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Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou A poet, an author, a play-write, an actress, a mother, a civil-rights activists, historian and most important a survivor. Perhaps Maya Angelou, award winning author of many books is one of the most influential African Americans in American history. I believe that she rates at the top of the list of American authors, with Hemingway, Hawthorne, and Voight. I believe through my research and reading of Maya Angelou that she should be among the members of The American Authors Hall of Fam
William Shakespear
William Shakespear
William Shakespear Born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. His father John Shakespeare and his mother Mary Arden. W.S. was able to attend grammer school and learned Greek and Latin classics (this is comparable to college education today). At age 14 his father lost the family fortune and remained poor until his death At 18 he married Anne Hathaway in 1582. She was 26 years old. They had three children Suzanne(1583) and the twins Hamnet and Judith(1585). In his mid-twenties he lef
Eliot's Views of Sexuality as revealed in the behavior of Prufrock and
Eliot's Views of Sexuality as revealed in the behavior of Prufrock and
Eliot's Views of Sexuality as revealed in the behavior of Prufrock and Sweeney. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock tells the story of a single character, a timid, middle-aged man. Prufrock is talking or thinking to himself. The epigraph, a dramatic speech taken from Dante's Inferno, provides a key to Prufrock's nature. Like Dante's character Prufrock is in hell, in this case a hell of his own feelings. He is both the you and I of line one, pacing the city's grimy streets on his lonely
British Literature Essay
British Literature Essay
British Literature Essay Death is inevitable and what happens after death will always be a mystery to the living. For this reason, the afterlife has always been a topic which artists have chosen to explore in their works. Throughout the chronology of British literature, artists have used society’s views as a basis to examine the afterlife, and look at it in new ways. The afterlife has been a theme in British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period of Beowulf to the twentieth century writings of
Falstaff's Role in Henry IV Part One
Falstaff's Role in Henry IV Part One
Falstaff's Role in Henry IV, Part One Henry IV, Part One, has always been one of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays, maybe because of Falstaff. Much of the early criticism I found concentrated on Falstaff and so will I. This may begin in the eighteenth century with Samuel Johnson. For Johnson, the Prince is a young man of great abilities and violent passions, and Hotspur is a rugged soldier, but Falstaff, unimitated, unimitable Falstaff, how shall I describe thee? Thou compound of sen
The Sea Dogs Puppets in a Political War
The Sea Dogs Puppets in a Political War
The Sea Dogs... Puppets in a Political War by L. C. Adv. Eng. 3/4 11/12/96 Ms. M. Sea dogs of the 1500 and 1600’s worked for queen Elizabeth, robbing and pillaging the Spaniards. Over this period of 200 years many shipments of gold and treasure were stolen from Spanish ships while they were sailing from port to port on the Spanish main. In one attack the infamous Francis Drake, “...surprised and attacked a heavily laden string of 200 mules. The booty that Drake captured in this attack included
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
John Spitzer
John Spitzer
John Spitzer English In Macbeth, a play by William Shakespeare, Banquo's soliloquy at the beginning of the third act explains some of his present feeling towards Macbeth. He believes that Macbeth killed to become the King of Scotland. He explains that he is the one who will start a chain of kings, not Macbeth. Strangely enough, Banquo makes this discovery two scenes from his death, not giving him enough time to tell others the discovery. In the first three lines of the soliloquy, Banquo explain
Biography of William Shakespeare
Biography of William Shakespeare
Biography of William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born in 1564, supposedly on 22 or 23 April, in Stratford-upon-Avon. His father, John, who was a prosperous glover there, preparing and selling soft leather, became alderman and later high bailiff. Shakespeare was educated at Stratford Grammar School. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway - eight years older than he and already, she was pregnant. Six months later their daughter Susanna was born. They had twins, a boy Hamnet and a
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
Essay By Paul Bleier
Essay By Paul Bleier
Essay By Paul Bleier: William Shakespeare was a supreme English poet and playwright, universally recognized as the greatest of all the dramatists. A complete, authoritative account of Shakespeare's life is lacking; much supposition surrounds relatively few facts. His day of birth is traditionally held on April 23, and he was baptized on April 24, 1564. He was the third of eight children, and was the eldest son of John Shakespeare. He was probably educated in a local grammar school. As the eldes
Hamlet went through various emotional states because of different unfo
Hamlet went through various emotional states because of different unfo
Hamlet went through various emotional states because of different unfortunate circumstances that confronted him. Yet Hamlet never went so far over the edge so as to not come back from reality, yet for reasons psychological, he procrastinated actions that he should have taken, until it was too late. I will first discuss Hamlet, the origins for his queer behavior and if it twas feigned or not. In the first act we see that Hamlet is a sort of idealistic man coming back to the world from universi
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare Around 1568, a group of actors visited Stratford and put on a play before the entire town, with permission from John Shakespeare, the mayor of the town. The people loved the play, especially the small children. All of them looked up to the actors, as they returned each year to perform different plays. They had dreams of one day becoming actors, but only one of these children fulfilled this dream. This child was the mayor’s son, William Shakespeare. At this time, actors in En
Perfectly Imperfect The Shakespeare Story
Perfectly Imperfect The Shakespeare Story
Perfectly Imperfect: The Shakespeare Story Few authors today write with such universal understanding that their works will be popular with all types of people, and so successfully that their work survives centuries. These authors posses qualities we can seldom identify in their lifetimes. Yet we do know this -- William Shakespeare was one of them. William Shakespeare’s parents were John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. John Shakespeare was born in 1529. His father was a small tenant farmer in Snit
Over the years various persons have expressed doubt as to the authorsh
Over the years various persons have expressed doubt as to the authorsh
Over the years, various persons have expressed doubt as to the authorship of William Shakespeare. These doubts are as old as his plays. American author, Henry James once said, ³I am haunted by the conviction that the divine William is the biggest and the most successful fraud ever practiced on a patient world. (Hoffman 27) On the other hand, author Calvin Hoffman was convinced that Shakespeare was ³the author of the most magnificent English dramatic prose and poetry ever written. (Hoffman 27) B
Cheryl Bowman
Cheryl Bowman
Cheryl Bowman Mrs. Bembas 2nd. Period English 6 May 1996 The Life of the Great William Shakespeare There are many authors that are widely read. However, none are more universally read and studied than the great William Shakespeare of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. His plays and poems have moved millions of people, unofficially giving him the well-deserved title of the greatest of all dramatists. Shakespeare is the basis for excellence in literacy and theatrical performances. Although o
An argument to support the view that everything
An argument to support the view that everything
An argument to support the view that everything about the play [King Lear] hangs on the first two scenes not just the plot but the values as well. King Lear, as I see it, confronts the perplexity and mystery of human action. (Shakespeare's Middle Tragedies, 169) As the previous quotation from the scriptures of Maynard Mack implies, King Lear is a very complex and intricate play which happens to be surrounded by a lot of debate. The folio of 1623, which was, as is well known, edited by two
SHAKESPEARES WORLD
SHAKESPEARES WORLD
SHAKESPEARE’S WORLD Almost every nation on earth reads, studies and performs the works of William Shakespeare. No writer of any country, nor any age, has ever enjoyed such universal popularity. Neither has any writer been so praised. As William Hazlitt observed, The most striking peculiarity of Shakespeare’s mind was it’s generic quality, its power of communication with all other minds. It is perhaps this quality that has earned Shakespeare the supreme accolade, that of lending his name to an
Sir John Falstaffs Influence on Prince Hal in I Henry IV
Sir John Falstaffs Influence on Prince Hal in I Henry IV
Sir John Falstaff’s Influence on Prince Hal in I Henry IV In Shakespearean histories, there is always one individual who influences the major character and considerably advances the plot. In I Henry IV by William Shakespeare, Falstaff is such a character. Sir John Falstaff is perhaps the most complex comic character ever invented. He carries a dignified presence in the mind’s eye; and in him, we recognize our internal admiration and jealousy of the rebellious dual personality that we all secret
There is a man who is a head of state He is a very powerful man and is
There is a man who is a head of state He is a very powerful man and is
There is a man who is a head of state. He is a very powerful man and is well liked by his subjects. The people love him. Then he is suddenly, inexplicably murdered. Someone is blamed for the murder, but the entire country knows the accused are innocent and are tools used in a cover-up. Does this situation sound bizarre? Does it sound like some work of fiction? Well, it is. It is the beginning of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. However, it is much more than that. It is real life. It is the circum
Hamlet as a Tragic Hero
Hamlet as a Tragic Hero
Hamlet as a Tragic Hero William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright of the English language, wrote a total of 37 plays in his lifetime, all of which can be categorized under tragedy, comedy, or history. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most popular and greatest tragedy, displays his genius as a playwright, as literary critics and academic commentators have found an unusual number of themes and literary techniques present in Hamlet. Hamlet concerns the murder of the king of Denmark and the
Polonius Is Folish
Polonius Is Folish
Polonius Is Folish Polonius: A Fool in Shakespeare�s Hamlet Hamlet is the most popular of Shakespeare�s plays for theater audiences and readers. It has been acted live in countries throughout the world and has been translated into every language. Polonius is one of the major characters in Hamlet, his role in the play is of great interest to scholars. Parts of Hamlet present Polonius as a fool, whose love of his own voice leads to his constant babbling. Scholars have been analyzing the charac
Dickinson Emily Elizabeth 1830-1886 Americas best-known female poet an
Dickinson Emily Elizabeth 1830-1886 Americas best-known female poet an
Dickinson, Emily Elizabeth (1830-1886), America’s best-known female poet and one of the foremost authors in American literature. Dickinson’s simply constructed yet intensely felt, acutely intellectual writings take as their subject issues vital to humanity: the agonies and ecstasies of love, sexuality, the unfathomable nature of death, the horrors of war, God and religious belief, the importance of humor, and musings on the significance of literature, music, and art. Life Born in Amherst, Massa
13 Were the Elizabethans more bloodthirsty or tolerant of
13 Were the Elizabethans more bloodthirsty or tolerant of
13. Were the Elizabethans more bloodthirsty or tolerant of violence on stage than we are? In addition to the visible bloodletting, there is endless discussion of past gory deeds. Offstage violence is even brought into view in the form of a severed head. It's almost as though such over-exposure is designed to make it ordinary. At the same time, consider the basic topic of the play, the usurpation of the crown of England and its consequences. These are dramatic events. They can support the highly
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Samuel Clemens also known as Mar
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Samuel Clemens also known as Mar
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, is probably one of the greatest works of American literature ever written. Ernest Hemingway even said in his book The Green Hills of Africa, All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn (Zwick). However, since Twain published Huck Finn 112 years ago, it has been the subject of much criticism, mostly all unfair. The Concord, Ma, banned the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
IMAGERY
IMAGERY
IMAGERY The term imagery has various applications. Generally, imagery includes all kinds of sense perception (not just visual pictures). In a more limited application, the term describes visible objects only. But the term is perhaps most commonly used to describe figurative language, which is as a theme in literature. An example is animal imagery in Othello When Iago tortures Othello with animal images of his wife's supposed infidelity, were they as prime as goats, as hot as monkeys… (3.3.403
VILLAINS REVENGE
VILLAINS REVENGE
VILLAIN’S REVENGE The Roles of the “Villain” in Shakespeare’s Plays M.A. student Early Modern Theatre, essay 2 14, January, 2004-1-14 Among the numerous roles in Shakespeare’s plays, there are some villains profoundly depicted, each exhibiting some unique features in personality and mindset. Their villainousness is so striking that the reader of the plays cannot help contemplating the dark side of human nature and exploring the motives of their evil behavior. Some of the villains --- represented
Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage Stories
Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage Stories
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories In Wild Swans a girl on a train, fondled by a minister, feels disgusted but also hugely curious. Munro describes — as I've never seen anyone else do — how people put erotic memories, not always pleasant ones, to use over and over in their lives. 1. This paper reports that Rose is sitting on a train ride during which a self-described minister gropes her throughout the ride. She cannot take a stand against him, because she knows that the
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare We know very little about Shakespeare's life during two major spans of time, commonly referred to as the lost years . The lost years fall into two periods: 1578-82 and 1585-92. The first period covers the time after Shakespeare left grammar school until his marriage to Anne Hathaway in November of 1582. The second period covers the seven years of Shakespeare's life in which he must have been perfecting his dramatic skills and collecting sources for the plots of his plays. Wha
Brief History of the English Language
Brief History of the English Language
Brief History of the English Language OLD ENGLISH UNTIL 1066. A BRIEF HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE Old English (500-1100 AD) Old English Words The Angles came from an angle-shaped land area in contemporary Germany. Their name Angli from the Latin and commonly-spoken, pre-5th Century German mutated into the Old English Engle . Later, Engle changed to Angel-cyn meaning Angle-race by A.D. 1000, changing to Engla-land . Some Old English words which have survived intact include: feet, geese, teeth, me
Henry VIII and Wolsey The Relationship
Henry VIII and Wolsey The Relationship
Henry VIII and Wolsey: The Relationship A clear understanding of Henry VIII's relationship with Wolsey is fundamental to any analysis of Tudor politics and policy-making. A consensus is emerging. Henry VIII, it is generally agreed, was less consistently the author of his own policy than Edward IV or Henry VII, but it is wrong to cast him either as an 'absentee landlord', who delegated the affairs of state to others, or as a 'mental defective', who needed his ministers to manage him. Henry VIII,
How does Shakespeares Richard II put politics on stage
How does Shakespeares Richard II put politics on stage
How does Shakespeare’s Richard II put politics on stage? On Literature in History 2: Richard II Due 14/05/99 Richard II is a play of sensibility, which is unique in Elizabethan literature for two reasons; firstly it looked to the 14th century for inspiration and secondly it emphasised the importance of emotions. This switch in narrative focus makes Richard II a play, which is concerned with the exploration of personality and intrigue, as opposed to merely dramatically relating historical action.
The Renaissance Era
The Renaissance Era
The Renaissance Era Historical Events 1500 – 1600: DL: African Slaves are taken across the Atlantic to work on sugar plantations – 1510. ED : University of Valencia founded – 1500 RP : Ahmed ad Mansur leads Moroccans into a battle against the Songhai – 1500 VA : Nuts and Bolts are first used in Europe – 1550’s. M : William Shakespeare is born – 1564. PH : Elizabeth I begins her reign as Queen of England – 1588. ST : The First toilet is invented – 1589. LT: Sir Walter Raleigh born - 1552 PH : Pol
Benedict Arnold A Loyalist and a Hero of the American Revolution
Benedict Arnold A Loyalist and a Hero of the American Revolution
Benedict Arnold: A Loyalist and a Hero of the American Revolution Second Marking Period Term Paper Americans today think of the War for independence as a revolution, but in important respects it was also a civil war. American loyalists or “Tories” as their opponents called them, opposed the Revolution, and many took up arms against the rebels. What motivated the Loyalists? Most educated Americans, whether Loyalist or Revolutionary, accepted John Locke’s theory of natural rights and limited gover
Shakespeare s Life
Shakespeare s Life
Shakespeare's Life 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
Macbethc1607 written by William Shakespeare is the tragic tale of Macb
Macbethc1607 written by William Shakespeare is the tragic tale of Macb
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 actions and inevitable
The Tempest
The Tempest
: The Tempest Magic, music, spirits and villains all exist in this romantic play by William Shakespeare. The Tempest was one of Shakespeare’s last works, portraying a kind of fairy tale complete with a good guy, a villain, and an uncomplicated love. Boyce refers to the play as a “stunning theatrical entertainment that is also a moral allegory of great beauty and emotional power.” (Shakespeare A to Z, pg. 632) This play was not only attractive to the senses with all the magic and mystery, but it
BIOGRAPHY HELEN KELLER 1880-1968
BIOGRAPHY HELEN KELLER 1880-1968
BIOGRAPHY: HELEN KELLER (1880-1968) Early life Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on June 27, 1880. She was the daughter of newspaper editor Captain Arthur Keller and his wife, Kate Adams Keller. At the age of 19 months, Helen was struck with a severe illness (called brain fever at the time, it may have been scarlet fever) which left her both blind and deaf. Her deafness made it difficult to learn to speak. She invented 60 of her own signs in order to communicate with her fami
Great wits are sure to madness near allied and thin partitions do thei
Great wits are sure to madness near allied and thin partitions do thei
“Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide.” Though John Dryden’s quote was not made in regard to William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it relates very well to the argument of whether or not Hamlet went insane. When a character such as Hamlet is under scrutiny, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what state he is in at particular moments in the play. Nonetheless, Hamlet merely pretends to be insane so that he can calculate his moves according to the s
Ernest Hemingway once gave some advice to his fellow writer F Scott Fi
Ernest Hemingway once gave some advice to his fellow writer F Scott Fi
Ernest Hemingway once gave some advice to his fellow writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. If something in life hurts you, he said, you should use it in your writing. In A Farewell to Arms Hemingway followed his own advice. The painful experiences of his own life that, consciously and unconsciously, he placed in this novel help make it a major artistic achievement. The first of these experiences was a physical hurt that occurred on July 8, 1918. On this date, two weeks shy of his nineteenth birthday, H
Dead Poets Society is a collection of pious platitudes masquerading a
Dead Poets Society is a collection of pious platitudes masquerading a
`Dead Poets Society is a collection of pious platitudes masquerading as a courageous stand in favor of something: doing your own thing, I think. It's about an inspirational, unconventional English teacher and his students at the best prep school in America and how he challenges them to question conventional views by such techniques as standing on their desks. It is, of course, inevitable that the brilliant teacher will eventually be fired from the school, and when his students stood on their
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was born in 1564, in the small market town of Startford-Upon-Avon. He was the third of eight children. Shakespeare was born to what today would be called middle-class parents. William was baptized on April 26. According to the custom at that time, infants were baptized about three days after their birth. At age 7, William attended the Stratford grammar school with other boys of his social class. He spent nine hours a day in school. He attended class year
Peasants of the early sixteenth century are often pictured carrying a
Peasants of the early sixteenth century are often pictured carrying a
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 the limbs
Hamlets problem is his delay in killing the king Hamlets delay in kill
Hamlets problem is his delay in killing the king Hamlets delay in kill
Hamlet’s problem is his delay in killing the king. Hamlet’s delay in killing his uncle, the king, is the action on which the entire play depends. His delay makes his appearance as a deeply troubled man with many sides to his character. Revenge and moral thought are brought upon Hamlet simultaneously. He cannot act upon a situation immediately because his great intelligence provides him with many solutions. Frye says, “Hamlet analyzes virtually every alternative which would have occurred to a th
Few will argue that the most influential and widely read Elizabethan p
Few will argue that the most influential and widely read Elizabethan p
Few will argue that the most influential and widely read Elizabethan poet and playwright is William Shakespeare. Though not much is known about the man, a few inferences can be made about his lifetime. Mary Shakespeare, William’s mother, bore him on April 23, 1564. William grew up in the town of Stratford- on- Avon and enjoyed a prominent upbringing with his three brothers and two sisters. However, when William reached thirteen, John Shakespeare, his father, began to fall into debt and lose his
Pain is a disease who ravaging effects are augmented by thought It is
Pain is a disease who ravaging effects are augmented by thought It is
Pain is a disease who ravaging effects are augmented by thought. It is the great irony of life that consciousness, the driving force of mankind that has delivered us from the age of stone to that of industry, delivers us also to the inescapable prison of the mind. Events that in the cycle of life are little more than trivial, can be given by the mind's eye power enough to consume us whole. The grief of the moment can become, with thought, a crashing wave that leaves behind only a semblance of s
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England in 1564
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England in 1564
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, in England in 1564. While his exact birth date is unknown, it is most often celebrated on April 23, the feast of St. George. He was the third of seven children born to John and Mary Arden Shakespeare. Shakespeare's father was a tanner and glove maker. He was also a fairly prominent political figure, being an alderman of Stratford for years, and serving a term as high bailiff (mayor). He died in 1601, leaving little land to William. Not much
Shakespearean Comedies
Shakespearean Comedies
Shakespearean Comedies Shakespeare wrote many plays during his lifetime. Some of his plays have similar comedic characteristics and while other plays are the exact opposite of comedy. Shakespeare wrote tragedies, romance, history, comedy, and problem plays, all with great success. During the performance of these plays there was no scenery, so great time was taken when developing the characters and the plot so the plays would be entertaining. A Midsummers Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing
William Shakespeare was probably born on April 23 1564 in Stratford-on
William Shakespeare was probably born on April 23 1564 in Stratford-on
William Shakespeare was probably born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-on-Avon. He was baptized three days later. His father, John Shakespeare, was a trader in agricultural produce and a glovemaker. John was a prominent citizen in the town although he was sometimes in debt. He also may have been a high ranking official in the town such as mayor. Mary Arden, his mother, was the daughter of a well-to-do farmer from Wilmcote, a nearby village. She was Roman Catholic and had strong beliefs in her re
The Tragedy of Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet Essays in Criticism JOHN DENNIS Excerpt form an Essay on the Genius and Writings of Shakespeare, London, 1712, 9-10 Dennis points out the characteristic unjust deaths in Shakespeare tragedies and that the writer himself has a tendency to kill his noble characters alongside his villainous ones. He cites Duncan and Banquo, as well as Lady Macduff and her children in Macbeth, Desdemona in Othello, and Shakespeare’s other famous tragedies. He goes into detail about Hamlet’s de