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Introduction Few characters, even in Shakespeare, consistently generate as much debate as Iago. Usually seen as the ultimate personification of evil, he devotes himself to the destruction of Othello, but far more interesting is how and why his plans consume himself in the end. Empson states that Iago's plans actually...

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The character of Othello embodies a transfer, or devolution, from civilization to barbarism that takes place over the course of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Many critiques have identified Iago’s Machiavellian manipulations as the source of Othello’s descent into barbarism and murder. Othello’s vulnerability to Iago’s exploitation led to what many observers...

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The themes of action and inaction are a constant theme throughout Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The reasons Hamlet chooses words over actions in many cases, or why he chooses to “act” a part rather than taking real action have been debated since the play was composed 400 years ago. The play gives...

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Introduction Few if any characters in Western literature have been as analyzed – and as attractive – as Shakespeare's Hamlet. He is intellectual and man of action, victim and instrument of revenge, scholar and ordinary man. He hates the circumstances moving him to avenge his father, but his outrage is...

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This work examines whether there is a clear sense of justice in Hamlet by William Shakespeare from three different viewpoints: the one that states there is; the one where the sense of justice is not clear enough; and the one where the concept of justice is completely absent. At first...

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Shakespeare"s Hamlet is one of the famous playwright"s most iconic and oft-analyzed plays. In many ways, readers and viewers find Hamlet to be as socially relevant today as perhaps it was in Shakespeare"s Elizabethan Era in which he wrote. The likely reason for Hamlet"s enduring nature stems from the character...

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Background and Summary Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most performed play in history. The exact date at which this play was written is unknown. There is in fact much speculation about exactly when this play was written. Shakespeare wrote plays from the early 1590’s until his death in 1616. His final plays...

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It is important to state that Hamlet and Laertes' characters are typified by similarities and difference. One of the differences is evident in the confidence, whereby Laertes is more confident in taking action. The actor is quick to avenge while Hamlet is recognized for sitting down and being bothered about...

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In a play ostensibly about love, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet certainly contains a lot of death. Upon discovering his daughter Juliet is dead, Capulet declares that “Life, living, all is Death’s.” While Capulet’s declaration reflects his grief at the death of his beloved daughter, there is a meaning in the...

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This tragedy written by William Shakespeare features two feuding families, the Capulets and the Montagues. Because of constant fighting, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, declares death to any man that disturbs the peace in the future. While Romeo mopes about Rosaline, a woman who does not return his love,...

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Romeo and Juliet were involved in one of the most memorable relationships in all of literature. In the same way, Japan and the United States engaged in one of the most important conflicts in World War II. While most people remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, just as they remember...

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William Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet is, on the surface, an age old story about two young lovers who experience forbidden love. Fourteen year old Romeo is seemingly head over heels in love with thirteen year old Juliet, but their relationship is doomed because of familial circumstances. Although it...

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Its been argued that the primary difference between the quarto and the folio versions of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” is the length and the attribution of dramatic action to different characters. In this sense, it can be fitfully said that the folio is viewed as an editorial improvement to a...

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The Fictive World In assessing the entirety of the fictive world of the 1998 film, Shakespeare in Love, it must first be understood that this is a world in which fiction and reality coexist. Certainly, there was a William Shakespeare and there was an Elizabethan England, so the film's foundation...

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Introduction In a sense, Shakespeare's first sonnet is more of a command than a poem. The narrator does not name himself, but he speaks with authority and in a way suggesting a relationship with the person to whom the poem is addressed. This in turn goes to the meaning of...

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The question over whether or not the works of William Shakespeare were ‘plagiarised’ has been a long standing debate in academia. The following paper examines some of the main scholarly accounts of Shakespeare’s alleged plagiarism in terms of validity and the potential consequences of such claims. The following discussion focuses...

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William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (henceforth Hamlet) is widely regarded as epitomising the idea of the Shakespearian tragedy. The following paper will discuss this play in terms of how it fulfils the criteria set out by A.C Bradleys concept of a Shakespearian tragedy with a particular...

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Passage 1: Duke of Gaunt. Richard II 1.2 In this passage, John of Gaunt is discussing the murder of the Duke of Gloucester with his widow. She wants him to exact revenge for the murder. Gaunt says that he cannot, because he would need to act against his king to...

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The interpretation of Shakespeare’s writings is full of difficulties. Some even argue for teaching Shakespeare as a foreign language. Analyzing his words can sometimes have the effect of confusing the text of the poem itself, which in this case is a poem addressed to a beautiful young man. The first...

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Even though I’m young and haven’t had the chance to prove myself to everyone, I can connect to the quote from Shakespeare’s King Henry the Sixth, Part 1: “Small things make base men proud.” I am proud of my ability to stay organized and conquer my school work, and I’m...

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John Madden’s 1998 film “Shakespeare in Love” presents a fictional love affair between young William Shakespeare and Viola de Lesseps. The story is located in London at the end of the 16th century, and although it is based on real characters, this is not a historical film, because the events...

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Shakespeare uses irony to develop the characters in Othello, Hamlet, and Macbeth and the themes. The women in the plays are chosen despite men being the protagonists of the plays because of the parallel aspects in the depiction of the women characters in the plays that reflect an Elizabethan picture...

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The purpose of this paper is to review William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. For the purposes of this paper, I have divided into two parts. In part one, I will review two quotes, and in part two, I will answer one of the long answer questions we got to...

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Certain individuals hold the view that Shakespeare’s Hamlet is not an appropriate topic for the research paper assignment for the ENGL 1302 class. However, this is fallacious for a number of different reasons. It is a suitable choice for this assignment, as it is just as relevant today as it...

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Through Julius Caesar as central figure in his outstanding drama, Shakespeare does not intend to portray a figure of legendary military greatness once again. Instead, he creates a character consistent with the other issues of the play. On the background of evil deeds by cold-blooded murderers Cassius and Brutus, the...

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