Samples Shakespeare

Shakespeare Essays

The role of women in theatre in England prior to 1642 can be contrasted with the various female playwrights, their themes and actors following 1660 in the age known as the Reformation. Before 1642, theatres were banned in England, and women had no or little chance to participate in theatrical...

630 words 3 page(s)

“To be or not to be” is a famous monolog which occurs in the tragedy “Hamlet”. The main character, Hamlet, touches upon the fight between good and evil. The lifelong struggle between the two bothers Hamlet all the time. It ruins his life and destroys his thoughts. He asks whether...

308 words 2 page(s)

Shakespeare’s sonnet 130 is almost a satirical version of his other sonnets: instead of describing his mistress’s perfect features and qualities, he appears to be pointing out all of her flaws and the ways in which she is not perfect. The poem is written in iambic pentameter, and like all...

729 words 3 page(s)

The analysis of this scene offers some valuable insights into understanding the motives underpinning Iago’s actions. While Roderigo is mainly driven by the desire to return Desdemona, Iago’s motives are more complicated combining the desperate efforts to compensate for his failure in front of Roderigo and, most importantly, to do...

1229 words 5 page(s)

Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been an enduring classic of modern literature, largely because of its protagonist, Hamlet, who is a remarkably human character, one who struggles against conformity in a chaotic world. Many literary scholars have focused on Hamlet’s procrastination in his revenge plot to kill King Claudius, his uncle who,...

946 words 4 page(s)

The Troubador playhouse has become known over the years for presenting compelling interpretations of Shakespeare's classic works. This same quality is also present in the current season's presentation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, directed by rising young talent Imran Hussein, which debuted last Friday. Hosein remains faithful to the traditional work. He...

330 words 2 page(s)

The character of Hamlet is a mix of great intellect and courage and great lack. It is possible to argue that this lack is shown by comparison the play forces between Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras. In particular, it is possible to show this by focusing on the two spheres, the...

800 words 3 page(s)

Introduction. Motivator: Although Shakespeare has been recognized as one of the renowned playwrights who wrote based on humanist values, his attitude to the Renaissance humanism authors was not one-dimensional. THESIS STATEMENT: Shakespeare has expressed skepticism regarding the Renaissance humanists' popular belief that a man was capable of virtually anything and...

494 words 2 page(s)

Act 5, Scene 1 While showing his depravity, Iago is manipulating honor and jealous inclinations of Rodrigo to attach him to Cassio. This way, he attempts to ruin Othello and make people kill one other. Iago acts as coward as he sends Roderigo in front of him and then attacks...

227 words 1 page(s)

Romeo and Juliet is a timeless story written by Shakespeare of two star-crossed lovers, eventually resulting in a tragic end. The two teenagers first meet at a ball, where they are each unsure of the other’s identity due to wearing masks. However, they eventually realize that they are madly in...

626 words 3 page(s)

Shakespeare’s sonnet 116, first published in 1608, is not only a typical representation of the Shakespearean form of sonnet, but is also, arguably, one of the most famous amidst his poetry work. If one is to compare any Shakespearean sonnet to another piece of poetry, there are many options. It...

624 words 3 page(s)

In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, Othello, a Moorish general in the army secretly marries the senator’s daughter, Desdemona. Iago, one of Shakespeare’s most infamous villains, overtaken by jealousy, sets out to destroy Othello because he gave another man his promotion and believes he slept with his wife. Themes of power...

811 words 3 page(s)

“To be, or not to be: that is the question …” (3.1.56-89). In classic plays and in fiction, the literary motif of the “dramatic question” is often used to provide tension and suspense in a work. This question serves as a controlling structure in a work, one around which the...

382 words 2 page(s)

By many accounts, William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Hamlet is a revenge play. The narrative’s central tension surrounds Prince Hamlet’s quest to avenge his late father’s death at the hands of his own brother, now King Claudius. However, the fact that no revenge is taken until the very end of the...

1272 words 5 page(s)

Women were unique in Shakespearean plays as they were not capable of being casts as women during this time period. The roles were rarely leading roles as they were played by men portraying women per the social norms of the times. When Shakespeare chose female roles, he was careful to...

932 words 4 page(s)

Suicide is a term coined long after William Shakespeare pend the infamous tale of Hamlet and his life's questions. The word sends fear and anxiety among everyone who hears it. If you haven't been touched by its heartbreaking affects, you may have thought about it, or known a home destroyed...

1023 words 4 page(s)

Hamlet and Laertes are figures crucial to the plot of 'Hamlet.' They are roughly the same age and are all engaged in a quest for vengeance and personal gain. However, there are few similarities between them. This paper will explore the differences between the characters and also how they themselves...

1134 words 4 page(s)

Introduction This reflective paper reveals how Hamlet and the Misanthrope reveal the theme of satire. Satire in the Misanthrope The Misanthrope (1666) is considered as autobiographical play to a certain extent; Moliere attempted to reach misanthropy while approaching Alceste’s bitterness. In contrast to his previous plays (Tartuffe) in the Misanthrope...

704 words 3 page(s)

The question of Hamlet's insanity is of vital importance for how one understands Shakespeare's play. If one determines that Hamlet genuinely loses his mind, then the play should primarily be considered to be a tragedy of madness; and of insanity that is brought on by the inability to cope with...

683 words 3 page(s)

There are a number of interesting characters in Shakespeare’s play Othello. From the titular character, to his wife Desdemona, to the manipulative villain Iago, there are several unique characters that would offer an interesting analysis. However, it is the villain Iago that is perhaps the most interesting. He is one...

655 words 3 page(s)

The central themes of the play hinge on betrayal, both real and imagined, and on revenge. Exploring the actions and motivations of the main characters will show more clearly who is betrayed, and who is giving revenge in this sad Shakespeare tale. Of the main characters, it is Desdemona and...

911 words 4 page(s)

The universality of William Shakespeare’s Othello lies in its ability to break free of the confines of its central plot about psychopathy among the ruling class to become a much broader examination of jealousy and the inclination to believe the absolute worst about those you love the absolute most. So...

945 words 4 page(s)

The exact nature of Othello’s tragic flaw is a complex question. Although it may appear as if he is simply a jealous husband who is goaded into violence by someone who knows that they are able to manipulate this tendency, such a character trait does not fully explain the severity...

649 words 3 page(s)

The extract taken from the second half of Act 5, scene 2 describes the moments leading up to Othello's ultimate demise - death. This is the nadir of the character's arc when he realizes how fooled he has been and how his life will never be the same after his...

613 words 3 page(s)

In William Shakespeare's famous tragic play Othello, Iago is perhaps the play's most important character, since his machinations drive the tension in the narrative. Through his various soliloquys, readers and viewers come to better understand the complexity of Iago's character and his capacity for deception. Through Iago's soliloquys in Shakespeare's...

662 words 3 page(s)