Medieval Drama Short Paper Christopher Marlowe, an alleged atheist and play writer, presents a conflict of morality in his play, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus. Morality plays were too familiar in Europe, where they presented biblical subjects and a moral lesson about good conduct. Religion and magic was a topic of significant importance during Elizabethan time, but also the topic of the emerging Renaissance world. The Renaissance, meaning “awakening,” movement originated in Europe and later spread all throughout. The Medieval world put a great significant importance on God, placing him in the middle, forgetting the natural world.
The poem’s intense focus on his nature presents a psychological profile of a being with a conflictive personality. Though Satan is described by some as the hero of Paradise Lost, two factors argue against Satan as the hero. The first is Milton’s description of him in Book 1, which shows us that although he has brilliant qualities, his spirit and heart are set on purposefully doing harm and leading others astray from the way of God. The second is that although it is only lightly hinted at in the early books, The Son of God enters the plot later and is the true hero. In this essay, I will further analyze the personality and
True Motives in Deceitful People Envy and deceit are catalysts for revenge. William Shakespeare idolized Geoffrey Chaucer and allowed him to influence his plays and poems. All of his works were written in a poetic language. In the tragedy, Othello, Shakespeare uses characterization and external conflict to create Iago’s deceptive, vengeful, and envious motives. Using the characters’ relationships against them, the play reveals the power of deception and misinformation to destroy trust and loyalty.
The Doctor Faustus makes use of the morality play elements wit the use of the pageant of the Seven Deadly Sins and the presence of the Good and the Bad angels, who attempt to frame what is right and what is wrong in Faustus’ temptations. Faustus is classified as a morality play as it is focused around allegories, which serve to be symbolic of certain moral issues. The presence of allegories and symbolic elements are evident in the Doctor Faustus’ representation of Faustus’ transition and the depiction of the Seven Deadly sins in the Good and Bad angels (Bloom 2004:
Doctor Faustus: A Transgressive Tragic Hero Published in 1604, Doctor Faustus was the first well-known literary representation of an old motif in Christian folklore, in which an individual selling his soul to the devil for knowledge. As a play that examines moral values held during that period, this empathy-inducing play has been identified as a tragedy by some critics, and a morality play by others. In the following paragraphs, this essay will establish how Doctor Faustus is both a morality play and a tragedy. Yardstick for Assessment The determination of the nature of this literary work is majorly based on the sets of moral values held during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance period. In the Middle Ages, Christianity and God lay at the center of intellectual life in Europe.
The poet, Thomas Nashe is an Elizabethan era poet playwright and satirist. He is known for his style of writing that reflects his variety of voice and tone, profligate wordplay, flashy but perhaps excessive pomposity, and his distinct flair for irony and his linguistic expertise. The poem comes from his play ‘Summer’s Last Will and Testament’ which was performed in the company of the archbishop of Canterbury in 1592. Although the 16th century suffered through times of plague I believe the poet meant to capture not only the path left behind by the predatory disease but also our vulnerability to it. In today’s time, it may be interpreted as no matter how far the human race advances scientifically, technologically or physiologically we will never
Author John Bradshaw once said, “Evil is a source of moral intelligence in the sense that we need to learn from our shadow, from our dark side, in order to be good”. The dark side can be a flaw in human nature, which could be seen out of one’s control. Each piece explores the dark side of human nature in different ways. Shakespeare’s Macbeth portrays hunger of power, which leads one to do immoral acts. Cormac McCarthy’s, The Road, illustrates the struggle for survival in a world that is coming to an end, which will unconditionally make one do anything for survival.
His major work is “The songs of innocence and experience”, it is a collection of poems. Mysticism in the writings of Kahlil Gibran possesses a great similarity with the writings of William Blake. Mystical disappointment in the world ruined by material gluttony and hunger have been the source of their work. The idea of Good and Evil, Heaven and Hell and Regeneration and Disintegration is common in them. Kahlil Gibran like Blake speaks apocalyptically about life’s eternity and divinity of the Supreme.
In the play, Caliban is inferior to Prospero; in the poem, he is inferior to the god Setebos. He is portrayed as a subject in both works; however, this subjugation does not dehumanize him. Browning enhances Shakespeare’s play by communicating that Caliban’s humanity is reinforced not only by his emotions, language, and beliefs but also his submission to higher powers, which reveals Caliban’s acceptance of his own powerlessness and mortality. Colonialism was a prevalent issue during Shakespeare’s time, and The Tempest reflects the injustice of how conquered people were rendered powerless by their conquerors. There were frequent
Madness, in literature, is an art of looking deep into the truths of reality. Ordinarily, madness is taken as opposite to reasoning, and therefore is not at all a welcome to a humanist, who strongly believes in the application of reason and free thinking. In literature, madness has remained the best artistic weapon to show the real, the original. It is a method of revealing Truth and Beauty of an art and also of presenting the poetic justice to its characters. Shakespeare was the master artisan, who applied madness as the very base of his tragedies.