Hence, the common themes that the works both have are betrayal, hurt, and the madness of the characters showcasing their pain to the world. In Hamlet and False Pretense, the characters each struggle with a betrayal that befalls them. Hamlet is quick to note his once childhood friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have turned against him, saying, “[There’s letters sealed; and my two schoolfellows, Whom I will trust as I will adders fanged…” understanding that he can no longer rely on them (Shakespeare 3.4 225-226). Likewise, in False Pretense, the song’s narrator deals with a betrayal from someone close to them. The narrator’s disbelief is shown through their statement of “The world’s got a funny
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. Just returning from war, he still has his warrior mindset.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves”, is a quote by the man himself, William Shakespeare, concerning human responsibility, otherwise known as the capability of completing an obligation, or duty sufficiently. These commitments or duties play a role in how a situation will play out, and dictate the consequences that follow. The choices made from the beginning to the end in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are all examples of how people’s decisions, primarily those of Tybalt, Mercutio and Friar Lawrence, lead to a heartbreaking fallout. The pressure and burden weighing down the young lovers ultimately overwhelms them, causing an expeditious chain reaction. The influences behind each character’s ill-considered judgments,
In addition, when Romeo asks the nurse who Juliet is and it is revealed she is a Capulet, Romeo’s family’s enemy, he acts as if his life is over despite having just met her. When the nurse informs Romeo that Juliet’s mother is Lady Capulet, Romeo says to himself, “Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.” (1.5). Romeo acts as if his life is over when he finds out that he will never be allowed to be with Juliet, despite the fact that he doesn’t know her and was only in her presence for a few minutes, thus proving his shallowness.
Shakespeare’s famous play, Much Ado About Nothing, encompasses a complex web of events that amuses the audience through misconceptions and quick wit. All the characters are involved in schemes that cause their companions to run in circles of confusion and doubt. Even Benedick, the most rational character in the piece, is dragged into multiple schemes and manipulated into undertaking foolish activities. The first scheme, leading him to fall in love with Beatrice, changed his perspective on the value of love and friendship and caused his to redefine his priorities. In the beginning of the play, Benedick, enjoying the life of a bachelor, swore against marriage.
This can be unhealthy because it bottles up feelings, which is culturally accepted to be unhealthy. Furthermore, due to his closeted feelings toward his father’s death, he becomes self-critical. “It is myself I mean, in whom I knew all the particulars of vice so grafted that, when they shall be opened, black Macbeth will seem pure as snow” (IV.III. 51-54) To make such a comparison would mean that Malcom’s faults would have to be more terrible than murder, treason, and the most extreme forms of treachery. Later on we learn these vices are not as bad.
Lastly, marginalization makes Othello the dominated individual, which contributes to his demise. Othello says to Iago that: Ay, let her rot and perish … Oh, the world hath not a sweeter creature, she might lie by an emperor’s side and command him tasks. (Shakespeare 4.1.172-176) Iago’s marginalization causes Othello to repeatedly doubt himself and this results in his own personality completely faltering. While Othello used to be a dominant individual, believing the rumors from Iago causes his honor and confidence to fall apart. This transforms Othello into a dominated minority who lives under the manipulation of Iago.
In Act 1, Scene 1, Iago presents a couple of different reasons for hating Othello. First, he is upset because Othello overlooks him for lieutenant and instead designates Michael Cassio to the position. In addition, Iago speculates that his wife, Emilia, is cheating on him with “the Moor.”. In Act 1, Scene 3, Iago expresses his anger by saying, “I hate the Moor:/And it is thought abroad, that ‘twixt my sheets /He has done my office: I know if’t be true;/ But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,/ Will do as if for surety” (1.3.389-393). By saying “he has done my office” Iago presumes that Othello has been sleeping in his bed and fulfilling his duties; he distrusts Othello, Emilia, and all
Is deception always unacceptable? In the play, Much Ado About Nothing, there are characters involved in different types of deception. Deception in the play is mostly used in gaining relationships and solution to critical deceit. In each part of duplicity, they show how it create social criticisms and can change the play from trial. White lies are part of deceit but it change the tragic scenario when it is falling.
Romeo and Juliet’s deaths occur because of measures taken from Tybalt reacting upon family honor to an extremity, Friar Lawrence demonstrating lack of responsibility, and Capulet failing to be a father figure for Juliet. Tybalt’s allegiance to the Capulet family and contempt for the Montague family escalates his belligerent