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King Lear Good vs. Evil

In King Lear play, Shakespeare creates many conditions in which humans live in the world. The main characters in the play are used to portray Shakespeare’s ideas. One of these ideas which Shakespeare is trying to portray is evil between the characters and in the world which are emphasized throughout . . . Read more

Use of Contrast in Act I of The Tempest

William Shakespeare used many different writing devices when he wrote his plays. In Act I of The Tempest, the use of contrasts between characters, setting, and ideas were often used to develop the story, and more importantly, the messages that Shakespeare wished to portray by the play. One good example . . . Read more

Women and Patriarchal Society in Shakespeare

The domination of women through patriarchal expectations is common throughout Shakespeare’s works. An examination of Ophelia, Hero, and Desdemona portrays their victimization through male-centred forms of power. These patriarchal power structures classify women as walking wombs who must remain virtuous until marriage. The pressure from these expectations leaves women weak . . . Read more

Essay on Taming of the Shrew

In Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, one topic that has been debated, interpreted, discussed, reinterpreted and adapted has been the character of Katharine, the shrew, and whether she was tamed, liberated, or just a good enough actress to make everyone think she was in fact, tamed. There are many arguments . . . Read more

Why Should Students Study Shakespeare in School?

Simply stated, students should study Shakespeare’s works in school because of the incredible value within them. In addition to exposing students to a multitude of literary techniques, Shakespeare’s plays challenge the student with difficult language and style, express a profound knowledge of human behaviour and offer insight into the world . . . Read more

The Merchant of Venice

In The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, there appears Shylock. He is a Jew, that much we are told in the cast list. But, as the play unfolds Shylock is seen to be the villain. He is portrayed as being cold, unbending, and evil. But is he? Is Shylock . . . Read more

Shakespeare Tragic Hero

The name “tragic hero”, which has become synonymous with Shakespearean dramas, was developed before Hamlet, Macbeth or any of Shakespeare’s well-known plays were written. The literary term was actually discovered around 330 BC by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Through his theory of catharsis, Aristotle debated that the great plays . . . Read more

William Shakespeare the Playwright

In 1564, a man was born by the name of William Shakespeare. He was born to a poor family, was given little education, and had no interaction with sophisticated society. Thirty-eight plays and over 150 sonnets are not attributed to this ignorant man. Those who believe that Shakespeare was the . . . Read more

Julius Ceaser The Importance of Brutus

Throughout Julius Caesar, Brutus’s actions have very extensive ramifications, I wish to review his actions and the motivating factors behind those actions. I intend to prove that Brutus had a strong and well-grounded persona. He had good intentions; however, he made one fatal mistake and that was his downfall. He . . . Read more

Julius Caesar Self-Concepts in Julius Caesar

All people have definite concepts of self. In different situations, one may feel short, tall, smart, slow, fast, talkative, reserved, etceteras. These self-concepts are usually very different than how others opinions of us. Depending on one’s actions, words or even tone of voice, one may misrepresent oneself and be misinterpreted. . . . Read more

Julius Caesar Flattery will get you Everywhere

In William Shakespeare’s tragic play Julius Caesar, an under-appreciated factor of flattery and persuasion plays an important role in the choices of the leaders. Cassius uses flattery with Brutus. Decius uses flattery with Caesar, and Antony uses flattery with Brutus. Cassius persuades and flatters Brutus. Cassius knows that Caesar would . . . Read more

Julius Caesar Brutus Character Analysis

William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, is mainly based on the assassination of Julius Caesar. The character who was in charge of the assassination was, ironically, Marcus Brutus, a servant and close friend to Julius Caesar. But what would cause a person to kill a close friend? After . . . Read more

Themes in Taming of the Shrew

In Shakespeare’s comedy, “The Taming of the Shrew,” one of the main ways that the theme is shown is by mistaken identity. The main theme of this play is that what a person is really like is more important than how they appear to be. This is shown by Petruchio’s . . . Read more

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Essay

In Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” the mortal teenage characters fall in love foolishly, and the character Bottom states, “O what fools these mortals be”. They are foolish because they act like children. Although Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena appear grown-up, when they are in love they act foolishly. The . . . Read more

Marcus Brutus Character Analysis

William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, is mainly based on the assassination of Julius Caesar. The character who was in charge of the assassination was, ironically, Marcus Brutus, a servant and close friend to Julius Caesar. But what would cause a person to kill a close friend? After . . . Read more

Eulogies in Julius Caesar

In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Decius Brutus and Mark Antony, both Roman Senators, eulogize Julius Caesar, each using a different technique and approach. Brutus, in a somewhat arrogant, to the point, eulogy, attempts to sway the people. He justifies conspiring against Caesar by stating that Caesar’s ambition would have hurt Rome. . . . Read more