Shakespeare Essays

Describe the Different Forms of Disguise and Deception That Feature in Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s play ‘Twelfth Night’ is a comedy centred on a main theme of disguise and deception. The elements of both bring confusion to the characters creating comical situations throughout the play, also adding a lot of dramatic irony to entertain the audiences through the ages. There are many different types of disguise and deception in the play, most are used for the comical effect, but one deception in particular gives the play a darker edge because of the malicious intent…

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Love as a Theme in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

A German philospher by the name of Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. ” Love, therefore, can cause some madness in a person and can make him or her forget reason. What then is reason and what then is logic if love exists within the depths of one’s soul? What then is common sense if love resides in the very core of a person’s heart and…

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Father Daughter Conflicts in Shakespeare’s Plays

William Shakespeare is a playwright and poet with no need of introduction. He has written several of the most distinguished and well-received plays in the history of literary writing. With so much reflection focused on his works and writings, little is said about Shakespeare’s personal life. It has been generally accepted however that Shakespeare himself had two daughters and one son. Shakespeare placed great value in the ability of his offspring to immortalize his own name and to uphold the…

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First Poem for You

The Shakespearean sonnet “First Poem for You” has an iambic pentameter and consistent rhyme scheme. Every other line represents a true rhyme – the final accented vowels and all succeeding consonants or syllables are identical. For example the words “complete” and “neat” (Addonizio 1, 3). Every line of the poem has a basic stressed and unstressed syllable format, except the last line. The extension of the last line “but touch them, trying” implements a longer stress (14). I believe this…

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The Tempest – Character Relationships

In William Shakespeare’s play, the Tempest, the main theme centers on the idea of power and how the desire for it is the basic motivation for humans. Some of the issues dealt with in The Tempest, are the desire for control, power imbalance and challenging authority. Through the construction of the characters in the play, Shakespeare portrays different levels of power and the imbalance of self-given authority within a small island society. The majority of the play portrays a relationship…

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Humor and the Lower Class in Shakespeare

From the jigging veins springs the flow and creates a hilarious touch in the rhythm of souls- This is incredulous the power of no body else except Shakespeare. Shakespeare was a truly amazing 17th Century literary dude, creating the whole new gamut of human experience and emotions of both high and low, royal and sundry, bringing their lives in the fold of his words through his tragedy, romantic, history and comedy plays. Shakespeare is an appropriate symbol of human life…

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Does the Brutal Truth in Sonnet 130

Does the brutal truth in Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 130′ and Swift’s ‘A beautiful Young Nymph going to bed’, take away from the beauty of the two poems. Beauty and aesthetics can be defined as “Nothing more nor less, than sensitivity to the sublime and the beautiful and an aversion to the ordinary and ugly”, this means that beauty can be absolutely anything which is beautiful as long as it is not ugly or ordinary, this may seem harsh, much like the…

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Shakespeares Tragedy

Two texts that portray food to lack comfort and nourishment are Text 21 – The extract “Act V Scene II and Act V Scene III”, from one of William Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy’s from 1590 “Titus Andronicus”, and text 22 – An extract from the beginning of “The Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift published in 1729. The purpose of Text 21 is to entertain the reader. It is mainly aimed at adults and fans William Shakespeare. Similarly, text 22 is also…

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Justice and Legality in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

In this brief paper, legality will be taken to mean as “doing what the written laws or accepted customs require. On the other hand, justice refers to “doing for any person what is fitting and proper for that person. ” Often dubbed as a “dark” comedy, Measure for Measure is comprised of characters that are confronted with moral dilemmas. The characters that will be analyzed based on the legality and justness of their actions are the Duke, Angelo, and Isabella….

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The Complete Works of Shakespeare

Helen Keller once said “The Fearful are often caught with the bold. ” This was with reference to danger. She believed that those who avoided danger met danger as often as often as those who confront it. Shakespeare’s Hamlet has its share of the fearful and the bold, and both fearful and bold were met by a tragic death. There were numerous instances in the play that presented this. The whole cause of the plot of the play, the death…

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No Fear Shakespeare

In English class, everyone lets out loud groans when they hear about their next units: Shakespeare. With the class complaining about the hard language and the difficulty of understanding the plays, the teacher might grow exasperated and let them read the infamously talked about book No Fear Shakespeare. The teachers are doing question thing when they keep a supplementary text with the original. Yes, 15th century Elizabethan era is a tad difficult to understand, but that is one of the…

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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare is one of the most famous plays of all time. Of the many themes and representation of the human condition in this play, one of the most debated questions among critics and lay readers alike is the issue of Hamlet’s sanity. While sanity and insanity can be defined in many different ways, many critics point to Hamlet’s keen observations and clever manipulations as not insanity but confused grief in an otherwise extremely intelligent, albeit sensitive, man….

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10 Things and Taming of the Shrew Comparison

The playwright of Taming of the Shrew, by Shakespeare, and the film text 10 Things I Hate about You, directed by Gil Junga, convey similar plots, however, the composition of these two texts spreads across 400 years. With this, audiences who have experienced both of these texts can witness the differences of the society within the 17th and the 20th century. This is conveyed through the social context of both era’s (the Elizabethan Era and 20th century USA) and also…

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Shakespeare’ the Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice is one of the more challenging works of William Shakespeare. When read at face value, it presents a rather problematic tale of Spanish Christians who must suffer the harsh and unrelenting lack of mercy of a Jewish moneylender, which concludes in a rather unsettling fashion by forcing him to convert to Christendom all while they get their happily ever after. Over the course of the play, we are presented with a rather unflattering portrait of the…

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Globe Theatre

We do not know much about Shakespeare’s life. He comes from the small provincial town Stratford that lies on the Avon. His father was a workman, and he was a member of the town council; and he was also the mayor of the town for three years. Shakespeare most likely went to Stratford Grammar School, which can still be seen in the town, however we do not know much about what he learned in school. In 1582, when he was…

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