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12 1. When I do count the clock that tells the time, 2. And see the brave day sunk in hideous night; 3. When I behold the violet past prime, 4. And sable curls, all silvered o'er with white; 5. When lofty trees I see barren of leaves, 6. Which erst from heat did canopy the herd, 7. And summer's green all girded up in sheaves, 8. Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard, 9. Then of thy beauty do I question make, 10. That thou among the wastes of time must go, 11. Since sweets and beauties d
Angela’s Ashes April 2, 2004 English Per. 7 1 Today’s society has a tendency of taking things for granted. People forget how to appreciate the little things that life has to offer. Most people, especially in this small town environment, “live the good life” and don’t even realize it. America in general is viewed as a beautiful place with endless possibilities, and it’s been like that for many years now. Majority of our nation’s citizens are not one hundred percent American, and have a number of
Essay #4: Jorge Luis Borges English 1A In Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges attempts to skew the fundamental principles by which most people govern their lives. He constructs roughly allegorical worlds that reflect reality in their complexity and scope. By pulling the reader deeper into these labyrinths, Borges’ stories subtly and without mal-intent, demand a reexamination of the way we collectively relate to the world. Specifically, Borges questions the reliability of the past – something by which
Cassius vs. Brutus: IX Humanities 3/7/04 In William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Cassius and Brutus often clash as a result of their distinct and different characters. Brutus, who is conflicted about whether or not to kill Caesar for the good of Rome, has a more noble character than Cassius, who manipulates Brutus into killing Caesar. Brutus has a noble character, which causes him to question whether or not killing Caesar is the right choice for Rome. During a conversation with Cassius, Brutus s
Rome and Egypt Compare the states of Rome and Egypt. How are the two states reflected in the characters of Antony and Cleopatra? How does a modern audience respond to this? Through out the play Shakespeare has the two states of Rome and Egypt juxtaposed, these seem to be a well-selected pair for dramatic effect considering their huge contrast to one and other. The love of the two lead characters amongst such a contrast of their cultures and, at times personalities can often be overwhelming for t
William Shakespeare’s Desires to Please Darkness, blood, treason and death. In the 16th century, William Shakespeare knew that these elements were crowd appeasing and he incorporated them into his plays. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is no exception. Macbeth is the tale of a man who is led to his own moral and physical destruction through many outer influences and his own overweening ambition. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare introduces realistic characters, incorporates the world of the supernatural and
Elizabeth I Middle Life Queen Elizabeth I was perhaps the most powerful, revolutionary queen to ever rule England. During the 45 years of Elizabeth’s reign, England flourished in all elements from economics to education. In fact Elizabeth I made so many successful improvements that these times were called The Elizabethan Age. And to learn more a bout the very interesting women we will talk about her life. Elizabeth I was the daughter of t King Henry VIII and his second of six wives, Anne Boleyn.
Tennessee Williams I. Teaching/Learning Objectives for College-Level Students In this first section, I will list some teaching/learning objectives for college-level students studying Tennessee Williams. They are: v To read and comprehend the plays written by Williams. v To be able to explain quotes and/or passages from the plays. v To be able to tell about the life of Tennessee Williams. v To have an understanding of the 20th century culture (ex. - language, family life, etc.). v To be able to r
To what extent is Shakespeare's portrayal of the eponymous hero of Henry V an idealised one? Is your interpretation also true of Olivier’s and Branagh’s filmed versions of the play? The over all view of Henry depends largely on the audience and the director’s interpretation, of course. An audience in Shakespeare’s time saw Henry as extremely favourable, whereas some modern critics view him as a bloodthirsty persecutor. We can look at the different ways in which Henry might be portrayed. Firstly,
First Essay: What does The Tragdy of King Lear gain from having a sub-plot? Since the publication of Bradley’s Shakespearean Tragedy: lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth, the critical tradition on King Lear has payed special attention to the issue of the subplot. Critics offer a varied range of arguments against as well as in favor of the use of the subplot. The general opinion among the critics is that the subplot generalise and intensify the main plot. However, in more specific
Fairies A fairy is a tiny being with wings (such as butterfly’s, dragonfly’s wings) that looks exactly like a persons. Fairies are everlasting and can be either male or female. They live in everyday surroundings; mostly in forested areas, underwater, or in the “Other World”, where they frequently wage wars with other creatures. Fairies are said to have magical powers, such as the ability to change the weather, seasons, and to change night into day. Fairies are tricky creatures that can appear an
How far do fate and destiny play their parts in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Personal Writing – Response to a Shakespeare play “Romeo and Juliet”, is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Romeo and Juliet come from feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets, but they defy the feud and fall in love. Many events take place during the five short days that they share their love. Romeo’s and Juliet's love finds a tragic way to overcome the differences between their families. The story re
Feste Could Feste have been aware of Cesario’s true identity even before the truth came out? In Shakespeare’s play, the twelfth night, one may see Feste as intelligent rather than being foolish. Shakespeare has made it clear to his audience that Feste is much more cunning then the other characters. Feste has always seemed to be the character who see’s much more than everyone else. In the movie, the twelfth night, it seems much more obvious that Feste knows Cesario’s not what he appears to be, ho
GCSE Shakespeare English Task Explore the significance of Act 1 Scene 5 Act 1 scene 5 is on of the most important scenes in the play as it links with action that has happened before the scene and with the ending of the play. The action links with earlier scenes because Romeo went to the party to try to meet Rosaline. Juliet was at the party because she was supposed to meet Paris and get top like him. All the characters from the earlier scenes meet at the party. The action links with the ending o
The Role of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince Hamlet replaces the letter that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are carrying to England with a forgery of his own making, thus sending these two men to their deaths. He does this without giving it a second thought and never suffers from any guilt or remorse for his actions. Considering that these two men were friends from his youth, this would at first glance seem to reflect poorly on his character. However, one must c
Was he Sane? ELA 12. 30.1 March 23, 2004 One of the most difficult questions to answer in William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is; was Prince Hamlet truly mad, or was he just putting on “an antic-disposition”(I.v.173) Hamlet’s behavior is frequently changes throughout the course of the play and it makes it hard to distinguish his true nature. However after an in-depth analysis of Hamlet’s words and actions, prove for both his sanity and madness is evident. Proof toward Hamlet’s madness first bec
A critical appreciation of Hamlet’s final soliloquy Hamlet’s final soliloquy comes just after he has spoken with the Captain, who has informed him that Fortinbras is set to fight for “a little patch of ground”, that is completely worthless except for the “name” that comes with it. All in an attempt to try and reclaim his father’s honour. As we parallel the two sons; Hamlet and Fortinbras, there is a clear contrast in the actions of revenge that they both take. This causes Hamlet to think about
Hamlet, A Tragedy The line from Hamlet O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt. is full of tragic tones. Yet, what makes Hamlet a tragedy? As one big tragedy itself, Shakespeare's Hamlet possesses the characteristics that Shakespeare believed a tragedy should contain. The main character, Hamlet, has the defect of indecision, is a very noble character, and is also incapable of handling situations that are caused by other characters. The first tragic quality of Hamlet is Hamlet's defect of
First Impressions of Hamlet Hamlet first appears in Act I scene II, the most conspicuous feature of him being his attire, dressed completely in black, he is in fact mourning for his late father, the king of Denmark. His mother has married the newly crowned monarch, Old Hamlets brother and Hamlets uncle, by name Claudius. His dress is used by Shakespeare not just to put across to us the actual fact that he is mourning for his father but to convey many things about his character that my not be gai
Hamlet March 18, 2004 Hamlet English 1B Many believe that Hamlet, by William Shakespeare is one of the greatest plays of all times. Hamlet is about the compelling tragedy of the tormented young prince of Denmark. This play continues to capture the imaginations of modern audiences worldwide. Hamlet represent the everyday family life that most do not like to talk about. There is selfconflict, distrust in women, pain and incest that young Hamlet experiences throughout the play. Hamlet demonstrates
Hamlet's State of Mind Throughout Shakespeare's play Hamlet , the main character, Hamlet, appears insane. It is easily debatable whether or not this diagnosis is accurate. At the beginning of the play, Hamlet is deeply disturbed by his father's death and his mother's hasty marriage to his father's brother. While Hamelet is quite obviously greif-stricken, he remains coherent and reasonable. When Barnardo, Horatio, and Marcellus take Hamlet to see his father's ghost, and Hamlet learned his father
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
Macbeth In the play, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth’s future is never determined by an uncontrollable and irresistible force such as fate. Through the play it is seen that Macbeth becomes the Thane of Cawdor, the king and finally, to die a damned soul. Although it seems as though some kind of force is controlling Macbeth and his actions, further reflection on the play reveals that Macbeth’s future is determined by his own actions, the advice of others and some chance and luck. Macbeth’
In View From The Bridge To what extent can Eddie Carbone be seen as a tragic hero? To find the meanings of a tragic hero, I must define what tragic and hero mean. A tragic event is an event that is disastrous, dreadful or fateful. A tragic story or play has a serious theme, which usually results in death or defeat. In real life, an example of a tragic event is unreturned love or a young person killed in a car crash. A hero is a man who displays courage or noble qualities and is often perceived a
Interview with William Shakespeare 24 February 2004 Q: Why does the play start with the three witches? A: I begin the play with thunder and lightening on a moor (or heath). I wanted to catch my audiences attention and set the mood of the play. To my audiences, a moor or heath would represent a wild, lonely and frightening place, especially in foul weather. My audience believes in God and the Devil, and in Heaven and Hell as real places. They also believe in evil spirits, in possession of evil sp
Othello In the play Othello, jealousy is shown to be very evident through the actions of the characters. Jealousy is an emotion that everyone shares, and it is eventually responsible for the tragic ending of the play. Everyone feels jealous at certain times of their lives, and this feeling can cause people to do foolish things. This human emotion also shows people to be weak in the sense that they are never happy with what they have. Shakespeare shows through Othello, Iago, Roderigo, and Brabant
John Donne Question 3. Bring out what you consider to be the most distinctive features of Donne as a love poet in comparison with a sixteenth century predecessor. Illustrate your answer with analysis of specific poems or passages, considering both themes and style. John Donne is invariably regarded as being a metaphysical poet. As a metaphysical poet Donne often employed new, avant-garde, styles when writing. Donne typically used his metaphysical wit to write about love, religion or politics, of
James Joyce “It has been said that more writers and artists have been influenced by James Joyce than any other author of the twentieth century; and he is mentioned in more works than any other writer except Shakespeare.” According to this quote from Allen B. Ruch, James Joyce is the second-most influential writer in the history of English literature. Upon deeper inspection of the validity of this comment, it seems that Joyce has, in fact, had a vast impact on numerous writers, works, and on Engl
Julius Caesar An Expository Throughout the play, Julius Caesar, opinions over important matters clash. Brutus and Cassius, both senators of Rome, have two completely different ways of looking at matters. Brutus, an idealist, has a more naïve way of looking at things. He tends to see only the good in a person. Cassius, on the other hand, is a realist. He sees what is really there. Cassius is the lead conspirator in the play, showing that he is all for self advance. Brutus is the only one who isn’
The Nature of Relationships in King Lear and A Thousand Acres In her novel A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley takes the conflict between the natural and the unnatural in King Lear one step farther than Shakespeare. Using many of the same elements in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Smiley shows the deeper complexities of human relationships and experiences by expanding this theme. Shakespeare’s most important use of the theme of the natural and the unnatural is in reference to Edmund. Several times, Gloucester
Love Freshman English II What is love? Is it an emotion, a magical feeling, or just a four-letter word? After reading several of Shakespeare’s plays I think that love is almost impossible to define. The only way to know what love is would be to experience it first hand. In the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare portrayed love in several different forms. The play opens with Theseus and Hippolyta discussing their wedding plans. Theseus states “But oh, methinks, how slow This old moon wanes
Lady Macbeth is a “fiend-like queen” Discuss “I would, while it was smiling in my face, have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums and dash’d the brains out”. Such is the wickedness of Lady Macbeth, a woman of ‘gall’ and ‘direst cruelty’. Echoing the words of the supernatural forces, she diverts the courage of her husband to the courage of evil. Inspiring in him the spirit of self-assertiveness, she pours ‘her evil spirits’ in his ear to crush ‘the compunctious visitings’ of his human nature,
Macbeth and Blood English 12 A motif is a recurring feature (such as a name, an image, theme or a phrase) in a work of literature. Shakespeare uses many motifs in Macbeth; one of the more obvious examples is blood. The blood motif acts as a unifying device by adding a constant to the hectic play. Blind ambition, one of the themes of Macbeth, is the main driving force of the repeated bloodshed. Macbeth thinks that he can get to the top by simply murdering his rivals, but he later discovers that i
Macbeth: Act 2 Scene 2 Macbeth is one of the well-known plays written by William Shakespeare. Three evil witches have told Macbeth, the main character, that he will one day become King of Scotland. Though the witches tell his friend Banquo that his children will rule forever after Macbeth. The thought of becoming King of Scotland makes Macbeth feel wonderful and powerful, but his evil wife, Lady Macbeth, asks him why he should not become King now. Macbeth knows he cannot, because his loyal frien
Macbeth Essay The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare is one of the most famous tragedies of all time. Macbeth’s murder of Duncan starts his decent into tyranny. Even though Macbeth killed Duncan, Lady Macbeth is the one responsible for Duncan’s murder. The way she manipulated Macbeth shows that she is truly evil. The idea of murdering Duncan was hers; Macbeth would not have even thought of killing Duncan on his own. Lady Macbeth was willing to do anything to make sure Duncan was killed, while M
To what extent are the witches and Lady Macbeth responsible for Macbeth’s actions? “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won”. ‘Valiant’, ‘brave’, and a ‘worthy gentleman’, Macbeth was once a courageous hero, loyal and dedicated to his king. Yet, the alluring prophecies of dark supernatural forces and the persuasion of his wife lead this honourable man into shame and ‘disgrace’, committing regicide, the murdering of friends, women and children, and bringing upon Scotland the worst possible affl
Wrong Path ELA 11 20.1 December 19, 2003 Although man is been given freedom of choice, it must be took into consideration that it can be influenced by outside factors. However, despite these outside forces, each individual is responsible for his own actions. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth certainly commits many evil crimes, but not without help from the influence of others. Lady Macbeth is, without a doubt, one of these outside factors. Lady Macbeth calls on the evil spirits to “ come…[and]
Macbeth Q. To what extent do you think that Macbeth is in control of his own destiny therefore responsible for the events in the play? ‘ Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare revolves around an honourable man in the Scottish army who is influenced by a number of people to fulfil his desire to become King of Scotland, which eventually leads to his bloody death. Of course many people have different opinions on whether Macbeth is in control of his own destiny and therefore responsible for the events that
Macbeth Per: 2 In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth the two protagonists, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth demonstrate both strength and weakness of character and action. Through the course of the play Lady Macbeth’s early power and strength weakens while Macbeth’s rises from weakness to a position of strength and great power. In the beginning Lady Macbeth is stronger, however towards the end Macbeth becomes the stronger one. The short tragedy of Macbeth is a morbid story of ruthlessness, power, and murder. S
The role of a comic character: Mercutio Shakespeare uses Mercutio as one of the characters to explore the relationship between comedy and tragedy in Romeo and Juliet. Mercutio, in his own comic role serves as a foil for Romeo by highlighting his youth, innocence and the purity of his love which sets Romeo as the innocent tragic hero. His rash purist of honour softens our impression of Romeo’s rashness and his concept of love as a physical pursuit casts Romeo’s love for Juliet into a spiritual li
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare is a play on the theme of love. The play is a comedy and it shows that the course of love doesn’t always run smoothly. Shakespeare uses different settings to show the complication in the lover’s lives. I think that is a very clever thing to do. The first scene takes place in The Palace of Theseus. Theseus, the Duke of Athens, is getting married to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, in four days time. There is a very calm
“I am a man. More sinned against than sinning” These words of Lear point out his self-obsessed pity. His “Oh woe is me!” attitude reveals that he considers himself a victim of cruel circumstances, pitted alone against fate. He suffers at the hands of merciless gods, whose retribution is unjust. His most beloved daughter, Cordelia, has (so he thinks) turned against him and his malicious, hateful daughters, Goneril and Regan, have tossed him out into the violent storm where he is at the mercy of
On a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes and A Correct Compassion Discuss the shifts of register and their effects in the following two poems: Thomas Gray, “On a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes” and James Kirkup, “A Correct Compassion”. You should make use of the following terms where appropriate: field, tenor, mode, intertextuality. The shift of register and the effect it has in poetry can make a major impact on the reader. Thomas Gray, “On a Favourite Cat, Drowned in
“Imagery” on Othello In William Shakespeare's Othello, the use of imagery and metaphors is significant in conveying meaning as it helps to establish the dramatic atmosphere of the play and reinforce the main themes. Through this, the audience is able to grasp a better understanding of the play. Throughout Othello, images relating to poison frequently occur. These references are predominantly made by Iago. This seems appropriate for Iago who exhibits the characteristics of poison; they being fata
Othello is a classical tragedy.’ Discuss this statement in the light of the play. The question of whether Othello is a classical tragedy relies on two major factors, the first obviously being the content of the play itself which I will discuss later, the second the definition of what a classical tragedy actually is. A classical tragedy can be defined as a story of exceptional calamity leading to the death of a man of high estate. It was originally looked at by Aristotle, a great philosopher and
Othello Tragic and Serious Othello, a play by William Shakespeare, takes place in Venice during the invasion of the island of Cyprus by the Turks. The protagonist of the story, Othello, is a newlywed, Moorish general with a very gullible nature. The antagonist of the story is Iago, an officer under Othello who wishes to be promoted to lieutenant, but the position was given to the young and attractive Cassio. Other major characters in the play are Desdemona, Othello's wife who is accused of havin
Othello versus Caliban – Race in Shakespeare’s plays Shakespeare’s plays incorporate an entire panorama of diverse subject matters. He deals with a lot of social, political and cultural issues in his plays. He has the ability to highlight the different aspects of these various issues through the perspectives of his various characters. On the one hand Shakespeare seems to foreground a lot of progressive discourses in some of his plays and on the other hand he seems to be a part of the majoritari
Out Of Mind March 6th, 2004 English 12 Research Paper Imagine a world where one has a familiar, or a daemon, running alongside them at all times. Or a world where dragons impede one’s movement from place to place. These are the worlds that young adult writers try to place inside of the minds of children and adolescents. These fantastical creatures and places in young adult literature are used mainly for allegorical purposes. An allegory is a symbolic representation, or using something to teach a
Race in Shakespeare’s plays-Othello versus The Tempest Shakespeare’s plays incorporate an entire panorama of diverse subject matters. He deals with a lot of social, political and cultural issues in his plays. He has the ability to highlight the different aspects of these various issues through the perspectives of his various characters. On the one hand he seems to foreground a lot of progressive discourses in some of his plays and on the other hand he seems to be a part of the majoritarian sensi
JOSQUIN DESPREZ 1440 - 1521 Desprez was considered one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. Josquin Desprez was born in 1440. Desprez was born in an area ruled by a duke. It was named the Duchy of Burgundy in modern day Belgium. He lived mainly in Italy. Desprez died in 1521. Josquin Desprez did a lot of music work. He was involved with church work. Josquin was very religious. Desprez was employed in Milan. He was also a singer at the Papal Chapel in Rome. He was a music te