Throughout Act 1 love is the backbone of the play, with almost every character falling in love or at least falling in love with the idea of love. Twelfth Night gains most of its comical force by satirizing these characters; for example Orsino. Common themes throughout Act 1 are love and desire, melancholy and madness. In Act 1 Scene 1 the play opens with Orsino’s speech which is playful and melancholy, but has abrupt changes of mood “If music be the food of love play on”. This opening line is mostly straight pentameter with a spondee which emphasises Orsino’s command; however by being written in iambic pentameter, not a sonnet, this shows how Orsino is misguided in love.
From our early beginnings to now in modern times, friends factor greatly into one’s decision making process and subsequent actions. It is human nature to be affected by the thoughts and opinions of those held close to us. Countless similarities are displayed between plays and their modern-day adaptations, ranging from major influences such as setting to finer details like character traits. Nevertheless, being that they are adaptations, stark differences from the original can be discovered, too. The star-crossed lovers of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, and West Side Story are equally affected by their friends and others close to them, but are influenced in evidently dissimilar ways.
One of the most time honored pieces of literature is the tale of Romeo and Juliet written by William Shakespeare. The entire story is based around two young lovers, but was it really love that they feel or is it something else? Love is a mystical word because it is a noun that is used to describe itself. Everyone experiences and has felt it so why is it so hard to define if every human knows what it is? There are so many components that all come together to form a different feeling each time.
Katherine and Bianca are opposites at the beginning of Taming of the Shrew. Petruchio and Katherine are very similar. Lucentio is overcome by love and is willing to debase his station in order to achieve it, like many other women and men in Shakespeare's plays. Despite the confining gender expectations and roles of his time, Shakespeare was aware and interested in what people of different genders could have in common. Shakespeare uses the differences and similarities in personality traits throughout Taming of the Shrew and the rest of his works to prove that men and women can have very similar and varying personalities.
“Love can be uncertain, but true: The story of Hamlet and Ophelia” Love is a feeling difficult to understand. In fact no one exactly knows what does it mean to be in love. Some argue that being in love is feeling butterflies in the stomach and being constantly thinking about someone special. In my opinion, to love someone means to care for them and show respect at all times. In this play, The Tragedy of Hamlet, love is portrayed between the main character, Hamlet and the dear Ophelia.
In every story you’ve ever heard we find archetypes, we find the “damsel in distress”, “the savior”, “the wise old leader”, “the forbidden lovers”. These famously known figures are found everywhere. We see these very precise archetypes especially in William Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, and in Ovid’s “Pyramus and Thisbe.” Now, we are going to look at some of the biggest similarities between the two stories. The first thing we see here is the pair of lovers. In each story we find two young people who are in love, sadly though, both loves have been forbad.
Shakespeare is the greatest writer in all of written English; he is known most for his death-ridden tragedies. Shakespeare has written also, a substantial number of comedies, which have humor, but not the kind that would be found in modern-day comedies. Shakespeare had a fascination with death and love, both of which are common themes in his plays. In Shakespeare’s comedy about mistaken identity and twisted love, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare has his villain make this comment about love, “Speak low if you speak love.” (Don Pedro, Act 2 Scene 1) Even though this was pulled from a comedy this line is very tragic, because it comes from the play’s villain. Shakespeare often likes to play this game of “Guess the Genre.” Pulling elements from
Scene 4. 523-532; 546). The diction used between the two characters come off, somewhat, homoerotic and suggests some kind of romantic relationship between both Iago and Othello. No matter how the audience chooses to interpret this notion, Iago is still the main focus in this play. We spend more time and follow his storyline more than we do Othello; from his manipulation of Roderigo, the way he treats Emilia, to his “friendship” with Othello.
Romeo and Juliet is a classic romance story by William Shakespeare about two star-crossed lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, falling in love. Nevertheless, their two families have a vendetta against each other, making it difficult for Romeo and Juliet to ever truly be together. This romantic set-up has been used multiple times after Shakespeare, such as West Side Story. The story itself has very romantic and light-hearted moments, but a lot of issues that aren’t paid as much attention to can be calamitous. Despite a lot of the play exploring the positives and the beauty of love and romance, the real lessons from the story are found in the primitive and belligerent nature of the characters.
When someone is asked for what they looking for in “The Perfect One” they usually list off characteristics such as smart, hardworking, humorous, etc. You can be loved for many different reasons as well as many different people. The phrase “I Love You” helps to create a mystical emotion that a person may not want to feel. Feeling the commitment to one another, both realizing what they are getting into.Sharing a chemistry that is everlasting, like the undying tale of Romeo and Juliet. Both willing to out of their way to be with each