Many authors have applied lampooning in their work to bring to light certain issues by criticizing different ideas in society such as politics, class division, wealth, and marriage by adding irony, sarcasm, and ridicule to emphasize the ludicrousy of the issue the author evaluated. One author that incorporated lampooning in his plays was Oscar Wilde. For example, in The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde publicly criticized the Victorian society so that audience was conscious of the foolishness that occurred in their society. In The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde used irony and satire to ridicule the views of the upper class, such as their obsession with wealth, their shallow, and materialistic personality. One of the many issues Oscar
The purpose of comedy is to tickle those emotions into an expression of light relief; of tragedy, to wound them and bring relief of tears. Disgust and terror are the other points of the compass.” Through the outcomes of both plays, the audience is able to receive some hard truths and be confronted with reality. In their respective ways, the two plays reveal truths about the human experience in the way that the plays are symbolic of very real human or societal problems. Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, has a fateful plot with a tragic ending. His play follows the conventions of tragedy, implementing plot, character development,
When the Elizabethan Era was ending Shakespeare used this fear that many had and paralleled it with the citizens of Rome, when Caesar was assassinated. Marcus Aurelius said that those who look to those who are above them for competition are noble and those who look to those who are below, are vulgar. William Shakespeare knew this as well when he was writing the play. Although many things influenced his play, it can be directly pointed to his knowledge of the evil and corruptness that resides in men and that was what he was trying to give voice to in
In the play, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare uses juxtaposition to indirectly characterize the main characters of the play. By doing this, Shakespeare adds depth to his characters as well as foreshadow the tragic events at the conclusion of the play. Shakespeare adds complexity to his characters when he uses juxtaposition to indirectly characterize Romeo, Juliet, and Friar Laurence. Through terms of contrast, Shakespeare adds complexity to Romeo showing how his romanticness hides his destructive actions. After Juliet was informed about the death of Tybalt, she describes Romeo as a “beautiful tyrant”( 3.2.75).
Rhetorical appeals reveal the hidden message the character is trying to convey. The rhetoric also highlights the character’s emotions, feelings and the significance of the text. It allows readers to gain a better understanding of the characters. Arthur Miler, the author of The Crucible, highlights the importance of mass hysteria through rhetorical appeals. John Proctor, the tragic hero is a loyal, honest, and kind-hearted individual.
One such philosopher is Aristotle. His concepts of the Tragic hero is articulate and shed more light on what the modern - day literature laureates define as the tragic hero. To begin with, Aristotle gives a very comprehensive understanding of who a tragic hero character in plays. He asserts that the real and ideal tragic hero is the one charged with the mandate of making the audience feel a catharsis at the end of the play and make the audience experience cleansing sessions after watching or reading a play. The catharsis experienced by the audience is as a result of the twist and turns of the protagonist trying to do well.
Also in both plays the endings are sad for the main characters but happy for the other background characters. In both plays they start out with the couples having what they want but in both plays there is a conflict that switches the happy ending to a tragic ending. “The Scottish Play” is a very well written play that has a great theme and teaches a very important lesson. The theme of this play is that tearing others down to gain power can cause guilt and make yourself have less control and power. The theme is shown throughout the whole play and is a big part of what William Shakespeare was trying to convey to his audience.
What drives apparently good men to become ruthless, ambitious, jealous and greedy? We see an example of this in the play “Macbeth” performed at Pop Up Globe, directed by Tom Mallaburn, was written originally by the well-known author, William Shakespeare. Macbeth is based upon a big tragedy, where the two main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, inevitably were forced to do evil things due to their ambition; taste the sweetness of victory and then downfall again. Although the play was written by an English author, Shakespeare smartly sets his story based upon the idea of ambition, a concept that relates to all of us, no matter where we are from. We have to admit that in our minds, the concept of power and ambition is linked to men.
Shakespeare’s ability to illustrate the battle between good and evil is arguably one of his best skills as a writer. Incorporating the art of the morality play, he shows the battle of these two forces for a man’s soul. But the beauty of his writing comes to light in how he shows this process. In both Macbeth and Othello, Shakespeare portrays evil as corrupting, while the source of evil differs. The religious preferences and philosophy of the English Renaissance affected Shakespeare’s writing.
Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House was far ahead of its time in its examination of the socio culturally enforced and psychologically re-enforced roles of men and women in the late 19th century. Ibsen utilizes his trademark realistic prose in order to develop the characters in such a way that the reader or viewer can easily identify the social stereotypes prevalent at that time. Rather than conforming to these stereotypes, however, Ibsen uses his play as a vehicle for social change, shedding light on the caging effects these predetermined gender roles had by allowing the characters to challenge them. Though the play mainly focuses on Nora Helmer’s growing self awareness, Ibsen also explores the restrictive roles of men in this time period through her husband Torvald. Both characters provide insight into the