I would suggest that Shakespeare, ever the masterful strategist, is using this title to draw attention to the chaos of the “much ado,” which is ultimately born from his characters ' liberal use of deceit. If the plot begins and ends with “nothing", then we must depend entirely upon the “much ado” created by deceit in the middle, to discover the meaning in this play. In my reading of Much Ado About Nothing, I identify three types of deception: deception of others for benevolent reasons, deception of others for malicious reasons, and self-deception. Of the three, I argue that the last is the most dangerous.
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When Cassius sends the letters that command Brutus to “awake and see thyself!” he makes use of the character’s hamartia and uses it in his favour. It is in fact these letters that ultimately lead Brutus to join the conspiracy, a major step towards the accomplishment of Caesar’s fate. Without the use of deception, it is most likely that Brutus would not fall into Cassius’ power-hungry hands; and without Brutus being in the conspiracy, the events of the play (and of history) would have followed completely different routes, showing the power deception has in certain circumstances. In the end of the play, Cassius shows evidence of stoical thinking , as he finally believes in “the determining power of Fate”, and how his vindictiveness has led to him discovering the “worthy cause of suicide”.
William Shakespeare's King Lear is depressing and has no mercy, but it also encounters many more aspects which are quite important for everyone to know, such as: trails of deaths, battles, love, hatred, treacheries and most importantly nature and culture. Shakespeare created a play where the world was cruel and there was only plotting and tragedy with no shining light at the end of the tunnel. Shakespeare makes King Lear, a natural figure to show the hypocrisy. The connection between King Lear and Cordelia is an analogy for the relationship of nature and culture. It seems that King Lear believed in culture instead of nature, he could not understand his youngest, nicest and the most loving daughter Cordelia only because she had no words to
Motivations prompt the action of questionable decisions and give rationale to the behaviors of key characters throughout the play. Marc Antony’s devotion to Caesar and his longing for revenge on the conspirators is the motivating force behind his actions. From the very beginning, Antony’s
There is a logical explanation for their inability to make mature decisions. Claudia Wallis explains that, “The very last part of the brain to be pruned and shaped to its adult dimensions is the prefrontal cortex.” This part of the brain is used for the overall process of making logical decisions and weighing the consequences of one’s actions. During this book, Romeo and Juliet’s brains are obviously not matured yet. The area that would warn them that they are moving too quickly and too illogically is not matured enough to do so.
and you can relate to that person. This is how our entertainment is now, we want to feel a connection. Whether it be through movies, songs, poems, or in this case Shakespeare’s plays. When Shakespeare was writing his plays and he couldn’t find the right words to fit what he was trying to say he would make up a word. We still unknowingly use these made up words from him.
In the play “Hamlet”, written by William Shakespeare there are numerous accounts of characters deceiving each other; more specifically, king Claudius. His deception is the primary cause for many of the events that unfold within the play. He causes many characters to become upset, and he manipulates the storyline with his deceitful actions. The motives that king Claudius has for doing what he does are strengthened merely by his actions, thus causing an infinite loop of wrongdoing. King Claudius is a character that has simple yet unpredictable methods of redirecting conflict in a way that gets him what he wants without having to deal with the consequences of his devious behavior.
Out of all the warnings he has received, the ones he truly felt were true were Calpurnia’s dream and the discovery of the beast without a heart. Another reason why caesar didn’t take the warnings seriously, although everyone loyal to him did is his arrogance. Caesar was very arrogant and this is shown through the way he speaks, which is always in the third person. Caesar’s ignorance and Caesar’s arrogance were the leading causes of his demise. Had he come to his senses earlier, and not let his arrogance get in the way of his safety, Caesar may have lived longer than he
Aristotle considers a flaw is a weakness in human mind when mistakes and errors in plot or direction caused actions to change in a tragic manner as described in the tragedies of Oedipus and Antigon. In fact, Lear is the victim of this flaw that he can physically see, but he is blind in the sense that he lacks insight and understanding which contribute to his decision against his innocent daughter Cordelia.
Laden with innuendos, ironies, and intricate wordplay, Shakespeare’s plays are rarely what they initially appear to be. Rather, it takes several readings to be able to barely scratch the surface of all the possible interpretations. Moreover, not everything is black or white, but possible variations of gray. This topsy-turvy approach is encapsulated in the overall outline of Shakespearean comedy, which are typically set during a period of festivities, such as the festivals A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night are appropriately named after. An average festival is usually comprised of chaos through the reversal of the traditional order and rejection of social norm.
In the play Julius Caesar, Antony’s speech was more persuasive than Brutus’s speech. Antony persuaded the people of Rome not by what he said, but by how he said it. Pathos and logos were used as a means of persuasion throughout his speech. He also used lots of literary devices in his speech like irony, bandwagon, strawman, appeal to pity, and symbolism. The most common type of irony used was verbal.
Changing facts for influence is not new in politics. In the early seventeenth century, William Shakespeare wrote a story about King Macbeth of Scotland in which he altered historical facts about Macbeth. Shakespeare had an agenda to please King James I (historic.co.uk). One could argue that this is the primary reason William Shakespeare altered historical facts to win favor with the king and for political bias. Two integral points will support this view, the first being the facts that Shakespeare changed in the play Macbeth.
In Shakespeare’s play “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar,” there are many uses of prophets, omens, and natural phenomenon to display rising tensions among characters and to show signs of destiny. This results in casualties for several characters, but for others, there is a sign of hope and good luck. Many of them have their futures in their hands, but incorrect choices made their outcome take a wrong turn. Two characters that can control their own future are Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus. One character that has his fate predetermined by his actions and attitude is Cassius.