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    Oedipus the King Oedipus the King, the masterpiece of Sophocles, is considered a great tragedy filled with ironies and contradictions between the characters and their personalities. Oedipus is the major character in the story who tries to find out the murderer of Laios who was the king of Thebes. By the time he struggles to solve the problem he is unaware that he is going to find out his own biological father and going to be claimed as the murderer. Actually, this is the main question in this play;

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    Why does Hamlet delay in his revenge upon his uncle Claudius? Hamlet's dead father's ghost tells him that Claudius not only killed the king but in the two months since the murder, Claudius has also crowned himself king and married his wife and Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude. Hamlet realizes the truthfulness of these facts by watching Claudius’ reaction to the play within the play, “The Murder of Gonzago”, which depicts the way Claudius murdered his brother with poison. After witnessing Claudius’

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    Character can be broken despite how strongly it is shaped. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, Othello was a brave Moor who was quick to marry his lover Desdemona. His sinister ensign Iago deceived him into believing his loyal wife had committed adultery. Although Othello believed the alleged accusations, he also gave up his moral character to Iago. Regardless of the lack of trust from Othello, Desdemona did deceive her father prior to the situation. She went against her father’s will and

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    Demonstrations of Courage in Cyrano de Bergerac Many people ask what the true meaning of having courage is. Many may say it’s the quality of having no fear or being extraordinarily bold. But, what is the nature of true courage? In the play, Cyrano de Bergerac written by Edmond Rostand, true courage is a quality demonstrated by each of the four main characters -- Cyrano, Christian, Roxane, and de Guiche. To begin, the first main character to show courage in the play is Cyrano. Courage is one of the

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    The concept of Heroism is viewed in the character of Yossarian who portrays aspects of an anti-hero through his cowardice and his selfish desire to stay alive. In Catch-22 Yossarian is constantly criticized for avoiding dangerous situations because he only cares about saving his own life. However, this interpretation fails to explain the true purpose of his role being the anti-hero and the significance of his obsession to staying alive. As the novel continues the true purpose of Yossarian being

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    King Lear, written by Shakespeare is a play that mainly portrays the consequences of flattery and how wrong choices can lead into big issues causes deaths and sufferings. King Lear made his wrong choices by not choosing the wrong heir to his fortunes as well as not listening to his loyal friend, Earl of Kent who was devoted to him. This further lead to The Earl’s banishment. Selfless and true to the king, the Earl disguises as Caius to protect the unwitty king. However, throughout the entire play

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    Manipulation of Character Character can be broken despite how strongly it is shaped. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello, Othello was a brave Moor who was quick to marry his lover Desdemona. His sinister ensign Iago deceived him into believing his loyal wife had committed adultery. Although Othello believed the alleged accusations, he also gave up his moral character to Iago. Regardless of the lack of trust from Othello, Desdemona did deceive her father prior to the situation. She went against

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    willingly marrying Paris. This causes her to reveal that she would rather die than marry another man whom she does not love at all; Juliet feels that she would be betraying Romeo if she does. Besides showing how Juliet’s age affects her decisions, Shakespeare also emphasizes how love can be confused with infatuation.

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    Talking about intertextuality it is very difficult if you don’t know the origins of the stories related to that one. Romeo and Juliet, from Shakespeare, is one example of story that remains in other works. The famous Shakespearean story about a young couple’s tragedy is remarkable, and also the inspiration for different kinds of work. As result, ignoring the similarities between this famous play and other works is almost impossible, firstly because of its renowned recognition, secondly because of

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    My parents are from Guerrero and I am Chicano, born in the city of Rancho Mirage. Rancho Mirage is where I started my life and have remained locally in the valley. Although, for my parents this is where they decided to settle after giving up cherished belongings such as: their petite taco restaurant, a taxi, and their families. For the first few years my family, which consisted of: my mom, dad, two sisters, brother and me, shared a 2 bedroom apartment in Palm Desert among 2 other families. Shortly

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    What is the true power of a time period? That is the question. In the tragedy Hamlet written by William Shakespeare, the time period shaped everything – the being the Elizabethan era. The Elizabethan era was a time of abundance in the field of poetry and literature, which was the time when Hamlet was written and published. It was also an era of male dominance; all aspects of today’s society were molded by domineering male figures. Part of Hamlet revolved around a frail, timid, feminine figure named

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    HS5610: POETRY ASSIGNMENT: WILLIAM BLAKE ARYAPADMAM C. HS11H011 INTRODUCTION William Blake was one of the most well-known English authors, whose works were seminal part of the Romantic movement in the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth century Europe . He was not only a poet but also a painter as well as a printmaker too. He created diverse and symbolically rich work of art through his imagination. But his works were criticized by his contemporaries and he was given the label of ‘a poor

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    There is an old fable, The King Bruce and the Spider, it’s called, and like all fables it’s designed to teach children a moral lesson. The story, in short, is about the King of Scotland Robert Bruce who took refuge in a cave after losing a battle. While in hiding, he saw a spider trying to spin a web on the cave wall. The spider fell seven times before it finally completed its task. King Robert, taking a leaf out of the spider’s book battled the English forces repeatedly with his limited troops and

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    However, Sawyer repents and condemns the Devil. An old man urges Doctor Faustus to repent which Faustus rejects, but no one urges Sawyer to repent. Finally, Mother Sawyer leaves the stage with difficulty and professes a new feeling of goodness in her repentance: These Dogs will mad me: I was well resolv’d To die in my repentance; though ’tis true, I would live longer if I might; yet since I cannot, pray torment me not; my conscience Is setled as it shall be: all take heed How they believe the Devil

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    movie based on a book? Discuss this in the light of the film “William Shakespeare”? Romeo and Juliet co-written and directed by Baz Luhram with Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Writing of play started merely from the 12th century, it comprised varieties such as miracle play, morality play and mystery play which were played in theatres. Romeo and Juliet is one of the plays written in 16th century by the William Shakespeare. He wrote three kinds of plays namely Tragedy, Comedy and Historic plays

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    Madama Butterfly Analysis

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    The Theme of cultural encounter between the East and West as represented in Giocomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly This paper attempts to analyze the concept of cultural encounter between the East and the West as presented in Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and the libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica. Madama Butterfly explores the Western ideas about the East, and the issues of race, gender and sexual identity, along with

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    The Flea Poem Analysis

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    The English poet and cleric John Donne (1572-1631) is considered "one of the greatest writers of the English prose" . His well-known poems, which are mostly written in the form of dramatic monologues, "has captivated and evoked emotions in readers for over three and a half centuries" . His work, which consists of a small amounts of books, covers various themes such as sex and religion, both of which are represented in "The Flea". The speaker in the poem is portrayed as a man, who desperately wants

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    In William Shakespeare 's dark comedy Measure for Measure, an aspiring nun, Isabella, has a brother who is sentenced to death for the crime of “fornication” and she is faced with an impossible choice of trading her virginity or letting her brother die. This play is one of the many that was created during the Elizabethan era. Shakespearean theatre refers to the theatre of England between 1562 and 1642 which was considered to be one of the most brilliant periods in the history of English theatre. This

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    Shakespeare really wrote tragedies of great heights and earned standard category. His one of the best creation Richard II is a historical play rather being a tragedy. The history play is usually distinguished especially by its political purposes from other kinds of plays. Shakespeare 's use of his sources shows that he wanted to emphasize the political issues involved in the conflict between Richard and Bolingbroke, mainly the privileges of kingship and the right of rebellion. The play is consequently

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    culture around the world. William Shakespeare utilizes the stereotypes in reference to gender roles in his romantic tragedy, Macbeth, to shape characters and advance plot. The typical characteristics between genders in the era in the play are initially revealed but are then readdressed thereafter in a complicated gender-role reversal which Shakespeare portrays the difference between women and men by how they derive the ultimate theme in Macbeth: power. To begin, Shakespeare employs his progressive view

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