Through the predominant influences of certain characters, inconsistency of decision making, and secretiveness amongst the characters, these events quickly lead to the grievous incident of the play. All the way from past hatred and persuasive friends, to emotionally driven decisions such as Romeo’s desire to be married and his vengeance, the play concluded with potions that provoked counter outcomes. Romeo and Juliet displayed the risks they were willing to take in the name of love, but in the end, poor choices took responsibility for the continuous occurrences that lead to dreadful ends; however, opposed to the idea of fate, or a stronger force guiding the character’s actions. With this, the play closed with the poisonous idea of the love that Romeo and Juliet shared, including all that they would sacrifice to have a chance at a life
This meant that people in those times would only mention the devil in very serious negative situations and to convey very strong points. Henceforth, Othello referencing the devil emphasises to the audience how badly he feels about Desdemona losing the handkerchief. Audiences of the play at those times would find the language very strong and somewhat disturbing, thus readers are reinforced with the idea that the handkerchief is a big part of Othello’s and Desdemona’s relationship. This will play a key role when trying to understand Othello’s actions later on in the play. By using this kind of allusion, we are also able too see that Othello is becoming more chaotic with his language.
The most evident demonstration of such intention in Oedipus can be found in the words of the chorus: “The oracles concerning Laius / are old and dim and men regard them not. / Apollo is nowhere clear in honor; God’s service / perishes” (Sophocles 1030-1033). These words reveal the concern that if the prophecy about Oedipus had turned false (or if people thought it was false), it would have undermined Greeks’ respect and fear of gods and their prophets. This is why Oedipus had to become a victim of fate in the story. Other proofs of this motivation being important for the play can be found in various dismissing remarks about prophecies the protagonist and Jocasta make: “Ha!
“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” (3.1.87) Hamlet is angry with himself that he has let his conscience come in the way. Hamlet was not only obsessed with his own conscience but the conscience of others as well. "The play's the thing, wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king." (2.2.617) Hamlet wants to know what king Claudius is thinking in terms of his conscience before Hamlet acts. Here, Hamlet is thinking with his conscience, instead of just killing Claudius like he wanted to do from the beginning, he needs to confirm the conscience of Claudius to convince his own conscience it is the right thing to do.
1. The Renaissance recognized that authority had a dual nature: auctoritas, which represents power as the source and giver of bounty, and potestas, which represents power as rule by sheer force and tyranny. All of the plays we have dealt with this semester have been concerned, either implicitly or explicitly, with this dualism. Look at the plays we have studied this semester and discuss how authority is portrayed in the plays. What kind of people are authority figures?
As related earlier, catharsis aims to elicit pity and fear in order to purge such emotions from the audience. As such, the tragic hero’s punishment must not be considered entirely deserved otherwise it would be seen as justice and the cathartic effect would not take place. Instead, the punishment must be somewhat excessive so that pities the tragic hero for his misfortune as well as fears for their own lives after seeing the world is not always fair. However, in order to confirm that Oedipus’ punishment exceeds his crime, both must be identified. Oedipus’ crime is quite simply his attempt to escape his own fate.
Although Caesar has a public side to him, the private Caesar is the real Caesar, and Shakespeare utilizes and contrasts the two throughout the play in order to keep the audience guessing as to which Caesar is the real Caesar. Julius Caesar maintains a public reputation that is consistent and prideful. JC is known for being constant in his rulings and he has to maintain that image. In order to do so, he says that “I could be well moved if I were as you/ If I could pray to move, prayers would move me/ But I am constant as the northern star,” (3.1. 63-65).
In conclusion, Macbeth was making a wrong choice so his consequences at the end is overwhelming and his action has lead him to become a tragic character. The character Macbeth has consumed the ambition of himself and Lady Macbeth him has shifted himself form a heroic into a ring of murderous. After he has knew it he has making the mistake however his hand is cover with blood and guilt that he cannot turn back. The Macbeth 's tragic flaw in character was the pairing of his ambition with easily influence by lady Macbeth. Throughout the play we see many examples of Macbeth 's conflict between his ambition to attain the crown and his passive attitude towards the actions that are required to
Despite all the similarities seen above, Shakespeare endows his work with many aspects of his time and adds new characters and situations to complicate even more the plot and almost triple the incidents of error. Shakespeare altered plot elements and location and modified the comic tone and mood when adapting Plautus to the English stage. In terms of theatrical representation, we find wide differences because the way of acting changed drastically between one work and another. In Plautus’ times, the use of masks was common and it prevented to see the faces and facial expressions of the actors. As they didn’t use masks in Elizabethan Shakespeare had to look for actors who looked alike as much that people could believe that they were twins since.
In Julius Caesar, there are many omens foreshadowing the future as the play progresses. An omen is an event regarded as a portent of good or evil. These omens appear as odd sights or happenings that would not usually happen. Storms, for an example, was a sign that the gods were angered or something is to come. The omens shown throughout the play presage the inevitable tragedies that happened and tells us more about of the character.