Throughout William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130,” the reader is constantly tricked into thinking he will compare his mistress to something beautiful and romantic, but instead the speaker lists beautiful things and declares that she is not like them. His language is unpredictable and humor is used for a majority of the poem. This captivating sonnet uses elements such as tone, parody, images, senses, form, and rhyme scheme to illustrate the contradicting comparisons of his mistress and the overarching theme of true love. Shakespeare uses parody language to mock the idea of a romantic poem by joking about romance, but ultimately writes a poem about it. In the first quatrain, the beautiful image of a woman usually created during a romantic poem (i.e, having red lips, pure skin, silky hair) is parodied as he portrays his mistress as plain and not following normal beauty regulations.
Alan Rudolph, film director, once said, “ It’s part of the general global hypnotism to accept lies as the new truth.” In the play, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare demonstrates how characters tend to lie to benefit each other or for love. In many events, people are always lying for many reasons which can affect each individual. For example, in the play, Maria said, “ I will drop in his way some obscure epistles of love; wherein, by the colour of his beard, the shape of his leg, the manner of his gait, the expressure of his eye, forehead, and complexion, he shall find himself most feelingly personated. I can write very like my lady your niece: on a forgotten matter we can hardly make distinction of our hands” (Shakespeare 2.3 856-860). Maria lied to Malvolio by writing a letter which states that Olivia adores Malvolio and she wants him to return his love to her by always smiling at her and wear his yellow stocking.
Twelfth Night is a play about confusion, love triangles, and goofing around. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play about love, humor, and fairies that can alter feelings quite easily. Shakespeare had to use irony as a very big element in both comedies. The use of irony creates confusion which illustrates Shakespeare’s point about the madness of love and how messy life can get. In Twelfth Night dramatic irony was used as comic relief and to help the audience understand how the love triangle worked.
In his article, Listening to Guinevere: Female Agency and the Politics of Chivalry in Tennyson’s Idylls, Stephen Ahern examines the treatment of women in the poems, specifically the character of Guinevere in relation to her male counterpart Arthur, and provides a complex view of Tennyson’s underlying message as a critique on the Victorian social constructs of his time rather than a simple representation of it. Ahern builds a solid argument for Guinevere’s treatment as the victim in the story ultimately signifying that she was being used as a model of the wrongs of the standard Victorian expectation of femininity. This complex analysis of the text gives a different, more modern perspective of the poems. The key features of his argument cite
Jonathan Swift’s scatological poem, The Lady’s Dressing Room, is used to satirise both women’s vain attempts to match an ideal image and men’s expectation that the illusion of perfection is real, both in public and in private. Strephon is a vehicle used in order to investigate and demystify Celia’s space, that is to say, to uncover the mystery behind female beauty. The female body is violated by the male figure, thus highlighting the key theme of intrusion. This is highlighted through Swift’s choice of vocabulary and the image of Strephon who ‘stole in, and took a strict Survey’ (Swift 7) of Celia’s dressing room. Both the words, ‘stole’ and ‘took’, explicitly suggest that he is stealing from her, and what he is stealing is Celia’s privacy.
Melancholy meaning femininity, as Howard shows by drawing attention to a contemporary text stating that melancholy ‘turns a man into a woman’ (Howard, 2007, 18). Shakespeare encourages the audience to question this male ideal requiring unadulterated masculinity by making Gertrude and Claudius disagree on the merit of Hamlet’s femininity. Gertrude positively describes him, calling him ‘As patient as the female dove,’ while Claudius ‘despises his ‘unmanly grief’’ (Howard, 2007, 18). Hamlet’s femininity is hated by Claudius, a lying murderer, and not by Gertrude, one of the play’s most sympathetic characters (even the ghost of King Hamlet requests that Hamlet have mercy on her: ‘O, step between her and her fighting soul’). The audience is left to wonder if they agree with antagonist Claudius’s traditional views, or the more likeable Gertrude.
William Shakespeare’s “Othello” and Massive Dispute of Jealousy, Envy, and Betrayal The emotion or feeling of deep insecurity of other people whether they are close to us or not. Jealousy is demonstrated throughout Shakespeare’s infamous play “Othello” many times. The play shows readers that one bad eggs evil ways can ruin prosperous ventures for everyone. Throughput the play there is one main character, Iago who disputes the main traits of jealousy and betrayal. Betrayal can be used to manipulate the antagonist character, from thoughts to many traits of black mailing.
Moreover, “My Last Duchess” is filled with imagery. The Duke uses vivid expressions to capture the attractiveness of the picture. According to the poem, the Duke equates the Duchess’ disposition to the vivid objects of cherries and a white mood to define her contentment. The vivacious colors that the Duke used and the explanation on the Duchess’s smile revealed that the Duke’s last Duchess was a beautiful and joyful woman with whom the Duke did not have control over. In the poem it states, “Oh sir, she smiled, no doubt Whene 'er I passed her; but who passed without Much the same smile?” This line suggests that the Duchess’s was a wolf in sheep’s clothing for the Duke.
O, most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets!” This sharp lexis exposes the depth in which he despises their marriage. Gertrude still recoils back to the stability of Claudius even after Hamlet accuses and exposes his mothers fickle disloyalty and moral standards in Act 1 Scene 2, “Frailty thy name is woman” furthers her inability to support and think critically herself responding to Alchin De Botton take on marriage, that ’we don 't understand ourselves’, Gertrude dependable manner suggests her moral compass and
In Shakespearean plays, women are shown as dynamic individuals with potent messages about moral norms and just rights. Shakespeare presents his understanding on the “essence” of femininity through a character known as Beatrice in his play titled Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice developed her façade that is presented in the beginning of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing through, what is referenced as, past experience. Beatrice left her façade behind and expressed her true self through Hero and Ursula’s cunning trick that taunted her to supposedly marry Benedick. To begin with, Beatrice’s true self is a vulnerable one revealed through Hero and Ursula where she immediately is bound to the weaknesses and sensitivities of love.
The drama is able to advice readers more or less with the meaning of gender, love, and fate, and it will provide examples of how our society is today. Furthermore, our protagonist, Romeo, masculinity is questioned throughout the play. For example: Romeo fears that his love for Juliet softened him, “Thy beauty hath made me effeminate/And in my temper soften’d valour’s steel” (Shakespeare 111.i.). Secondly, Laurence impute guilt against Romeo of being “unseemly woman in a seemly man” and verbalize that his tears are “womanish” (Shakespeare 111.iii.). Another example, is Mercutio, he enjoys fencing, quarreling, and joking.
The myth of Pygmalion, told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses, contains one of the most dominant male fantasies, the creation of “the ideal woman” designed to meet the creator 's need. Galatea is a representation of physical beauty and perfection; she conforms to the role that is laid out for her and to the norms of feminine beauty. We can see through her eyes how unrealistic it would be for women like her to exist in today’s society. Besides, the impossible