His respect for Horatio parallels the reverence Hamlet once held for his father. On the other side of the relationship, Horatio displays how much he cares by giving advice to Hamlet multiple times. He is one of the only characters who tells Hamlet what he really thinks. By giving Hamlet advice, even if he does not listen, Horatio displays the affection of a father. By having different levels of status Horatio and Hamlet maintain the respect shared between a father and son.
Shakespeare uses both romantic and identity crushes to show that parents should take teenage crushes seriously by providing examples of stories and lessons he put together into his plays. For example, One of his many famous plays he has created that is a great example of both romantic and identity crushes is Romeo and Juliet. A romantic crushes is formed by finding someone whom they find powerfully attractive; moreover, someone who they feel excited to be around, and with whom they want to spend a lot of time. Parents most often know not to take these romantic crushes serious because they know sooner or later their children will outgrow these crushes and move onto the next crush: “Most romantic crushes don’t last very long because once the
John Proctor, the protagonist of The Crucible, qualifies as a tragic hero because he has a tragic flaw, is ethically superior to the other characters in the play, and struggles to find peace with himself in midst of the lies and chaos during this play. John Proctor possesses a tragic flaw that forces him to hide his prideful mistake, which eventually brings about his downfall. I guess the old saying is true, “Pride comes before the fall”. John Proctor’s tragic flaw is his excessive pride, and he expresses it abundantly throughout the play. In Act I, it states, “ Proctor: Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time.
The idea of love is often thrust into the spotlight in many works of literature. The idea of love itself is challenged and can inspire major character change. In William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing Benedick forfeits his previous identity to marry Beatrice, showing how men appear to feel about love is not necessarily the same as their true thoughts. In the early parts of the play, Benedick’s identity is one of a soldier, which influences his views on love.
Laertes is respected by many for his strong set of morals as well as his belief in justice and honor. He is idealistic and well-meaning (“Hamlet” 3). His character represents the “...embodiment of official duty and obedience...”(Sadowski 9). Hamlet was a long-time friend of Laertes until his sudden descent into fake madness and obsession with revenge which consequently lead to the accidental killing of Polonius that was meant to be Claudius. Later on, after devastating heartbreak and insanity Ophelia mysteriously
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet In every work of literature, there are many different characters that help the plot grow and grow to shape a work of art. For example, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet there are many other characters besides the star-crossed lovers, however, no side character is as important as Friar Laurence. While Prince Escalus helps defuse problems with both families, he is not as crucial as Friar Laurence because he is in on all the plots of the two lovers, he helps with both sides personally, and Friar can be called Romeo’s and Juliet’s father figure. Friar appears numerous amounts of times during the play and he is usually collaborating with Romeo and Juliet, which would make him just a step lower than being a major character, thus being the most significant minor character.
He believes they are just there for him to do with what he pleases and to make him happy. This is the case with both his relationship with Ophelia and with his mother, Gertrude. Once his mother breaks from the role he viewed her in, his entire opinion and attitude towards his mother changes. This is what also changes his opinions on Ophelia based solely on the fact that she is a woman. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, he
Both authors’ characterized males as the head of the family and that they are the one who should protect the females. In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, social behaviors for males are to be manly, true to themselves, and controlling. For example as Polonius a kings men stated to his son Laertes, “And, above all, be true to yourself” (Shakespeare 1376). Polonius the head of his family is telling his son to go explore and find friends, which are either female or male and to test out whom they are. He is telling his son to be friendly with people, but to not become too attach to them, while being in dominate of the society by being true to himself.
The Awakening Of Hamlet and Laertes The awakening of Hamlet and Laertes, has us all wondering on what the real issue is, and who the real victim is in the scene. Hamlet and Laertes both have awoken; with both of them realizing the truth, and what is really happening; things are starting to be more open minded, and in between the scenes things do not start to look good at all. To bring you into reality, and to explain the similarities with Hamlet and Laertes, I will be first explaining the details with Hamlet. Hamlet is a young man, a man who honors his mother and father.
Macbeth was forced to go against his moral code, suffering so much from regret to gain his short kingship, but because of his fear of Banqo’s abilities, he is worried that Banqo’s son will be able to easily attain the throne. He remarks on Banqo’s abilities that he “hath the wisdom that doth guide his valor to act in safety.” (58-59) Macbeth knows that Banqo is not so irrational and risky as Macbeth, and that his logical and rational thinking will lead him to not take so many risks while also ensuring his sons kingship. Macbeth risked imprisonment
This idea is supported in Act I when Macbeth admits, “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erlaps itself and falls on th’ other.” (Scn vii, Ln 25-28) Although King Duncan has failed to act in a manner worthy of murder, Macbeth explains that he carries out the deed as a way to quench his zeal for great authority. Also, Lady Macbeth voices her opinion of her husband, while simultaneously addressing his violent plan. This concept is expressed through Lady Macbeth’s words, “Thou wouldst be great, are not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it.”
Throughout the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses diction to convey a change in not only his characters, but their environments and other character’s points of view. The varying uses of honor allow Shakespeare to introduce motifs about Macbeth’s changing character throughout the play. At the start of the play, Macbeth is an innocent thane, yet by the end, he is a merciless king who becomes obsessed with his possible power. The honor represents his valiancy at first even though by the end, honor becomes worthless because Macbeth has abused it and has lost any trust from his people. At the onset of the play, Macbeth enjoys the honor of being a thane and understands that it is a unique position because there are a limited amount of them.
As William Faulkner once said, “Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it” (Faulkner 872). Whether it is the monster under the bed, the fear of spiders, or the sense of panic that arises in a small space, fear is always present. This is true even if it only shows itself as butterflies that flutter in the stomach. Fear is important only because it is concrete and will never go away (Hemingway 487), and if an author can identify the fear that contributes to the formation of the human condition, he or she can make visible a truth that all of society can attest to: fear will always plague, but fear alone cannot kill.