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Star Wars A New Hope
Star Wars A New Hope
Star Wars : A New Hope The dramatic war-like classic of a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, it is Star Wars. The reason most people go to see it is because of the THX digitally mastered sound, the new visual effects, the superb acting, but most of all the all important theme, without which, Star Wars would not be half the film that it is. But now, it has launched Lucasfilm Ltd. into a new era and taken all the world with it. When Star Wars was first made in 1977, nobody expected it to be
The Complexities of Mephostophilis
The Complexities of Mephostophilis
The Complexities of Mephostophilis In Medieval cycle plays, devils were portrayed as comic characters that triumphed over their adversaries in spite of their crudeness and ineptitude. With the advent of Renaissance drama, came new ideas and characters, as playwrights took a new stance in their portrayals of evil and devils. The devils and Mephostophilis in particular, in Christopher Marlowe's play Dr. Faustus are much more complex than those in preceding medieval drama are. Mephostophilis's onl
Literature
Literature
Literature In life as in literature people have certain struggles. In the novels and short stories we read this year there are several example of inner struggles, within the characters. The basic type of struggles known to people is Man Vs Man, Man Vs Nature and Man Vs Himself, otherwise known as inner struggle. It is when you have within yourself problems, concerns or questions that you must decide. They often decide to keep it's feeling and emotion to themselves. Like the famous Ghandi once s
Macbeth His Tragic Flaw
Macbeth His Tragic Flaw
Macbeth: His Tragic Flaw As the last of William Shakespeare’s four great tragedies, Macbeth is a play based more on character than deed. Set in feudal Scotland, the play deftly develops each of the main characters, molding their traits and qualities into an intricate masterpiece surrounding Macbeth, the central character. The play is a journey along the life of Macbeth, capturing him at the apex of his career and following him until his just demise. What causes his sudden deterioration? How doe
Much a do about nothing
Much a do about nothing
Much a do about nothing Katharina and Beatrice are both similar characters. They each are plagued with unrequited love, and depressed by their own inability to woo the suitor of their choosing. Each of them are unable to accept the female role of passivity. Although both women seem to accept their roles of wives at the conclusion of the plays. Upon further examination, one will find that Beatrice is a much more complex character. One would have to agree with the critic who said, Katharina is a
Family Relationships
Family Relationships
Family Relationships Family relationships is a big issue in the play King Lear. Like any family, King Lear and Gloucester believed they had perfect families. Both fathers had a false sense of love, and throughout the play, they became aware of the deceit and greed within both their families. Gloucester is told of Edgar's plot against him and Lear divides his kingdom so; that future strife may be prevented now between Gonerill and Regan (Act 1 Scene 1). There is a strong focus on the bonds tha
Julius Caeser
Julius Caeser
Julius Caeser In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Decius Brutus and Mark Antony, both Roman Senators, eulogize Julius Caesar, each using a different technique and approach. Brutus, in a somewhat arrogant, to the point, eulogy, attempts to sway the people. He justifies conspiring against Caesar by stating that Caesar's ambition would have hurt Rome. However, in Antony's eulogy, he focuses on Caesar's positive traits, and cunningly disproves Brutus' justification for killing Caesar. The fickle Romans
George Washington
George Washington
George Washington He was born 1732 and he died in1799. George Washington seems today a figure larger than life itself…..almost as he was when he was a familiar person in the halls, homes, shops, and bars of 18th-century city Williamsburg. On Duke of Gloucester Street, in the Raleigh Tavern's Apollo Room, or the Governor's Palace Gardens, his powerful frame and his nice attitude..his presence….drew to him the notice that wrote his place in the history of the city, the state, and the nation. His
Motifs in the play King Lear by Shakespeare
Motifs in the play King Lear by Shakespeare
Motifs in the play King Lear by Shakespeare Shakespeare uses many motifs to expand on the themes of the story. His most-used motif revolves around filial responsibility. Each of the two plots contains characters who betray their fathers. Goneril and Regan flatter their father, King Lear, and then betray him. The drastic change that occurred in their attidtude towards their father is clearly evident through Goneril’s speech before: Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter; Dearer
Shakespeare's Definition of a Ghost
Shakespeare's Definition of a Ghost
Shakespeare's Definition of a Ghost The American Heritage Dictionary, published in 1973, defines a ghost as, the spirit or shade of a dead person, supposed to haunt living persons or former habitats. Unfortunately, this simple definition does not explain where a ghost comes from or why it haunts. When used in the context of Shakespeare's Hamlet, this definition seems to suggest that the ghost who visits Hamlet truly is his dead father seeking revenge. To the modern reader, this straightforwar
The Downfall of Lady Macbeth
The Downfall of Lady Macbeth
The Downfall of Lady Macbeth Macbeth is a play full of magic, mystery, and murder. The variety of plots, as well as the interesting characters, force the reader to pay full attention at all times. Unfortunately, one of these characters is a victim of her own imagination. Although Lady Macbeth adds much positive flavour to the play, her character is revealed through her aggressive attitude with her husband, her inhumane disregard for life, and her guilty conscience. Lady Macbeth is very assertiv
The Downfall of Macbeth
The Downfall of Macbeth
The Downfall of Macbeth Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tragedy can be classified by one of two theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force; namely the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his own actions and inevitable downfall.
The Role of Prejudice In The Merchant of Venice
The Role of Prejudice In The Merchant of Venice
The Role of Prejudice In The Merchant of Venice This paper discusses the subject of prejudice in the William Shakespeare play, The Merchant of Venice. I. Introduction William Shakespeare's satirical comedy, The Merchant of Venice, believed to have been written in 1596 was an examination of hatred and greed.The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish money-lender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as generous as Shylock is greedy, particularly with his
The casual reader of John Keats poetry would most certainly be impress
The casual reader of John Keats poetry would most certainly be impress
The casual reader of John KeatsÕ poetry would most certainly be impressed by the exquisite and abundant detail of itÕs verse, the perpetual freshness of itÕs phrase and the extraordinarily rich sensory images scattered throughout itÕs lines. But, without a deeper, more intense reading of his poems as mere parts of a larger whole, the reader may miss specific themes and ideals which are not as readily apparent as are the obvious stylistic hallmarks. Through KeatsÕ eyes, the world is a place full
Paradise Lost: Milton's Approach To Lust, Sex, and Violence
Paradise Lost: Milton's Approach To Lust, Sex, and Violence
Paradise Lost: Milton's Approach To Lust, Sex, and Violence There is no reason to apply modern theories to Milton if we do not care whether Milton remains alive. However, if we wish him to be more than a historical artifact, we must do more than just study him against the background of his time. We must reinterpret him in light of the germane thought of our own age. -James Driscoll The Unfolding God Of Jung and Milton Images and allusions to sex and death are intermingled throughout John Milton
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Visions of a Past Society
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Biography of Edgar Allen Poe
Biography of Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe was one of the most successful writers of all time. He is known for his tales of the mysterious and macabre. He is reported to be the first master of the short story form (Edgar Allen Poe). About 12 of his works are known for their flawless literary construction. Poe had a rough childhood which definitely contributed to his writing. Poe was born in January 19th of 1809 in Boston. Poe was the son of David Poe, an actor and Eliza Poe, an actress. Poe a
It is suggested that in modern literature the true element of tragedy
It is suggested that in modern literature the true element of tragedy
It is suggested that in modern literature, the true element of tragedy is not captured because the protagonist is often of the same social status as the audience, and therefor, his downfall is not tragic. This opinion, I find, takes little consideration of the times in which we live. Indeed, most modern plays and literature are not about monarchs and the main character is often equal to the common person; this, however, does not mean the plot is any less miserable nor the outcome any less wretc
Poet and philosopher Archibald Lampman 1861-1899
Poet and philosopher Archibald Lampman 1861-1899
Poet and philosopher Archibald Lampman (1861-1899) led not a life of his own, but an existance forced upon him by peers and an unfeeling and cold society. Dying far before his time, Lampman led a life of misery. He was supported only by a few close friends and his immortal poetry. This essay is founded around one particular of his works but I feel it necessary to discuss the conditions in which he lived in order to fully understand what he was trying to express and/or symbolize. Lampman really
Bob Dylan once said Allen Ginsberg is both tragic and dynamic a lyrica
Bob Dylan once said Allen Ginsberg is both tragic and dynamic a lyrica
Bob Dylan once said, “ Allen Ginsberg is both tragic and dynamic, a lyrical genius, a con-man extraordinaire and probably the single greatest influence on American poetical voice since Whitman.” Helen Vendler voiced her opinion on Ginsberg, stating, “ Ginsberg is responsible for loosening the breath of American poetry at mid - century....... Most of all, he has demonstrated that there is nothing in American social and erotic reality which cannot find a place. His powerful mixture of Blake, Whit
March 21 1994
March 21 1994
March 21, 1994 Romeo and Juliet The Betrayal of the Adults to Juliet In Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet the adults betray Juliet because they are unable to understand her. Juliet's parents, Capulet and Lady Capulet, fail to understands Juliet's decision not to marry Paris. The Nurse fails Juliet by not supporting Juliet's decision to remain married to Romeo. The final adult to fail Juliet is Friar Lawrence who does not comprehend Juliet and Romeo's love for each other. These misunderstandings ca
Lady Macbeth A Wife in Support of Her Husband
Lady Macbeth A Wife in Support of Her Husband
Lady Macbeth: A Wife in Support of Her Husband One of the main characters in Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, has been an object of intense criticism. Although sometimes regarded as cruel and vile, evidence exists that Shakespeare did not intend for her to be judged so harshly. By evaluating her character in relation to her actions, her overall relationship with Macbeth, and her death, we can see that Shakespeare quite possibly wanted Lady Macbeth to be judged in association with the actions of Macbeth.
Light Dark
Light Dark
Light / Dark Outline Thesis : In Macbeth, Shakespeare uses light and dark to bring out the ideas of good and understanding, and to show his audience the evil and hiding that take place during the play I. Intoduction (Tom) A. Readers see schemes fail; lead to destruction B. Many themes 1. Motifs 2. Help tie play together; reinforce themes C. Thesis II. Light (Aaron) A. Good; Shakespere uses this motif through the play to show his audience that goodness associated with light. 1. Day/Sun a. day br
-The Merchant of Venice-
-The Merchant of Venice-
-The Merchant of Venice- Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is still relevant today because it deals with issues which still affect us. Show how two of those issues are discussed in the play. Throughout the play a distinction is made between how things appear on the outside and how they are in reality, or on the inside. The issue of appearance versus reality is demonstrated in varied ways, mainly by the use of real-life situations. The first representation of this is Shylock’s generosity wi
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SHAKESPEARE'S SONNET 116 AND SONNET 130 BOTH DESCRIBE LOVE IN DIFFEREN
SHAKESPEARE'S SONNET 116 AND SONNET 130 BOTH DESCRIBE LOVE IN DIFFERENT WAYS BUT BOTH SHOW THE IDEALS OF PLATONIC LOVE. THE THREE STAGES OF PLATONIC LOVE IS THE LOVE OF BODY, THE LOVE OF MIND AND THE LOVE OF SOUL. SHAKESPEARE DISCUSSES THE LOVE, OR LACK THERE OF, BODY IN SONNET 130 BY SAYING THAT HIS LOVE DOES NOT NEED TO BE COMELY TO SIGHT FOR HIM TO BE HAPPY WITH HER. HE DESCRIBES HOW ACTUALLY UNATTRACTIVE SHE IS BY COMPARING HER HAIR TO BLACK WIRES AND BY SAYING HER EYES ARE NOTHING LIKE
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Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is wrote in a way tha
Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is wrote in a way that the reader is expected to temporarily allow him or herself to believe it to be able to understand it. The poem itself is about a Mariner who is telling his tale of sin and forgiveness by God to a man referred to as the Wedding Guest. The Mariner is supposedly responsible for the death of all of the crew on his ship because of his killing of a creature which was to bring them the wind that they needed to put power into the
Q If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations do you c
Q If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations do you c
Q: If the book did not evoke any past memories or associations, do you consider it literature? Based on which other criteria? I. I did not make a very clear connection with the text at all during my reading of it. Rosenblat said The readers attention to the text activates certain elements in his past experience-external reference, internal response-that have become linked with the verbal symbols. This rang true to me for, as I was plodding through the text, I saw a well crafted story with imp
1 Henry IV AAppearance vs Reality
1 Henry IV AAppearance vs Reality
1: Henry IV: AAppearance vs. Reality Shakespeare’s play Henry IV begins with a king (King Henry) beginning a pilgrimage after killing King Richard II. Henry believes that by gaining the throne of England he has done an honourable deed, yet he admits that the fighting and bloodshed could continue, A. . . ill sheathed knife . . . @ (I.1.17). He, also, admits that his own son, Prince Hal, is not honourable enough to occupy the throne, Asee riot and dishonour stain the brow of my young Harry (I.1
A Tale of Two Theories
A Tale of Two Theories
A Tale of Two Theories Macbeth(c.1607), written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tragedy could in fact be called A Tale of Two Theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force, namely fate in the form of the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his ow
One of the most famous and popular authors and script
One of the most famous and popular authors and script
One of the most famous and popular authors and script writers is William Shakespeare. Shakespeare has always been able to create interesting characters and one of the reasons they are so interesting might be that they are complex people with their inner selves differing from their outer selves. Are the characters in Hamlet the same on the inside as they appear to be on the outside? The characters in William Shakespeare's Hamlet can be studied in a manner relating to appearance versus reality. S
A Tale of Two Theories
A Tale of Two Theories
A Tale of Two Theories Macbeth(c.1607), written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tagedy could in fact be called A Tale of Two Theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force, namely fate in the form of the three witches. The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth, which therefore makes him responsible for his own
Da Local Style of Henry da Fourt
Da Local Style of Henry da Fourt
Da Local Style of Henry da Fourt As da directa of dis play, da kine, Henry da fourt, I jus’ like say dat get some real kine signifimacant passage and charactas. You guys read da one by da king himself, Act 1, Scene 1, where he stay talkin’ to Westmoreland? For one ting, the relationmaship between him and Hal, Hal and Hotspur, and lastly, of him and Hotspur is expressamized. And we all know dat dese peoples and their relationmaships are choke important so ho’olo’he real good. Try wait, let me re
Exploring Sexuality in Taming of the Shrew
Exploring Sexuality in Taming of the Shrew
Exploring Sexuality in Taming of the Shrew Andrea Blacksten Shakespeare Plays Professor Christopher Human sexuality underlies many of the happenings of Taming of the Shrew. It affects the conflicts, theme, and resolution of the play. It becomes evident throughout the play that sexual behavior denotes whether a character is thought of as good or evil (not necessarily good evil as meant in conventional terms, but rather as a nice character versus a waspish or mean' character). In the beg
Hamlet essay
Hamlet essay
Hamlet essay Fate In our world today psychics try to predict what will happen in our futures. What may happen in the future is controlled by a power far higher than what can be seen by someone at the other end of a 1-900… telephone number. The play Hamlet, by Shakespeare, presents a view of the world in which man’s intellect is powerless to understand and predict the whims of Fate. Man is governed by an uncaring and perhaps deranged power. The characters of the play are in no way able to comp
GROWING PAINS
GROWING PAINS
GROWING PAINS In the epic tragedy Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Prince Hamlet is entrapped in a world of evil that is not of his own creation. He must oppose this evil, which permeates his seemingly star-struck life from many angles. His dealings with his father’s eerie death cause Hamlet to grow up fast. His family, his sweetheart, and his school friends all appear to turn against him and to ally themselves with the evil predicament in which Hamlet finds himself. Hamlet makes multiple attemp
English 30 Shakespeare
English 30 Shakespeare
English 30 Shakespeare Hamlet For centuries, scholars have been debating the issue on whether Hamlet - the prince of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet - was mad. This question is not as easy as it sounds to answer; this is due to the fact that there are numerous arguments to support both sides of the issue. For many reasons, it is easy to believe that Hamlet was indeed mad. After all, Hamlet’s behavior throughout most of the play is extremely erratic and violent. However, there is another wa
English Shakespeare October 5 1996
English Shakespeare October 5 1996
English: Shakespeare October, 5 1996 Redemption In Shakespeare's Henry IV, the character Hal, the Prince of Wales, undergoes a transformation that can be characterized as a redemption. Shakespeare introduces Hal, in the opening act as a renegade of the Court. His avoidance of all public responsibility and his affinity for the company of the Boar's Head Tavern, have caused serious concern for the King, because Hal is heir to the throne. The King realizes that to keep order, a ruler and his heir
Perhaps the world's most famous mental patient Hamlet's sanity has bee
Perhaps the world's most famous mental patient Hamlet's sanity has bee
Perhaps the world's most famous mental patient, Hamlet's sanity has been argued over by countless learned scholars for hundreds of years. As a mere student of advanced-level English Literature, I doubt I can add anything new to the debate in 2000 words, but I can look at the evidence supporting or dispelling each argument and come to my own conclusion. Hamlet is obviously experiencing grief and despair right from the beginning of the novel, with the death of his father and his uncle's seizure o
 King Lear
King Lear
King Lear King Lear An important idea present in William Shakespeare’s King Lear is rejection and the role this rejection plays in the experiences of the involved characters. The important ideas to be considered here are the causes and effects associated with the act of rejection. The most important situations to be considered in the story of King Lear are those that develop between the two fathers, Lear and Gloucester, and their children, Goneril and Regan, Cordelia, Edmund, an
Love Hate Marriage
Love Hate Marriage
Love, Hate & Marriage: An Analytical Essay on the Relationship of Beatrice & Benedick October 19,1996 Intro To Shakespeare In William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, the characters Beatrice and Benedick are involved in what could only be called a love/hate relationship. The play is a classic example of this type of relationship, and allows us to view one from the outside looking in. This gives us the chance to analyse the type of relationship that at one time or another we all
What was the witches role in Mac Beth
What was the witches role in Mac Beth
What was the witches’ role in Mac Beth? In Shakespeare’s time, many people were superstitious; they believed that that their lives were strongly influenced, if not dictated by fate. They also thought that the world was full of supernatural creatures, such as witches, ghosts, and many other such beings. Shakespeare incorporated these aspects of belief in his play Mac Beth. The witches, although accurately predicting what would occur, i.e., Mac Beth would be king, they did not specify how their p
Is Macbeth the tragic hero of the play Macbeth This question may see
Is Macbeth the tragic hero of the play Macbeth This question may see
Is Macbeth the tragic hero of the play Macbeth? This question may seem to be redundant; however, not all of Shakespeare’s Tragedies are named after their tragic heroes. For example, Julius Caesar is not the tragic hero of Julius Caesar. A tragic hero must conform to a set of characteristics which evolved all the way from ancient to medieval times. Macbeth conforms to these characteristics and is the tragic hero of Macbeth. The death of an ordinary person in Medieval times was not consider
If one reads Shakespeare's Othello they can come to the conclusion tha
If one reads Shakespeare's Othello they can come to the conclusion tha
If one reads Shakespeare's Othello, they can come to the conclusion that it might be one of the his most tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet, is probably the most famous of his tragic plays, but Othello, has characteristics that, I think make it even more tragic then his other plays, and therefore for that reason, you can say that Othello is the most tragic hero. Othello is a noble man, one who has grace with the ladies but also possesses all the virtues of a military lea
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet We just finished reading the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. In this play we are introduced to the tragic story of their forbidden love which ultimately leads to their deaths. Although Romeo and Juliet is considered to be a timeless love story, I find Romeo to be too immature for this to be so. When we are first introduced to Romeo, he is involved with a girl by the name of Rosaline. Benvolio inquired about Romeo's situation with her to see if she was the cause
Romeo and Juliet Essay
Romeo and Juliet Essay
Romeo and Juliet Essay To express his view of good and evil in every man, William Shakespeare writes lines that Friar Laurence reveals in the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet which compare man to plants, focusing on the common trait they hold of having two contrasting components in their being. Throughout history, there has always been a conflict with the view of goodness and evilness in man. The philosopher Plato believed that man was born with a natural depravity and was basically an untrained ani
ROMEO AND JULIET AS A TRAGEDY
ROMEO AND JULIET AS A TRAGEDY
ROMEO AND JULIET AS A TRAGEDY Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is his eleventh play. It is with no doubt a tragedy. Shakespeare has included all the necessary elements for a tragedy. The play has a tragic hero of high standing who dies. The hero opposes some conflicting force. The hero has a tragic flaw and this flaw will lead to his downfall and the downfall of others. Good is always wasted driving out evil. Indeed, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is the t
January 21 1994 Shylock-Victim or Villain
January 21 1994 Shylock-Victim or Villain
January 21, 1994 Shylock-Victim or Villain In 1594 the Earl of Essex, an English Nobleman who lived during the Elizabethan period in England, was actively involved in the persecution and trials of Roderigo Lopez. Lopez was a Jew of Portuguese descent, who was wrongly accused of attempting to poison the Queen of England, for reasons never fully explained. Lopez, being the Queen's royal physician, was in no position to defend himself once he was accused. Essex, who provided the evidence also pres
SHYLOCK The Jew
SHYLOCK The Jew
SHYLOCK: The Jew An in-depth character analysis Often, The character Shylock, in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, is portrayed as a beastly monstrosity, with a lust for Antonio’s life. Through a more careful examination it can be determined that Shylock was an upstanding member of his community, who endured abuse, forgave easily, and upheld the customs and law. Shylock endured much of Antonio’s abuse, overt a long period of time. This can be seen by the sheer volume of disgraces he has bor
The Soliloquies of Hamlet
The Soliloquies of Hamlet
The Soliloquies of Hamlet Authors use various literary elements to give insight into the mental composition of their characters. In Shakespeare’s “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,” we can trace Hamlet’s mental process through his soliloquies. Hamlet’s first soliloquy reveals him to be thoroughly disgusted with Gertrude, Claudius, and the world in general. “How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, seem to me all the uses of this world” (1284), he said. He is saddened by the death of his father, who he
The Downfall of Lady Macbeth
The Downfall of Lady Macbeth
The Downfall of Lady Macbeth Macbeth is a play full of magic, mystery, and murder. The variety of plots, as well as the interesting characters, force the reader to pay full attention at all times. Unfortunately, one of these characters is a victim of her own imagination. Although Lady Macbeth adds much positive flavour to the play, her character is revealed through her aggressive attitude with her husband, her inhumane disregard for life, and her guilty conscience. Lady Macbeth is very assertiv