Riverside Shakespeare Essays

  • Contradictions In Oedipus The King

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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;

  • Iago's Self Failure In Othello

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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

  • Why Does Hamlet Kill Claudius Essay

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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’

  • Role Of Manipulation In Othello

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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

  • Wrong Choices In Shakespeare's King Lear

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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

  • Catch 22 Yossarian Character Analysis

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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

  • Cyrano De Bergerac Courage Analysis

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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

  • Romeo And Juliet Capulet Character Analysis

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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.

  • Examples Of Intertextuality In Romeo And Juliet

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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

  • Hamlet's To Be Or Not To Be Soliloquy

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    Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy, one of the most known and important of all his soliloquies, is worth discussing. In the play, Hamlet is experiencing a crisis after encountering the death of his father, the betrothal of his mother to his uncle as well as the self-crowning of his uncle who wished to replace the deceased king. His entire life as he has known it has suddenly changed and it is apparent that he mistrusts everyone he knows including his own mother. The instability and uncertainty

  • William Shakspere: The Tragedy Of William Shakespeare

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    seven play. Although Shakespeare has died more than four hundred year ago, he is still very famous around the world today. William Shakespeare was born on April 23rd , 1564. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. The people of England still celebrate his birthday today, it is known as the feast of St. George. He was the third child of eight children. ("William Shakespeare." Wikipedia) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . At a time John Shakespeare became a mayor of Stratford

  • The Cause Of Teenage Behaviors In Romeo And Juliet?

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    “I would there were no age between ten and three and twenty... For there is nothing in between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting” (Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, Act III, Sc. iii). Shakespeare discusses the nature and folly of youth in several of his writings, among the most famous being Romeo and Juliet. Teenagers instigated the play's tragedy. Although Romeo and Juliet made poor decisions, their decisions were normal because of the immaturity of their brains

  • Who Caused Romeo And Juliet's Death

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    Who Caused Romeo & Juliet’s Deaths? Romeo and Juliet is an iconic tragedy by William Shakespeare that has been reinterpreted, made into movies, and even tweeted out live over its 420-year history. Its influence extends operas, ballets, and even paintings. The play covers two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, who are from enemy families. With the help of Friar Laurence and Juliet’s wet nurse, they are secretly married. Tragedy strikes when Romeo is exiled for killing Juliet’s cousin and Juliet is forced

  • My Life Next Door Short Story

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    “Is Jase already gonna marry you?” I start coughing again. “Uh, No. No, George. I’m only seventeen.” As if that’s the only reason we’re not engaged. “I’m this many.” George holds up four, slightly grubby fingers. “But Jase is seventeen and a half. You could. Then you could live in here with him. And have a big family.” Jase strides back into the room, of course, midway through this proposition. “George. Beat it. Discovery Channel is on.” George backs out of the room but not before saying, “His

  • Africa By Maya Angelou Analysis

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    Life Amidst the Darkness Melting wax from the flickering candle drips slowly onto the red velvet tablecloth illuminating the rushing night that blank eyes fail to perceive. The crimson blood drips from the slicing razor onto the glossy pearl bathtub staining it with the source of life which seems like a full wine cup spilling into a meaningless void. Shooting soldiers lay waste to an innocent country, to innocent people robbing them of their future that now seems like a tortured existence without

  • Essay On Suicide In Macbeth

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    From hearing a prophecy to committing murder, Macbeth develops a different character throughout the play. That could say Macbeth let a few words from the ‘witches’ puppet him. He was not the only one who was controlled; Lady Macbeth let Duncan’s death take over her, and drive her to insanity. To lose sleep, and going crazy, Lady Macbeth let her guilt eat her alive little by little. From a happy marriage to the Macbeths' no longer having love in their relationship and only having fear, guilt and hunger

  • Arlechino Character Analysis

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    At the start of the 18th century, the previously beloved, but perhaps growing stale Commedia dell'Arte began to shift. At the head of this movement was innovative playwright, Carlo Goldoni, inspired to "purge of its nastiness" the traditions of Commedia which has gone awry (Kennard 76). With his desire for change came the creation and performance of plays with literary and performance elements pushing past previous understanding of 'Commedian' theatrics. At the core of these changes were adaptations

  • Forces Of Evil In Shakespeare's King Lear

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    5. Forces of evil 5.1 Goneril and Regan Nicholson (2008, as cited in Halenárová, 2015) asserts that Goneril and Regan are very similar characters; some studies have even analyzed them as if they were one. Both of them are full of pretence and when it comes to take their part of the inheritance they use language of flattery. However, during the course of the play we see that their words differ from their actions. Goneril: “I love you more than words can wield the matter; / Dearer than eye-sight

  • The Importance Of Conflicts In Romeo And Juliet

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    described as “star-crossed”, propelled the storyline in a way that was facile for conflicts to form, all of which were a result of their forbidden love (Prologue 5). Over the short course of time during the period in which their story had taken place, Shakespeare asserted the impression that all these conflicts were caused by a cruel overwhelming fate, sheer accident, and by their own willfulness. All these facets of the plot coalesced and attributed to the bringing about of Romeo and Juliet’s untimely and

  • Forbidden Love In Shakespeare's Love By William Shakespeare

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    William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the village of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. Shakespeare's father, John Shakespeare, was from a family of yeomen, and he gained many prestigious positions in the community. Shakespeare's mother, Mary Arden, was from an ancient family of landed gentry. The whole family was Anglican. Shakespeare's first exposure to the theatre probably occurred when he was young. The first written reference to Shakespeare's existence in London can be traced in1592