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Frederick Douglass, a slave in America until the age of 20, wrote three of the most highly regarded autobiographies of the 19th century, yet he only began learning to read and write when he turned 12 years old. After an early life of hardship and pain, Douglass escaped to the North to write three autobiographies, spaced decades apart, about his life as a slave and a freeman. The institution of slavery scarred him so deeply that he decided to dedicate his powers of speech and prose to fighting i
English 11B Regents English Essay 2-28-98 Louise Rosenblatt once said “Literature provides ‘experiences that it would not be either possible or wise to introduce in our lives’ and thus enlarges our ‘Knowledge of the world’ and ‘ability to understand and sympathize with others.’” In other words she was saying that literature provides experiences that would not be able to be or smart to be involved in. Her quote also says that these experiences broaden our knowledge and aid in our ability to unde
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
Poetry Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men I picked this poem by Eliot for two primary reasons, one of them being that Eliot is one of my favorite modern poets, and the other being the view presented in it. That view is one of a barren and dead world, with humans as meandering and meaningless objects with no true value, and religion (primarily Christianity) as a futile hope for a salvation that will never be granted. Most of that can be observed in section I, but particularly in lines 5-7,
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. 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
A sundial is the oldest device known for the measurement of time. It is based on the idea that a shadow will move from one side to another as the sun moves from the east to the west. It is probably the first scientific instrument created by man. The sundial is believed to have been used in Babylon as early as 2000 B.C. There are many sundials around the world. Some thousands of years old, and some huge in stature. A sundial is much like pottery and each one is given a unique character by its ma
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-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
More Than Just Rude Speech In the first act of the play of Shakespeare's Othello, Othello admits that Rude am I in my speech and little blessed with the soft phrase of peace However; this is not a good characterization of Othello. It is necessary to further probe into his character analysis and see what shapes his character throughout the play. Othello starts off as being introduced as a fighter, deserving the respect of a general. Even though he is a Moor, he is never discriminated against,
General Patton was a very famous and well-respected man. He first served with General Pershing in Mexico and later in World War I. He is known mostly for commanding the third army in World War II. Spoken of as old blood and guts, Patton was considered a daring and ruthless field commander. George Smith Patton Jr. was born of San Gabriel, California on November 11, 1885. He was a descendant of military forbears. In the middle of George’s father’s 1,800-acre farm, he loved to go hunting, fishing,
Macbeth In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare proves how powerful an emotion guilt is and its destructice force upon one's conscience. Macbeth and his wife are attributed to doing many horrific deeds in order to grasp and assure kingship for Macbeth. Therefore, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth must feel guilty for their crimes. Over the course of the play this is drawn out until its lethal ending. Macbeth's first thought of guilt appears directly after he commits the king Duncan's murder and says
Materialism in Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller uses Death of a Salesman to expose America's preoccupation with materialism after World War II. This preoccupation is the main cause of Willy's mental stress. Willy had a lot riding on him being successful. His family's survival depended on his success. Miller's depiction of the Loman family is an example which shows that America is largely a second and third generation country. The first generation in this play, Willy's father, was forced in ord
Of all the characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet I find the role of Claudius to be the most intriguing and crucial role in this tragedy. Claudius is the most controversial, the most mysterious and the most talked about character in this play. Many people look at Claudius and only see a villain, but there are additional sides to him that are often overlooked. Claudius the father, the husband, the ruler and the mortal individual. In this play the characters are not super-human beings. They make mist
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet: The Contemporary Film, the Classic Play William Shakespeare Screenplay by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Grades 9, 10, 11 about this book One of the greatest love stories ever written, Romeo and Juliet is a play that bears repeating and revising for each generation. The screenplay of the contemporary film of Romeo and Juliet and the original classic version of the play are now available in one book for readers to enjoy. The screenplay is by Craig Pearce and
Year 2000 is a serious problem and we need to prepare for it. I will clear up and get the facts strait with the year 2000, computer disaster. Dooms day? Many think it is likely. Others think the year 2000 is just like any other year. We all must prepare for the Millenium or disaster will strike. We will encounter problems including but not ending with economical, electrical, legal, and computer failure. Millenium bug, Y2K, computer failure, total disaster, these headlines will look more and mor
The Bubonic Plague It was a golden age! Queen Elizabeth, a strong, powerful leader ruled England from 1558-1603, a time of remarkable accomplishments. England’s economy prospered, the Navy defeated the Spanish Armada, explorers claimed new land for the queen, and music and literature flourished(Runnion, Snow, and Watson 246d). Some of the world’s greatest writers emerged, including William Shakespeare. While he enjoyed sixteenth century success and accomplishments, he also survived one of the w
Leonardo Da Vinci In an age of exploration, Leonardo was the boldest explorer of all. As Cooper writes, while his fellow countryman Christopher Columbus was discovering America, Leonardo in a sense was discovering the world (3). Leonardo had one of the greatest minds of the Renaissance. His inventions were ahead of his time. His art set the standard for later Renaissance artists. Most impressive is his variety of talents and achievements. He mastered all his subjects of study. He is the symbol
When selecting a good piece of literature one must attempt to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is often used to introduce students to literacy style that carries back as far as the seventeenth century. There is one main plot that consists of a love triangle between Orsino, Olivia and Viola. Orsino falls in love with Olivia, who in return has feelings for Ceserio. Ceserio is really Viola who changed her identity to a male to be able to work in Orsino's cour
“Hamlet” and “Macbeth”: Supernatural in Shakespeare's Plays In the time of William Shakespeare, there was a strong belief in the existence of the supernatural. Thus, the supernatural is a recurring aspect in many of Mr. Shakespeare¹s plays. In two such plays, “Hamlet” and “Macbeth”, the supernatural is an integral part of the structure of the plot. It provides a catalyst for action, an insight into character, and augments the impact of many essential scenes. The supernatural appears to the audi
Macbeth Essay #1 In Macbeth, the tragic play by William Shakespeare, many of the characters are not what they appear to be. In the play one, of the themes is appearances can be deceiving. Some characters attempt to disguise themselves and pretend to be something that they are not. Characters such as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth appear to be good, loyal members of their country but they, none the less, are lying tyrant murderers. Characters such as King Duncan are easily fooled by these appearance
Death in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet There are many themes that are shown throughout William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. One of these themes is the theme of death. Romeo and Juliet shows that death is a force that life uses to influence people and to change their lives. Tybalt kills Mercutio, so Romeo kills Tybalt. Romeo kills Tybalt so he gets removed from the city. Romeo kills himself, so Juliet kills herself. One example of death in the play is that Tybalt kills Mercutio. Tyba
Insight into the “Dislife” In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, there are insights into the dislife. I chose to create the word “dislife” in order to avoid the positive connotation that comes with the word life. The insights provided by Shakespeare are anything but positive. The prefix, “dis”, helps to describe Shakespeare’s diction of Disillusionment, Discouragement, Deception, and Dismal Despair. These tones make up one insight into dislife created through the depression of the protagonist, Haml
King Lear King Lear, like many of Shakespeare’s other plays, is a tragedy. The main character learns a lesson about life that he or she had never known. The price of this lesson is usually a person or object close to the main character, and in some cases, even the life of the main character, this happens quite often in some of Shakespeare’s other plays. An example of this is when Romeo loses Juliet to suicide. Shakespeare, in his writing, usually included several themes in his plays. Two of the
JULIUS CAESAR ESSAY: In literature, characters are often unrealistic, and rarely do they portray those special features that make them human. William Shakespeare was one of the few able to create characters with truly human features .His talent for doing this is clearly illus trated in one of his most well known plays, Julius Caesar . This is the fascinating story based on true history of the birth of the Roman Empire, beginning with the brutal assassination of their leader, Julius Caesar. Thre
Birth Order Each person is born with a distinct character and special gift that distinguishes them from every person in the family tree and society. When this inner capacity for goodness is identified, acknowledged and nurtured in childhood, it brings strength to society and success to the child. (Sibling Patterns. 1) The oldest child is more of a mental child, has more things to say. He's also a leader of all sorts, but also an inward thinker and very respectful. (Sibling Patterns. 1) The olde
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare THE STORY PROLOGUE The Prologue is in the form of a sonnet, a type of poem that was popular in Elizabethan times. A sonnet has very strict rules: it must have 14 lines, have five accented syllables and five unaccented ones per line, and a consistent pattern of rhyming. NOTE: Throughout the play, we will see that Shakespeare uses different types of poetry to make special moments stand out. The Prologue does three important things: 1) it tells us what events w
Lies, deceit, and evil are some of the main issues of Hamlet. Throughout the play many of the characters hide behind a false identity. Each character has their own personality flaw. Polonius, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, King Claudius, and even Hamlet all have their own falsehoods. Claudius is the new crowned king once Hamlet’s father dies. Claudius’ major flaw is his dishonesty with his subjects and his family. He appears to be an honest and honorable man. In actually, Claudius is far from honor
English 1302 Othello Essay Shakespeare wrote many play’s that the younger generation would not have a clue as to what he is trying to say without the help of an instructor. Plays and poems are not understood by many people without the help of their peers making it easier for them to understand. Shakespeare’s play’s are really hard to understand without the help of peers or a teacher. Play’s always have a certain point to which they are trying to get across and the reader may not fully see it un
Just Do Something, Hamlet Action plays an important role in drama, and is well modified by dialogue. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, there is much talk of action. Unfortunately, there is mostly talk of action on Hamlet's part and very little action taken. This becomes frustrating for the audience because Hamlet constantly tortures himself and others with his thought process and never really intentionally acts on it until it is too late. In the first act of the play, Hamlet's grief of his father's deat
The Downfall of Macbeth Is everyone defeated or brought down from power at some time? Often, in a tragedy or drama, the main hero experiences a downfall. However, just as the downfall of a tragic hero varies, so do the causes of this downfall. Throughout the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, many factors contributed to the downfall of Macbeth such as fate, errors in his judgment, and the main factor being flaws in his character. Among the causes of Macbeth’s fall from power and grace, fate
Romeo and Juliet began as an ancient ritualistic tale. It was chanted or spoken in unison by a stage full of monks. When Shakespeare was alive and writing his plays, the church was openly opposed to theatre. Sometimes, it could manage to have theatres shut down merely because they believed it was wrong. The church also disallowed female participation in the theatre. So, in Shakespeare’s time, Juliet would have been played by a young boy. Shakespeare used astrological terms in many of his plays.
Celestial Eyes -- from Metamorphosis to Masterpiece by Charles Scribner III 1. Francis Cugat's jacket for The Great Gatsby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. First Edition Facsimile published by Collectors Reprints, Inc., New York, 1988. In my 1990 F. Scott Fitzgerald seminar at the University of South Carolina, I discussed the thematic connections between The Great Gatsby and its original dust jacket, mentioning the mystery of Francis Cugat (or F. Coradal-Cugat). Little is known about t
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
Kenneth Brannaugh and Franco Zefferelli are two directors that had different interpretations of the play “Hamlet,” written by William Shakespeare in the 1500’s. They both directed their own versions of how the play should be, and there were many differences, but there were also many similarities. Some of these differences include the environment, the dialogue, and the attitudes of the characters. The most obvious difference between the two movies is the environment in which the films take place
William Shakespeare’s great tragedy Romeo and Juliet is a play which addresses the ideas and dilemmas that have faced teenagers since it was written nearly 500 years ago. Three predicaments which are encountered in this play are teenage suicide, rebelliousness, and love. Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two teenagers, whose families are sworn enemies. Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. Upon realizing that the objects of their affections are their families sworn enemies, they decide to marry
Hamlet Essay In HAMLET, by William Shakespeare, a series of disordered events, caused by the murder of Hamlet's father, leads up to its tragic ending. However, this mass chaos is essential in restoring order to Europe. After the death of his father, Hamlet is not in his right mind, depressed and suicidal. When he hears of the appearace of the king as a ghost, he grows quite interested and follows it. After their brief meeting, Hamlet's point of view changes. The ghost, who's appearance is short
Previous Views of Shakespeare I must admit that I had many preconceived notions of what studying Shakespeare would be like. I thought that his plays would be boring, longwinded, and use the English language that would be incomprehensible to me. I was right. After reading Romeo and Juliet, my first encounter with the world according to William, I found that the language, while flowery, and full of imagery, was relatively difficult to understand, and only made sense after multiple readings of eac
Ambition Several of the characters in Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare demonstrate ambition that in most cases leads to unfavorable consequences. Different types of ambition are shown throughout the play as being either malevolent or benevolent, patriotic or selfish. In some cases the character is interpreted as being power-hungry, although this is not always true. Examples of the character’s ambition come from are the play Julius Caesar, and either implied statements or direct quotes. These
Love and Marriage In both Romeo and Juliet and the Mechant of Venice the idea of love and marriage are important concepts that tie many of the characters together. The couples who are perhaps the most similar are Romeo and Juliet and Lorenzo and Jessica. Throughout the play these young lovers wend their way to the lands of marriage , but only one pair will ultimately survive. The road taken by each couple , leading toward bliss or tragedy, is one which affords an insight into the development of
English Essay Final In the literary pieces To Kill a Mocking bird , An Enemy of the People, and Julius Caesar the authors use crowds to develop their themes. The townspeople, majority, and the mobs represented how people go in favor of the more popular side. Most people will go on this side because the benefits will go to the people. They can also fear that having a different opinion will make a bad impression of themselves. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the townspeople's narrow-mindedness didn't a
Revenge and Sin Humans are strongly influenced by both their beliefs and their desires, and as such, they form an easy springboard into character development. William Shakespeare, in Hamlet, exposes the audience to the inner conflict raging in Hamlet: whether or not to commit murder. 1The deeply religious Hamlet is asked by the ghost of his father to exact revenge on his uncle Claudius. However, Hamlet is torn between his desire to avenge his father's death and his love for God. From this confli
Finial Draft The play Macbeth is not only a tragic play, but is also a study of man and woman; Macbeth is a study of fear and the study in fear. The sounds and images in the play combine to give the atmosphere of terror and fear. The appearance of the witches, the bell that tolls while Duncan dies, the cries of Duncan, the cries of the woman as Lady Macbeth dies, the owl, the storm and the knocking at the gate. All of these are the habitual accompaniments of fear in literature. Lady Macbeth, is,
Light and Dark Imagery in Romeo and Juliet Light and dark imagery manifests in the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare repeats various light and dark images, such as the contrast of night and day birds, and death and life. There is light and dark imagery present throughout the famous balcony scene. Misfortune and calamity from the love they share is truly a plague on both their houses. At the start of the play, Montague connects Romeo with darkness and night. Montague says, Many a mornin
The lesson Shakespeare was trying to show in Julius Caesar is that men should communicate with women and actually listen to their opinions especially their wives. When men doon't listen to their wives everything falls apart. First of all, Caesar's death could have easily been avoided if Caesar would have listened to Calpurnia. She warned him. She told him about her dream and told him that she didn't think he should go. Calpurnia said to Caesar Do not go forth today! Call it my fear / That keep
WORLD HISTORY: Change Gathers Steam: 1800-40 French ideals and empire spread. Inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution, and supported by the expanding French armies, new republican regimes arose near France: the Batavian Republic in the Netherlands (1795-1806), the Helvetic Republic in Switzerland (1798-1803), the Cisalpine Republic in N Italy (1797-1805), the Ligurian Republic in Genoa (1797-1805), and the Parthenopean Republic in S Italy (1799). A Roman Republic existed briefly in 1798
Julius Caesar In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Marc Antony changes his view of Brutus as more is revealed to him. Antony is sought on the revenge of his dear friend Julius Caesar, of whom was assassinated by Brutus and his comrades. Antony sees no goodness in the mind and heart of Brutus and, as a result, he knows what he has to do in his mind and heart. Antony’s initial public thrashing of Brutus would be the speech to the Romans for Caesar’s funeral. Antony’s main purpose in his speech
Macbeth: Criminal or Casualty? Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth, a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tragedy has been described with two very distinct and different theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led down an inescapable 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 respons
MACBETH The use of the Classical Tragic Mold in character development In Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, there are many characters. Only one character stands out, and his name is in the title of the play. Macbeth's character was made in the mold of the ancient Greek tragic hero. Besides being endowed by Shakespeare with an abundance and variety of potential traits and characteristics, Macbeth also follows the Classical Tragic Mold, which is presented with a hefty supply of hubris, and in this ca
Ayn Rand and Objectivism: An Introduction opinions and beliefs, but he finally accepts that they will not leave his mind and his destiny is sealed. In his recognition of his core belief (individual freedom), he knows that he cannot resist this immutable freedom. Briefly, this sentence is the summary of man's existence. Man knows he is selfish and those who allow self-interest permeate their being are often called greedy or evil. However, without selfishness, man is reduced from an advanced mind