has a number of functions in 1 Henry IV, the most obvious as a clownish figure providing comic relief. His many lies and exaggerations entertain because of the wit and cleverness he employs to save himself from paying debts and answering for crimes. He in many ways represents an everyman--a sinner with little shame or honor, who nonetheless maintains at least a

Honesty can be a way of life for many people. For some it can define all that they really are and for others it can define how they view all of their peers, friends, and family. But whichever way you cut it, honesty can affect you greatly and every solitary day. This idea was one of the most specific and open parts of the plot of William Shakespeare's Othello. In the play Shakespeare gives us brilliant insight as to what can happen as a result of believing and trusting in the honesty and words o

Laertes Laertes' habits, traits and actions portray him as a neglectful person, unconcerned about his actions and thus unconscious about his image. Laertes is also shown as a cheating and deceitful person, though it is true that his surrounding and influences from other characters also define his personality. Overall, Laertes' character in the play, is more inclined towards the negative side of man. In the beginning, Laertes is shown as a liberated and idle youth who spends most

In Hamlet, Shakespeare depicts alienation among the younger characters. Trusting no one, Claudius, the new king, and Polonius send out spies to obtain information from others to assure Claudius's rule of Denmark runs smoothly. Claudius killed Old Hamlet for the rule of Denmark and he fears that Hamlet might know of the murder. Both Claudius and Polonius spy on Hamlet to find out if he knows of the murder. Polonius sends his daughter, Ophelia, out to also gain information. Hamlet begins goin

Henry V William Shakespeare's Henry V is a magnificent piece of historical fiction. Shakespeare gives a great account of what might have happened. He also extends his creativity to describe the personal traits of all his characters. One of the main characteristics represented in the story is leadership. The burdens of leadership in Henry V are apparent throughout the novel. Henry has to show his men courage and respect. The hardest parts of the story were when Henry had to rouse his me

Macbeth By: Jim Snoxall In the play "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare, the character Macbeth is highly respected at first but then because of his own actions falls from grace and is killed. His life turns from glory to become meaningless. Macbeth is responsible for his own downfall because he lets ambition, fear, ignorance, and anger control him and his actions. Macbeth's ambition causes him to kill the present king and his good friend Duncan. When the witches gave the prophecies Macbet

Steve Strohack The bible states that blood is "The River of Life". In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the symbol of blood is used in various contexts as an effective method in describing the theme of the play. This essay will outline how "Treachery and Treason," "Honour" and "Guilt" thoughts are clearly represented. The first reference of blood is one of honour, and occurs when Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says "What bloody man is that?" (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 1). This is symbolic o

Steve Strohack The bible states that blood is "The River of Life". In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the symbol of blood is used in various contexts as an effective method in describing the theme of the play. This essay will outline how "Treachery and Treason," "Honour" and "Guilt" thoughts are clearly represented. The first reference of blood is one of honour, and occurs when Duncan sees the injured sergeant and says "What bloody man is that?" (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 1). This is symbolic o

Romeo and Juliet Have you ever read the classic play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare? Many movies have come from the play, but none have ever told the story exactly like William Shakespeare. One of these movies was made in 1996 by Baz Luhrman called, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Between the movie and the play, there are many similarities and differences including the variations between Friar Laurence, Lord Capulet, and Mercutio. While looking at

"This play is not about King Henry IV but about the future King Henry V." The play talks primarily about Prince Henry's growth from a young foolish man to a mature adult. The Prince's growth is mainly measured by the way his father feels or would feel (if he knew) about the Prince's actions. At first Hals actions seem rebellious and immature. Later Hals realizes his behaviors aren't what his father expects. Finally Hal changes his actions and starts behaving like the Prince he is.

This year in English, we have studied many different characters. We have studied the works from Ancient Greece, England, about King Arthur, and of Oedipus, just to name a few. One type of character we have studied throughout this year is the tragic hero. This character starts high, and falls low due to a tragic flaw. Throughout historical liturature, a person can find these tragic heros. In the play "Julius Casar" (written by William Shakespeare) Caesar's lust for power, Cassius' j

Did Shakespeare, in any fashion, influence the great novelist Dickens? That is the question that I have set to find out. I assumed so, but I really wanted to find the pure truth about these great novelists, perhaps the best people ever to have perfected this art form. I looked for specific reasons and certain examples about these two men. William Shakespeare is a genius of his art form, of that there is no question. His contributions and influence upon all literary movements to this day ar

Once upon a time there was a love struck boy. He was called Romeo Monteque. He was penury for the love of a young maiden, Rosaline. She was an exquisite charm to Romeo. But, Romeo was a pensive man because Rosaline's love for Romeo was naught. There was an enemy to the Monteques though. A family called the Capulets. Romeo had a cousin that's name was Mercutio. He was very rash and everyone knew his sarcastic disposition. He was cunning in a way that changed many lives. "

"Imagery, and It's Impact in the Play Macbeth" The tragedy Macbeth by Shakespeare conveys blood imagery throughout the play. By representing imagery in a metaphoric way, it establishes sympathy between the main character and the audience, and questions the sanity of Macbeth. By creating sympathy between the audience and Macbeth, understanding him is easier. In the play, Macbeth becomes king by killing his way to the throne. Every one of his kills leads him to the next to cover up the

The Fate of Romeo and Juliet by Paul Schonfeld In William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, fate plays an extremely powerful role throughout the story. It turns out to cause many terrible events. Shakespeare hints at the outcome throughout the story and makes the reader hope more and more that Romeo and Juliet can live together. Unfortunately, the fate of Romeo and Juliet isn't a very preferable one. Fate can be defined as an inevitable and often adverse outcome or condition; destiny. Ro

Jealousy is not inherited in a person, but developed from the fatal factors of their character. In Shakespeare's Othello, the destruction of the fleet clears away all other tension, leaving only mannerisms to be a cause of conflict. There is a common archetype that Othello, Iago, and Roderigo follow: jealousy is produced by a character held in high respect that seems to prefer another. Othello is plagued with his ego and pride, diseases that contribute to his demise. Believing he is i

William Shakespeare English 8 Moira Triste An English dramatist and poet, by the name of William Shakespeare, has touched society from the Elizabethan age, to Generation Next. His manifold achievements and literary dominance range from a mesmerising number of published plays, and a renowned theatre company, to merely two narrative poems. His life, his times, and his illustrious achievements prove his is, was, and will always be prevalent in our societies. I n

By Oliver Palmer 10A ( ?No pulse shall keep his native progress, but surcease. No warmth, no breath, shall testify thou livest. And in this borrowed likeness of shrunk death thou shalt continue two and forty hours, and then awake as from a pleasant sleep? (Act 4, Scene 1). With these words, Friar Lawrence passed Juliet what would turn out to be the fatal vial. Juliet was in a bad situation, she was desperately missing Romeo, had a pending arranged marriage to Paris

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

Aristotle's Poetics is considered the guide to a well written tragedy; his methods have been used for centuries. In Aristotle's opinion, plot is the most important aspect of the tragedy, all other parts such as character, diction, and thought stem from the plot. Aristotle defines a tragedy as "…an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in

Peasants of the early sixteenth century are often pictured carrying a bundle of limbs tied with vines on their backs. This is a perfect metaphor for the events in Macbeth. Macbeth is one of many thanes, or limbs, bundled together. The thanes are united by the king, or the vine. Scotland, or the peasant, carries the bundle by the sweat of his brow. They carry the bundle for fires on cold nights, or wars, and to build homes, or castles, to protect them from the elements, or invaders. If

Sir Fortinbras and noble knights of the army of Norway, I stand before you today to tell a tale of a martyred hero to whom we must remember. Hamlet be thy name. He was a friend and a leader. About eight months ago Hamlet was distraught, I'd never seen him like this before. He had a good excuse, I mean his father had just died, his mom, god rest her soul, remarried not even a month afterwards. Hamlet's affair with Ophilia was dwindling in his giant fire of emotions. Ophilia was the kings' se

Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is a detailed description of the consequences of one man's decisions. This fictitious man is Lear, King of England, who's decisions greatly alter his life and the lives of those around him. As Lear bears the status of King he is, as one expects, a man of great power but sinfully he surrenders all of this power to his daughters as a reward for their demonstration of love towards him. This untimely abdication of his throne results in a chain reaction of event

Macbeth: Tragedy or Satire? William Shakespeare wrote four great tragedies, the last of which was written in 1606 and titled Macbeth. This "tragedy", as it is considered by societal critics of yesterday's literary world, scrutinizes the evil dimension of conflict, offering a dark and gloomy atmosphere of a world dominated by the powers ofdarkness. Macbeth, more so than any of Shakespeare's other tragic protagonists, has to face the powers and decide: should he succumb or should h

Time and Fate in Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet, said to be one of the most famous love stories of all times, is a play anchored on time and fate. Some actions are believed to occur by chance or by destiny. The timing of each action influences the outcome of the play. While some events are of less significance, some are crucial to the development of this tragedy. The substantial events that inspire the conclusion of Romeo and Juliet are; the Capulet ball, the quarrel experienced

It is curious to note the role of women in Shakespearean literature. Many critics have lambasted the female characters in his plays as two-dimensional and unrealistic portrayals of subservient women. Others have asserted that the roles of women in his plays were prominent for the time and culture that he lived in. That such contrasting views could be held in regards to the same topic is academic. It is only with close examination of his works that we are able to suppose his intent in creati

The Epilogue of the Tempest by William Shakespeare is an excellent -- if not the best -- example of Shakespeare's brilliance. In 20 lines Shakespeare is able to write an excellent ending to his play, while speaking through his characters about Shakespeare's own life and career. Even more amazingly, he seemlessly ties the two together. In the context of the story Prospero's monologue makes perfect sense. He has lost his magical power, so his "charms are o'erthrown, and what strength

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564. He was baptized on April 24, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He was the third of eight children born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. John was a well-known merchant and Mary was the daughter of a Roman Catholic member of the gentry. Shakespeare was educated at the local grammar school. According to history, Shakespeare was the eldest son, and he should have been the apprentice to his father's shop so that he could be taught ever

In the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, two teenagers are controlled by a chain of human actions. Act 4, scenes 1,3 and 5, are a good representation of the web of human actions that cause tragedy between the pair of "star crossed lovers" (prologue). One example of human actions being dominant in those particular scenes is Friar Lawrence. His actions, while being in good intent, caused much of the pain for the other characters in the book. His first action was to offer his help

"Hamlet is the inner person of all mankind" as stated by actor Alan Bates. What did Mr. Bates mean by this? Could he be referring to the love, the corruption, the revenge, or the insanity displayed by Hamlet; or was he referring to more than Shakespeare decided to set corruption in Elsinor, a royal castle in medieval Denmark. Prior to the first act Hamlets' mother, Queen Gertrude is widowed to King Hamlet. When this tragedy starts, we are introduced to Marcellus, Bernardo, and Francisco wh e

Macbeth In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we discover that Macbeth is a tragic hero. Macbeth is very ambitious, courageous, and a moral coward: all these things lead to his tragic death at the end of the play. At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare defines Macbeth as a hero very clearly. From the courages in defense of Scotland is significant in the opening scene. However, he is very ambitious to be king. At the beginning of the play, he was loyal to the king. While he di

I am going to prove that in the play Macbeth, a symbol of blood is portrayed often(and with different meanings), and that it is a symbol that is developed until it is the dominating theme of the play towards the end of it. To begin with, I found the word "blood", or different forms of it forty-two times (ironically, the word fear is used forty-two times), with several other passages dealing with the symbol. Perhaps the best way to show how the symbol of blood changes throughout the pla

Hamlet by Shakespeare Hamlet's Sanity Hamlet appears to be insane, after Polonius's death, in act IV scene II. There are indications, though, that persuade me to think other wise. Certainly, Hamlet has plenty of reasons to be insane at this point. His day has been hectic--he finally determined Claudius had killed his father, the chance to kill Claudius confronted him, he comes very close to convincing Gertrude that Claudius killed his father, he accidentally kills Polonius, and finally

To Tame A Shrew or Why Does She Have To Be So Difficult! In Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, one topic that has been debated, interpreted, discussed, reinterpreted and adapted into different forms has been the character of Katharina, the shrew, and whether she was tamed, liberated, or just a good enough actress to make everyone think she was in fact, tamed. In this essay, I will present arguments for and against each of these points, as well as discuss one television adaptation of

To what extent are the witches in the tragedy Macbeth responsible for Macbeth's actions? The Three witches in the tragedy Macbeth are introduced right at the beginning of the play. They recount to Macbeth three prophesies. That Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glams and King. These prophesies introduce Macbeth to ideas of greatness. Macbeth will eventually follow through on killing king Duncan. It was sometimes thought that the witches had the ability to reverse the

Macbeth Historical MacBeth compared to Shakespeare's MacBeth Although most of Shakespeare's play " MacBeth " is not historically accurate, MacBeth's life is the subject of the tragedy. There are characters and events that are based on true events and real persons but, Shakespeare's "MacBeth " differs significantly from history's MacBeth. The first example of a difference between the Shakespeare "MacBeth" and historical MacBeth is the death of Duncan I. In Shakespeare's " MacBeth

In William Shakespeare's _Romeo and Juliet_, Shakespeare introduces many themes that he continues throughout all of his tragedies, including the language of love vs. the language of death. The balcony scene is the most valuable scene illustrating the language of love, whereas in the final scene of the play the language of death is used to set the stage for their suicides, pulling together the tragic ending of the play. Throughout the second scene of Act II, Romeo uses beautiful metaphors

Hamlet by William Shakespeare Laertes and Hamlet both display impulsive reactions when angered. Once Laertes discovers his father has been murdered Laertes immediately assumes the slayer is Claudius. As a result of Laertes's speculation he instinctively moves to avenge Polonius's death. "To hell, allegiance! vows, to the blackest devil! Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit! I dare damnation: to this point I stand, that both worlds I give to negligence, let come what comes; only

Why is it that people fawn Shakespeare and have unreasonably high reguard for his works, including The Tempest, and label them as "immortal classics"? Indeed Shakespeare's works had great significance in the evolution of English literature, but these works, including The Tempest are mostly devoid of significance and literary value in the present day. One can expect to gain little educational benefit of the english language or hightened apreciation for fine literature from the reading of Sh

Few characters in Shakespeare embody pure evil like The Merchant of Venice's Shylock. Shylock is a usurer and a malevolent, blood-thirsty old man consumed with plotting the downfall of his enemies. He is a malignant, vengeful character, consumed with venomous malice1; a picture of callous, unmitigated villainy, deaf to every appeal of humanity2. Shylock is the antagonist opposite the naive, essentially good Antonio, the protagonist; who must defend himself against the "devil" Shylock. The

There are many types of irony used in Macbeth. Without the irony, the tragedy would not be quite so tragic. One type of irony used in Macbeth is verbal irony. This is when a character says one thing and means the opposite. Examples of this are when Macbeth says to Banquo, "Tonight we hold a solemn supper, sir, And I'll request your presence (III, i, 13-14)" or when he says "Fail not our feast (III, i, 28)." Verbal irony makes the play more tragic because, if the reader understands the iron

Shakespeare the femenist? Taming of the shrew by Vedat Gashi The taming of the shrew by william shakespeare is a play which is ahead of its time in its views toward gender roles within society. Katherine is a woman who is intelligent, and is not afraid to assert her views on any given situation. She is paired with another obstinate character in Pertuchio. The Marrige formed between the two is a match made in heaveanfor two reasons. First Because Katherine is strong enough to asse

Character Sketches Lear Lear is an old man, in where his best days have passed. Lear first enters the stage dressed in royal, but as soon as he speaks we discover that he is an orderless old man. Lear wears a proper cloak; the visible signs of royalty are present but the intell Goneril and Regan Two villains, of which Goneril seems perhaps more vicious than her younger sister. They represent evil as a significant part of the play. Kent Kent has been described as one of the fine, p

In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, fate is the a dominant factor throughout the story, and it is the cause of many hazardous events, but Romeo and Juliet were ultimately the ones responsible for their own deaths. The word fate generates a bit of confusion, and can have many different connotations. Fate is an inevitable and often adverse outcome or condition; destiny. The destinies of these two 'star crossed lovers' were not set from the start of the story, but almos