SYMBOLISM IN HANSEL AND GRETEL A fairy tale is a type of a short fairytale that typically features European folkloric fantasy characters, such as dwarves, elves, witches and usually magic or enchantments . One such fairytale is HANSEL AND GRETEL (German: ' 'Hänsel und Gretel ' '). It was originally written by Giambattista Basile. However, it was later adapted by Brothers Grimm. The fairytale is of German origin and was written for the middle-class readers of the 19th century.
Deception, defiance and double meanings are what make Shakespeare’s plays the great wonder that they are today. Shakespearian is known as the most poetic, romantic and comic form of play writing, however each play has strong morals and meanings in them. One of Shakespeare’s plays, the Merchant of Venice, focuses of the acts of deception. Some say that none of the characters in the play are seen as ‘kind’ by the end of it, stating that: “Grace, nobility and generosity of spirit are submerged by greed, distrust and ugly prejudice.” This play enlightens true meanings of deception on nearly every level; from Jessica deceiving her father, Shylock being deceived by the court and the deceitful tale of ‘the rings’, that is seen throughout the Merchant of Venice. Jessica is the beautiful daughter of Shylock the Jew, who she despises greatly.
Narcissism in Twelfth Night A Freudian study of Twelfth Night An essential element of William Shakespeare 's comedy Twelfth Night is the theme of self-love i.e. vanity and narcissism. Shakespeare likely set Twelfth Night 's action to occur January 5 and 6, the Eve of Epiphany and the day of Epiphany. During the course of these two days, all of the most important characters experience epiphanies, revelatory moments in which they recognize truths concerning themselves, their vanities and narcissism. Using Sigmund Freud 's work on narcissism, the true nature if the characters of Twelfth Night could be well explored by analyzing the moments of epiphanies.
In the play/act The Crucible by Arthur Miller was a tragic and sorrowful play. The overall summary of the play was is about the Salem witch trials in 1692. A few young ladies claim to be burdened by witchcraft, beginning with Reverend Paris’s little girl Betty. The tormented young ladies blame individuals in the town for witchcraft, frequently picking casualties who they or their families hate. In this story the whole reason for the tragic ending is often thought to be just Abigale, but that is not true.
This play has a very carefree and relaxed tone and it has comedy that is very easily translated to audiences today. Unlike The Twelfth Night, although it is also a comedy, the jokes did not carry though time and are not easily applied to a modern crowd, most of the jokes and banter between characters was lost throughout history as our language and mindset evolved. One Man, Two Guvnors was my favorite play this semester it’s very carefree and was a nice break at this time in the semester. This play was really funny and contained many different kinds of slapstick comedy, which helped in lure in a modern crowd and keep their attention with jokes that translate easily amongst all
Neil King’s definition of a comedy, “a work which is primarily designed to amuse and entertain, and where, despite alarms along the way, all’s well that ends well for the characters” (King 55) is undoubtedly affirmed by Shakespeare’s use of comedic features such as dramatic irony. Despite the creation of exuberant comedy within the play, principal sub-plots in ‘Twelfth Night’ such as the gulling and confinement of Malvolio, prove that when looked at in more depth, to some extent, the play’s comedy cloaks themes of cruelty and suffering. The very title of the play, ‘Twelfth Night’, directly links to the twelve days of festivity that traditionally took place during the Elizabethan period. During this time, not only were ordinary rules subverted, but the Lord of Misrule reigned supreme and events such as plays and processions took place. Employing this historical background for the ‘Twelfth Night’ creates the opportunity for revelry to happen.
George relies upon the use of diction to create a sentimental mood in order to express feelings of awe toward the coming of the season, winter, in the first quatrain. The snowfall, described to be in perfect condition, creates a diversion from “the sorrow of autumn’s death” (2). Autumn can be interpreted as the weakest point of the seasons because plants are withering away. The coming of winter provides an escape from the “sorrow” explicated, thus creating a shift towards a nostalgic and perceptive mood that embodies the struggle of the roses. The snow provides an escape from the tragedy of the past and instead looks forward to the future of other seasons.
n The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, the play involved various themes. A very popular theme in the play is lies and deceit. The small town of Salem was all fouled that witchery was happening by a group of girls. Many people got involved in the court cases, and some people had very bad consequences then just being blamed. Lying only leads to the truth being told and having worse consequences for the people committing the lies.
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is often viewed as a comedic tale of love. It takes on the general ideals of a comedy—beginning with order, moving on to chaos, and ultimately ending with harmony among society. By providing opposing settings, the city of Athens and the fairy world, Shakespeare highlights the duality of man’s nature. The fickleness of human beings becomes more apparent once the lovers are placed in the dreamy world represented by the forest. The comparison between rational and irrational behavior through the two different locations ultimately proves that one should not always be led by dreams—the return to natural order is necessary.
William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night has been made into several film versions. The versions include the Globe Theatre version directed by Tim Carroll in 2012. Another version by Trevor Nunn was made in 1996, and a third version called She’s The Man made in 2006 was directed by Andy Fickman. A comparison of the media skills, characters, and the setting in the various versions of Twelfth Night and She’s The Man shows that She’s The Man is superior to the other Twelfth Night versions for students learning Shakespeare for the first time. The media skills in She’s The Man is more fitting than the other versions of Twelfth Night because of the continuous change of lighting and music to go with the mood of the scene.