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King Lear and Parallel Plot - crucial for the play? Literature can be expressed using many different techniques and styles of writing, some very effective and others not as much. One of the methods chosen by many is the use of so called parallel plots. Parallel plots, or sometimes referred to as minor, give the opportunity of experiencing a secondary storyline going along with the main plot that otherwise would be unmentioned. William Shakespeare shows excellent use of a parallel plot in
Romeo and Juliet is the story of two star-crossed lovers who take their life (prologue). Their families were ancient enemies based on an ancient grudge no longer known, but still strong. Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love ignoring the fact they are, by household, enemies. Friar Lawrence joins them in marriage in hope to turn their households’ rancour to pure love(p. 43). They married without their families’ permission or knowledge and against their society’s conventions. Neither Rom
The Role of Minor Conspirators In the course of time, the world has seen an abundance of influential men. Oftentimes, however, the forces behind these men remain unseen. This is shown in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar by the supporting role the minor conspirators have on the major conspirators. Just as women often embolden powerful men of society, the minor conspirators embolden the major conspirators greatly affecting the outcome of the play. One of the most important minor conspirators o
Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809, in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was the son of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, and he was named for his paternal grandfather. Thomas Lincoln was a carpenter and farmer. Both of Abraham's parents were members of a Baptist congregation that had separated from another church due to opposition to slavery. When Abraham was 7, the family moved to southern Indiana. Abraham had gone to school briefly in Kentucky and did so again in Indiana. He a
Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American author, once noted that in comparison to Shakespeare the world of men has not his equal to show. However, when he looked at the man, the jovial actor and manager, he claimed he cannot marry this fact to his verse. Doubts of the true identity of William Shakespeare have plagued men and women such as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Sigmund Freud, Delia Bacon, and many others. The known facts of Shakespeare's life and career are few. It is probable, although
Love is a distraction that causes a break in their control of keeping up their appearances which shows up as holes in their masks. The norms of behavior before love for Helena from Midsummer's Night Dream by William Shakespeare is that she is assertive , Helena is in love with Demitrius who does not love her. Helena's personality before love is seen mostly in Hermia's descriptions and speeches. Hermia calls Helena, sweet playfellow in her farewell speech. (MND 1.2.220). We see love's effect on
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
Though Vincent van Gogh’s time on Earth was brief, a mere 37 years (Dawe 30), he began a new age of art, impressionism. His work has inspired people for more than a century now, but Van Gogh would have never guessed it would. For in his lifetime he sold only one painting, 1885’s The Potato Eaters (Dawe 5). Van Gogh was born into a lower-class family in Groot Zundert, Netherlands on March 30, 1853 (Wallace 8). His birth occurred exactly one year after his brother, also named Vincent van Gogh, wa
Life is a very important item that people can have. There can be many aspects that keep a person alive, and many aspects of it that can make a person try to kill themselves. Juvenal once said, Count it the greatest sin to prefer mere existence to honour, and for the sake of life to lose reason for living. He meant that it is the biggest sin to choose a normal life to an honourable life, and to live life just for living rather than living for a purpose. This quote is probably one that many peo
`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
The daughter of Lucius Calpurnicus Piso Caesoninus, was Calpurnia, the third and last wife of Julius Caesar. Calpurnia was chosen as a wife after one wife exciled and one murdered. The marriage of Calpurnia and Julius was for political reasons. Despite Julius Caesar's unfaithfulness and neglect towards his third wife, she stayed loyal to him. Surprisingly, even though the couples marriage was not for love, she pleaded with him to stay home from the Capitol one day, for fear he would be killed.
I can resist everything except temptation. Since the beginning of humankind, temptation and pressure have been major factors in people’s decision makings. For example, in ancient Rome, mistresses usually influenced rulers on their political deciding. This is similar to Shakespeare’s MacBeth, the case of MacBeth and Lady MacBeth. Lady MacBeth wanted her husband to become king, but there was not an opening for that position. There was talk of a regicide between Banquo, MacBeth, and Lady MacBeth
Hamlet by William Shakespeare is about a Danish Prince's quest for revenge for the murder of his father. Hamlet, the Prince, is told by his father's ghost that he was killed by Claudius, the current King and the dead King's brother. This infuriates Hamlet and there begins his quest for justice. Hamlet masks his knowledge of the murder under a cloud of lunacy. In this fit of supposed madness Hamlet kills Polonius, royal counsel to the King, and father to Ophelia and Laertes. Prince Hamlet and La
William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar portrays Caesar in the title role, although Marcus Brutus is the play’s tragic hero. Brutus is an honourable, noble and virtuous man. He is not concerned with his self interest, but with Rome. He devotes his life to the good of Rome and his actions are not done for himself. However, Brutus’s main flaw is his idealism which is not at all tempered by practicality. This affects the conspiracy and his decision making in critical areas. His idealism is shown in th
“Take All My Loves Yea Take Them All” or “Sonnet 40” By William Shakespeare This poem is named “Take All My Loves Yea Take Them All”, by William Shakespeare. It is a sonnet that uses a rhyme scheme in it. The major theme of this poem is that even though the woman abuses his love for her, which kills him inside. He will not be an enemy with her nor will he think harshly about her at all for he allowed himself to be abused by giving her free rain on his love. The way one might relate this poem to
‘How central is the idea of a ‘fatal flaw’ in King Lear?’ More than any of Shakespeare’s plays, King Lear explores the concept of a fatal flaw and the terrible downfall it could lead to. It is indeed the most central idea in the play. Shakespeare shows us how one flaw in an otherwise normal person can lead to their ultimate demise. From the very inception we witness what Lear’s fatal flaw is – his pride. We first see it surface when he decides to divide his Kingdom into three for his three daug
Julius Caesar Self-Concepts in Julius Caesar All people have definite concepts of self. In different situations, one may feel short, tall, smart, slow, fast, talkative, reserved, etceteras. These self-concepts are usually very different than how others opinions of us. Depending on one's actions, words or even tone of voice, one may misrepresent oneself and be misinterpreted. One may be so arrogant or so humble that they prevent themselves from seeing themselves through others' eyes. In William
Shakespeare's Imagery Shakespeare's powerful imagery has never been more apparent than in Macbeth. He begins the play with a startling image of three witches chanting in a furious thunderstorm, Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air (1.1.10- 11). The eerie chanting creates a dark, mysterious tone that leaves the reader feeling uncomfortable and expecting odd and evil things to happen. Later, when Macbeth and Banquo come across the three weird sisters, the underly
Hamlet's Delay Everyone contains a tinge of Hamlet in his feelings, wants,and worries, and proudly so, for Hamlet is not like the other tragic heroes of his period. He stands apart from other Shakespeare's heroes in his today much discussed innocence. Is this supposed tragic hero maybe an ideal hero - one without the tragic flaw, which has been a part of the formula for the tragedy since the Golden age of Greece?; is a question that has been the field for many literary critics' battles. The mai
Lady Macbeth In the theatre community, the role of Lady Macbeth in William Shakespear's Macbeth has always been one which is highly sought after by stage actresses. Perhaps this is because of the dominance she wields over her husband which was quite uncommon for a woman of Shakespear's time. Maybe it is because of the challenge which the progression from a strong ambitious wife to a suicidal and miserable one poses. Or, even yet, it might be because of the prestige that comes with playing a rol
Click Here to Visit our Sponsor MacBeth - Trajedy 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 s
1 When the darkness falls and there is no light, everything seems to change. In the dark all evil is disguised, the dark night strangles the traveling lamp. This traveling lamp is the sun, or light of the world. Shakespheare explores this idea in his tragic play, Macbath. Just as a person's mood changes with the raising and setting of the sun, the mood of the play also changes. The three witches or the weird sisters bring a dark feeling to the play. When the audience thinks all hope is lost
The Shakespearean character, Macbeth, is a difficult personage to analyze. His methods of handling problems and forcing others to do what he wants are not always kosher; however, whether they are worth the outcome or not, no one will ever know. Throughout the play, the character’s problems are always blamed on different people. One question that is posed, is whether Macbeth is a victim or a victimizer. In the William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the main character Macbeth is not only a victim,
Ironically, as time progresses from William Shakespeare to John Steinbeck and finally to Alan Paton, the ideals of justice, crime and the criminal in their works, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Grapes of Wrath, and Cry, The Beloved Country stay suprisingly similar. Whether it be the Medieval era of Shakespeare, Steinbeck's turbulent turn of the century middle America, or Paton's apartheid entrenched South Africa, the basic ideas of crime, the criminal and justice remain the same. These tremendo
Macbeth Essay Everyone at some point in their life wants to have more power than they already do. This statement includes Macbeth. Macbeth wants power more than anyone does. However, he doesn’t earn his power the right way. In the tragedy Macbeth, Shakespeare uses imagery, characterization, and conflict to show that the desire for power corrupts. In Macbeth imagery helps show the thoughts of people in the play. The first example of imagery is when Macbeth compares the murderers to dogs. From th
William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, reveals the abnormal subject of confused gender roles within the first of the act play. The three Weird Sisters -- who Macbeth and Banquo comes across on their journey home from fighting a war against Scotland - are the start of this gender confusion which is seen throughout the play with Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, as well as in Macbeth's speech to the three murderers as he tries to convince them to agree to his plan and kill Banquo. As Banquo approaches th
Wascally Wabbits and Silly Savages In order to understand the role and significance of the “Savage” in Brave New World, it is important to first understand what Huxley is comparing when he presents to his readers two future savage societies. On one end he presents a savage Indian reservation in New Mexico and on the other a savage Utopian society in London. Huxley is comparing the society from which we regress with the society to which we progress. The New Mexican society characterizes the soci
Who killed Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a play by William Shakespeare. It takes place in Verona, Italy during the Renaissance. The play is about two rich families during a long feud. Their children, Romeo and Juliet, fall in love and eventually take their own lives. Unable to marry each other in the open, they marry secretly. They only have a little time before things go wrong, and they are separated for eternity. The people who caused Romeo¹s and Juliet¹s deaths are Capulet, Montague,
George Orson Welles, known more commonly as Orson Welles was a director, producer, writer, and actor. Mr. Welles was born on May 6, 1915, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His father was an inventor and manufacturer and his mother a talented pianist. Welles was regarded as an absolute genius from early childhood and his creative abilities were encouraged and nurtured. His early childhood was to a large extent, directed by his mother's physician and admirer, Dr. Maurice Bernstein. (Russell 9) He made a suc
Shakespeare uses many literary devices in his plays to emphasize important points in the play. One of these devices is imagery. This device makes the scene more colorful by associating a picture or an image with a theme or an idea in the play. Shakespeare uses clothing imagery is used to explain Hamlet's personality and disposition At the beginning of the play in Act I, Hamlet's clothes are clearly used to display his countenance. Hamlet wears his personality on his sleeve. When Hamlet enters t
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
False Faces Many characters in Macbeth result to wearing false faces in order to hide a feeling that the character or characters doesn't want another character to know. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth must wear false faces in order to kill King Duncan and Banquo. When MacDuff questions Malcom he must wear a false face in order to find out who's side Malcom is on. All characters must wear false faces in order to get done what they need to get done, either in killing people or to find out information.
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
At the dinner banquet, it was time to announce the most valuable player of the year award. Every athlete in the room had practiced day after day to win the enviable award. The room fell silent at the sound of the drum roll as it was preparing to fulfill one athlete's ambition. It takes alot more than a walk in the park for person to complete their ambition. In the play Macbeth, Macbeth achieves his ambition only through great internal and external conflict which makes him forget his morals and
...To sleep perchance to dream ay, there's the rub/ For in that sleep of death what dreams may come... (Shakespeare 89). Though this line was first introduced over one hundred years ago in the famous tragedy Hamlet, the meaning still holds some truth today. Many people find that sleeping is a great escape and comfort. Only, in the world today, too many people are not getting the correct amount of sleep. Seventy million Americans have some kind of sleeping disorder (Neville 14). The amount of
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 did imagine
SYLVIA PLATH Born to middle class parents in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Sylvia Plath published her first poem when she was eight years old. Sensitive, ittelligent, compelled toward perfection in everything she attempted, she was, on the surface, a model daughter, popular in school, earning straight A’s winning the best prizes. By the time she entered Smith College on a scholarship in 1950 she already had an impressive list of publications and while at Smith she wrote over four hundred poems.
The Tragic Death of Macbeth Macbeth, in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, is an example of a tragic hero. A tragedy is drama that has a hero with a flaw that causes his downfall and gives the audience a feeling of catharsis. Macbeth's character degenerates from a noble man to a violent person because of the witches' prophecies, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth's own ambition. His ambition is the tragic flaw. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a noble man who is described as the brave Mac
In Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure, Claudio is sentenced to execution for premarital sex by Angelo, the replacement of the Duke. Angelo seems to do something bad and has to keep on doing something else to cover up his first fault. It can be seem as somewhat of a staircase. As soon as Angelo makes his first sin, he takes the first step on the staircase. He must then cover his first sin by making up or by commiting another sin. His first sin or bad deed arises when he is determined that he must
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
The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (a Later Tragedy) - the longest Shakespeare play by number of lines (3929) Hamlet is the son of the late King Hamlet (of Denmark), who died two months before the start of the play. After King Hamlet's death, his brother, Claudius, becomes king, and marries King Hamlet's widow, Gertrude (Queen of Denmark). Young Hamlet fears that Claudius killed his own brother (Hamlet's father) to become king of Denmark, greatly angering Hamlet. Two officers, Ma
The play “Macbeth” was written for James I (England) VI (Scotland) and performed in Hampton court palace in August 1606. Being written for a King James, Shakespeare had to write the play so the Macbeth would inevitably die so as not to anger the king. Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ was a new play but the story was old. Shakespeare found the idea for ‘Macbeth’ in ‘The History of Scotland’ by Raphael Holinshed. Shakespeare’s version of the story had many changes such as he had to make the story much mor
Our Town; Homecoming Every year across this great country of ours, hundred upon thousands of plays are produced. Some at the professional level, some at the college level, but most of our theatrical entertainment comes from that of our local high school productions. From Shakespeare to Rogers and Hammerstien, thousand of parents and family watch as their children go out onto stage to become a star for the night. Thankfully, no one goes to a high school show expecting professional quality work.
Dark Lady and Youth are Fictional? In my opinion, and it is only an opinion, both the Youth and the Dark Lady of William Shakespeare’s sonnets are fictional. I think Shakespeare created them simply for the purpose of addressing his sonnets to them. It is possible that specific people he knew got him started on the train of thought that led him to the sonnets, but I don’t think they are specifically addressed to the actual persons. The mind of a playwright is definitely able to write fictional p
The Tragedy Of Shakespeare’s Othello and King Lear Over time critics have displayed Shakespeare’s Othello and King Lear as the most painful and exciting tragic deaths. Human flaws are portrayed through the main characters Othello and King Lear relating to today’s society. In these plays one experiences the failure of man’s nobility towards their leaders. Throughout Shakespeare’s plays, Othello and King Lear, the main characters, experience different hardships due to physical appearance, which r
Speeches are meant to prove something to people, and often to encourage them to take action and make changes. Two speeches that had a great effect on their listeners are “A Eulogy to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”, by Robert Kennedy, and Marc Antony’s funeral oration in Julius Caesar, a play by William Shakespeare. In both cases, the respective authors used various literary elements and techniques to move their listeners emotionally and propel them to action. In his speech, Robert Kennedy wanted
The presence of the apparition in the opening scene of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet sets a macabre and eerie tone while emitting and foreshadowing a theme of death. In addition to the death theme the presence of the ghost illuminates on the mystery surrounding the death of Hamlet’s father, the King of Denmark. Often in literature the presence of a ghost indicates something left unresolved. In this case, the death of Hamlets father is the unresolved event as well the revenge necessary to give th
CHAPTER 1 - In the opening paragraph, Huck introduces himself to us as the narrator of the story. He talks to us in a relaxed, matter-of-fact tone that makes him sound friendly, honest, and maybe a little less respectful than he should be. He does, after all, come close to calling Mark Twain a liar. Try to imagine Twain writing that paragraph, in which he has a fictional character accuse him of stretching the truth in an earlier book. Twain seems to be sharing a joke with you, the reader, but
In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the prophecies as foretold by the witches along with Macbeth's vaulting ambition help to entrap Macbeth in circumstances that makes him pursue his aspirations of becoming King. The darkness that is prevalent both in and around the witches sets a tone of evil. This evil, darkness, and ambition is the cause of Macbeth's ultimate destruction. Macbeth's character throughout the entirety of the drama changes from one extreme to the other. In the beginning of the drama Mac
Hamlet Hamlet, one of many plays written by William Shakespeare, is in my opinion, his greatest work. In this epic tragedy, Hamlet's father, the king of denmark, is killed by his brother, Claudius. Only two months later, Claudius marries the queen and inherits the throne. Hamlets father appears to Hamlet in the form of a ghost and reveals this information to him. He requests that Hamlet get revenge on Claudius for the terrible deed he has done. Hamlet Wants to avenge his father, but he does is