Hamlet and Ophelia “This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once… I loved you not” (3.1.114,119). Confusion clouds the audience’s judgement reading this quote from Hamlet. His paradox insinuates that he is insane and truly did not love her. Contrary to belief though, this quote was a way to set his “mousetrap” and force her to be in the background of his grand scheme.
Benvolio and Tybalt are characters from the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, by William Shakespeare. These two characters are the complete opposite; they juxtapose each other to bring out the significant differences. Benvolio, who is a Montague, represents the theme of peace. Tybalt, who is Capulet, represents the theme of violence. The two characters, Benvolio and Tybalt, from Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, have different places in society in terms of respect and trust, and through Shakespeare’s use of language, their sense and understanding of morality is exposed.
William Shakespeare’s works, written primarily from the late eighteen hundreds to the very early sixteen hundreds, have long been the subject of academic debates and analysis. Potent with double entendres, metaphors, and social commentary, it is easy to apply queer theory to Shakespeare’s plays, notably Twelfth Night, written in 1601. Though Twelfth Night’s ending pushes its characters into traditional heterosexual romances and binary gender roles to satisfy the genre and placate conservative Elizabethan audiences, the characters in the comedy defy tradition by exploring homosexual love and expression of gender. The most apparent homosexual themes are present in the relationship between Antonio and Sebastian. Antonio, who saved Sebastian from
The play therapeutically elucidates the mischief that may theoretically derive from a life of solemnity and thoughtlessness. The play appears to be a simplistic comedy, and indeed it may be, featuring the typical characters and conventions expected. Moreover, Twelfth Night follows the traditional structure and form of a comedy with its pleasant resolution. In contrast, Malvolio assures the audience that the complexity of the play is much greater then what first meets the eye. It promises spectators that the theme of hierarchy is purposefully intertwined in the plot to elevate knowledge of the disturbing reminder of
Acting for the Representation of Self-Identity “All the word’s is a stage.” (Shakespeare) Acting is a key term for the play The Importance of Being Earnest. Society becomes the stage for the characters for representing their double characters. Female and male characters shape their identities and expectations in order to fit in the society. If we create a correlation with Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, doubling factor will be similar but in a different way. The main character of the novel represents the double identification in order to serve his individual needs, however, the characters in the play analyze the social needs and convert those expectations in order to their self-representation.
“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,
Twelfth Night is centered around a distinct and rigid class system, yet Shakespeare comments on its negative impacts, and yearns for a more fluid system, in order to create a more just and fair world. Shakespeare includes Malvolio's misfortunes in order to hold up the accepted social structure for the time period. Toby and Maria perceive Malvolio as a man who thinks too highly of himself, and they believe
In William Shakespeare’s play, King Lear, by creating the chief central theme of divine justice, Shakespeare allows for his audience and readers to have a fuller understanding between the righteousness and the corruption that influences the world. William Shakespeare’s tragic play, shows the character’s morals in a gruesome play full of grief and manipulation, where justice appears to waver in the eyes of evil. For example, King Lear’s daughter, Regan, is one of the several most corrupt characters in the world of King Lear. Even if Regan was pardoned for her antagonistic motives, her corrupt and sinister conducts would never have been overcome, for her judgment would always be dominated with the interminable thirst for power and personal gain. Regen continuously proves to the audience and reader that she has no sense of an ethical manner, for as soon as she had lost her husband she immediately goes in search for another.
When we speak of style, we are generally referring to the genre of the presentation, e.g., drama, comedy, suspense, tragedy, etc. For the style of acting normally follows the genre of the play: drama being portrayed in a dramatic style, comedy in a comedic style, etc. Style is also called the acting key, dramatic key, or sometimes the mood or tone. The choice of style is an important one, as it is the culmination of many other dramatic choices. Without a consistent acting style, the portrayal may confuse the audience and create uncertainty about how they respond.