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The Globe In Elizabethan England (1558-1606), plays and the theater were the most common forms of entertainment. A traveling acting company traveled to towns and set up a stage wherever they could—usually an inn. The traveling actors were usually despised, and treated like vagabonds. James Burbage decided to build a permanent place where these actors could perform. In 1567 the Theatre was built. It was a huge success. More playhouses were built in London. Then the plague struck London in 1592. A
Romeo and Juliet The way in which Baz Luhrmann presents the opening of Romeo and Juliet, and how successful he is in appealing to younger people who are unfamiliar with Shakespeare. ‘To be or not to be’ and ‘where for art thou Romeo’ are the stereotypical views of today’s generation towards Shakespeare and his plays. Baz Luhrmann brings the Shakespearean play to a new level by modernizing Shakespeare’s famous tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’. He replaces the towns for the cities, the swords for the gu
How does William Shakespeare create tension throughout Act 3 Scene 1? From the minute the play starts the audience are aware that the “star crossed lovers” Romeo and Juliet are going to die, this makes it clear that the play is a tragedy. A Tragedy is a traditional form of theatre where the main characters in the play die as a result of their tragic flaw, for example in the tragedy play Macbeth, Macbeth’s vaulting ambition leads him to his death. Romeo and Juliet’s flaw is the powerful love betw
Romeo and Juliet - Violence Romeo and Juliet, by Shakespeare, is a play which shows how prejudice leads to escalating violence. Prejudice leads to violence shown in the play when the feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets fight. In each case, disruption, fighting, injuries and death occur. Also, the prejudice against the two families never got resolved because they were enemies. The prejudice started in Act one Scene one, when the Capulets and Montague servants confronted each other. Then
The Adaptation of Romeo Juliet William Shakespeare used his remarkable talent to delight his audiences for over 400 years. Of his many splendid plays, perhaps none is more popular than “Romeo and Juliet”, the timeless tale of a pair of star-crossed lovers and their family strife. There have been many movie adaptations of this world’s most tragic love affair, but none had brought out the true passion of the story as successfully as Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet”. This
Romeo and Juliet In this essay, I will examine and describe the relationships of Juliet - the sweet girl who is in love with Romeo, Nurse - who is the minder of Juliet, Mercutio - Romeo’s dear friend and Tybalt- who is an enemy of Romeo. These characters are all from the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, which is written by William Shakespeare. Juliet is a young, beautiful teenager who is aged 14. Juliet is set to marry Paris because of her mother, father and the nurse who think that Paris should be a g
“Romeo’s Conversation with Benvolio”, I.I.154-233 In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Romeo confides in Benvolio, and in doing so, the reader realizes the emphasis Romeo places on love and relationships. It serves as an example of Romeo’s instability during relationships. The conversation exchanged between Romeo and Benvolio in the given passage is useful in revealing many aspects of Romeo’s character showing his priorities, and foreshadows his future in love. Romeo admits to Benvolio he
An exploration of the ways Shakespeare presents father/son relationships in the play Hamlet. Ideal paternal relationships are made up of loyalty and respect from both the father and the son. The two care for each other and those around them in their family. In the play Hamlet, there are three father/son relationships. The first is between Old Hamlet, in the form of the ghost, and Young Hamlet. Another is between Polonius, the King’s adviser and Laertes. The last is between two Norwegians, Old Fo
Shakespeare’s As You Like It Act 3-scene 1- During this scene, duke Frederick is looking for Orlando at his brother Oliver’s. Since he is not there, Oliver is given one year in which to find his brother. The duke wants him dead or alive, and until that time, Duke Frederick seizes everything of value belonging to Oliver. Oliver is upset at this, and mentions that he never loved his brother in his life. Act 3-scene 2- Orlando hangs sonnets he wrote for Rosalind in the trees. As he exits, touchston
Studying Drama Semester: WS 2003/2004 Abgabetermin: 8. Dezember 2003 Summary of Michael Patterson`s: “Studying Drama” The text „Studying Drama“ written by Michael Patterson deals with the question how drama as a literary genre really works and with its development from its origins in Ancient Greece till nowadays. At the beginning of the text Patterson exemplifies the general characteristics of a play. In a play environment and setting are not described directly to the reader like in a novel thos
Tess Durbeyfield Tess Durbeyfield is a victim of external and uncomprehended forces. Passive and yielding, unsuspicious and fundamentally pure, she suffers a weakness of will and reason, struggling against a fate that is too strong for her. Tess is the easiest victim of circumstance, society and male idealism, who fights the hardest fight yet is destroyed by her ravaging self-destructive sense of guilt, life denial and the cruelty of two men. It is primarily the death of the horse, Prince, the D
The Tempest: Masque The Tempest: Masque World Literature Essay Question: What is the impact of the masque to the overall structural unity of the play? How does the masque differ from the rest of the play in theme and poetry? The ‘masque’ scene in The Tempest, in Act IV Scene I, clearly differs from all other scenes. Many producers of the play have chosen to eliminate this scene on the grounds that due to its differences it disrupts the overall structural unity of the play. The theory has in fact
“The Tempest” The many roles of Prospero. In the play “The Tempest” written by Shakespeare, there are many different roles that Prospero plays. He has four major roles that I shall discuss as Duke of Milan, father to Miranda, master to Ariel and Caliban, and as a powerful magician. Prospero was the Duke of Milan as he was usurped by his brother Antonio and exiled to an isolated island. He is quite a reluctant leader, “I thus neglecting worldly ends,” and he is perhaps regretful of the way he app
Romeo and Juliet English 9 H-Block 6 1/27/2003 The text of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, suggests the possibility of both, free will and destiny. The two seem to be constantly contrasting and complimenting each other. Although the fact that Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers is clearly stated in the Prologue to the play, free will plays a significant part throughout. As the play opens up, Romeo is in love with Rosaline, convinced that she is his one and only, true love. It seem
The Theme of Actors and Acting in Hamlet. Many would perceive madness and corruption to play the most influential role in Hamlet. However, it could be argued that the central theme in the tragedy is Shakespeare's presentation of actors and acting and the way it acts as a framework on which madness and corruption are built. Shakespeare manifests the theme of actors and acting in the disassembly of his characters, the façades that the individuals assume and the presentation of the `play within a p
Theme: How true love ultimately triumphs Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is set in an intense atmosphere of hatred between two families. The lovers are victims of the sin of their families and in the end it is their death and suffering which overcomes the hatred between the families. This drama tells us that true love ultimately triumphs and survives over and destroys hate because the deaths of the lovers end the feud between the families. We are first introduced to this important theme in the Pr
An investigation into the ways in which the language and subject matter of Hamlet’s three soliloquies reveal the key concerns of the play. The play ‘Hamlet’ is one of Shakespeare’s most tragic plays. The play consists of different themes. A main theme in the play is how mad the character Hamlet is and how his madness is presented to the audience. Another interesting theme is Hamlet's obsession with death, as Hamlet repeatedly refers to death on several occasions. The theme of the Oedipus complex
Sonnet 73 Although at first glance this sonnet appears to be about death, it is, like the majority of Shakespeare’s poetry, about love. As is typical in his work Shakespeare has kept to the traditional sonnet form of 14 lines, all in iambic pentameter, and is arranged in three quatrains with a closing couplet. Its rhyme scheme is ab ab cd cd ef ef and gg. The most powerful imagery within the sonnet is that which describes the passing of time, giving the poem an almost palpable aura of pathos. Fr
To What Extent Is Hamlet’s Madness Feigned? One of the central issues in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is madness. The focus of my essay revolves around Young Hamlet and the questions posed by this character in respect of his sanity. Firstly, is Hamlet’s madness entirely feigned, as he initially leads us, the audience, to believe? To what extent is Hamlet’s madness an act? Does Hamlet’s feigned madness shield him from actually going mad? Or, an opposing proposition would be, does Hamlet’s feigned ma
Twelfth Night Summary Twelfth Night In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, it is clearly evident that the fluctuation in attitude to the dual role and situation and tribulations imposed upon the character of Viola/Cesario ends up in a better understanding of both sexes, and thus, allows Viola to have a better understanding for Orsino. Near the opening of the play, when Viola is adopting her male identity, she creates another self, like two masks and may decide to wear one or the other while swinging be
How is Language Used in Act 2 Scene 4 and Act 3 Scene 1 to Mislead Other Characters? 9w Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night, is all about playing jokes on people, sometimes deliberately confusing them, and just basically having a happy time. Most the characters follow the tradition of Twelfth Night, however some do not. In Act 2 Scene 4, the tradition is not comprehensible, however, in Act 3 Scene 1, it is, as both Feste and Viola/Cesario are making jokes with one another. The selected paragraphs
Why Vocabulary is Important? 12/13/2004 English-6th For hundreds of years, English has been continuously changing. Words that were unacceptable 300 years ago are now commonplace. English has always had a trademark of being a comfortable language, the language of the common people. Change in the grammar and diction of a language is natural, and English is always confronted with changes. Among them are the use of slang, clipped word endings, and new dialects. Some Conservatives do not like changes
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
Dear William Shakespeare. Terrific play! My best compliments! I went to see Hamlet; my best applaud to you my friend, another extraordinary play, congratulations. Please inform me if you plan to act another of you beautiful plays; I’ll be there. I know how you love to write and act, but do you never miss a family, do you never miss your children or your wife? I know that I miss my family after just a couple of days I don’t know how you can live without a family. Don’t you regret never being with
Spiritual Journeys in The Winter’s Tale Throughout the semester we’ve been discussing the importance of spiritual growth to the development of characters in Cervantes’ novellas and Shakespeare’s plays. The concept of a spiritual journey is certainly not unique. Many authors have employed the idea that characters do need to change and grow in order to hold the attention of the audience. In stories like “The Jealous Hidalgo” and “The Liberal Lover,” Cervantes shows how some characters absolutely n
Comparison of Moliere’s Mariane And Shakespeare’s Juliet English 121 M Response #1 January 23, 2004 “Spare me, I beg you; and let me end the tale.” (Mariane, Act IV, III). The connection between Moliere’s character of Mariane in his comedy “Tartuffe” and Shakespeare’s Juliet in his romantic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” is an obvious one. They are both young girls, caught up in the grip of young love, and desperate for an escape from parental confinement. Even though the genres of each story are ve
History Men M edici, Lorenzo de: From Italy during the Renaissance. The Medici’s riches gained them political control in Florence. They established one of the first public libraries in Europe. The most notable and most generous patron of the Medici family was Lorenzo de Medici, called “Il Magnifico”. Italian Humanist Writers P etrarch, Francesco: (1304 – 1374) From Italy. Known as the “Father of Humanism”. He was the son of a Florentine merchant. As a youth, he followed his father’s wishes and e
The Real Macbeth Macbeth, also known as Maelbeatha, was born in 1005 in Moray Scotland. He was the son of Princess Donoda of Scotland and Findleac Macrory, Mormaer of Moray. Macbeth was the grandson of Malcolm II, king of Scotland and in some eyes, including his own, had more right to the throne than the chosen successor, Duncan I, who was the son of Malcolm’s second daughter (cousin of Macbeth). The legend of Macbeth was later used as basis of a story written by William Shakespeare. The life o
A Critical Analysis of ‘Angela’s Ashes’ by Frank McCourt Frank McCourt was born on 19th August, 1930, in Brooklyn, New York at the height of the Great Depression. When he was abut four, his sister Margaret died. The family subsequently returned to Limerick, Ireland, and is the main focal setting of this book, Angela’s Ashes, a memoir of his childhood. McCourt returned to New York when he was nineteen, and managed to become a teacher after studing at New York university. His brother Malachy came
Biographical Preface English 12 4 April 1997 On July third of nineteen thirty seven, in Zlin, Czechoslovakia, a boy was born by the name of Tomas Straussler. Tomas was born onto Eugene Straussler and Martha Stoppard. Later in his life Tomas took his mother’s last name and shortened his first name to Tom. His father was a physician. When his father was killed by the Nazis the rest of the family fled to the far East. Tom went to school in Darjeeling, India. There his mother met a British officer w
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
character Analysis of Iago in “Othello” Shakespeare’s “Othello, The Moor of Venice” is a play of deception and trickery. There are several important characters, however there is one who is particularly interesting. Iago (a villain) is perhaps one of the most interesting characters. Iago is a dynamic character that takes on several roles. He is known as an honest trustworthy friend but is actually a manipulative deceptive snake that is only looking out for his own interests. Iago is able to mani
The Evolution of Greek Theater 1 One of the most famous things related to Ancient Greece is theater. No one is sure who personally started theater, but Greek theater began all theater in Europe and had major influences on plays performed today. Drama was performed for special occasions and as contests, with the playwright and actors winning prizes. Playwrights originally acted, but when contests began, they stopped. Actors were semi-professional and usually selected and paid by the state. The th
Representation of female characters in Shakespeare Shakespearean plays are written within the patriarchal ideologies of the Elizabethan era. Women were considered to be subordinate to men. This subordinance was clearly projected in the portrayal and representation of women and their sexuality. The 1970’s and the rise of feminism challenged these Shakespearean, stereotypical representations. These new, feminist readings brought new perspectives to Shakespeare’s works. More particularly, the repre
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,
Character Analysis, Marc Antony English PIB-6 March 15, 1999 Marc Antony, of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, changes dramatically throughout the play. He begins the play a foolish reveler and ends it as a power hungry, vengeful, cold hearted member of the Second Triumvirate. What prompts this dramatic change of character in Antony? A number of things, chiefly the death of Caesar, and the power he gains in the Second Triumvirate. In Act I and II the characters of the play see Antony as little more t
Comparison and Contrast Essay: Brutus and Cassius Julius Caesar was written in the 16th century by William Shakespeare, an Elizabethan-English writer who wrote from 1591 to 1611. In this tragedy, the author makes reference to Roman times and the assassination of Julius Caesar with certain details and dramatic elements to make the story more interesting and to make the play more enjoyable. In addition, the author also adds lots of character descriptions referring to their similarities and differ
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 Tragedy of Macbeth English 12 22 November 1996 William Shakespeare, when writing The Tragedy of Macbeth, tried to establish two important characteristics of man for the time setting of the play. Macbeth is a thane in Scotland who is at first faithful to his king, Duncan, but later turns against him and becomes king himself through murder. The characteristics that Macbeth has to have and does at the opening of the play, are loyalty to one’s king and loyalty to God. Shakespeare shows that like
The Complex Emotion of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream Love is a timeless topic. It will forever be the theme of popular entertainment and source of confusion for men and women alike. No one understands this better than William Shakespeare, and he frequently explores this complex emotion in his writing of great works. In A Midsummer Night's Dream he cleverly reveals the fickle and inebriating aspects of love through his characters: Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius, and Oberon and Tita
OTHELLO IN DRAMA AND IN FILM AS A LITERARY ADAPTATION THIS IS THE VERSION OF YOUR PAPER THAT I WILL PUT UP ON THE INTERNET. BY THE WAY, I WILL GIVE YOU AN EXTRA A- FOR EFFORT. Department of American Culture and Literature Othello is one of the most famous plays of Shakespeare, which has been filmed many times, notably by Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier in 1964. In 1997 it was filmed once again by Oliver Parker, with Kenneth Branagh and Laurence Fishburne in the title roles. This paper aims to
Strange Meeting Question: Present a detailed commentary on the poem 'STRANGE MEETING' by Wilfred Owen. To include - Explanation of the ideas expressed in the poem. Links with specific moments with other Owen poems. Discussion of how the poem works in term of poetic technique. Answer: STRANGE MEETING is probably Owen’s most problematic poem. It’s title comes from Shelley’s “The Revolt of Islam” - “Gone forth whom no strange meeting did befall. It was written in the spring or early summer of 1918,
Romeo and Juliet Essay In the Prologue of the play, Romeo and Juliet are described as “star-crossed lovers”, but the action of the play shows that their tragic deaths are the result of human behavior. Do you agree? Word Count: 1008 The prologue of the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare shows us that the two lovers were victims of fate and destiny, however it is more likely that their deaths were caused by human behavior, as suggested in the action of the play. The actions of Lord Capul
Romeo and Juliet Planning English- Planning Task- how does Shakespeare’s presentation of characters Romeo Juliet en able the audience to ‘believe utterly in their love?’ In my coursework I am going to include the following: - Ø Introduction Just briefly introducing my coursework. I will include a description of Romeo and Juliet’s backgrounds and personality. Ø Following points I must include which scenes/line I gathered the quotes from. Point such as - ‘She is o so beautiful’- No other women com
Analysis of Sonnet 130 In this slightly odd sonnet, he compares his beloved to everything under the sun. This was a typical gesture. He makes her seem almost unlovable, but then one sees that to him, her voice is music and everything about her is wonderful. She tops any goddess in her mortal beauty and approachability. Sonnet 130 is an octet about the fact that true love is more than skin deep. My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; From the very beginning of the poem, one see’s the traditi
Taming of the…………Women? EH1 Taming of the shrew a play written by William Shakespeare is supposed to show the story of a man trying to make some easy money and ends up liking the supposed shrew. This play is said to be sexist by women. This play was also written in 1600’s and most people can’t seem to make the connection that back then the kind of behavior described in the book was ok. The sexist and time can be used on many different levels. Studies have shown that people who find things sexist
The Tempest In Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, the cast of characters are squeezed into some archetypal roles. Prospero is our noble hero, Miranda is the beautiful maiden, Antonio is the villain . Shakespeare gave each of the characters a sense of humor, a tool that allows us to see the subtle details of their minds; a glimpse at the inner workings of each character’s personality. It is through the humor that Shakespeare employs , that we are able to see roundness in characters that could be oth
Romeo and Juliet A Discourse on Tragedy [English 9 PIB] [02.26.2000] What is a tragedy? In modern times, tragedies are very rare, but centuries before, in the 1500s, tragedies were a common genre; and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare was a common tragedy. During the 1500s, a great era of learning, creativity, and imagination swept over Europe. It was known as the Enlightenment Era. William Shakespeare grew up in this period of imagination, and through the freedom and romanticism of this e
T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland Module three Q5 Much of what Eliot writes about is harsh and bleak, but he writes about it in a way that is often beautiful . Comment fully on both parts of this assertion. Most first time readers of Eliot's work would, probably, agree that his poems read as bleak and depressing. They would also say that many of his poems portray society as having a terminal illness, but when we look deeper you can see that amid the anguish not all is lost and there is hope to be found
William Shakespeare’sA Midsummer Night’s Dream A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play written just prior to 1595 by the most well known dramatist, William Shakespeare. This play has a rather complicated plot, which at times seems very simple to understand. Its setting is in Athens, where Theseus and Hippolyta are preparing for their coming marriage. The complications start when Lysander, Demetrius, Helena, and Hermia are introduced. All four of these young lovers are entangled in a very confusing s