In “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, William Shakespeare uses the sayings and behaviors of many of his minor characters to show his audiences the true characteristics of the protagonist, Prince Hamlet. This literary device is called a foil. A foil is a character whose traits help to clarify the character of the protagonist. In this famous play, Prince Hamlet has many foils. Laertes is the most effective foil to Hamlet because of how his life and reactions compare to that of Hamlet.
Love is the center for both Catullus and Shakespeare. Their works bring passion and yearning to every reader. Whether it shows the passion between two individuals or the love one has for another both are aspects that fit into both authors work. When thinking of Romeo and Juliet it is childish but so is Catullus 5. They blend together and that is something that is very important.
Or are “those who believe that Keats is, in his greatest poetry, less yearning after an ideal than recognizing and affirming the value of the real world in which he and we all live” (Shokoff)? Certainly this is a question that is difficult to answer, but I agree with this critic that the meaning of the poem’s final two lines are questionable. Once again, the identification and symbolism of the urn is involved. Keats states that “’Beauty is truth, truth beauty/ —that is all/ Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know’”(Keats 50). I myself and James Shokoff wonder if the urn itself speaks these lines as a message to the world, or is the poet making this statement?
The character of Antonio in Twelfth Night was almost a requirement for the plot that Shakespeare delivered; not only did he provide a gift that connected the two characters of Sebastian and Cesario, but he also provided an example of devoted love. The devoted love that Shakespeare portrayed through Antonio’s speeches and actions provide a striking contrast to the love that Duke Orsino had throughout the plot. Even the gift that Antonio presents in the play is a symbol of his greater love compared to any of the other characters. Shakespeare uses Antonio to oppose the Petrarchan lover theme, as a tool to connect characters and to prove the final message of the play; undying love has no boundaries.
Throughout the history of Shakespearen literature, Shakespeare tends to develop the characters in to a way that complements the story. For an example, in Macbeth, he shows the digression of the main character by an internal conflict residing from a mental condition, if he did not explain every detail of his thought process then the story would be bland and not a literature masterpiece. Another key example is the story of Romeo and Juliet, even though it is a romantic piece, he still assigns different personality traits to each character. Which makes them a key asset to how the story concludes and the theme the reader is left to discover. One of the biggest colliding character interactions is Benvolio and Tybalt.
In Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare uses figurative language to help his audience understand what each character is like and how he or she will act. Romeo uses figurative language to show how much he loves juliet. In my second paragraph Juliet uses figurative language to show how she wants it to be night so she can be with Romeo. Friar Laurence uses figurative language to show how to tell Romeo not to rush into a bad marriage.
The Roaring Colors The timeless American classic, The Great Gatsby, written by literary genius F. Scott Fitzgerald is considered the most important work of literature in American history as it is masterfully crafted with themes and ideals that were way ahead of its time and set the tone for future authors. In the story, Fitzgerald uses colors to give meaning and depth to an already complex story. These colors are used to describe characters and give them intangible qualities and adds more variations in the settings of the story. One character in particular who is described vividly with colors is the man protagonist and rival of Gatsby Tom Buchanan.
Literary Devices are what makes the story vivid for the reader, for example, mood, plot, allusion, imagery and point of view. The importance of literary devices, what stories consist of without literary devices and how people interpret the literary devices within the story, are the most important factor of a story. Literary Devices/ Terms have been around for centuries back in order to help the authors get messages across or simply make the story a powerful outcome in the reader’s eyes. The best 10 authors in English literature got back till about the 1600. A very important and famous author that both readers and authors look up to is William Shakespeare.