This extravaganza still seems very relevant today even if this literature was created 400 years ago. "Thou wouldst be great; Art not without ambition, but without/ The illness should attend it" (Act I, 5, 13-16). Even today ambition is the driving force for corruption and to realize this you need to look no further than Macbeth. Shakespeare's Macbeth provides a dire warning about the corrosive nature of power and ambition, demonstrating that positions of power are sustained by a moral code and eat away by burning ambition. Roman Polanski's 1971 traditional film interpretation enables modern audiences to fully appreciate Shakespeare’s cautionary advice.
Despite all the similarities seen above, Shakespeare endows his work with many aspects of his time and adds new characters and situations to complicate even more the plot and almost triple the incidents of error. Shakespeare altered plot elements and location and modified the comic tone and mood when adapting Plautus to the English stage. In terms of theatrical representation, we find wide differences because the way of acting changed drastically between one work and another. In Plautus’ times, the use of masks was common and it prevented to see the faces and facial expressions of the actors. As they didn’t use masks in Elizabethan Shakespeare had to look for actors who looked alike as much that people could believe that they were twins since.
Even today you and I quote Shakespeare without knowing it: if you act more in sorrow than in anger, if you vanish into thin air or have ever been tongue-tied, hoodwinked or slept not one wink, you’re speaking the Bard’s English. Milton, say his fans, works on an altogether different, higher plane. In Paradise Lost – the best poem ever written in English – Milton moved beyond the literary to address political, philosophical and religious questions in a way that still resounds strongly today. In his complex, intellectual poetry he drilled down deep into the eternal truths and sought to embody new scientific discovery in his work.His engagement with the issues of the day – with the nature of knowledge, slavery, free will, love and creation – was unparalleled. Despite complete blindness in middle age, he was the English republic’s best known, most fervent apologist, and a key civil servant for Oliver Cromwell.
In one instance Nabokov is creating nonsense out of a verse by Kipling (Nabokov 448), which again suggests this international personality who can manoeuvre though different languages, playing with words, nevertheless, with the English tradition in mind. This makes Nabokov’s postscript a bit ironic since he throughout the novel is using the English canon as reference in which aspect it seems more than his heritage additional to his ability to play around with this content in different languages suggests that he does indeed transcend his heritage as an illusionist of languages. To the extend in which this is done may, however, be an indication of
Effects of uncontrolled Ambition There are many ways of conveying massages, the use of the short stories, play and the artwork however has been the dominance means for a long time. Shakespeare is well known in the art of presenting his ideas in the play form. He wrote many interesting books and plays Macbeth being one of them. In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare presents a monarch with a fine general knight who wins every battle he leads (Wilson, 2015). However, in spite of the titles the knight possesses, the hero in the play is ambitious of being more power.
Today’s ever-progressive society is constantly updating the standards of all sorts of intangible, subjective ideals like love and what makes a man “masculine.” Although Shakespeare lived in the times where those ideas seemed to be pretty concrete and easily judged, his romantic comedies like Much Ado About Nothing challenged the standards of his time and paved the way for a more open-minded attitude towards these ideals. In this play full of trickery, farces and plenty of malapropisms, Shakespeare sends the character Benedick through a whirlwind of comedic situations that are finally resolved when he sacrifices his argumentative, “masculine” behavior and critical view of the world in favor of becoming whole through love because he, deep down, just wants to love and be loved in return- regardless of how “manly” he appears to be. Benedick values and cherishes those close to him, which allows him to renounce his bachelor ways and become a better man and lover because of it. At the beginning of the play, Benedick blindly acts in accordance to the “masculinity” he was raised to have without a second thought. His idea of what makes up a man does not exist independently from what makes up “masculinity.” Benedick believes that in order to be a real man, he has to be in control of himself and others- both physically and emotionally.
This is what makes Shakespeare so challenging for readers as they must translate between one era of the language to another. The problem with translating is that some words, phrases, or devices are often lost from one language to another, which causes us to interpret the text to our individual opinions and perspectives. However, this is not necessarily a disadvantage, as so many have come to believe. Because the text is not perfectly modified to modern speech, the reader is able to analyze it from their perspective based on what is most applicable to their life. In this sense, Shakespeare teaches students not what to think, but how to think.
The Impact of William Shakespeare on American Culture “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them” (Shakespeare). William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright who is considered one of the greatest writers to ever use the English language (“William Shakespeare his life...” 2015). Known for many of his great works containing poems, plays, and sonnets dating back to 1592. “He was a man of his times, writing for his contemporaries on topics that were the hot-button issues of his day” (Tumiel, 2017). In the times during Shakespeare’s birth there were events taking place such as the age of protestant reformation and the Renaissance, contributing to his works.
And there are few places in which the expectation-shattering levity of this play is more subversively evident, than the above passage. That in mind, the question is this: in what ways does the title, when retrospectively viewed, indicate its defiant farcicality? Little irony is lost on George Bernard Shaw, as his title derives directly from the opening lines of The Aeneid. I speak of irony because Shaw’s play diverges from Virgil’s poem in far too many ways to even enumerate, let alone justly explain. To focus on just one: the elder work is one of immense violence, solemnity, and historical profundity – yet the younger, its name taken from its Latin forerunner, is anything but.
For centuries following this literary hero’s death, scholars have been intensely analyzing the details of Shakespeare’s works to learn about his insights on the aspects of human nature, which greatly surpass his times and influence our understanding of ourselves today. However, one of his most important ways of representing very serious themes and issues he found within his society is often overlooked: the use of the fool character trope. Shakespeare’s use of fools to comment on his play’s important themes and give the audience his views on those subjects, is an undervalued but essential aspect of his works. This common Renaissance dramatic trope that Shakespeare inverted used ditzy court jesters designed to make audiences laugh at their ridiculous words,