Lear believes that his daughter does not care for him and so takes away her inheritance, while Claudio believes that his betrothed has been unfaithful and so shames her on their wedding day. The final similarity is Shakespeare’s use of ‘funny characters,’ those whose value seems to be nothing more than to provide the audience, usually the groundlings, with same base form of amusement. Lear has his jester, and the maid Margaret plays the part in Much Ado. However, often these characters will be given deeply philosophical lines and essential parts in the furthering of the plot, which go unseen by the average, non-academic viewer. “While we might think little of the buffoonery of a Nick Bottom or the witticisms of a Feste, Shakespeare, his contemporaries in the early modern professional theatre and especially his audiences, valued clowning highly – and scrutinised it carefully in its
Without thinking, Romeo and Juliet became victims of their own love chargeable to Friar Lawrence, young age and fate. First, I believe Friar Laurence is to blame is of how unfaithful he was throughout the story. For example, “But come, young waverer, come, go with me. In one respect I'll thy assistant be, for this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households' rancor to pure love.” (2.3.96-99). This shows that Friar Laurence doesn't believe that Romeo's love for Juliet is authentic, but he agrees to marry them anyway.
Ophelia has captured Hamlet’s love and is also in love with him herself. Hamlet constantly mistreats and deceives her, took her innocence, and eventually leaves her even though he promised that he would marry her. Ophelia is constantly a victim of Hamlet and his treatment of going back and forth between his strong love for her and harsh words towards her; he is constantly using her as a tool to get what he wants. In Act 3, Scene 1, Lines 113 – 117, Hamlet states to Ophelia: “Ay, truly, for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness. This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof.
To what extent does Shakespeare present Macbeth as the reason behind Macbeth’s downfall? It is clear that Macbeth is responsible for his own actions which ultimately led to his downfall; mentally and in society. His mild intentions strongly encouraged by Lady Macbeth led to inevitable consequences which one may find difficult to bare and forget. His wife, Lady Macbeth was a courageous, fearless woman willing to do what necessary to fulfill her burning ambition, even if it means manipulating ones close to do what she desires. It is definitely debatable that Macbeth’s actions were greatly influenced by Lady Macbeth’s persuasive and belittling words which made Macbeth feel as though he had to prove himself to the love of his life; his weakness.
When Hermia wakes up and see Lysander wooing Helena, she says to Lysander, “Am I not Hermia? Are you not Lysander?” (3.2.273). She is shocked by the sudden change that Lysander doesn’t love her anymore. Puck, realizing his mistake, tries to remedy this situation by putting love potion on Demetrius, and Demetrius falls in love with Helena too. Contrarily, Helena says, “Now I perceive that they have conjion’d all three/ To fashion this false sport in spite of me”.
A second example of evil would be “Revolts from true birth stumbling on abuse” (21). This quote has malicious meaning because revolt means violently disagreeing and “abuse” means improper treatment of a living thing and objects. The message of this quote is that not caring about somebody causes them to break free of your neglect, which shows that not caring can be a hateful act. This is an example of classical allusion because in the story “Romeo and Juliet” Juliet’s parents abuse her in a sense where they don’t care if she likes who she marries which causes her to further love Romeo. My third and final example of villainous mentions is when Friar Laurence says “And flecked darkness like a drunkard reels” (4).
In the short story “The Taming of the Shrew” Shakespeare illustrates the subject of transformation in character, and in external appearance, by methods of deception, as well as disguises. For the characters Luccentio, and Hortensio, deception, as well as a very interesting, and clever, yet cruel disguise, is the only way in their eyes to win the women they both love, but in the end only one can win this war of love. Can deception stunt the growth of love, and destroy foundations or will it bring forth new growth, and prosper? In amidst of the struggles of love , and dishonesty, Petruchio comes to the town of Padua looking for a wife for in the words of Jane Austen “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession
To begin with, Helena, who has unrequited feelings for Demetrius shows that love can cause absurd reckless behaviors. Before Helena helps Demetrius, she makes a plan for Demetrius to love her again, “But herein mean I to enrich my pain, / To have his sight thither and back again” (1.1.256-57). Helena has strong
While she has internalised the social convention that man ought to do the wooing to the passive female, she does the exact opposite of what she says because of Demetrius’ “wrongs”. He has, prior to the play, proved to be disloyal towards her while she remains faithful and woos him to fix their relationship therefore subverting the gender roles. Like her other female counterparts in the play, Helena’s love becomes the stimulant for the chaos she creates. To Alexander Leggatt, the lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream are so “deeply embedded in the experience of love that they are unaware of convention”, rather than being unaware, they are conscientiously fighting the conventions on the grounds of love, for their love to achieve what they desire (Legatt
Love can cause people to sacrifice everything for the one they care most deeply for, sometimes the sacrifice even results in death. In Shakespeare’s Othello, Desdemona and Othello secretly get married, causing an uproar from her father, who threatens her death for her lying. However, their love prevails and they move to Othello’s new position, only to have a seed of doubt planted in Othello. A man tells Othello that Desdemona has been cheating on him with his second in command which is a lie, yet Othello falls for it. The lie slowly tears Othello apart and causes him to ruin his marriage.