Metaphors clearly describe Romeo and Juliet's relationship while puns offer comic relief to stressful situations. Modern day films for example One Tree Hill relate to Shakespeare's play in the way that two lovers cannot see one another. The characters Nate and Haley publicly cannot see each other in One Tree Hill similar to the characters Romeo and
The play Othello by William Shakespeare paints a picture of a noble character by the name of Othello. Othello’s nature was “noble, innocent, modest, and free” and yet he still possessed several tragic flaws that ultimately led to his downfall (Martin 47). Othello suffered from many flaws but the largest were jealousy, quick judgment, and blind trust in Iago. While Othello’s tragic flaws were clearly present these flaws would never have led to Othello’s downfall had it not have been for Othello’s greatest flaw, blind trust in Iago. Othello’s blind trust in Iago led to other flaws such as jealousy and quick judgment playing a major role in Othello’s life in the play Othello by William Shakespeare.
However, even the most dazzling of wrap-ups cannot compare to the plot-heavy midsection. Some may argue that Shakespeare merely wished for a laughable comedy, rather than a reflection on modern society. This is because of the observation that the characters, for the most part, are harmoniously married and happy as the curtains close, further embellishing the conservative views of Renaissance society. On the contrary, two of the ending marriages aren’t particularly happy, as evidenced by the last lines of the script, when Gratiano claims “I’ll fear no other thing/ So sore as keeping safe Nerissa’s ring” (5.1.328-329). This line, said to himself or the audience, implies that Nerissa is or could be an unfaithful wife, and that he must have caution in the future to suspect her of adultery.
It would tell everyone what they needed to know, but not in such a harsh way that they felt attacked or were overly dismayed. As a comic playwright, the idea of blind ignorance provided material for Moliere to work with. “The material for Tartuffe was artistically and dramatically excellent, popularly appealing, and psychologically fascinating, so there is small wonder that Moliere threw himself into the project of bringing it to the stage” (kctcs.edu). It was, however, difficult for Tartuffe to be performed due to its controversial subject matter. King Louis XIV had to intervene in order for the play to make it to the public
Play Analysis – Essay 1 “Much Ado About Nothing “ Submitted by Noor Ul Ain Shaikh (BSMS 2A) What seems to be a comedy play for an audience who enjoys a theatre with good humor and romance, “Much Ado About Nothing” contains much more than just entertainment. If we dig in deep, William Shakespeare’s play has much more than a tragic story with happy ending; even that is debatable. The theme of this play revolves around deception, plotting against your own, personal gains and rejection. The audience may understand the concept of love and romance flowing within the characters because it was to portrayed that way but the critics would argue the fact that some of the characters like Beatrice and Benedick were made to fall in love with each other through deception. As simple as the characters were, the situations arousing in the play became more complexed as scenes passed by.
Deception, defiance and double meanings are what make Shakespeare’s plays the great wonder that they are today. Shakespearian is known as the most poetic, romantic and comic form of play writing, however each play has strong morals and meanings in them. One of Shakespeare’s plays, the Merchant of Venice, focuses of the acts of deception. Some say that none of the characters in the play are seen as ‘kind’ by the end of it, stating that: “Grace, nobility and generosity of spirit are submerged by greed, distrust and ugly prejudice.” This play enlightens true meanings of deception on nearly every level; from Jessica deceiving her father, Shylock being deceived by the court and the deceitful tale of ‘the rings’, that is seen throughout the Merchant of Venice. Jessica is the beautiful daughter of Shylock the Jew, who she despises greatly.
Shakespeare uses disguise in the play to show several confusions and internal conflicts between the characters, proving how malleable and deluded some human attractions can be. Shakespeare uses Viola (Cesario) as an example of a mechanism that can throw internal conflicts into temporary chaos. Viola willingly faces whatever comes in her way. Her love for Duke Orsino seems too constant and true, unlike the other characters in the play. The temporary chaos of the play is when Viola falls in love with Orsino, who falls in love with Olivia, who on the other hand falls in love with Viola’s disguise, Cesario.
Everything is Not as it Seems. Throughout Hamlet, Shakespeare makes Hamlet appear to be insane, however, Hamlet is just putting on a phenomenal act. Hamlet appears to be crazy but in reality, his madness is just a very convincing act. In act one, Hamlet forewarns Horatio that no matter “How strange or odd soe 'er I [Hamlet] bear myself/ ” (I.5.190), it is just an act and under no condition can anyone give him up. Polonius notices that Hamlet has “pregnant...replies.../ that often madness hits on, which reason and sanity/ could not so prosperously be delivered of” (II.2.209-11).
William Shakespeare’s plays often have a motif of lying, for a variety of purposes, not necessarily with malicious intent. The binary of honesty and lying is addressed at length. Be it comedy or tragedy, there is usually an element of trickery and exposure of truth in the end, with the confusion caused by the lies being resolved. The presentation and reasoning that are behind the lies vary vastly, just like the characters telling them. Sometimes, they are used to drive the narrative, by manipulating the behavior of the characters.
While it is good in explaining the surface of what Hamlet is about, a lot of meaning and ideas shown through ambiguity are lost in its paraphrasing. In Hamlet’s soliloquy, for example, No Fear Shakespeare takes away from the uncertainty of life by getting rid of ambiguity and portraying different views of how to others react to the hardships of life and the afterlife due to the different intended audiences. Hamlet sees life as everything that he can possibly do in trying to fight against his struggles while No Fear sees it as
Benvolio: Out of her favor. (1.1.163-166) In the play, Romeo was experiencing a one sided love, and to protect his heart, Benvolio told Romeo to look for a new companion. Though this may be a heartfelt and sad scene, Shakespeare used the pun to inject humor. Throughout the play Romeo and Juliet, humor plays a huge role in entertaining the audience and bringing comedy to otherwise tragic scenes. Although many main characters die, the use of word play turns these heavy moments into
In Act 3 Scene 1, Beatrice is overwhelmed with the thought of people judging her proud and scornful ways. Beatrice addresses this revolution by agreeing to leave her past self behind and seal this newfound affection with Benedick. Beatrice’s view of rejecting a man who will rule her with an iron fist is quite independent. In this case, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing suggests Beatrice was once in love with Benedick, but his title of lord and soldier of Padua negatively effected their relationship. In addition, Beatrice’s previous relationship with Benedick, as suggested by the play, developed this harsh semblance.
How would the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet be affected without the benevolence of Benvolio Montague? Shakespeare 's legendary tale of romantic tragedy explores the story of how two “-star crossed lovers-” (I.i.5) who, ultimately, take their lives in order to be together and escape the conflict between their two families. Benvolio’s peace-making skills within the play are demonstrated throughout the abundance of conflicts that plague the tale; his altruistic and compassionate personality burns a fervent effect on others, whilst not excluding him from the effects of friendly peer-pressure. Most crucially, he pledges to his convictions by being the bearer and speaker of the pure truth, even in the face of calamity. Benvolio’s character,
Within the play, Much Ado About Nothing, there is a central theme of deceitfulness, as a way to solve a problem or an issue amongst the characters. Deception, though inherently perceived as evil, it led to positive resolutions after several conflicts throughout the play. In the creation of this theme, Shakespeare uses both negative and positive examples to contribute to his lesson on ruses. Within this specific scene, there is finally disclosure all of the cons that the various characters have put on. This scene highlights that deception is not always evil, nor is it always moral, but can be a means to an end that can be beneficial or detrimental to a character’s arc.
Shakespeare uses the concept of mistake identities in each of these plays to show that although you make look one way on the outside, it is impossible to hide your true identity from the world. Twelfth Night shows this in Viola dressing up as Ceasario and the eventual confusion it causes when her twin brother comes into the picture. The audience is also gifted to a confusing set of mistaken identities in The Comedy of Errors as each of the Antipholuses and Dromios are mistaken for each other. In both plays the error of mistaking a character for another leads to conflict but in the end in leads to love. Viola ends up with Orsino, Sebastian with Olivia, and Antipholus of Syracuse with Luciana, Adriana’s sister.