Olivia Lynch Mrs. Butterfield AP Lit 5/1/16 When you are ready to dive into the vast world of Shakespeare, you can begin by using what is known as a critical lens. The lens that may help you understand the background details of one of Shakespeare’s plays would be the Historical lens. Although there are many different lens that you can use to interpret a story, the Historical Lens is a great lens to dive into to find what really influenced the great ideas of William Shakespeare as he wrote Hamlet including the role gender plays, the comparison of Elizabeth Tudor, and the religious incorporation throughout the play. First, we can take the Historical Lens and dive into the idea of how gender roles were highly represented in Hamlet
The Effect of Individuation on Macbeth in The Tragedy of Macbeth Harold Bloom’s essays, “To The Reader” and “Shakespeare’s Universalism, Part 1”, address how Shakespeare taught the modern human personality, therefore creating the modern human. A part of this idea can be applied to Macbeth's changes in personality in Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Macbeth. Without Bloom’s argument, people would state that Macbeth's major changes were brought upon by outside factors rather than internal factors. Bloom’s idea of self-awareness and how characters can only go through change based on self-perception can be applied to Shakespeare’s play. Using Bloom’s argument, it can be observed how Macbeth’s actions bring upon self-aware personality change along with how his major changes were brought upon by himself, rather than by outside factors.
Mrs.Kidd Oral Reflective Statement on Cyrano de Bergerac My understanding of this play was most enhanced by the presentations of Jeniveve, on the actual real life of Cyrano de Bergerac, and Ester’s presentation on Rostand which consisted of who he was and how he wrote. I think both of the presentations do help each other in explaining who Cyrano actually was, and why certain changes were made. In Jeniveve’s presentation, the focus was towards how did the real Cyrano de Bergerac compare with the fictional one from the text itself. She discussed his origins and personality, as well as some of his descriptors that inspired these seemingly fictional events. For example, de Bergerac, while being of low nobility, was also renowned as an excellent
In the works of Literature an epiphany is “a moment of profound insight or revelation by which a character’s life is greatly altered” (24). In the short story “Cathedral” Raymond Carver uses epiphany to draw on the theme, blinded views can alter someone’s behavior. On the realistic level, epiphany advances the plot and character development because they are the basis for the story’s central action. They also help define the narrator and play a vital part in revealing the story’s theme. The following changes in the character’s views have shown an evident development.
After reading the tragedy of Antigone by Sophocles, one is left to wonder who the protagonist of this play is. Is it Creon or is it Antigone? To answer this question, one must define what a protagonist is. By definition, a protagonist is a leading actor or a character. Creon fits this description because not only do his actions lead into the whole tragedy, but his character shows a great development and the values he teaches to the readers.
Twelfth Night Research Project: The Letter Trick Part One: Suzanne Penuel described a great underlying influence of Shakespeare’s text, Twelfth Night by drawing multiple connections between various conversation and overlapping themes in her essay, “Missing Fathers: Twelfth Night and the Reformation of Mourning.” Many implications tied to the role of fatherhood were explored including rank (social status), procreation and a necessity for a man to be included for life to be physically reproduced, morality and its biological relationship to genetic implications of such a trait to be inherited, maturing and developing relationally (both when and how), the connection between paternal figures in a familial aspect and religious (specifically in regards to mournig), and the influence on various relationships as a father’s role (or absence) is a determining factor of developing a worldview. The main argument was Shakespeare’s
Thirdly, the language device, “words as character”, will be elaborated upon. Lastly, the language device, “words as conversation” with the audience, will be explained. Shakespeare was very specific, in 1603, about his choice of words when he wrote the play, “Othello”. The three language devices – “words as power”, “words as character” and “words as conversation” with the audience – are used to create characters’ identities and fates, and also to drive the plot of the play (Krieger, 2012). Powerful words are used in the world of “Othello” and can create order or chaos.
The theory about all this is a Psychological Approach. A Psychological Approach is a perspective study that involves certain assumptions about the human behavior and the way they function. The character that I will most likely be talking about is Hamlet. After, analyzing Hamlet, readers will understand how Psychological Approach is shown throughout the play and what is going on through the characters heads and how they’re behavior changes on later
Thus, in this paper, a performative analysis of the Shakespeare double bill of plays, The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth will be conducted to critically analyse and evaluate the study of similar themes found in both plays such as oppression and power. Character portrayals will be analysed in greater details and this paper will investage the further on the costumes, props and
Besides, his characters were a reflection of the society in which there were people of every condition. Words were very important for Shakespeare, therefore, through them he tried to bring the audience into the play by using soliloquies. I must recognize that in the book I have read, all the characteristics appear clearly. Analysis of the book “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” is set in the late Middle Ages, 14th. and 15th.
Grant-Davie describes thoroughly the term rhetorical situation and how the development of the definition and its constituents has contributed to the discovery of the motives and responses behind any discourse. The analysis of rhetorical situations could determine the outer or inner influences of the rhetors, the audience, and their particular constraints. Grant Davie supports his claims by using the earlier definitions of scholars and teachers as his foundation. He also addresses his own analysis drawn by life experienced discourses which it also helps the reader understand the causes of rhetorical situations. This is important because it teaches any writer or reader to analyze a situation and think about the options and paths it could lead
Writers can’t help but be influenced by the events and people that they see around them. This is because they can communicate their feelings and/or beliefs about the world around them through characters, setting, and the scale of events in a given text. The influence becomes a part of the work that they write because, like a limb, a writer’s story is a part of them – their mind and imagination. This is clearly portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) by Harper Lee, who has made extensive use of a microcosm within her characterisations to thoroughly explore a wide range of societal issues. Within TKAM, the essence of the Deep South in the 1930’s is explored through the experiences of a girl named Scout.
However, Shakespeare alters their achievements and qualities from history to fit more perfectly into his play. History and The Holinshed Chronicles impact Shakespeare 's Macbeth, and this proves to be important to the reader in understanding the underlying meaning of the work. Many occurrences in Macbeth are