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Essays for English: Shakespeare

  1. A Midsummer's Night Dream
    Magic, the supernatural or unexplained, serves as an aid in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. For example, since Oberon uses a supernatural flower, and in his description of it to Puck he noted it’s magical function...
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  2. Analysis of Othello and Iago in Act 1
    The events that occur in the first half of Act 1 are all in anticipation of the lead character Othello who we are not immediately introduced too. We learn Iago’s name in the second line of the play and Roderigo’s soon after, but Othello is not...
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  3. Appearance vs. Reality
    The Merchant of Venice explores the theme of Appearance versus Reality. The theme is supported with many examples in the form of characters, events and objects. <br /> <br /> <br /> During the discussion of the bond, Shylock says to Antonio &...
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  4. As You Like It - Act 1
    In an examination of Shakespeare’s dramatic methods, discuss how effectively you think Act 1 arouses the audience’s interest? <br /> In your answer consider: <br /> <br />  Significant aspects of staging <br />  Language...
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  5. Baz Luhrman´S Version of Romeo and Juliet
    One of the characteristics of Elizabethan and also Jacobean drama is the low number of stage directions and the lack of details they contain. As a logical consequence theatrical representations or film versions of these ages may allow an important...
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  6. Benedick Transformed
    “Benedick Transformed” <br /> <br /> To what extent is Benedick changed by the end of the play, and how does Shakespeare make this clear to us? <br /> <br /> At the beginning of the play, Benedick appears as almost a comic character, acting as...
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  7. Biography and Theatre
    Shakespeare<br /> <br /> Shakespeare\'s plays form one of literature\'s greatest legacies. His plays are divided into comedies, histories and tragedies. Shakespeare plays have spawned thousands of performances, adaptations and films. From famous...
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  8. Brutus
    The defenition of a tragic hero a literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy. This defenition is perpetuated most clearly by one of the major characters...
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  9. Character Profile of Friar Lawrence
    Most movies portray friars as wise mentors, or strict religion-followers, that lead lawful, moral, and virtuous lives. But this tragic play of Romeo and Juliet begs to differ, as the friar does nothing but help achieve the forbidden plans of...
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  10. Classical Imagery in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
    The romance of history has lured many of the world\'s greatest authors to search for their subject matter in the pages of time. William Shakespeare serves as a unfailing embodiment of the emotion of days past; yet he also turned to those before him...
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  11. Evil Character of Lady Macbeth
    Blood is the also the main theme is this play. After the murder of King Duncan there seems to be blood everywhere: on the two daggers, smeared over the faces of sleeping grooms, on Macbeth’s hands and Lady Macbeth wonders how the “old man had so...
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  12. Falstaff + Hotspur = Prince Hal: Their Actions on the Battlefield
    Sir John Falstaff has a number of functions in 1 Henry IV, the most obvious as a clownish figure providing comic relief. His many lies and exaggerations entertain because of the wit and cleverness he employs to save himself from paying debts and...
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  13. Fate on Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
    William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet, is one of the greatest love stories of all time. The play was written around 1595, but the story has proven to be timeless. The play is a story of forbidden love that is resolved in two tragic deaths...
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  14. Fate Playing a Role
    The Way Fate Plays a Role in the Characters <br /> of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth <br /> <br /> There are many definitions for the word fate. The definition of the word fate in the New Webster’s Dictionary is a power...
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  15. Fools and Foolishness in King Lear
    Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is comprised of many distinct themes. His contrasts of light and dark, good and evil, and his brilliant illustration of parallels between the foolishness of the play's characters and society allowed him to craft a...
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  16. Gender Roles and Macbeth
    What roles and actions should actors of a particular gender portray? Should men be aggressive and have a level of ambition high enough to meet their loftiest goals? Should women always be passive and frail, never using their energy to advance their...
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  17. Hamlet
    In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet discloses his true feelings, in Act 4, scene 4. In this soliloquy, Hamlet illustrates his mental instability by contrasting himself and Fortinbras. He illustrates himself as being a coward who does not has the...
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  18. Hamlet 3
    It seems that it is human nature to want to please others, but compromising ones values in order to do so can result in people getting hurt emotionally or physically. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the desire to please those in authority...
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  19. Hamlet
    Love is one of the most powerful themes in Hamlet, but a superior force - REVENGE, drives Hamlet's love. Revenge of his father's murder. Hamlet is confused and melancholic over the fact that his mother married his own uncle and so quickly after...
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  20. Hamlet
    METAPHOR ANALYSIS <br /> ACT II, SCENE 5, LINES 105-111 <br /> "Yea, from the table of my memory <br /> I'll wipe away all trivial, fond records, <br /> All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, <br /> That youth and observation...
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  21. Hamlet and Isolation
    Hamlet lives in a Kingdom of lies, and betrayal. He does not trust the new King Claudius and becomes isolated from everyone in the Kingdom. Hamlets isolation is caused by his responsibilities to himself, to his father, and responsibilities as the...
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  22. Hamlet: Act Ii
    1. The dramatic purpose that Polonius serves at the <br /> beginning of act II is the portrayal and delineation <br /> of his character, the Lord Chamberlain. We see in the <br /> artificiality of his discourse how cynical he is. We <br /> also...
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  23. Henry Iv Part One
    In Henry IV Part One Hal achieves great honour, and proves himself truly ready to be King. However, he has only achieved this at the expense of others. In the play we find out how he has gone from ‘Eastcheap rogue’ to ‘battlefield warrior...
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  24. Honesty: Characters of Othello
    Honesty can be a way of life for many people. For some it can define all that they really are and for others it can define how they view all of their peers, friends, and family. But whichever way you cut it, honesty can affect you greatly and every...
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  25. Humanity's Fate in King Lear
    Many tragedies have been written throughout history. The purpose of these tragedies were to illustrate some type of moral lesson. The tragic situation involves man's miscalculation of reality and the fatal results of those miscalculations. Our...
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