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  • Fear No More By William Shakespeare - 1,401 words
    Fear No More By William Shakespeare "Fear no more" By William Shakespeare William Shakespeare utilizes simplistic language to emphasize the themes in "Fear no more;" however, he exercises complex metaphors to depict the struggles one undergoes during a lifetime and as a result urges the reader to overcome all melancholic sentiments that lead one to oppose a peaceful death. The diction applied in "Fear no more" efficiently creates emphasis on specific sections of the poem. In addition, the euphonic flow used by Shakespeare illustrates the author's serenity and resignation towards the subject at hand. In essence, Shakespeare's "Fear no more" employs rhetorical devices such as repetition, appea ...
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  • Hamlet Is A Play Written By William Shakespeare That Very - 1,224 words
    Hamlet is a play written by William Shakespeare that very closely follows the dramatic conventions of revenge in Elizabethan theater. All revenge tragedies originally stemmed from the Greeks, who wrote and performed the first plays. After the Greeks came Seneca who was very influential to all Elizabethan tragedy writers. Seneca who was Roman, basically set all of the ideas and the norms for all revenge play writers in the Renaissance era including William Shakespeare. The two most famous English revenge tragedies written in the Elizabethan era were Hamlet, written by Shakespeare and The Spanish Tragedy, written by Thomas Kyd. These two plays used mostly all of the Elizabethan conventions for ...
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  • Hamlet Is A Play Written By William Shakespeare That Very - 1,311 words
    ... and many deaths that occur throughout the entire play. The accomplices on both sides are killed. The villain is full of villainous devices. The revenge is accomplished terribly and fittingly. The final point that Thomas Kyd made about his play was that minor characters are left to deal with the situation at the end of the play. The Spanish Tragedy follows these rules made by Kyd very closely, simply because Kyd developed these rules from the play. The fundamental motive was revenge because that was the central theme of the play. The ghost of Andrea sees his father kill the men who murdered Andrea originally. Hieronimo hesitates first because he goes to the king and then he is faced with ...
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  • Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark By William Shakespeare 1564 1616 - 1,624 words
    Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Type of Work: Tragic drama Setting Elsinore, Denmark; c. 1200 Principal Characters Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and son of the former king The Ghost, Hamlet's dead father Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, and Queen of Denmark Claudius, Hamlet's uncle and new stepfather, and now, King of Denmark Polonius, Claudius'chief counselor Laertes, Polonius' son Ophelia, Polonius' obedient daughter Horatio, Hamlet's faithful friend Story Overveiw Prince Hamlet bitterly opposed the marriage of his mother, Gertrude, to Claudius, her own brother-in-law, so soon after her husband's death. Mor ...
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  • Henry Viii By William Shakespeare 15641616 - 1,668 words
    Henry VIII by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Henry VIII by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Type of Work: Historical, fictional play Setting London, England; 16th century Principal Characters Henry VIII, Tudor King of England Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England Anne Bullen, Henry's lover and subsequent queen Wolsey, ambitious Cardinal of York Duke Buckingham, Wolsey's adversary Duke of Norfolk and Duke of Suffolk, also Wolsey's enemies Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury Story Overveiw Two noblemen, the Dukes Norfolk and Buckingham, met in the palace to converse. Norfolk was angered by the audacity of Henry VIII, who had signed a peace treaty with Francis I of France - a treaty financed by C ...
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  • Horatio: In Hamlet By William Shakespeare - 583 words
    Horatio: In Hamlet By William Shakespeare Horatios role in the play Hamlet, which was written by William Shakespeare, is extremely important. In the first place, Horatio was the person who told Hamlet about the ghost. He also had the job of watching Claudius while the play was going on in order to see if he showed his guilt. Lastly, at the end of the play, Horatio had to tell everyone the truth about Hamlet. Hamlet could not do it himself because he died along with eight other characters. Hamlet would never have known about the ghost of Old Hamlet if it were not for Horatio. Marcellus and Bernado, who were only guards; they sought the advice of Horatio in order that he would also see this ap ...
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  • Julius Caesar By William Shakespeare 1564 1616 - 1,584 words
    Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Type of Work: Tragic drama Setting Rome,- 44 B.C Principal Characters Julius Caesar, popular Roman general and statesman Brutus, a prominent and devout Roman, and close friend to Caesar Cassius, a conspiring enemy of Caesar Marcus Antonius, Caesar's supporter, a brilliant politician Story Overveiw Rome was in an uproar. General Julius Caesar had just returned after having defeated his rival, Pompey His many military triumphs had made him the most powerful man in Rome. The commoners - blindly cheering whoever was in power - flocked into the streets to hail him. As Caesar passed through the ci ...
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  • King Lear By William Shakespeare 1564 1616 - 1,750 words
    King Lear by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) King Lear by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Type of Work: Tragic drama Setting Medieval England Principal Characters Lear, King of Britain Cordelia, his faithful daughter Regan and Goneril, his two mean-spirited daughters The Dukes of Cornwall and Albany, their husbands The Earl of Gloucester Edmund , the Earl's treacherous son Edgar, the Earl's true son (later disguised as a madman) The Duke of Kent, Cordelia's loyal helper Lear's Fool, a comical character Story Overveiw England's aged King Lear had chosen to renounce his throne and divide the kingdom among his three daughters. He promised the greatest portion of the empire to whichever daug ...
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  • King Lear, By William Shakespeare, Is A Tragic Tale Of Filial Conflict, Personal Transformation, And Loss The Story Revolves - 1,251 words
    King Lear, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic tale of filial conflict, personal transformation, and loss. The story revolves around the King who foolishly alienates his only truly devoted daughter and realizes too late the true nature of his other two daughters. A major subplot involves the illegitimate son of Gloucester, Edmund, who plans to discredit his brother Edgar and betray his father. With these and other major characters in the play, Shakespeare clearly asserts that human nature is either entirely good, or entirely evil. Some characters experience a transformative phase, where by some trial or ordeal their nature is profoundly changed. We shall examine Shakespeare's stand on human ...
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  • Macbeth By William Shakespeare - 426 words
    Macbeth By William Shakespeare "Come, you spirits; That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here ... " In Macbeth, William Shakespeare writes this passage in order to tell us about the character of Lady Macbeth. Using only this line, we can almost determine Lady Macbeth's personality and her motives. Up to the point where this quote leaves off, we have not heard much of Lady Macbeth. In the first line Lady Macbeth says, "Come, you spirits." Already we have a dark image of her conjuring up evil spirits. She does not seem a bit intimidated by the spirits she is calling. Her tone of voice suggests she is almost commanding the spirits to help her carry out her plan. Shakespeare meant to put this p ...
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  • Macbeth By William Shakespeare - 452 words
    Macbeth by William Shakespeare In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth unconsciously uses Macbeth and others as a shield for guilt. When she wants something but doesn't have the guts to perform the task herself, she calls upon anyone but herself to do it. She thinks that this will erase her conscience of any guilt it has on it, but the shield is faulty. The first and most obvious of all places where this shield is placed is in the first two acts where Lady Macbeth is trying to convince her husband to kill King Duncan and become King of Scotland. She persuades by attacking Macbeth's manliness, "Was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since? And wakes it ...
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  • Macbeth By William Shakespeare 1564 1616 - 1,561 words
    Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Type of Work: Tragic fatalistic drama Setting Eleventh-century Scotland Principal Characters Macbeth, a noble Scottish chieftain Lady Macbeth, his wife Batiquo, Macbeth's warrior-friend Fleatice, Banquo's son Duncan, King of Scotland, a gentle and perfect ruler Macduff, a rebel lord Three Witches Story Overveiw On a stormy night, Scottish armies managed to suppress a rebellion, largely through the valor of two noblemen Macbeth and Banquo. They had also frustrated a Viking invasion that had received assistance from a prominent Scotsman, the Thane of Cawdor' When news of these two events reached Duncan, K ...
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  • Macbeth: Tragic Heroin The Play Macbeth By William Shakespeare, We Discover That - 460 words
    Macbeth: Tragic HeroIn the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we discover that Macbeth is a tragic hero. Macbeth is very ambitious, courageous, and a moral coward: all these things lead to his tragic death at the end of the play. At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare defines Macbeth as a hero very clearly. From the courages in defense of Scotland is significant in the opening scene. However, he is very ambitious to be king. At the beginning of the play, he was loyal to the king. While he did imagine of murder his mind rejects it and said, "Why, if fate will have me king, why, chance may crown me," - Act I, Sc 3, p.44-45. Yet increasingly his ambition defeated his good nature. When Dunc ...
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  • Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare - 1,059 words
    Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare In the Dukes opinion (Act iv, Sc.1) Shylock is an inhuman wretch. Do you agree? Do you feel that Shylock receives, justice at the end of the play? The Merchant Of Venice was written by William Shakespeare, between 1596 and 1598. It was first published in 1600. Although this play is described as a romantic comedy, there is an underlying plot of moral dimension in the development of Shylocks character. Shylock is a Jew and at this time Jews were the focus of much racial prejudice and repression. In fact the Jewish community in the middle ages suffered huge prejudice. Jews were associated mainly with money lending, as Christians could not lend money at ...
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  • Othello By William Shakespeare 1564 1616 - 1,571 words
    Othello by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Othello by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Type of Work: Tragic, romantic drama Setting Venice and the island, Cyprus; early sixteenth century Principal Characters Othello, the Moor of Venice, a black military man acclaimcd for his conquests Desdemona, his wife, the beautiful daughter of a government official Iago, Othello's devious ensign Emilia, lago's wife, and attendant to Desdemona Cassio, Othello's devoted lieutenant Story Overveiw Othello, Moorish commander of the armed forces of Venice, had secretly married Desdemona, the much younger daughter of the respected Senator Brabantio. Capitalizing on this news, Othello's ensign, Iago, who had ...
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  • Taming Of The Shrew By William Shakespeare - 1,030 words
    Taming Of The Shrew By William Shakespeare The Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare isprobably one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies. Its plot is derived from the popular 'war of the sexes' theme in which males and females are pitted against one another for dominance in marriage. The play begins with an induction inwhich a drunkard, Christopher Sly, is fooled into believing he is a king and has a play performed for him. The play hewatches is what constitutes the main body of The Taming OfThe Shrew. In it, a wealthy land owner, Baptista Minola, attempts to have his two daughters married. One is veryshrewish, Katherine, while the other is the beautiful and gentle Bianca. In order to ens ...
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  • The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare 1564 1616 - 1,657 words
    The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Type of Work: Comedic drama Setting Renaissance Venice and Belmont Principal Characters Antonio, the merchant Bassanio, his young friend, in love with Portia Portia, a beautiful and wealthy young woman Shylock, a rich Jew Jessica, Shylock's lovely daughter Story Overveiw Whenever Bassanio needed money he would go to his older friend Antonio, a wealthy Venetian merchant. Now Bassanio needed a sizable loan for a certain "enterprise." When questioned concerning this enterprise, Bassanio admitted he had fallen in love with Portia, a wealthy and famous lady. Unless Bassanio had ...
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  • The Play Othello Was Written Be William Shakespeare In The Latter Years Of Shakespeares Career Shakespeare Composed, Revised, - 571 words
    The play Othello was written be William Shakespeare in the latter years of Shakespeares career. Shakespeare composed, revised, and acted in many theatrical performances throughout his life, he also owned the Globe theater where many of his works were performed. The work Othello was based on a story by Giraldi Cinthios, Tale of a Moor, which was a mellow drama about a moor and his doubts about his wifes fidelity. In Shakespeares play the moor (Othello) is convinced by his jealous aid (Iago) that his wife (Desdemona) is not being faithful. Iagos jealousy is motivated by his anger as a result of not being appointed Othellos Lieutenant, when he learns that Cassio a Florentine has be promoted ins ...
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  • The Taming Of The Shrew By William Shakespeare Is Probably One Of Shakespeares Earliest Comedies Its Plot Is Derived From The - 1,027 words
    The Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare is probably one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies. Its plot is derived from the popular 'war of the sexes' theme in which males and females are pitted against one another for dominance in marriage. The play begins with an induction in which a drunkard, Christopher Sly, is fooled into believing he is a king and has a play performed for him. The play he watches is what constitutes the main body of The Taming Of The Shrew. In it, a wealthy land owner, Baptista Minola, attempts to have his two daughters married. One is very shrewish, Katherine, while the other is the beautiful and gentle Bianca. In order to ensure Katherine is married, Baptista dis ...
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  • The Taming Of The Shrew William Shakespeare 15641616 - 1,614 words
    The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare (1564-1616) The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Type of Work: Dramatic, farcical comedy Setting Warwickshire, England and Padua, Italy; sixteenth century Principal Characters Christopher Sly-an indolent, fat tinker Baptisa Minola-a rich Italian gentlemen Bianca-his refined, youngest daughter Katherine-his sharp-tongued, eldest daughter Gremio-Bianca's rich and elderly suitor Hortensio-Bianca's other suitor Petruchio-Hortensio's friend Lucentio-a rich and colorful gentlemen Tranio-Lucentio's servant Story Overveiw The hostess of the inn bellowed at the drunken tinker, berating him for the glasses he had burst and threatening to c ...
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