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Female Intervention as the Cause of the Decline and Fall of the Kingdom in King Lear, a Play by William Shakespeare
Femininity and Female Disorder in King Lear The key significance of King Lear's play lies in the continuities of
disorder through the precedent it establishes (Some Facets of King Lear pg.
29). Harold Skulsky posits in his work, King Lear and the Meaning of Chaos,
that "Lear shatters such smiling and harmonious co...
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Secular Law and Cosmic Justice in the Tragedy of Hamlet, a Play by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s Seventeenth Century Revenge Tragedy, Hamlet, stands opulent among its peers due to its representation of the ambiguity of achieving legitimate justice, wherein the conflict between personal desires, secular law and cosmic justice express the indefinable nature of morality. Desire as an impetus to secular order...
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An Analysis of Act 3 Scene 1 Lines 52-77 of the Play Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Macbeth Commentary In Act 3 Scene 1 lines 52-77, this soliloquy, delivered by Macbeth, takes place after Macbeth’s coronation, followed by the interview of Macbeth and the two murderers. Macbeth has just finished asking questions and says farewell to Banquo. Macbeth is alone when greed and anger overtakes him. Shakespeare...
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The Hurried and Rash Decisions Made by the Characters of the Play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two young adolescents from rival households who fall in love instantaneously at a gathering and become star crossed lovers who try to defy the odds to be together but fail. Most all the characters in this play make quick decisions that are not thought through completely...
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The Character of Iago and His Methods of Achieving His Goals in the Play Othello by William Shakespeare
Iago is the key villain in ‘Othello’, the play by William Shakespeare. His envy and jealousy makes him rescind the life of his wife’s boss and the boss himself, Othello. Most often, people work to achieve goals which at times proves difficult watching others, who are mostly less accomplished achieve without much work. Such...
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Prejudice as a Motivator in Othello, a Play by William Shakespeare
In Shakespeare's Othello, prejudice plays the single motivator for all cruelty demonstrated throughout the work. The society is predominantly composed of white male political figures that view differences in culture and gender with disdain. They have constructed a social hierarchy near impossible to climb and cast away any...
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The Failure of Monarchy in King Lear, a Play by William Shakespeare
A Failed Attempt at Governing An Analysis On Why Monarchy Is An Inadequate Form Of Governing As Seen In King Lear Throughout history, civilizations have debated over ways to govern people. Monarchy, democracy, communism, socialism, fascism, and dictatorships have been attempted by rulers. Through trial and error, most pe...
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Hamlet's Struggle on Whether to Live or to Commit Suicide in the Play Hamlet by William Shakespeare
“To be, or not to be— That is the question…”, is the beginning of arguably the most famous soliloquy of all time in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (III. i. 64). In this speech, Hamlet speaks to himself and contemplates if there truly is a point to living. He laments over the pains of life, yet acknowledges that the alternative to li...
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The Change of the Views on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Throughout the Play by William Shakespeare
“How do our views on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change over the course of the play?” The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is certainly an odd one. Shakespeare initially describes Macbeth as a brave soldier by labelling him “brave Macbeth” and “noble Macbeth”. It is surprising then that Lady Macbeth has such a ho...
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The Use of the Supernatural, the Role of Women, Fate, Ambition, Vision, Persona, and Death to Cause Emotions in Shakespeare's Plays Hamlet and Macbeth
Emotions caused by Hamlet and Macbeth Hamlet Prince of Denmark,The purpose of tragedy is to cause fear for the tragic hero, whether or not they are perceived as a villain or a noble hero. Shakespeare effectively provokes these emotions in the tragedies of Hamlet and Macbeth. In Macbeth an ambitious noble usurps the...
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The Hubris of the Protagonist in William Shakespeare's Tragedy Macbeth
After witnessing Macbeth have women, children, and his closest friends murdered without repentance, it’s easy to pin Macbeth as the hubristic villain of this tragedy. However, when one peers past the actions of Macbeth to examine the carefully crafted and chosen lines his character has, one starts to wonder how far his brav...
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The Use of Procreation Imagery of Birth, Fertility, and Children in Macbeth, a Play by William Shakespeare
In 1603, James I became both king and patron of the King’s Men, William Shakespeare’s company formerly known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. James I was obsessed primarily with two things: witchcraft and murder. He feared that people, usually witches, were conspiring against him to steal his crown. Macbeth, which premiered a...
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The Impact of Societal Expectations on an Individual in William Shakespeare's Play Romeo and Juliet and the Depiction of Queen Mab as an Agent of Enforcement
In the social world of Romeo and Juliet, the status that a person holds is forever intertwined with all of their social interactions. Each social position comes with inherent duties and behaviors expected of them by those around them, but trouble comes when there is a strain occurring when an individual has to face competin...
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The Theme of Misogyny in A Midsummer Night's Dream, a Play by William Shakespeare
Misogyny is a prominent element of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This can be defined as the “dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women,” (Oxford Dictionary). Set in a patriarchal society, the women in A Midsummer Night's Dream are obligated to be subservient to the men. Power is only extended to women in t...
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Trust and Deceit in Othello, a Play by William Shakespeare
Honesty and Deception Lies are everywhere in society today, and perhaps most prominent within the recent election season, as politicians say whatever they think will get them elected. The same was true in medieval times, as shown in Shakespeare’s Othello. He tells the story of Othello, who is lured into believing Iago’s li...
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The Stereotyping of the Weak and Fragile Being of Women in Hamlet, a Play by William Shakespeare
"Frailty, thy name is woman" Essay "Frailty, thy name is woman" is a quote by Hamlet in the play Hamlet,
implying that women in general are weak. Although this quote is from a
fictional character, women are generally regarded as being weaker than men
today. This is not necessarily true because women have always been...
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The Effects of Anger in Othello, a Play by William Shakespeare
Othello Essay The effects of anger and there influences in the play OthelloIn the play Othello, the most powerful emotion is anger. This emotion helps to establish the plot, as it plays a vital role in the decisions made. Not only is it physical anger there is also mental anger that shows the way it can b...
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The Guilt of Tybalt for the Death of Romeo and Juliet in the Play by William Shakespeare
In the infamous play, "Romeo and Juliet", adapted by Adrienne Su from the play by William Shakespeare, two teens in love are forced to keep their secret from their families due to a long feud that has lasted long enough for no one to even know the root cause. This play is a romantic tragedy, as it results in the death of th...
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The Guilt of Friar Lawrence for the Death of Romeo and Juliet in the Play by William Shakespeare
In the infamous play, "Romeo and Juliet", adapted by Adrienne Su from the play by William Shakespeare, two teens in love are forced to keep their secret from their families due to a long feud that has lasted long enough for no one to even know the root cause. This play is a romantic tragedy, as it results in the death of th...
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Henry V's Attempt to Win the French Crown in the Play Henry V by William Shakespeare
Henry V Henry V is a play written by William Shakespeare which describes Henry V’s attempt to gain the French crown. The play takes place in the early fifteenth century and has a variety of settings. The play begins in in a monastery in England as two members of the clergy converse. The play then quickly moves to the caste...
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The Struggles of Understanding the Concept of Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream, a Play by William Shakespeare
A midsummer Night’s dream is based on the premise that the course within which romantic love runs is not meant to be smooth. There are meant to be hurdles and challenges but if there is real love then it will prevail in the end. Shakespeare uses examples of how people fall in love sporadically with people that they tend to...
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The Portrayal of the Flawed Character of Macbeth Through the Range of Emotions and Characteristics in Macbeth, a Play by William Shakespeare
Explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents Macbeth in this extract (Act 2 scene 1 – soliloquy) Throughout the soliloquy, Shakespeare portrays Macbeth with a range of emotions and characteristics, changing his mind of what he is to do throughout the speech. We see Macbeth’s flawed character, questioning the impossible,...
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The Patriarchal View of the World in King Lear, a Play by William Shakespeare
This play reflects a patriarchal society world view and seems terrified by woman and what they might represent. Evaluate this view. Initially the play represents a patriarchal society with the male dominant King Lear in charge of England. Neither Lear not Gloucester is married or have much respect for women. However thi...
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Complex Emotions in Hamlet, a Play by William Shakespeare
Arguably the most famous writer of all time, William Shakespeare was able to create masterpieces with words. Pieces of literature so complex and so deep, people today still cannot fully understand his work, let alone create a piece of literature that can stand up to time and criticism like his work has. Hamlet, possibly his...
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The Villainy of Iago in Othello, a Play by William Shakespeare
The action and plot of Shakespeare’s Othello is driven almost explicitly by the play’s main antagonist, Iago. Iago’s villainy is perhaps the most integral component of the play, as the entire plotline and ultimate demise of the protagonist, Othello, as well as others along the way, are resultant of Iago’s plotting. In this...
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