In writing, it is always better to show than to tell. The play Othello written by the famously known author William Shakespeare, owes it’s success to the fact that the writing effectively conveys the right messages to the audience. On Act 4.1 of Othello, Shakespeare applies repetition, allusion and punctation to comprehensively present to readers the way Othello is feeling and thinking. In the scene, Iago successfully tricks Othello into believing that Cassio has been cheating and sleeping with Desdemona. As a result, Othello’s begins to change from a calm and civilised to a more chaotic and deadly person.
Therefore, he will often include a brief comedic moment to lighten the mood. Though these moments are quick scenes they help to make light of a dark moment just to temporarily break away from the seriousness. A main example of this can be seen in one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Hamlet. In the play Hamlet death is a prominent topic/ theme that is constantly mentioned and focused on by Hamlet. From the beginning Hamlet is focused on avenging his father’s death and finding the murderer up to Hamlet’s own death.
Not only is this murder different in terms of reasoning, but the consequence itself proved to be a complete backfire as Macduff, fueled with rage, returns to England to end Macbeth’s life. Following the metaphorical trail of blood, each murder presents a new and more developed stage of dementia. “The castle of Macduff I will surprise, / Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword / His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls / That trace him in his line. No boasting like a fool; / This deed I’ll do before this purpose cool (IV, i, 150-154). The first murder of King Duncan only sealed Macbeth’s paranoia and served as a foundation for the murders of Banquo and Macduff’s family.
Death has always been one of the most essential elements in weird fiction. It brings the dark and creepy atmosphere in the story which creates the attraction of the tale. There are varied types of death used in literature; in “The Night Wire” by H. F. Arnold, Morgan died in such a mysterious manner that readers can hardly explain what really happened, whereas the deaths of Mrs. De Ropp in “Sredni Vashtar” by H. H. Munroe and both characters in Hugh Walpole’s “The Tarn” are more obvious. From my point of view, “The Night Wire” uses the death most effectively to disturb the reader because of the inexplicable reason behind Morgan’s death. In “Sredni Vashtar”, Conradin was oppressed by Mrs. De Ropp for a long time “for his good” (53), stressed
Teagan Hawes Author’s Craft Essay In life, humanity needs to see past the surface of others, or they will face the pain of guilt later on. In the story, “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator has an obsession with an old man’s eye--an eye that brought great agony among the narrator whenever he looked upon it. He couldn’t bare seeing that eye any longer, thus, he decided to kill the old man because of it. Feeling great remorse and guilt by the end of the story, the narrator becomes paranoid and scared. There are a variety of craft moves that are compounded to contribute to this story and make it as interesting as it is.
Hrothgar calls Beowulf to kill Grendel and other villains which shows the distinct line between good and evil. Evil is worse in Macbeth, because it slowly seeps in and ultimately takes over Macbeth’s character, whereas in Beowulf, it is stagnant, remaining in the souls of the depraved like Grendel. One known factor to Macbeth’s corruption is his wife, Lady Macbeth.
However, Shakespeare chooses very often to use them for his comedies. Readers can even see a similarity between Twelfth Night and the Merchant of Venice. In the last one every aspect of the play hints towards a tragedy, but it is considered a comedy because it ends with a wedding. Shakespearian comedies differ a bit to the regular comedies, but they are nevertheless still considered as such. Shakespeare has a special way of handling the plots in order to keep the audience guessing.
Surprisingly, most of the disguises worked effectively. Does this mean Shakespeare was trying to prove that outer bearings are what make the person? Or just the opposite? Through the whirlwind actions of characters in his play, Shakespeare depicts that the true person always show through despite the layers of deception. “The worst of all deception is self-deception” (Plato).
But in reality, the castle is a dark and dreadful place, full of danger. The martlet is misleading. The fact Banquo describes the castle like this is ironic because Duncan is going to be murdered there. It is also a reference to another of Shakespeare’s plays, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ where ‘martlet’ is used to describe someone who was deceived by appearances. The martlet could represent Duncan and his naive about the Macbeth and his castle.
This adds humor to the otherwise serious situation. With this technique, a tense situation is made lighter as well as other problems take a back seat for some time and the atmosphere starts to feel less dramatic. The serious situation is changed to a less serious or even funny scene by a particular comment or whole entire scene completely apart from all the drama. In this particular play he uses the characters and situations to create the break in the tension. It is a somewhat serious play having a touching romance, a form colonialism, a psychological drama but there is no doubt that with a director who wanted to give it a comic touch The Tempest contains the material to be highly amusing on a number of