Pseudolus is a play by the ancient Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus. It is an early example of Roman literature. The play is about a young man by the name of Calidorus who is in love with a prostitute by the name of Phoenicium. Phoenicium is owned by Ballio the pimp, and is one of his sex slaves. Ballio treats his slaves very badly. Phoenicium is being sold to a Macedonian soldier which obviously upsets Calidorus greatly. Calidorus seeks the help of his slave Pseudolus. Pseudolus is a cunning, intelligent and cheeky slave. Pseudolus devises an elaborate scheme to swindle Ballio out of both his money and Phoenicium. Simo who is Calidorus’s father and Pseudolus’s owner hears about the scheme and confronts Pseudolus. Pseudolus bets Simo that he can accomplish everything he has set out to do. Simo agrees not to beat him as well as to pay him if he does indeed succeed. Pseudolus carries out his plan with the help of the cunning slave Simia who impersonates Harpax, the servant of the Macedonian soldier. As each twist of fate unfolds, Pseudolus’s plan falls into place and it is a success.
In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the character of the prince is developed by the unfortunate murder of his father and the events that follow. Hamlet’s witty character is progressively changing, showing his anger, intelligence, and love that develops the meaning of the work. The purpose of Hamlet is to demonstrate “the development of an acceptance of life despite the existence of human evil” (Boyce 232).
Objectification obscures the inner thoughts and places a mask over one’s true self. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, the Athenian women are governed by very fixed stereotypes: they must fight to remove the masks and assert their independence . This play confronts the issue of gender equality which arises in complicated family decisions and romantic relationships. While in the Athens society, it is common that men are dominant over women, in contrast, women dominate over men in the Amazonian system of gender. As time progresses in this play, one can see the shift from strict patriarchal rule to a balanced perspective. The men in the Athens society had total control over the women, leaving women to feel helpless. Through Theseus’s example of a true partnership with Hippolyta, the other Athenian men must come to accept the importance of a woman’s perspective and voice.
In David Sedaris writing piece “Us and Them” can be said to be a strong text talking about a young boy’s interest of a non technologized family that differentiates from a normal american family .Sedaris discusses a family moving to a different towns in the narrative. In Sedaris writing a young boy in that family had a curiosity about the daily life of his neighbors known as the Tomkeys, as they were known for being strange from a normal family.The Tomkeys family was known to be different as simply as they did not believe in television.The young boy found amusing ,always spying on the tomkeys daily life , as it was like a television show for him . On the night of halloween the young boy was patiently waiting for the tomkeys but they failed to show up for candy until the day after Halloween. The Tomkeys knocked on their door trick or treating a day late.. The mother demanded to give them candy but the young boy was selfish and greedy , he did it want to give up his candy to the Tomkeys.The mother of the young boy then said “You should look at yourself. I mean really look at yourself” , such as he only thinks about him and no importance to other people.
During the Elizabethan era, courtiers were highly regarded in society, for being noble, virtuous, courteous, and graceful. They also immensely value their honor, a vital quality in the courtier system. If honor is absent, shame takes its place. The courtiers then transform into fools, filled with indignity. In Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare critiques this courtier system by jokingly look into the assets and flaws of the current nobles and aspiring nobles. In this play, the characters and their intentions of displaying honor and hiding shame are distinguished and expressed through their language towards others.
In the text, The Ethical Life, by Russ Shafer-Landau, it questions Jonathan Bennett’s morality and sympathy and how the two of them can come into conflict. Morality and sympathy are connected, but still very different. Throughout this chapter, Jonathan Bennett outlines many important points and factors that go into these connections and how they can overlap and conflict.
The poem starts out with a highwayman (this is a thief who use to hold people’s carriages they usually come on horseback) visiting his girlfriend Bess who is the daughter of an innkeeper. He 's on the move (meaning he will be back the next day after he has robbed some people) so he only has time for one kiss. But in the shadows Tim the ostler who loves Bess listens and tells the red coats.
Idiosyncratic happiness is eradicated and individualism has been eliminated. The society exhibited in Ayn Rand’s Anthem is of a dystopian essence, a domain where one must be interchangeable to his brothers. There is a substantial pressure on the locals in which they are expected to conform to the standards of that sector. The objective is complete egalitarianism, this is the “rightful” sense of morality. The protagonist of the novella, Equality 7-2521, is of this collective. He’s adventurous, inquisitive, practically insubordinate, but he respects his brothers and he also respects himself. The novella is full of predicaments in which he does not heed to the standards of his society. His inquisitive sense sways his capability to compose. His impression on the law shifts in the climax as compared to his views in the genesis of Anthem. This shift in thought creates a prodigious contrast when in reference to Equality’s morality and the morality that his brothers share. The disparity is evident.
In this paper, I will discuss how the following events in this tragic play can help us to analyze the character growth of King Lear. It is important for us to recognize the flaws and weaknesses of Lear’s personality to see how his actions and decisions led to his ruin. However, although he faces the misfortune of losing the things that he cherished the most, he also has the opportunity of transitioning into his being and experiencing the new-found attentiveness of love and morality.
It was the day of the auditions for the play" The Hero of the Town." Everyone was nervous for the auditions but Jacob Spence. Jacob wasn't in a flutter like everyone else, but he was feeling guilty of something terrible that he had done. It was so terrible that he can never take it back.
The two stories that we focused on are Morality Play by Barry Unsworth and The Sculptor’s Funeral by Willa Cather. Unsworth and Cather resembled each other somewhat in their style of writing. They both were important artists and they used their artistic role in order to attempt to better society. These authors put the characters in their stories through many different obstacles throughout the story in order to display important themes. The theme being that they are attempting to better society. There were also times when these two authors set each other apart. Unsworth and Cather didn’t portray their messages in the same way.
Gender roles are norms created by society. Our gender is given to us when born, either you are a girl or a boy, decided by how our body looks like. A girl is given norms to follow by society at a young age. A girl should usually be passive, nurturing and subordination, while those born male are supposed to be strong, aggressive and dominant. This paper will discuss how the genders are viewed and perceived in different literary periods. It will show three periods, Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages and our modern time. The essay will also discuss what the differences between the periods are and how it has evolved throughout time.
“Life is a mixing of all kind of things: comedy and tragedy going together” (Alejandro Jodorowsky). Comedy and tragedy have been two popular forms of entertainment for people throughout the ages. From Greek performances to contemporary plays, the art of theatre is well and thriving. While the styles of playwrights and the way theatre is experienced changes through time, the messages these plays gaves have more or less stayed the same. Drama can, for the most part, be classified as either tragedy or comedy. The conventions of tragedy and comedy, such as the tragedy in Oedipus Rex and the comedy in The Taming of the Shrew, can shape the way the play is developed. Thorough analysis can reveal these dramas to be discussions of human experience. As Laurence Olivier once said: “The office of drama is to exercise, possibly exhaust, human emotions. The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.” Through the outcomes of both plays, the audience is able to receive some hard truths and be confronted with reality. In their respective ways, the two plays reveal truths about the human experience in the way that the plays are symbolic of very real human or societal problems.
“Pygmalion was written to challenge the class system, traditional stereotypes and the audience’s own views.”
Romeo and Juliet is such an interesting play because even now, five hundred years later we are still talking and learning about this play. It is so relatable till date because people fall in love now as Romeo and Juliet did, families fight, as the Montagues and Capulets did. We can relate to each character in some. Which is what makes this play so compelling and lets it live, five hundred years later. Romeo and Juliet is a tragic tale of two lovers, separated by an epic feud of their two houses (Romeo a Montague and Juliet a Capulet.) In these two houses there are many relatives and friends that make up much of the population of fare Verona. In the house of Montague there are two men. Mercutio and Benvolio. Both dear friends of the young Romeo. These two friends, so different in their ways are never found apart, or ever far from Romeo.