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A Comparison of Sakuntala and Western Plays in India
SAKUNTALA VS. WESTERN PLAYS Unlike Western plays, there is no tradition of tragedy in India, and Kalidasa's plays always have happy endings. In Hinduism, everyone has an infinite number of chances to achieve enlightenment and liberation from the wheel of rebirth. A life that ends badly is only a prologue to another oppor...
An Analysis of the Themes in Early Plays by Greeks
Greek and Roman Theater The Greeks in Athens built the worlds first theater about 550 BC The worlds first theater production was performed by the Greeks. The Greeks were the first people to create theater performances. The Romans borrowed Greek ideas to create their own productions. There are many differences between the...
Analysis of Julius Caesar
Brutus is a noble man, who has a fatal flaws, which lead to his downfall. Marcus Brutus is a man who would do anything for his country. He is a strong believer in the government and believes in change. Caesar is a very dear friend of Brutus. However, Brutus believes that no man should receive such a voluminous amount of pow...
How Juliet's Decisions Affect Her Growth and Her Relationships in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, takes place in Verona, Italy in the 1300’s. Juliet transforms from an obedient daughter to an independent young woman as seen in her relationship with her nurse, disagreements with her parents and the choices she makes throughout the play. All due to her love for Romeo. Julie...
Analysis of Measure for Measure
In “Measure for Measure” a play by William Shakespeare, Isabelle is first portrayed as a holy woman, but in light of hearing of her brothers’ trouble she becomes far from a holy women to save her brother life. In different scenes you can see how Isabelle is using different tricks to win over the law, or Angelo. Isabelle ma...
Review of Play Bugboy
Recently, I have attended the first production of the play Bogboy on September 7th, 2011, at 8PM located at the Irish Arts Center. The cast and crew involved were Steve Blount, Noelle Brown, Sorcha Fox, and Emmet Kirwan. The playwright Deirdre Kinahan has done a phenomenal job with the play Bogboy. She develops a successful...
Women in Renaissance Plays
Powerful Women. For Renaissance playwrights, the representation of powerful women meant having to deal with their culture’s pervasive and sometimes contradictory gender assumptions. Compare the representation of powerful women in any 1 (ONE) or 2 (TWO) of the following plays: John Lyly’s Endymion, Gammer Gurton’s Needle, a...
A Comparison of Romeo Must Die to Romeo and Juliet
Romeo Must Die, directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak, is cinematic motion picture amongst remarkable martial arts and spectacular special effects that was highly acclaimed and negatively criticized by viewers and critics around the world. One of the many film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, beginning...
The Importance of Personal Play in Children's Development
In our early years as children, although differently, we all experienced play. Child’s play is something that has been around for centuries and can typically be divided into categories such as sociable play, fantasy play, and play with toys. Play itself can be described as a child’s way of learning and experiencing life i...
Love between Obi and an Osu - a Play
SCENE1: Obi is on his way to his father when he meets an old school mate from Umofia. OBI:Oh! Hallo Jacob it was a long time ago we met. How are you? Jacob:Thanks ,I`m fine. It was certanly a long time ago we met. What are you doing here in Umofia?I heard you work for the Civil Service in Lagos,I hope it`s fun. Ob...
The Impact of Japanese Art of Kabuki on Puccini's Opera Madame Butterfly
'One fine day' in 1854 an ominous black ship sailed into Nagasaki harbor, prying open the wall that stood between the East and the West. On another 'fine day' in 1904 European audiences saw the premiere of what was to become one of the most beloved operas ever known, using a combination of music from both east and west. Puc...
How Shakesperian Plays Could be Used to Dismantle the Oxford Movement
Kyle Case Renberger I like a good fairy tale as much as anybody, but this one is wearing thin. The latest effort to persuade us that Edward de Vere was the real Bard is Joseph Sobran's paperweight Alias Shakespeare, which in 300 pages of stupid argument presumes to overturn centuries of serious scholarship. Meanwhile...
An Analysis of the Authenticity of the Authorship of Shakespearean Plays
Who Wrote "Shakespeare's" Plays? For many years there has been a dispute as to the true authorship of the plays attributed to "William Shakespeare." The orthodox view, of course, is that they were written by a man named William Shakspere (sic) who was born in 1564 in the small town of Stratford-on-Avon...
A Depiction of Roman Theaters
The Roman Theaters had originated in 240 B.C for celebrations when public athletic games, and events were held. These celebrations would portray comedy and tragedy through music, dancing and acting. Most of the acting, and dancing prophesized events or would honor the gods. However, dancing was not as highly thought of, as...
An Analysis on Pinter's Plays
Outline Pinter is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing post-war playwrights. His works are imbued with tension, but an understated tension, one which the audience itself often creates out of its own imaginings. His plays The Homecoming and The Dumb Waiter, but in particular the Dumb Waiter, are indeed a meeting of the...
Comedy in Midsummer's Night Dream
Comedy in A Midsummer Night's Dream "why do they run away? This is a knavery of them to make me afeard."(3.1.99) This is a quote from the Shakespearean play "A Midsummer Night's Dream." In this quote, the speaker, bottom, is wondering why everyone is afraid of him. He doesnt realize that as a prac...
Japanese Classical Performance Forms
Noh is a classical Japanese performance form which combines elements of dance, drama, music and poetry into one highly aesthetic stage art. Largely based in the cities of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, it is performed throughout the country by professional artists, mainly men, who have passed down the art among family members for...
William Shakespeare's Writing Has Stood the Test of Time
Since the 17th century William Shakespeare, the greatest writer of all time, has had more plays reproduced than any other playwright has. Shakespeares ability to write has stood the test of time. His plays continue to make us laugh and cry all the while teaching us lessons of life. The beauty of Shakespeares writing is the...
How Shakespeare Balances Seriousness and Comedy in His Play
Shakespeare balances seriousness and comedy in the play in two main respects, these are the types of characters, and the consistency in which both of these aspects are used, they are not over used but are uniformly spread throughout the play. One place where this sense of balance can be seen is in Act II Scene 2 and 3; D...
An Analysis of the Distinguishing Features of Medieval Drama and Its Christian Content
The distinguishing features of medieval drama are its Christian content and its didactic purpose. Vernacular plays typically dramatized the lives of the saints, stories from the Bible, or moral allegories. The biblical cycle plays, sometimes called mystery plays, were originally performed under church auspices, but by th...
A Comparison of Movies And Plays
Movies vs. Plays Plays are live shows with actors and actresses acting out a story in front of a live audience. A movie is a pre-taped showing of actors and actresses acting out a story. There are benefits and hindrances both to seeing a play and a movie. Making a movie allows for postproduction to add effects, plays ca...
The Impact of Ideology and Cultural Beliefs on Reactions to Art: The Example of the Navajo Sandpainting Mother Earth Father Sky
Art plays a very important role in our society. Most individuals enjoy art of some form, whether it is a painting, an opera, or a carefully crafted statue. Reactions to art also vary from person to person. People may argue over whether a piece of art is inherently good or bad, beautiful or ugly. It is a common assumption th...
The Love Story and Love Couples in Shakespeare's Plays
The most important aspect of any William Shakespeare comedy is the love story. The love story is often the basis for all of the action throughout the play. Much Ado About Nothing is a perfect example of this idea because there are two love stories going on at the same time. These romances come from opposite ends of the spec...
An Analysis of Concept of Time in Plays
According to Hall the experience of time "varies in detail from class to class, by occupation, and sex and age within our own culture". (Hall, 1984: 133) Thus its perception is highly subjective. While some people may experience time as running very fast at the same time others can feel it drag. Time escapes defin...
A Dialogue of Gayle Rubin a Feminist and Lysistrata One of the Stars of Aristophones' Greek Plays on the View
I awoke late afternoon one Sunday to the sound of my television. As I slowly came to consciousness, the voices grew louder and more distinct. The first I recognized was that of Barbara Walters, the second was the unmistakable sound of Star Jones. Opening my eyes, my suspicions were confirmed; it is "The View," tha...